OPPO R7 Plus Review
Interface and functionality
ColorOS is a lively user interface with many user-centric features.
At present, the Oppo R7 Plus runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is technically the most up-to-date build of Android as version 6.0 Marshmallow isn't quite ready to launch. There's no word yet on whether an update to the latter is planned for the R7 Plus. Android is skinned with the ColorOS 2.1 interface, which we're okay with for the most part. Like most Chinese user interfaces of today, it borrows design bits from Apple's iOS. The familiarities are evident in aspects foreign to Android, such as the lack of an app drawer. We also find a very iOS-like camera app and a horizontal card-based app switching menu.
While the UI is reminiscent of iOS, we're noticing an attempt to preserve and promote Android's customization spirit. An example of that is the Theme Store with pre-made themes to spice up your lockscreen and homescreen with new sets of icons and backgrounds. Unfortunately, it has been a long while since new themes have been published, so despite having plenty of them on offer, the place seems abandoned. But if you don't want to download pre-made themes, just hit Personalize, and you'll be presented a weekly-updated gallery of wallpapers in all sorts of categories. There are also some lockscreen themes to enjoy as well, but overall, Oppo needs to inject more life in the Theme store.
Oppo's stock apps and menus look simplistic, and they don't compromise functionality or user pleasantries. Oppo has seemingly rebuilt almost each app from the ground-up, presenting fresh, yet not "all sorts of better" takes on AOSP and Google apps such as Contacts, Email, Calendar, Clock, Calculator, Files, and anything in between. There is also a built-in performance optimization app called Security Center. It is reasonably competent for a stock app, and it could easily take care of your system clean-up and maintenance needs, unless you favor a specific application or look after “power user” functionality.
While the screen is turned off, one can double-tap on it to wake the phone up, draw an O to start the camera app, or control music playback. Thankfully, these work quite reliably! Also, with the screen on, you can take a screenshot using three fingers, use two fingers to adjust the volume, double tap the display to lock the screen, activate the camera with a finger gesture, and swipe from the bottom left/right to launch or exit apps. These gestures work well too, and are actually pretty cool, but it's up to you to decide whether they'll become essential functionality. And while we're at it, one can also set specific hours where the smartphone will power on or power off.
A notable addition is fingerprint security. After taking a reading of your unique finger pattern, you can use that to unlock the smartphone and open locked applications. Again, the fingerprint scanner on the R7 Plus isn't the most seamless one we've pressed an index finger against. Sometimes it works just fine, but in some cases, it might require two to three tries to register your input.
Processor and memory
Solid processing, but bad graphics performance and some UI stutter.
The Oppo R7 Plus sports the same hardware configuration as the smaller R7 before it. We're talking of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC (octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, Adreno 405 GPU) and an ample 3 gigabytes of RAM. Oppo is providing you with 32GB of internal storage, which you're able to increase via a microSD card, provided you don't want to take advantage of the dual-SIM functionality. You'd be left with about 23GB of usable storage space, and whatever your preferred cloud service may have in store.
In performance benchmarks, the Oppo R7 Plus performs identically to the Oppo R7, giving out solid processing scores, but bad 3D graphics performance. The phablet can handle casual titles and most 3D games, but don't expect smooth frame rates in really advanced stuff, such as Gameloft's Asphalt 8 and Modern Warfare. In general, the R7 Plus is competent at handling the essential everyday tasks. Applications generally start fast and we didn't experience any random reboots, crashes, or RAM management problems. However, we must note that the user interface is prone to some lag and stutter — nothing outrageous, but you might be annoyed at times.
AnTuTu Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 37368
Google Nexus 6 49480
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
LG G4 50330
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 1184
Google Nexus 6 2731
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1230.33
LG G4 2369
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 2369
Google Nexus 6 3644
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3041
LG G4 3948
Sunspider Lower is better
OPPO R7 Plus 1383.9
Google Nexus 6 797.6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1087.87
LG G4 730.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 15
Google Nexus 6 27.9
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
LG G4 25
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 6.2
Google Nexus 6 12
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
LG G4 9.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 963
Google Nexus 6 1470
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1038.67
LG G4 1549
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 718
Google Nexus 6 1062
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1112.67
LG G4 1112
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 3176
Google Nexus 6 3295
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3259.67
LG G4 3559
Internet and connectivity
Competent enough for reliable browsing, but a B+ experience overall.
The Oppo R7 Plus is 4G LTE Cat. 4-capable, and works with the essential GSM, UMTS, and FDD/TDD LTE spectrums thanks to its Qualcomm modem. Therefore, chances are you won't find yourself out of range in most parts of the world. The Oppo R7 Plus is also a dual-SIM device, but with a catch. The SIM slot can house either a microSD card and a single Nano SIM or up to two Nano SIM cards simultaneously. Additionally, the Oppo R7 Plus supports HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, and GPRS connectivity. Of course, it also has built-in GPS.
The stock Oppo browser is competent enough for reliable browsing. It's got typical options, such as choosing a default search engine and adding favorites, along with stuff like traceless browsing, No Picture and Night modes, and a built-in download manager. However, the browser is a bit sluggish while displaying and scrolling pages. It's nothing too terrible, as the browser is still useful — just not very, shall we say, exciting. Chrome, which is available from the orderly Google apps folder, tends to be a bit faster, but not incredibly so. Overall, browsing on the Oppo R7 Plus is a B+ experience, although that fine 6-inch display does a great job massaging all that lovely content into your retinas.
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- Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 32 GB
- Battery 4100 mAh