Oppo Find 5 Review
The Find 5 is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (an upgrade to 4.2 promised soon after launch), and the Oppo UI paint job on top.
Oppo's own interface is quite eye-friendly, with large, easy to press icons, and balloonish, transparent Time/Date, Contacts, Music and Calendar widgets, which still manage to stay aesthetically pleasing. The lockscreen displays notifications for missed calls or new messages, and lets you control the music player directly from it. We get a standard main menu with large icons, situated in a grid, and the dialpad, as well as the contacts scroll also sport large, thumb-friendly buttons and entries. We appreciate the small efforts, like putting the connectivity switches in the notification bar in a swipeable row for easy access, as well as the larger push for differentiation like the Settings app.
Multitasking is taken care of with snapshots of currently running apps appearing like cards at the bottom of the screen, which can be swiped up to close, or shut all at once with the handy sweep button underneath, where a bar shows you exactly how much of the available memory all are occupying at the moment.
Oppo has categorized all the numerous settings in four screens you can move sideways between – General, Sound, Display and Personal – instead of slapping everything in an endless scroll list. It takes some getting used to, but Oppo has marked all entries with large, well-drawn icons for easier recognition, and once you get the gist of it, finding what you need in the Settings app becomes a breeze.
A couple of gestures are thrown in, too, like tapping at the top of the phone to go to the beginning of a long list or a website, and asking the phone to automatically pick up an incoming call when you place it next to your ear. We also get a few preinstalled apps to make life easier, like a file browser, flashlight, compass, Adobe Flash installer and system updater.
Processor and memory:
The 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro seems to be the law of the land for these 5” Full HD handsets recently, and the Oppo Find 5 is no exception. It is fast, the UI moves smoothly, and, coupled with Jelly Bean's Project Butter, never feels laggy or underpowered in both the interface or any apps thrown at the phone.
RAM amount is the trendy 2 GB, and there are 16 GB of internal memory that come with the handset, of which about two are available for app installation, and 11 GB are free for your videos, music and other personal files.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Oppo Find 5||7357||-||54,4|
|HTC DROID DNA||7888||13917||59,1|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58,6|
The biggest drawback is the lack of a memory expansion slot, which is a shame with such a pretty screen and powerful camera, both of which presuppose a lot of high-def video capture and playback. There is, however, a 32 GB version listed for $70 more at the Oppo USA website, so that drawback can be easily taken care of.
Internet and connectivity:
Oppo Find 5 uses Chrome as the default browser, and it is a joy to explore websites on the large 5” screen with the amazing 441ppi pixel density. The handset doesn't stutter for a bit rendering complex pages, and you get to see small text as distinct as it comes on a phone. Naturally, there is no Adobe Flash support, so you'd have to resort to some 3rd party software and sideloading if you need it.
We get a rich set of wireless connectivity options on the Find 5 – a 42 Mbps HSPA+ radio comes standard with pentaband support in the international version, including T-Mobile's 1700 MHz band. There are also Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA, FM and NFC radios, while wired connectivity is taken care of by the MHL port at the bottom of the handset.
6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I also would choose Sony Xperia Z instead of Oppo Find 5.
32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"I'll be happier with my Xperia Z."
...you're refering to something that has not been released as yours??
36. aayupanday (Posts: 527; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Well.... I'll be getting it as soon as it gets released in March because there's no scope of getting a Find 5 here in India.
2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
With an SD card this would've EASILY be the best phone on the market.
Definitely worth more than 8!
Look at the price!
If it had a Samsung or HTC badge, I'm sure you would give it a 8. 7 at the very least, Daniel.
Piss poor criteria and review quality if you ask me
12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2692; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
First you say it's worth more than an 8, then you say if it was a Samsung or HTC phone, they would give it an 8. It does have an 8. Do you even have any idea wtf you're saying?
15. boren (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
darac@ One of the most stupid comments I read recently, go home and stop embarrassing yourself.
18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I'm the one embarrassing myself?
I'm sorry to say, but had you been able to use your brain, you'd discern that I stated 8.7 in my comment.
