First Impression /Design :
Oppo is a rather new entrant in the Indian market and though it has tried to woo us with its Selfie- centric phones, nothing really caught our attention as the Oppo R5. Its a slim metallic phone housed in a unbelievably thin body. Its heavily inspired from iPhone 5\’s design on exteriors and on the software front with Color OS. Overall though,
its distinctly unique enough to set you apart from the usual crowd.
-Build & Design :
Oppo did not spend any time thinking how should the phone look. Unanimously they decided iphone looks good, copy it. The main characteristics being hoe insanely thing this phone is at 4.85mm. That\’s less than half a centimeter! The phone boosts a healthy bezel over the 5.2 AMOLED 1080p display and side profile is metal with a
slightly raised border to give you a sure hold of this slim beauty. The rear has metal unibody look similar to you know what. Its not all thin, as the camera sensor is protruding at least 1mm over the size of the phone. Overall, it feels sturdy on metal housing, but those copied looks take away the premium stamp.
Oppo R5 comes with a brilliant display that has amazingly vibrant color levels and deep blacks. Although
there is an unusually large black bezel between the display and the phone bezel, but it\’s nothing too dominant.
The phone is powered by the Octa-core Snapdragon 615 mated to 2 GB Ram. The phone handled
every app like a champ, although due to its slim profile, it did warm a bit while playing CPU intensive
games. The memory limits your experience to only 16GB internal space. One thing to note is that, this
phone does not have a 3.5mm jack. There\’s a Micro-USB to 3.5mm jack extension provided, which you
better keep attached to your earphones, always! You may think it was because of the phone size, yet weirdly
enough, Vivo decided to make a 4.75mm phone with 3.5mm jack and expandable storage. Also, Oppo
realised this and released an update to the R5, bringing OTG disk support for the R5. Coming to the software front, Color OS is a rip off of MIUI. It offers similar design cues like no app drawer and themes, which in fact are really good. Although, not as versatile as the MIUI roms, this OS has some features of its own that make it worth it like gesture controls, air view, double tap to wake and sleep, etc. The stock player can play almost any format of video thrown at it. Color OS needs a few updates though, as transitions feel choppy and lag at times. The battery is a 2000mAh unit and will last you a day, thanks to the AMOLED display and the normal + Ultra power saving mode in case of emergency backups.
The R5 has a 13MP rear and a 5MP front. They are Sony sensors with f2.0 aperture which are capable of clicking some amazing photos and videos. Images were crisp, clear, accurately focused while the videos had great fluidity and color saturation. It comes with plethora of features, ranging from Super macro, ultra HD, slow shutter, refocus mode to even allowing you to snap images in RAW format. Front camera too is decent and can post process photos to make you look much better than you ever could. Clearly, one among the best camera phones in the market today.
Oppo claimed its mark in the thinnest phone category with R5, but it compromised a few basic features. With Vivo making a slimmer phone than this and providing all the basic features, Oppo\’s R5 has lost the money to value comparison. Although, if you are a Bluetooth headphone user, have a heavy pocket for style over value and
don\’t mind the 16GB storage lock, the R5 makes for a very unique buy. It will be fun to see how thin can thin be and what will be the future of thin smartphones, but seriously be smart, for that price can get you a flagship device in 2015.
¢5.2 AMOLED 1080p display
¢Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core CPU
¢Android OS v4.4.4 with Color OS
¢16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM
¢13MP rear cam & 5MP front cam
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