Oppo R819 Review

Interface and functionality


When you order the Oppo R819, you can actually choose between a stock Android experience and Oppo's Color ROM. The custom interface, which looks like one of the numerous GO Launcher skins, sits on top of plain vanilla Android 4.2.1. The UI features large, colorful rounded icons, transparent dock and app drawer backgrounds, a few transitional animations you can choose from, a bunch of pretty widgets, and a dark-on-white color scheme for the menus that is easy on the eye.

There are up to nine homescreens you can add, and Oppo has turned one of the homescreens into a dedicated music player manager with an old school turntable visual to turn the song on or off. A couple of preloaded apsp like Lomo Camera, tools and utilities folder, as well as an edition of Kingsoft Office round up Oppo's preinstalled software. The on-screen keyboard seems to be the stock Android affair, and because of the handset's dimensions, it is pretty easy to type on with one hand, plus it has Swype-like functionality present if that's what rocks your boat.

Now off to the nitty-gritty about the interface – you can rearrange the dock icons, even the app drawer one, any way you please just by tapping and holding on them. There is a swipable row of connectivity toggles in the notification bar, as with most self-respecting manufacturer overlays these days, but you can actually call the respective setting with all its submenus when you tap and hold on a toggle. A few well-animated lock screen options are present, should you get tired of the default one, but no extra skins or themes for the overall interface.

The only thing that raises some eyebrows is that you can't immediately drag an app icon to the homescreen after a long-press, but have to actually drag it down to an action bar first. The settings menu and the dialer use tabbed categories, so have this in mind if you are looking for an option, and can't find it in the scroll list.

Processor and memory


A 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 chipset with PowerVR SGX544 GPU is in the phone, alongside 1 GB of RAM. Being a frugal Cortex-A7 affair, this processor is no speed king like the A15s in the flagships, or even the A9s, so you can expect some lag while you wander around the interface, and app loading isn't quick either.

The Oppo R819 comes with 16 GB of internal storage, of which about 13 GB are user-available, and there is no memory card slot for expansion.

Quadrant Higher is better
OPPO R819 4962
Huawei Ascend P6 5228
LG Optimus F7 5708
Sony Xperia ZR 8216
AnTuTu Higher is better
OPPO R819 14348
Huawei Ascend P6 14220
LG Optimus F7 10917
Sony Xperia ZR 21045
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
OPPO R819 14
Huawei Ascend P6 22
LG Optimus F7 18
Sony Xperia ZR 45
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
OPPO R819 499
Huawei Ascend P6 453
LG Optimus F7 614
Sony Xperia ZR 652
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
OPPO R819 1431
Huawei Ascend P6 1462
LG Optimus F7 2192
Sony Xperia ZR 2274

Internet and connectivity


Oppo provides only the mobile Chrome browser on the R819, so if you need Adobe Flash rendered on some page, you'd have to sideload it and use a 3rd party browser. Rendering pages is relatively swift, but scrolling and panning around feel a bit choppy at times, and text reflow doesn't always nail the right column to fit from the first try.

Oppo's midranger doesn't really shine in the connectivity department – you get tri-band European/Asian GSM modem setup with HSPA+ download speeds of undisclosed number, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 800.11 b/g/n, ,Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, FM Radio and DLNA. Only one of the SIM cards can be connected to use high-speed data, the other will tag along in 2G mode only, though that reflects favorably on standby times.

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4 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good review. I liked the PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS & BATTERY LIFE sections where we can choose other phones of our choice. Good job PA that you are improving a lot.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I can't wait for the Oppo Find 7 :)

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Oppo FTW! Can't wait for the N1.

4. thegandalf

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I like the new battery life section but can you explain the "custom script"? how it work ? Because I don't know how exactly "typical real-life usage" can drain most of phones in the list in 4-5 hrs . And base on this comparison , Oppo-R819's battery life quite a beast , although it just has 2000 mAh.
R819
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh

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