26. boren (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
You continue to write nonsense, but what can you expect from a 12 year old boy .
37. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
You gotta be kidding me.
Oh I dare you to start a debate with me.
Come on, make my day, kid
43. Birds (Posts: 1027; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I agree with you to a certain extent...If they slap an HTC or samsung logo on it, put Nature UX or Sense 4+ on it and use HTC complicated cellphone camera algorithims to oversharpen images, slightly under expose them, and oversaturate reds, then they'd give it an 8.7 rating or higher.
Just my 2 cents...lol
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Don't know and don't care what ya'll say but I'm Impressed!!
28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I also like that the Android buttons are not taking a chuck off the 5" screen. Kinda odd that the Xperia Z has space down there yet they don't utilize it, separate droid buttons work just well, ask any Droid DNA owner. The Oppe Find 5 just looks great, so thin bezel and transparent notification area, it's one giant screen only broken by the white bottom of the holding area. A pity for the MicroSD, so the 32GB version is to get, plus there's probably no HDMI support, but otherwise it's a superb offering strangely getting less buzz now that it's out than when the rumors first came around August 2012. It's still the 2nd world-wide released fullHD phone, and one with a new-gen camera censor.
4. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Its clear now Android+big speced phone= bulls**t!!!
20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
It's clear only that Nokia fanboy + opinion = bulls**t of massive proportions
5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
With all due respect, how's free space and weight an issue for the OF5 but wasn't for say the Droid DNA, an inferior phone with superior PA score? (lower antutu, battery life, camera quality).
I'm very highly impressed with the Sony Exmor RSV2 camera module which doesn't seem to be appreciated enough, plus the IPS screen is superior to the Z's TFT, not the mention the beefier battery, all that costing some $300 less. But I may still sit out this one for an A15 fullHD monster, but right now, overall performance, battery life and affordable price - 32gig version for $569 - the OF5 is a no-brainer.
7. SonyFan (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
good phone, but the perfect 5incher is definitly the Xperia Z
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Worse viewing angles, worse battery life, unrealistic price on that beast though, I'd love to have either, but when it comes to bang for the buck... IPS & 2500mAh is the way to go.
11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...worse battery life..."
How do you know that if Sony Xperia Z is even not released yet?
As you love to talk about the facts, here is some for you:
Does Oppo Find 5 supports 4G as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has microSD Slot as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has 2.2MP Front Facing Camera as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 is dust and water resistant as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has FM radio as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has any specific technologies as Mobile BRAVIA Engine in Sony Xperia Z? No!
Oppo even unable to creat good global web page, then about what customers service and responsiblity we can talk about...
I hope that you now understand why Oppo Find 5 is cheaper than Sony Xperia Z.
14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Genius", battery's capacity isn't only one aspect which determines how long battery will last. It was already proven many times before, so there is no need to spread unreasonable propositions about battery's life.
16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Early review supports this but hey, you buy one and let us know about it, chances are good however that you'll be too busy trying to figure out what does a TFT screen do on a $900 device - well good luck finding anything darker than grey haha. :).
Now back on topic, which is Oppo Find 5: sunlight performance is stellar as expected, so sharing mainly low-light, which is quite good too.
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Now this is what 441ppi looks like in real life:
Impressive sharpness, saturation and contrast.
17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
At the moment I don't pay any atention to any Sony Xperia Z comparisons with other smartphones because Sony Xperia Z is still not released and Sony Xperia Z in the comparison may be only a prototype not the final version.
Talking about pixels per inch Sony Xperia Z also has 441 density.
Many of your links just doesn't work.
21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Screen, battery capacity and camera lens won't change from pre-release to box, and they are not satisfied on those fronts, but you're right, you should wait for the final release, but why troll about "your next phone" in an unrelated thread?
24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Screen, battery capacity and camera lens won't change from pre-release to box..."
Yes, but software configurations may still change. For example displays calibration, cameras calibration, how long battery will last may also depend on software.
"but why troll about "your next phone" in an unrelated thread?"
