Oppo Find 7 Review
Voices are properly transmitted and more than loud enough.
Both the microphone and the in-ear speaker on the Oppo Find 7 proved most capable in our testing. For its part, the microphone transmitted our voices pleasantly to the other side, with minimal distortions, which were only noticeable when we raised our voices. That wasn't needed however, as the other side was hearing us very loudly already. As for the in-ear speaker, it's similarly top-notch. Voices' timbers were properly carried over to the other side, and you and your caller both will know who's on the other side instantaneously.
You just gotta try the Rapid Charger, but battery life is pretty average.
Keeping the lights on is a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery, which should offer at least a day of moderate usage. Oppo doesn't cite official talk and standby time for the Find 7, but we ran our standardized battery test, and the phone barely lasted four and a half hours of screen-on time at our standard test brightness, putting it at the bottom of the flagship endurance this season, and indicating that the Quad HD display is indeed a battery hog - at least the panel that is in the Oppo find 7.
What sets the phone apart here, however, is the inclusion of what Oppo is calling the Rapid Charger. That's a larger-than-average wall charger, which outputs 4.5A of current (instead of the average 1A to 2A), and is able to very rapidly juice the battery. In one instance, we managed to replenish the whopping 56% of charge in just 23 minutes, which is really impressive. Still, going from zero to hero takes about hour and a half, which is not that much shorter than topping up the LG G Pro 2, or the G3, for instance, which take less than two hours to charge completely.
The Oppo Find 7 seems to be a stellar flagship on paper – it's got a huge Quad HD display, overachieving processor, plenty of memory, and a high-res camera. It is, however, marred by some mishaps. The body is fairly ergonomic for a 5.5-incher, but still not as compact as the G3 with the same screen size. The display might be with drool-worthy pixel density, but it's dim and very inaccurate in terms of color presentation. We might have a fairly generous battery capacity, but the QHD display power draw throws the Find 7 at the bottom of the seasonal flagship rankings when it comes to battery life.
These disappointments team up with the fact that the phone is not running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and costs $599/EUR 480, which is in the ballpark of more popular handsets with similar specs. For a tad more dough, you can grab the LG G3, which is more ergonomic to hold and operate, and offers a better display with the same size and pixel density, plus an optically-stabilized camera. Another competitor in the range is the Galaxy S5, which will give you a more compact chassis, better camera, and longer battery life. Last but not least, the Sony Xperia Z2 offers a waterproof chassis, and stellar battery life, all for a similar price.
Software version: 1.2.0i