Selfies, – noun – “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone”, is the focus of the newest smartphone offered by Oppo.
Oppo has recently been making a name for itself as a smartphone manufacturer in Asia, especially as a brand producing high quality smartphones at an affordable price.
The Oppo F1s does not offer the most high-end specs that one comes to expect in early 2017 (or late 2016, when the phone was released) but its specs are still above average, offering an excellent user experience.
CPU – Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53
RAM – 3GB or 4GB
Internal storage – 32GB or 64GB
External storage – MicroSD upto 256GB
SIM – Single SIM or Dual SIM
Battery – 3075 mAh
Display – 5.5 inches LCD panel (720×1280 pixels)
OS – Android 5.1 Lollipop
Rear Camera – 13MP
Front Camera – 16MP
Apart from these specs the phone also has an excellent fingerprint scanner, which hardly failed to recognize my finger during the test period. But the real stand out feature of the spec sheet is the front facing – or selfie – camera which is 16 megapixels, better than what you find on the rear of the phone. So if you’re a big selfie taker then this should be one of the top contenders for you. The front facing selfie camera takes good pictures during day time (as most other smartphones do, even with a smaller megapixel camera). But the lack of a flash in the front of the phone makes night time selfies a bit of a hit or miss. If there is adequate light when you take the picture it comes out pretty decent, but if not the photos come out pretty grainy. The phone does try to emulate the iPhone by using the entire display as a flash (it lights up the screen for a second when you take the picture) but the results are far from optimal. For a phone that is being marketed as a “selfie phone” the company should have just invested in a front facing flash.
The rear facing camera takes good pictures in good lighting conditions. And in case the lighting conditions are poor there’s a flash to help you capture a decent picture (unlike certain front facing cameras I know).
The phone’s processor allows for a smooth user experience and the 3GB of RAM available on our test unit was more than sufficient to ensure there wasn’t any lag. Everything I threw at the phone it was able to handle quite well, including some light gaming. The screen is quite nice and pleasant to look at. I prefer the LCD panels which offer less contrast to the AMOLED panels. (so if you like high contrast on your phone screens then this might be an adjustment for you). The battery life was pretty decent, capable of getting me through a day of average use.
The not so good:
The only downside about the phone is the in-built software by Oppo which runs on top of Android Lollipop. The software which Oppo calls “ColorOS” is a heavily customised version of Android. It removes the App drawer and replaces it with a almost iPhone like interface (to be honest if I wanted an iPhone, I’d buy an iPhone).
However, the good thing about this is that you can easily download a different launcher (like the Google Now Launcher) and get a near stock look and feel. The other problem (well its not really a problem) was that the “ColorOS” aggressively tries to manage your battery usage in order to save battery life. This is great, but sometimes the constant reminders can get a little too much.
But at the end of the day these are only minor problems. For the price point of LKR 39,990 it’s a great smartphone which gets the job done. So if you’re in the market for a good smartphone, but are not willing to spend a small fortune on it, then we here at Techadvisor.lk recommend you consider the Oppo F1s as your next smartphone.