Oppo R819 Review

Call quality


The earpiece is of average quality, producing enough volume, but somewhat hollow-sounding voices. The other side attested they can hear us loud and clear, with no hissing, voice distortion or ambient sounds, thanks to the well-placed two microphones for noise cancellation.

Battery


A 2000 mAh battery unit is what Oppo supplied with the R819, which is unfortunately not user-replaceable. Only one of the SIM cards in the dual-SIM device can stay connected to a 3G network at a time, which works well for the standby times, though while browsing or watching videos you'd get about the average 5-6 hours of endurance – as we mentioned the screen is pretty bright, so toning it down to a half should increase your mileage.

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 R819
6h 9 min (Average)


Conclusion


Dual SIM handsets seemed as an afterthought until recently, that's why we are glad the Oppo R819 finally delivers this functionality in a well-designed midranger with good specs and acceptable performance. It sports compact chassis, good call quality, very bright HD display and fine camera, all for about $350 unsubsidized.

There aren't major gripes with the handset, and there's hardly a match in the dual SIM universe for its specs and price, save for the version of Huawei Ascend P6 with two SIM cards. That same handset is Oppo's phone main competitor, as it features svelte, premium design for a tad higher price, but its camera quality is inferior.

We can also chalk off the LG Optimus F7 as a direct competitor if you find no need for a second SIM slot, as it has similar specs and price, albeit with a larger battery. The Sony Xperia ZR can also be put forth, though it will run you more and doesn't come with such a thin compact design. All in all, if you are looking for an affordable Android midranger with dual SIM abilities, the Oppo R819 is hard to beat right now.

Software version: R819_AS_11_A.06_130815


Pros

  • Dual SIM support in a light, compact design
  • Very bright HD display
  • Good pictures and video
  • Wide-angle front camera

Cons

  • Sluggish chipset
  • Only one of the SIM cards hooks in 3G mode

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

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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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