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Oppo Find 7 Review

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Oppo Find 7 Review

Oppo Find 7 Review
Oppo Find 7 Review
Oppo Find 7 Review
Oppo Find 7 Review
Oppo Find 7 Review
Introduction


It's been over a year since we first came across the Oppo Find 5 – the company's flagship that really put the otherwise obscure company at the time on the map – but here we are with the next generation flagship, the Find 7. It was the first handset announced with a 5.5” Quad HD resolution display, so our curiosity about how the handset turned out is explicable. In fact, Oppo has two almost identical handsets up for grabs now – the Find 7a with 1080p screen that we've already reviewed, and the top-shelf Find 7 that is the topic of this conversation.

What makes it top-shelf, you ask? Well, it eschews the 5.5” 1080p display for one with the breathtaking Quad HD (1440x2560) resolution, and sports faster processor, more memory, and a larger battery. That warrants the Find 7's $100 higher price than the Find 7a, but is it all worth it? Let's find out...

In the box:
  • 4.5A wall charger with support for VOOC rapid charging
  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • microUSB cable


Design

The Find 7 is an orthodox slab with a faux carbon fiber cover.

The Find 7has clear-cut lines and an overall simplistic design. Frankly, and despite failing to mount a challenge against an aluminum-clad phone like HTC's One, the Find 7 definitely begs no questions – its high-end beginnings are obvious even to passersby. Unsurprisingly, it's made of polycarbonate, though the chrome ornaments seen with the frame, the buttons on the side, and even the camera ring, do add to the overall beautiful and sturdy construction of the phone. The rear shell has an intricate mesh texture to it, which is soft-touch, and resembles carbon fiber.

The large size (6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches (152.6 x 75 x 9.2mm), and significant weight (6.03 oz (171 g), make the Find 7 one of the less comfortable to use phones. To put that into perspective, the Find 7 is significantly larger than the Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, and even the LG G3, which has the same screen size. When put side-by-side with the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, however, the Find 7 shows a slightly taller, but noticeably narrower and easier to handle body.

At the front, you have a set of capacitive navigation keys and an inconspicuous rainbow-shaped LED notification light on the bottom. Looking at the Find 7 sideways, we have the power button on the left, while the volume rocker took to the right side of the frame. Unfortunately, these are rather flush with the surface, and offer minimal travel.


OPPO Find 7
6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches
152.6 x 75 x 9.2
6.03 oz (171 g)

OPPO Find 7

LG G3
5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)

LG G3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72 x 8 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

Apart from the amazing resolution, the QHD panel of the Find 7 is a snooze – it is not color correct and is hard to read outdoor.

The Oppo Find 7's bragging rights come in the form of a 5.5-inch IPS panel with a Quad HD resolution of 1440x2560 pixels, for a density of 538 ppi. This ensures an utterly crisp viewing experience. This pixel density is actually one of the few good points about the panel.

The display returned the whopping 10371K on our color reproduction measurements. That's the largest deviation from the reference 6500K white point we've ever recorded on a flagship phone, meaning that the screen on the Find 7 is way too cold. Not only are the whites not white at all, but rather blue – it's also all the other colors that appear cold and lifeless, especially when put next to a normal color-correct panel. The colors themselves are rather off the mark, and that goes especially for the blue range, but for the reds as well, too.

The screen's maximum brightness of 390 nits is rather low as well, and doesn't help outdoors with the sun shining over your shoulder. On top of that, the coating is not up to par, making the screen too reflective, so reading the display outdoor is rather hard. The only other bright spots are the screen's viewing angles, which are decent from all sides, and the fact that it can be operated with gloves on.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
LG G3 455
(Good)
9
(Average)
1:997
(Average)
7099
(Good)
2.26
3.60
(Good)
2.86
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8183
(Poor)
2.25
5.08
(Average)
7.38
(Average)
OPPO Find 7 390
(Average)
6
(Good)
1:1476
(Excellent)
10371
(Poor)
2.33
4.92
(Average)
9.55
(Poor)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 360
(Average)
4.6
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7972
(Average)
2.25
5.5
(Average)
6.93
(Average)
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posted on 27 Jun 2014, 08:45

1. salaal (Posts: 65; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


The lock screen is just like the iPhones.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 08:48 5

2. Jinto (Posts: 295; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


This is one of the best phones of 2014,
PA, I dont care about your ratings, this deserves one of the top spots

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:04 2

4. jellmoo (Posts: 625; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Why? That screen is absolutely terrible.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 06:30 2

15. Deeoop (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jun 2014)


I think Phonearena might have had a defective display on its Find 7 in this review. Or defective eyes :P

According to Danny Windget the Find 7 display is more color accurate than the G3. Especially whites.

You can clearly see it here in his hands on video where he puts them side by side.

Search for "Oppo Find 7 QHD/2K Unboxing and Walkthrough (with LG G3 Display Comparison)" on youtube.

The G3's whites are gray. Find 7 are truly white.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:12 2

6. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 305; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I'm a big Oppo fan and I'm gonna say they dropped the ball on this one. One of their least attractive designs yet (Although certainly still nice), the screen sounds like a leap with more drawbacks than advantages, and I'd much rather have excellent battery life than fast charging.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 08:48 3

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


LG G3 is better.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:10 1

5. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


I expected more. The UI looks terrible.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:21 4

7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


G3 any day..

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:22 1

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Color UI = Turnoff...

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:34

9. DONUT (Posts: 271; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


base on the benchmarks, does it just mean that LG didnt optimise the processor properly?

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 12:31

10. vuyonc (Posts: 128; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Yup, QHD displays suck.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 01:46

11. alexvv (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


it's about 110 euro more expensive than a z1 and about 120 than an htc one... ok oppo... calm down with the pricing...

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 05:58

12. midhunkm (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


The phone charges up very fast but it also drains off fast

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 01:04

13. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Seems strange to see the G3's display results... Did I miss their correction? Why do they keep doing mistakes over and over again?

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 06:27

14. Deeoop (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jun 2014)


I think Phonearena might have had a defective display on its Find 7 in this review. Or defective eyes :P

According to Danny Windget the Find 7 display is more color accurate than the G3. Especially whites.

You can clearly see it here in his hands on video where he puts them side by side.

Search for "Oppo Find 7 QHD/2K Unboxing and Walkthrough (with LG G3 Display Comparison)" on youtube.

The G3's whites are gray. Find 7 are truly white.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 09:11

16. vuyonc (Posts: 128; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Suck it up and accept the truth. You can't argue with a colorimeter.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 13:15

17. Deeoop (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jun 2014)


Hence why I said that they might have had a unit with a defective screen.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 13:39 1

18. daffyk (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jun 2014)


Your random youtube reviewer didn't use a colorimeter. I'd rather trust the science than some guy who just uses his subjective impression

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 13:41

19. daffyk (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jun 2014)


They dropped the ball on this one. Was waiting for so long but v disappointed with that screen.

Any news on the partition table? The Find 7a is basically unusable because it splits /data and /sdcard, leaving you with just 3GB to install apps. Hope the 7 doesn't use the same 2009-era setup

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OPPO Find 7

OPPO Find 7

OS: Android 4.3
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Display5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (538 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC, Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400 processor
3072 MB RAM
Size6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches
(152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm)
6.03 oz  (171 g)

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