Oppo Find 5 Review

Call quality:

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.


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.


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:


  • 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


  • 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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