Oppo Find 7a Review

Call quality

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.

Battery life

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.

hours Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a
6h 6 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)

minutes Lower is better
OPPO Find 7a
82
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
135
HTC One (M8)
207
Samsung Galaxy S5
122

Conclusion


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


Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Direct sunlight makes the display hard to operate
  • Blueish screen
  • Battery loses too much juice in standby mode

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

8.5
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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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