Says person who previously used to troll about Oppo Find 5 on Sony Xperia Z articles...
Also I still not sure if Sony Xperia Z will be my next smartphone.
22. tino96 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I love it how people like you think they know so much about everything.
Oppo Find5: WiFi Display!
Does Oppo Find5 have any specific technologies (yours is just a marketing gimmick...)? Is that what you said?
Cause I couldn't hear you over the Dirac HD stereo sound system while taking slow-mo videos @ 120fps and pictures in fast burst mode with hardware powered HDR...
But on the Xperia Z it says Sony... so maybe now it is understandable that it will cost $300 more...
23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"I love it how people like you think they know so much about everything."
I don't say that I know so much about everything and you don't know what I'm thinking so it is only your interpretation. I just stated already known technical configurations.
"Oppo Find5: WiFi Display!"
Sony Xperia Z also has Wireless Display Mirroring feature!
"Does Oppo Find5 have any specific technologies (yours is just a marketing gimmick...)? Is that what you said?"
No I was talking not about marketing gimmick, again it is only your interpretation.
"Cause I couldn't hear you over the Dirac HD stereo sound system while taking slow-mo videos @ 120fps and pictures in fast burst mode with hardware powered HDR..."
Sony Xperia Z also has HDR and Fast Burst Mode.
Talking about 120Fps, I'm pretty sure that hardware is capable of doing that, but not sure if Sony will allow that, anyway even if Sony will limit it, ther should be software solution for that. Just wait for official release and we will see.
25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Firs you call Mobile BRAVIA Engine as a marketing gimmick and then you are talking about Oppo Find 5 120Fps...
31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I just watched teardown of Oppo Find 5, looks cheap and difficult to disassemble.
9. BigBoss10 (Posts: 233; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
I cant Find OPPO 5 :D
Xperia Z is the best love you Sony =P
10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Haha, I like how truth hurts some ppl. In any case, if your next device will have the Exmor RS, let it by the Xperia Z, OF5, iPhone 5S and I'm sure others, those will definitely perform as good a mid-range point&shooter except for Zoom. Now Nokia should put together the 808 lends to a modern OS phone and we'll have plenty of photography options.
27. scsa852k (Posts: 302; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
The price is tempting.
Although Paying $349 for Nexus 4 16GB would be a smarter choice.
29. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Definitely picking the Xperia Z over this.
30. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
From the looks of it...the Droid DNA looks like the best of the lot. Saw a video of the Xperia Z and while the body is gorgeous, it's stuttery according to a review by Clove.uk. So despite the better looking UI among the three, Sony needs to harmonize Timescape with the hardware some more.
45. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
nova launcher might work good with the Xperia Z or any other launcher
40. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
If this is the quality you expect to see on the experia z camera I'm going to pass.
The lumia 920 and Iphone 5 have more detailed images and better overall quality.
I am not impressed by the new Sony sensor at all!
44. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
OMG an SD card really isn't that important I store lots of movies on my Nexus through Play
movies I just stream them over data and wifi. Music is stored in a cloud and played over wifi and my pictures are stored on Google+ Instant upload. My books and magazines are the same play books and play magazines. An SD isn't that important and they are truly going out of style and if you don't use cloud based services then start using them it's only your loss to not use them
46. BitterTruth (unregistered)
Looks like PSY's OPPA was inspired by finder 5's Oppo :D
47. mrboomboom (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2013)
this isn't a fair review. i dont think it even mentioned the bi-weekly updates. I could be wrong, I only read through it once. I personally like what sony is doing in terms of hardware with the sony xperia z, but the direction oppo is taking in terms of software with the OF5 is awesome! sure on paper the xperia z might have more bells and whistles but it really all depends on personal preference. so the OF5 doesnt support LTE, thats no problem for me I have t-mobile, we dont have LTE anyway. I have no problem with no microSD slot, im using a 16gb nexus 4 right now and am having no problems with storage. fm radio? whyyyy?! the OF5 has tons of potential. don't just go by this review, do some research.. the OF5 biweekly updating is going to be awesome..