Oppo Find 7a Review

Interface and functionality

Double-tap-to-wake is a must for this form factor, and the Find 7a has it! It's also packing a skinned, but ultimately simplistic and user-friendly mod on Android.

Powering the Find 7a software-wise is Oppo's ColorOS, 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. On the whole, ColorOS differentiates itself from your average Android handset in three main ways. Considering the size of the device, we're definitely happy to see that Oppo is joining up with manufacturers like LG by offering double-tap-to-wake type functionality to the 7a – simply tapping the screen twice will both wake and put the screen to sleep.

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 7a is its access to the very extensive treasure troves of themes available right through a built-in app. So you can change the look and style of both your home and lock screens – for example, you can easily transform the Find 7a to look alike 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, and most of these are actually useful. 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

It's simple: the Find 7a offers more power than you'll know what to do with.

The Oppo Find 7a finished in the top 5 of our best performers when it came to synthetic benchmarks, and that's not surprising in the slightest. Packing a monstrous, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip and 2GB of RAM, neither apps, nor games, can manage the feat of pressuring the silicone inside. The Find 7a powers through everything, from the basics, like navigating around the UI, through heavy gaming titles almost with a smirk.

You'll find 16GB of storage on board with the 7a, but you do have the option to expand through a microSD card for up to 128GB more.

Quadrant Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 21584
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 22270
HTC One (M8) 19139
Samsung Galaxy S5 25041
AnTuTu Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 36694
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 31543
HTC One (M8) 31075
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 1330.67
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 1214
HTC One (M8) 1171
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 2882
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2766
HTC One (M8) 1673
Samsung Galaxy S5 1632
Sunspider Lower is better
OPPO Find 7a 744.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 599
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 10.6
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 9.77
HTC One (M8) 11
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 1120
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 1033.6
HTC One (M8) 1071
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054

Internet and connectivity

Wonderfully connected.

With such a beastly processor ticking underneath the Find 7a's exterior, it should be no surprise to hear that browsing 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 the built-in Chrome browser.

As can be expected, the 7a also offers a sizable cache of connectivity options. There's Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 5GHz Wi-Fi, and A-GPS, along with FDD-LTE with support for bands 1, 3, 7, and 20.

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27 Comments

1. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Just flash CyanogenMOD 11s and you have the review of One Plus One.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

seems like One+1 has coppied the design of oppo and put high end specs... so copying the design saved a lot of designing cost, I am getting cheap phone as a result... thumbs up to chinese... for my benefit, I am a copy lover

26. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Oppo is the original and is the obvious maker of Oneplus One. This explain all the similarities. Also makes me want to buy the phone more because Oppo is actually quality stuff.

19. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

You mean the Find 7a +1?

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No, oneplus1

21. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Right. That's what I said: The Find 7a +1

22. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Even the gray hulk is more intelligent than you.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks like the Find 7a is a good phone. The OnePlus One is more affordable, has 3GB RAM and I get the sense the OnePlus team is more fanatical about the details than Oppo is. I'm hoping the OnePlus One audio output voltage is higher then Find 7a as well. I know if I were the fanatic leading OnePlus it would be :) Of course the downside to OnePlus is that they will be making fewer phones than buyers want to buy, probably for the remainder of 2014.

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The only phones with decent audio output voltage are HTC and Apple, the One M8 currently seems to have the highest of them all. The OnePlus One makes this phone irrelevant because it is the same thing but for way cheaper.

3. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

First Chinese phone scored 9 on PA , I guess

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What about the HTC One from the Republic of China?

29. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

ROC, or Taiwan isn't considered China. Their products are much better than what the Chinese ever make.

4. SleepingOz unregistered

I'd pick it over the M8 or the Z2 any day! And even over the S5(hardware wise).

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Looking forward for their after sales service though.

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

For me, I dont care about after sale service bcoz I have a bad experience with apple which is way too expensive... I'll prefer to buy cheap one+1 n incase of any fault, throw it n buy a new one.. still cheaper then iphone

27. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I'm in the same bucket as you. But it depends how good the phone is though. I have no experience of Oppo and doesn't know anyone who own one either. Great score doesn't mean great overall experience through 2 years.

8. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I'm waiting for the oneplus one!:)

11. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

And the build quality of the OnePlus One should be the same as the Find7, since both are made by the same production line team.

14. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

is it really too much to ask for a high end smartphone between 4.3 and 4.7"?

18. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Too little to ask.

23. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, dude.

28. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

The M8 has a 5.0" screen with on screen buttons. Once you minus off the area used for on screen buttons your usable screen space is around 4.6-4.7", even the Z2 technically has a usable space of around 4.7-4.8"; reason I say that is because in lots of apps you can't make those nav buttons disappear. They're persistent on the desktop, in chrome, in practically all apps besides the media player and a handful of games. My Moto G has a usable/viewable screen size of 4.1-4.2" most of the time. So in the end this really isn't a 4.5" screen... You're welcome.

16. saktiana

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Oppo is excellent...

17. JayBEE

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Bring on t3h 7!

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Find 7a
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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