A few days ago, OPPO was cool enough to send me their latest phone available in the market called OPPO R1x. I initially had never heard of OPPO until the day I heard they wanted me to review their new phone. OPPO is a brand that started back in 2004 and initially manufactured mp3/mp4 players before venturing into producing mobile phones. They’ve successfully expanded their markets globally and as of date OPPO is available in 21 markets worldwide — including the Philippines.
Truthfully, I only expose myself of whats in the market if I need a new phone to use, and I’m really not very techie. Now, you know I’m all about unbiased and truthful reviews, despite it being sponsored, so you can expect another honest review from me today! This review will stay focused on OPPO’s design/style, functionality, ease of use and the like… I’ll stay away from the technical stuff because let’s face it, I don’t really care about stuff like that. As long as a gadget works according to my lifestyle then it’s okay with me!
OPPO R1x Specs
The OPPO R1x is a new smartphone that’s sleek in style, affordable and quite impressive. It runs on Android and doesn’t sacrifice style over function at all. As far as design goes, this is one of the best Android smartphone I’ve seen in a while. It’s simply, classy and chic. Although, I’m a little iffy with the phone looking too much like an iPhone, I can’t really blame the designers for that one. I feel their market are the people who want the look of an iPhone but don’t want the functionality of the iOS. If so, they’ve done a good job.
Now, I may be an iOS user but I’ve had my fair share of Android products, so as far as an Android phone goes, this one is basically great. The one thing I find lacking in iOS is the functionality. I hardly use the built-in Calendar & Reminders app on my iPhone because it just doesn’t work for me. I hate that I can’t see my calendar right off the bat when I access my phone. Android on OPPO is great because you get the widgets, the calendar, and whatever else on your home screen! I find this extremely useful for organizing my weekly meetings and deadlines for work.
Let’s move on to the biggest make or break function I look for in smartphones: the camera.
It’s impressive. I’ve been such a big fan of the iPhone camera quality that I’m convinced no other phone brand can pull off the same image quality like the iPhone can. The OPPO R1x’s rear camera boasts 13 megapixels while the front camera is 5 megapixels. I’m not going to jump the gun and say it’s better than the iPhone 6 quality of photos, BUT it’s pretty fricken great for an Android phone! Gab and I were really impressed with the quality for an affordable smartphone. Below are some examples & I did not edit any of the photos:
Close up photo of a flower
Portrait photo with the rear camera
Selfie with the front camera
The camera has added features like “After Focus” where you can take a photo and then adjust the depth of field, focusing on the background or foreground, and “Double exposure” for some double exposure fun, to name a few.
Here’s a summary of my pros & cons for the OPPO R1x:
- Design is sleek and classy, available in two colors only: black or white
- Dual sim (micro & nano)
- Runs on Android, which has great functionality
- Camera (front and rear) are great quality as far as smartphone cameras go
- Camera features like after focus, double exposure, etc.
- Vivid colors and sharp screen resolution
- Memory can be added, up to 128 GB
- Gadget is too light weight, I prefer a bit of weight because lighter phones tend to fly out of my hand more
- Touchscreen responsiveness is a little too sensitive for my liking
- Built in memory is only 10-11GB (it’s 16GB originally but after the Android software, it’s down to 10-11GB
- Volume is alright, nothing great for playing music without earphones
- Built-in theme isn’t that nice design-wise, but nothing an additional theme can’t fix
The OPPO R1x is locally available at a price of Php 15,990. If I were to rate this phone, I would give it a 7.5/10 and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice phone with a great camera! :) Unfortunately, I did not get to keep the phone. If any of you were wondering. Haha
For more information on OPPO and the R1x phone, you may check out their website at http://global.oppo.com/ph/products/r1x
Disclosure policy: This is a sponsored post for OPPO. This review is an unbiased expression of personal thoughts and opinions, and OPPO did not pre-approve this blog post.