Oppo Find 7a Review
Voices are properly transmitted and more than loud enough.
Both the microphone and the in-ear speaker on the Oppo Find 7a 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 end instantaneously.
You just gotta try the Rapid Charger.
Keeping the lights on is a 2800 mAh Li-Po battery, which offers over a day of heavy usage. Unfortunately, the Find 7a doesn't quite handle pro-longed standby periods as well as some others, and drops about 10 to 15% charge during the night. Thankfully, this issue is offset by the inclusion of what Oppo is calling the Rapid Charger.
The Rapid Charger is a larger-than-average wall charger, which outputs 4.5A of current (instead of 1A to 1.5A), and is able to very rapidly charge the battery. From our own testing, the Find 7a gains 1% of charge every 30 seconds. In fact, in one instance, we managed to replenish the whopping 56% of charge in just 23 minutes, which is really impressive.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
The Find 7a truly has it all – an attractive and ergonomic body, massive performance muscle, and a worthy flagship camera. And best of all? It comes carrying the relatively affordable price tag of $499 unlocked.
That's a significant discount when compared with flagship phablets like the Note 3 (~ $699), or even the HTC One max (~ $599). As importantly, the Find 7a is not spectator -- it actually manages to successfully spar with the big boys. Even the all-new Galaxy S5 (~ $649) is not out of its league, though Samsung's new flagship comes with a better camera and beastly battery longevity. The HTC One M8 is also notably more expensive (~ $639), but comes with a full-blown aluminum unibody and a set of front-facing speakers to be reckoned with.
In any case, the Find 7a is very likely Oppo's greatest achievement to date, and one that we definitely feel deserves a spot on the world stage.
Software version: 1.2.0i
- Attractive and ergonomic design
- Simplistic manufacturer skin with double-tap-to-wake functionality
- A performance powerhouse
- Great camera overall
- Rapid charging is awesome
- Relatively affordable, at $499 unlocked
- Direct sunlight makes the display hard to operate
- Blueish screen
- Battery loses too much juice in standby mode
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- 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