OPPO F1 Plus Review: iPhone? No, it’s OPPO’s greatest yet

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March 2016 marked the launching of OPPO F1 Plus packed with best specifications and stands out from the rest with an amazing 16MP front camera. The phone is powered by an octa-core 2.0 GHz Mediatek Helio P10 processor which works alongside an impressive 4GB of RAM. Dubbed as the Selfie Expert, the PhP21,990 OPPO F1 Plus gets you as close to a 40,000 phone experience .

Design

Sturdy. Classy. Sleek.

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You may put all the best-designed smartphones in 2016 together with the OPPO F1 Plus and you will not notice any difference. The aluminum body gives its design distinct and respect. However, the similar look to the iPhone is one of the biggest downfalls in its design. I find it a little off for them to make the iPhone as its almost-exact design inspiration. Some wouldn’t mind this, actually; and will even – in fact – consider this as a ‘genius’ approach.

I haven’t found an issue with the overall body and construction of the phone. It does look convincingly “expensive”, and the phone fits perfectly in my palm. I just wish that the all-metal design was not a factor why I experienced small signal issues. But rest assured this is something you shouldn’t be worried about. At all.

Its ultra slim bezel is to die for. OPPO has been really known for this, and they have carried this over with the F1 Plus.

Screen and buttons

If you fancy fingerprint scanners that work in seconds, go buy this immediately. I own an iPhone and I must admit the scanner is relatively quicker in F1 Plus.

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For some reasons, I find the home button a little bit annoying. I had issues with it, perhaps partly because I have a clumsy finger, several times. Admittedly, it has a similar look and feel to that of Samsung’s square home button.

The screen has 16 million color AMOLED, Full HD display with a pixel density of 401ppi and it comes with Gorilla Glass 4 screen with rounded edges. Imagine these possibilities in one smartphone, smart isn’t it? The video and photo displays are stunning. Although can be quite saturated at times; the colors pop without straining your eyes. For the first few weeks of using it, the auto-brightness can be tricky sometimes and one can observe the white balance seemed to be off. Spoiler: I had enjoyed watching short films using the phone.

Software

One thing I have an issue with Android is the heavy effort demanded to keep your apps orderly and arrange them in a way you don’t want to disappoint your eyes. The phone has Color OS, which sits on top of the slightly outdated Android Lollipop 5.1, to let you reskin your phone and it was pretty impressive. It didn’t produce any lag while I was using it, even though some find this area a little more problematic. I just think they applied what they learned from the negative reviews of the previous versions’ Color OS.

As mentioned earlier, its Android is still on Lollipop and we still haven’t heard from OPPO guys if the Android can be upgraded to Marshmallow. Nonetheless, I wanted to highlight the internal storage with 64gb built onto it. That’s more than other competitions’ internal memory. Good job OPPO.

Camera

Thanks to the 16MP front camera, people can now conquer Facebook and Instagram with their ravishing selfies! The front camera has an f/2.0 aperture which allows you to get as much as four times the light you need. The back camera has a 13MP feature with an LED flash, auto-focus, and an f/2.3 aperture.

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OPPO is clearly trying to stride with the trend and made marketed this new phone successfully. People who are fond of taking photos, like me, will surely doubt whether or not they still have to bring their DSLR’s.

Battery

Quick word: it can last a day. The battery packs 2,850 mAh of power.  Alongside with it, F1 Plus also supports OPPO’s VOOC fast charging that translates to quick plug and quick charging. The battery transports us to the next generation of fast charging smartphones and OPPO is rather serious about it.

I did try to locate details about battery usage but failed to do so. Unlike other Android phones I’ve seen, F1 Plus doesn’t have the graphs and numbers you usually see in some phones. This is no biggie to consumers who are not particular about battery usage. After all, the battery does not let down.

Overall

You, who smiled throughout the review. Go buy it. You won’t get disappointed.

So long as you don’t mind the small weaknesses of the phone, you’ll get happy with your choice. It’s an excellent choice for its price range, simply because it’s OPPO’s greatest yet. GMV

 

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