Review by Sunetra Chakravati,11/16/2015 3:31:23 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Mammoth battery | VOOC fast charging 10 mins = 2hrs | premium metal body | Fingerprint scanner | Good camera
Mammoth size | Unnecessary UI | No NFC
I first reviewed an Oppo device a few months back. It was the Oppo R7 and that review opened my eyes to how manufacturers can cram phones full of cool features and yet not charge the Earth. The Oppo R7 Plus is further proof of that statement. For under £350, you get a workhorse with a 2-day battery life and a sparklingly good screen which will take you through days of work without fumbling for a charging lead or battery pack.
Strangely, the phone reminded me more of the Honor 7 than of the Oppo R7, even though this is supposed to be a big brother vesion of the latter. There is a square fingerprint sensor just below the camera and a brushed metal back and sides throughout. The phone is still quite heavy and wider than almost all phones I have ever reviewed making it look more like a large square in your palm than anything else. At 82mm, it is bound to stretch your fingers to the limit, however if you are not dainty of hand, it might not be too much of an issue. I, however, found it impossible to use during my commute as I opted to hold onto a handrail instead of the phone in both hands. Just vieweing media will probably still be ok, but you will not be able to interact with the screen.
The glass on the display curves over to meet the metal on the sides and there are no physical buttons on the phone.
Oppo supply the phone with a screen protector on and a clear silicone case and is a great little perk as cases are often quite expensive and difficult to buy for newer devices.
The volume buttons are on the left and there is expandable memory slot on the right next to the power button. The phone is charged via microUSB and that is sited, as is usual, on the bottom.
Oppo did not scrimp when it came to sorting out the internals on their phablet.
There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor, very often seen on mid-range devices and while it isn't the best in class, it is important to remember that the Oppo R7 Plus IS a mid-range device and together with the 3GB RAM, it does the job well enough.
Colour OS is Oppo's Android overlay and it brings a sort of misplaced iPhone like skin on it, getting rid of the app tray and displaying all of them on the main screen of the handset. Apple have now gone back to the folder approach so you can sort out your apps into task specific drawers, no such luck here so if you have lots of apps, you better have the eyesight of a hawk to find them quickly.
The battery on this phone blew me away... 4100mAH is obviously not to be sniffed and and it proved its worth and size by lasting me through days of extreme use. There is also VOOC fast charging included and goes from 0-90 percent in under 45 minutes. And a 10 minute top up does actually give you 2-hours of talktime.
It is an AMOLED display with a stunning 1920 by 1080p resolution giving it 518 ppi. This is the same pixel density you will find on the HTC One M9. evenly backlit with vivid colours and rich blacks, the display is really great, in fact one of the best features of the phone.
And the camera?
Oppo use their own tech called Pure Image on the Sony sensor to produce some really good pictures.The usual bells and whistles in the form of interesting features, layers and filters are all present and correct as well. There is laser powered auto focus and some crafty tricks to prevent blurry shots as well as Ultra HD recording. The 13-MP camera with digital zoom manages to take pictures with much higher resolution than the 13 that it comes with so you can zoom in, crop and cut out bits you like and those you don't.
The reasons to buy far out-weigh the reasons not to. Let us start with the absolutely mammoth 4100mAH battery which will take you through 2.5-3 days of relentless use. Then, there is the crisp Super AMOLED display which along with the 6-inch size of the phone makes it the ideal media consumption device and I haven't even talked about the price yet.
I really liked the R7 but I love the R7 Plus because it brings a real game changer into the reckoning- a pure play workhorse with a sharp fingerprint scanner and all the mod-cons that you would need to take you through a day of work into an evening of play!
OS: ColorOS 2.1, Android 5.1
Dimension: 158 x 82 x 7.75 mm
Display: 6” Super AMOLED Display
Resolution: 1920 by 1080
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 Octa-core processor, 2.0 GHz octa-core 64-bit (Adreno 405 GPU)
Camera: 13-MP Sony IMX278, Ultra HD, Beautify, Various Filters, Panorama, HDR, GIF, Slow Shutter, Audio Photo , Double Exposure, Super Macro, Expert Mode, RAW, Time-lapse; 8-MP OmniVision OV8858
Memory: 32 GB ROM + 3 GB RAM. MicroSD upto 128GB
Misc: VOOC fast charging. Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, fingerprint scanner