Oppo Find 7 review

August 14, 2014
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The Bottom Line

Razor sharp display, super fast charging and robust hardware

PROS
  • Quad HD display is easy on the eyes
  • Attractive Design
  • Bump up to Snapdragon 801
  • VOOC Fast Charging a major plus
  • Replaceable battery
  • Expandable storage
CONS
  • Quad HD display not always justifiable
  • Carbon fiber backing defaced quite easily
  • Only average battery life
  • Color OS not for everyone
  • Small enhancements might not fully justify price
8.0
The Oppo¬†Find¬†7¬†is a fine offering by the Chinese manufacturer, but the same can be said about its cheaper, only somewhat lesser counterpart – the¬†Find¬†7a. For the higher price, the¬†Find¬†7‘s Quad HD display is its only true offering but it won’t make sense to most when the cheaper version is highly comparable in overall experience.

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The Oppo Find 7a is an astounding smartphone, earning a respectable 8.5/10 score in our earlier review¬†of the device. For those looking for an even more premium experience, however, the Find 7 takes the same design and packs in several improvements including a QHD display. Both devices are now available (though the Find 7 didn’t arrive until quite a bit later), and are¬†separated only by a $100 price difference. The Find 7a goes for $499 while the Find 7 will cost $599.

Do the Oppo Find 7's improvements justify spending the extra $100?

Here’s the big question, though: is the Find 7 worth the $100 premium or is its cheaper sibling the better value? Let’s jump and take a look!

Design

Our views on the Oppo Find 7 do stay parallel with those in our hands-on and first impressions post. The device touts the same awesome design as we see in the 7a, with the only main exception being the back of the device, which is made of carbon fiber instead of brushed metal. Belive it or not, this is actually a downside! As you can see in the image below, the material is deteriorating easily, making for a less than premium experience. The wear and tear seen below showed up only a couple of days into the testing stages.

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Both the Find 7 and 7a borrow the same design language we saw on the Find 5. The stunning build quality and steel elements are present, but Oppo has managed to make this device feel a bit better. The weight distribution makes the device appear and feel lighter, despite it being 5 grams heavier.

To summarize: it is a gorgeous device with a build quality that can hold its own against most of the competition.

The gorgeous 5.5-inch panel and capacitive buttons grace the front of the device, matched with an elegant LED light. The sides feature the power button on the left and the volume rocker on the right. To summarize: it is a gorgeous device with a build quality that can hold its own against most of the competition.

Display

Now if we want to talk about the deviations, this is where the Oppo Find 7 differentiates itself from the Find 7a (and from all other smartphones, really). This version of the Oppo Find 7 series comes with a mind-blowing QHD (2560x1440p) resolution that needs to be witnessed in person to understand its superiority. It’s very easy on the eyes and makes images look stunning.

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1440p resolution is the new standard in high-resolution mobile displays, with very few competitors matching this specification (the most popular competitor would be the LG G3). Measuring 5.5 inches diagonally, the screen can boast a 532ppi (pixels per inch) resolution.

Now, there is one downside to this amazing screen: the device may just be a bit too large.

Now, there is one downside to this amazing screen: the device may just be a bit too large. While the bezels manage to keep the phone smaller than one would expect for a 5.5-inch smartphone, it still feels relatively large in the hand. Furthermore, the hit on battery life may make this feature less than justifiable.

Performance and hardware

Inside the Oppo Find 7 you will find a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which offers a good upgrade from the Find 7a’s Snapdragon 800. It’s also more than enough to keep all those minuscule pixels running smooth. And while the denser screen should put a greater tool on the¬†battery, the manufacturer has added a higher-capacity 3,000 mAh battery that keeps the device running for about 12 hours on fair usage.

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To sweeten the deal, even if the phone dies, Oppo has implemented an amazing VOOC charging technology that allows the phone to charge from 0% to 75% in just half an hour. Impressive, if you ask us. Further improving the experience, the device comes with a replaceable battery, a feature that is becoming very rare these days.

Those 3 GB of RAM also help keep your apps and multi-tasking experience¬†as smooth as butter. Not to mention, the device’s 32 GB of internal storage are also very generous, and it can be expanded via its microSD slot.

Camera

Turn the device around and you will find what proves to be quite an impressive camera. The device is no slouch in this department, carrying a very capable Sony EXMOR, 13 MP sensor.

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My favorite was the ability to shoot in RAW format, but this proved to be more cumbersome as I noticed the sluggish processing time.

