Oppo Find 7 Review
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
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.
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.