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Oppo Find 5 Review

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Oppo Find 5 Review
Voices are loud and clear in the earpiece of the Oppo Find 5, without any serious distortions or hollow sounds. The noise-canceling mics do their jobs well in filtering the street fluff while we were talking, and the other side said we sounded strong, though a tad distorted at times. The overall impression is for an above average, but not exceptional call quality.


Battery:

Oppo has equipped its flagship with a generous 2,500 mAh battery, which is more than its competing Full HD 5-inchers, and less than the giant Note II, for example. Exact talking times aren't listed yet, but we didn't notice any unusual battery drain, and you should be able to survive day, day and a half without plugging in, depending on usage.

We made a small experiment charging the battery overnight to break it in, and running a 1080 DivX movie at 75% screen brightness, and the phone lasted just shy of 5 hours until the battery died, which is about what one should expect with such a workload, but nothing exceptional either.


Conclusion:

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that these days any electronics manufacturer can pick Android and slap together a phone or two with off-the-shelf parts. The real challenge, however, is to pick the right ingredients for polished performance in all aspects, and fuse it together with proprietary software overlay, so that the handset both delivers on the usability front, and differentiates you in the mind of consumers from the sea of Android phones.

The relatively unknown Oppo has done just that with the Find 5 – it got the best large screen on the market in terms of pixel density and the other criteria, powered the phone with a proven fast chipset, snatched one of the best mobile camera sensors, and enhanced the audio experience in both headset and speaker modes, as well as provided good call quality.

All of this is wrapped together in an appealing design, both for the hardware and the software overlay, while Oppo placed the largest battery in the phone's class to make sure the thing keeps on ticking longer. Moreover, Oppo USA lists a $499.99 price for the SIM-free 16 GB version, and $569.99 for the 32 GB, so the pricing is kept decent, too.

Only a few things are keeping the Oppo Find 5 from being the bee's knees – the lack of microSD slot means you are stuck with about 11 GB of user-available memory, which will be quickly filled with media given the drool-worthy screen and powerful handset. Also, the unibody phone feels solid, but quite large and heavy in the hand, and the side buttons go a tad shallow.

Still, the handset costs 20% less than the established flagship brands, and manages to stuff a larger battery than the competition. Moreover, the 32 GB version renders the lack of expandable storage point somewhat moot, so if you want top-notch specs for cheaper, the Oppo Find 5 deserves your careful consideration.

Natural competitors are the DROID DNA/HTC Butterfly, which is a tad larger, and comes with a smaller battery, as well as the Sony Xperia Z, which is waterproof, with premium compact design and microSD slot, but comes more expensive.

Software is not final retail one; version: X909EN_13_130125

Oppo Find 5 Video Review:


Pros

  • Bright 1080x1920 pixel Full HD screen with very good viewing angles
  • 20% cheaper than competing flagships
  • HDR video mode comes handy in many situations
  • Strong and clear loudspeaker

Cons

  • Basic version comes with 11 GB of user-available memory
  • The handset is on the heavy and uncomfortable side
  • Jittery autofocus and framerate during video capture
  • Side key travel is shallow
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posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:42 21

1. aayupanday (Posts: 358; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I'll be happier with my Xperia Z.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 10:41 18

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I also would choose Sony Xperia Z instead of Oppo Find 5.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 19:51 4

32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; 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??

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 22:33 5

36. aayupanday (Posts: 358; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:52 8

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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:41 3

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1930; 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?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:19 4

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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 13:38 1

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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 15:53 4

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 .

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:50

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

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 20:49

43. Birds (Posts: 927; 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

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:53 4

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Don't know and don't care what ya'll say but I'm Impressed!!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:01 1

28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 10:32

4. N-fanboy (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Its clear now Android+big speced phone= bulls**t!!!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 13:45 6

20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


It's clear only that Nokia fanboy + opinion = bulls**t of massive proportions

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 10:36 4

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 10:54 10

7. SonyFan (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


good phone, but the perfect 5incher is definitly the Xperia Z

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:00 7

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:30 14

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:49

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I read the specs genius.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:01 4

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:22 2

16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; 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. :).

http://mobilarena.hu/dl/cnt/2013-01/93425/displays3_big.jpg
http://mobilarena.hu/dl/cnt/2013-01/93425/displays2_big.jpg

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.
http://timg.eprice.com.hk/hk/mobile/img/2013-01/24/49276/unrealandy_4_4693_76dc5a1bccfe1a44ebc1378445e10c97ori.jpg
http://www.ringhk.com/editor/oppo/20130201_oppo_find5_pic01.jpg
http://img0.pconline.com.cn/pconline/1301/24/3164880_1.jpg
http://www.ringhk.com/editor/oppo/20130201_oppo_find5_pic06.jpg

Now this is what 441ppi looks like in real life:
http://www.abload.de/img/dsc03673x8bh8.jpg
http://www.abload.de/img/dsc03670k8zjc.jpg
http://www.abload.de/img/dsc03672jga4a.jpg

Impressive sharpness, saturation and contrast.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 13:19 1

17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; 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.

P.S.
Many of your links just doesn't work.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 14:09 1

21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; 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?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 15:22 1

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 14:12 3

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...

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 15:08

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 15:25

25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; 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...

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:36

31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I just watched teardown of Oppo Find 5, looks cheap and difficult to disassemble.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:04 7

9. BigBoss10 (Posts: 196; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


I cant Find OPPO 5 :D
Xperia Z is the best love you Sony =P

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:11 1

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 17:28 3

27. scsa852k (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


The price is tempting.
Although Paying $349 for Nexus 4 16GB would be a smarter choice.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:01 2

29. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Definitely picking the Xperia Z over this.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:27

30. Mr.Best (Posts: 75; 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.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:56

45. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


nova launcher might work good with the Xperia Z or any other launcher

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:16

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!

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:55 2

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

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 02:03 1

46. BitterTruth (unregistered)


Looks like PSY's OPPA was inspired by finder 5's Oppo :D

posted on 13 May 2013, 05:55 1

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..

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OPPO Find 5

OPPO Find 5

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.58 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches
(141.8 x 68.8 x 8.9 mm)
5.82 oz  (165 g)

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