Oppo Find 7 Review
Interface and functionality
Double-tap-to-wake is a must for this form factor, and the Find 7 has it; it's also packing a skinned, but ultimately simplistic and user-friendly mod of Android.
Powering the Find 7 software-wise is Oppo's ColorOS interface, on top of of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. We felt like ColorOS strikes a fine balance between offering extra functionality and keeping things simple and accessible. Considering the size of the device, we're definitely happy to see that Oppo is offering double-tap-to-wake type functionality to the 7.
We also dig Oppo's inclusion of gestures. Two of those come by default, and can be drawn directly on the screen when it's locked – a shortcut to the camera (draw an “O”) and one for the flashlight (draw a “V”). You can create your own gestures and define their behavior (i.e. open a specific app, or directly call your mom), but these won't work if the screen is off. Instead, you'll have to swipe the top left side of the status bar to open the so-called gesture panel, which kind of defeats the idea of quick access.
The third and last more interesting feature of the 7 is its access to the very extensive treasure troves of themes available right through a built-in app. You can change the look and style of both your home and lock screens – for example, you can easily transform to Find 7 to look alike to stock Android. Of course, the settings menus and built-in Oppo apps will only see a change in icons – everything else will look as the manufacturer initially intended it.
Speaking of those, ColorOS leaves no stone unturned. Essential apps like the Dialer, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, and E-mail, all have seen intervention from Oppo, but we, again, like their simplistic, down-to-the-point, but modern look and standard functioning. Of course, Oppo hasn't missed the opportunity to add some extra apps. For example, we found that the built-in Guest mode is one of the better implementations of the functionality: you essentially can get two unlock patterns working simultaneously – one for you, and one for your children. In the same vein, we found the pre-loaded App encryption app handy – it essentially allows you to lock certain apps, like the Gallery, where you may have sensitive content. Last, but not least, the Permission Monitor app allows you to keep track of which apps are making use of what kind of data and functionality on your phone. What's more, you can deny certain privileges on a per-app basis.
Processor and memory
The Find 7 offers more power than you'll know what to do with – the interface is smooth as silk, and even 3D games are not a challenge.
Despite the Quad HD display, the Oppo Find 7 is busting our synthetic benchmark charts with the fastest Snapdragon 801version – the 2.5GHz quad-core MSM8974AC chip - and 3 GB of RAM. It's the same processor found in the Galaxy S5 and LG , and neither apps, nor games, can manage the feat of pressuring the silicone inside. In addition, we noticed that the Find 7 powers through everything, from the basics, like navigating around the UI, through heavy gaming titles without a hitch.
You'll find the generous 32 GB of storage on board with the Find, but you do have the option to expand through a microSD card, for up to 128GB more.
Internet and connectivity
With such a beastly processor ticking underneath the Find 7's exterior, it should be no surprise to hear that the browsing experience on Oppo's new device is a frills-free experience. The phone loads even heavier pages quickly, and navigating even full-sized websites is a breeze thanks to the responsive nature of Chrome.
As can be expected, the 7 also offers a sizable cache of connectivity options, including 4G LTE and 42 Mbps HSPA+ modems. There's Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 5 GHz Wi-Fi/ac, and A-GPS, but no infared port for remote-controlling electronics around the house, as with many other seasonal flagships.