The camera software is also far from lackluster, offering features like HDR, scene modes, panorama and your usual nicknacks. Photography enthusiasts will be more excited about a couple unique features this phone offers, though. My favorite was the ability to shoot in RAW mode, but this proved to be more cumbersome as I noticed the sluggish processing time.

The 50 MP shooting mode was a bit faster, but still slow in processing. Regardless, I was glad to see these images turn out surprisingly good. You can see some samples of the 50 MP shooting mode in our dedicated post.

Software

Both Oppo Find 7 devices run on the manufacturer’s¬†Color OS. This could be either good or bad, depending on your preferences. The UI¬†is colorful (.. obviously) and full of features, which we know some of you will deem gimmicky.

A fun feature to test is the gesture panel, which can be pulled out by sliding from the left of the dropdown menu. You can use it to program and launch gestures to perform a number of tasks. Another interesting feature is the ability to double-tap the home button to turn off and wake the device.

Over all, the software manages to stay simple enough on the outside and runs very well. Honestly, all the gimmicks can be easily ignored. The OS is definitely not for everyone, though, especially when considering the factors mentioned above.

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Pricing and final thoughts

Back to the main question – is this device worth $100 over the Find 7a? Those who value screen resolution will definitely appreciate the boost in pixel density. The slightly better processor, RAM and battery don’t do much to show a significant difference, though. The higher specs¬†may simply not be able to justify the price bump, at least for everyone.

Both devices run fairly well and much of the extra resources are probably eaten up by the power-hungry screen. Regardless, we will have to give this device a score of 8/10, which is actually a bit lower than the Find 7a got. Why? We feel the specs are not completely worth the $100 price bump.  If 1080p is more than enough for you, the Oppo Find 7a will be one hell of a phone to have. You can get them both straight from the Oppo Style store.

Comments

  • stevedion

    100$ not only gets you QHD but more Ram and more storage (32) as the 7a only has 16Gb. Not bad for100$

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    • http://society6.com/thomasofficial Wasteak

      I agree. And also dont compare this oppo find 7 with the 7a but first with the other flagship : S5, m8, G3,..

  • Unknown

    Dang! This phone sure is sexyyyy. Look at dat LED notification indicator!

    • Carlos Garcia

      Oh it is. I get people asking what kind of phone it is all the time.

  • Luka Mlinar

    What a shame about the back plate. I don’t understand how the manufacturer could overlook a defect so significant.

    • http://society6.com/thomasofficial Wasteak

      I have the white find 7 since more than 1 month and the back is perfect. So maybe its not the same material, or i’m just lucky, idk

    • Norman Zaczyk

      Maybe Josh got the first version of the carbon backcovers, Oppo released another version of them (which I own currently) and nothing happend to my backcover yet (I should mention that I never move it around on a table without having my fitbag underneath, so this could be the reason that it still looks perfect).

  • B Standley

    As an Oppo Find 7a owner, let me point out a few things. The CPU on the 7a is the same 801, but clocked at a lower speed (2.3 vs 2.5 GHZ). Also missed was the fact that they are using Android 4.3 and have only 3gb for app storage. So you can have lots of media, but not a ton of apps. Another thing about the small storage space is that if you are close to full (on the 3gb partition for apps) then you can’t switch to Art instead of Dalvik for your runtime because it crashes because of lack of space.

    As far as the damage to the back, I have not experience that at all. I’ve had mine since the second week (May I believe) and have not had any issues. Mine still looks new.

    There is a pretty good developer following, do if you like to root you’ll have lots to choose from. Mr personal favorite ROM is called Nameless. It’s only available on Oppo’s forums. And best of all, you don’t lose your warranty for rooting! In fact they gave phones to some developers to help spark the community.

    • Sachin

      That confusion is thanks to Oppo themselves. They list the 7a as having a Snapdgragon 800 on their online page. But it’s the 8974AB version which is the 801.

  • Carlos Garcia

    The extra features definitely justify the price. Most manufacturers charge extra for just additional storage space. Here you are getting a higher resolution screen, more ram, and a faster processor. How is $100 too much?

  • Sachin

    I have the white version of this beast and trust me, I prefer this to my N5 any day. The only downsides to the phone are the partition, Color OS and the size but the first 2 can be gotten rid of by a workaround on Oppo forums. Btw you do not void your warranty after rooting the phone. Battery life is kinda bad but Fast Charging makes up for it. Love the skyline notification too.

  • Lilith_Black

    Just wondering: how does the battery life compare to that of LG G3? (Considering the similar specs)

  • PatLock

    well, maybe coverlock

  • Guest

    “Try to draw?” Thank you for that one. What, was this made by call center reps in the Philippines?

  • BalazsArtner

    Goog looking phone