The Oppo R7 is 5 inches with a 1080p AMOLED display sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor running at 1.3Ghz it comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. This is a Dual SIM smartphone which allows you to use the 2nd SIM card slot as a MicroSD card slot which is a great use of space since this device is only 6.3mm thin and weighs in at 147grams.
Now that we’ve got a basic overview of the R7 let’s dig into the features. We’re going to start with the 13MP shooter found on the back (we’re not going to touch the 8MP camera found on the front since a solid Selfie camera with Beautification is quickly becoming standard fare)
The camera on the OPPO R7 has some great features, but to find most of them you need to head into the camera shop (don’t worry, everything is free).
1. Macro Mode. Taking close ups has become one of the top requirements for anyone taking food photos (which come on, let’s all admit it, has been you at some point). Super Macro zooms in on your subject while maintaining focus. The problem in the past has been that many smartphone’s can’t focus on objects that are too close to the lens or the phone casts a shadow because it’s in so close. This mode allows you to keep your distance while getting right in there. To make sure you’re getting the best shot, tap to focus and keep a steady hand, since it’s zooming it will respond to the slightly shake.
2. Timelapse. The iPhone created some serious hype around this feature but many Android smartphones have been rocking it for sometime. The OPPO R7 comes with it and it has some nice touches, it lets you know how many seconds of timelapse you have shot and so far I haven’t run into a time limit. I have some sample footage in my video at 0:57.
3. Takes Picture in 0.1 seconds. For this test we went to Sushi Express a local cheap (but delicious) sushi chain in Taipei. We have some sample footage of the belt so you can see how fast it’s moving and even though the reflective plastic on top of the sushi is hard to photograph the R7 did a very decent job.
4. Gif Maker. Who doesn’t love a good GIF? If you’re not sure what that is (or been living under a rock) it’s basically a photo that is showing a looping video. And now you can make your own!
5. Double Exposure. This feature is a little artsy, it let’s you take a photo of something and overlay it ontop of you your first photo. But once you get that you can take pictures of someone doing something to themselves it becomes a seriously good time. For the best results a white background works best. If you do have a lot of objects in the background make sure that you don’t move the camera, so you don’t shift the background causing too much of a blur.
6. Slow Shutter. This lets you keep the lens open capturing light so you can capture light traces, the R7 has options from 1/4 second all the way to 16 seconds. I decided to stop by R&D Cocktail lab in Taipei to test out this feature with the Burning Cane which is a flaming cocktail. I also took the camera to the filament light bulbs to create this cool light trace photo. But if you’re ambitious you can also take it to a busy intersection and capture light traces of cars driving by.
7. Colorful Nights. Taking nighttime shots often results in noise or graininess in the dark areas of the picture. This feature tones that down, lets more light in and keeps the blacks black.
8. Monitor and Control Data. If you’re not on a all you can eat Data plan controlling which applications can use your data is invaluable. If you head to a preinstalled app called Security and select Data and Internet Connection Control, you can control which apps can only use data when connected to Wifi and which you’ll let gobble up Mega Bytes on your Data Plan.
9. Eye Protection Display. Blue light can keep you up late, Apps like Flu.x have been turning down the blue hue and warming our display’s when the sun goes down for years. OPPO has built this in which should save on battery since they have OS control of the display.
10. Lengthy Screen Shots. If you’ve ever had to send a screen shot of an entire webpage you’ll know tat most of the time you’ll have to wait until you’re on a desktop to get that done. Now you can select an area of the screen to send, be it a small section or an entire webpage. Just hit the power button and volume up and you’ll be able to decide what you want to capture to send.
Off screen and On screen gestures are something that once you get the hang of really save you time navigating around your phone. To find them head to settings, Gestures and Motion and select between on screen and off screen to choose which you want to activate.
Off screen gestures work when the display is turned off, just draw predetermined picture on the screen and you’re off to the races.
11. Camera activation. To turn your camera on from the off screen just draw a O or a circle and that will launch your camera.
12. Double Tap to Wake Up. Moving from a phone that has this to one that doesn’t makes you realize just how great it is. Every app I’ve tried from the store just didn’t seem reliable, so i’m glad that OPPO has built it in.
13. Control Music. If you want to control your music while the device is off, no problem. Just draw an arrow forward to skip ahead or backward to go to the previous track.
On screen gestures are from when your device is turned on, they help you get around much quicker.
14. One handed operation. If the notification bar is just out of reach all you have to do is drag your thumb from the corner of the display to the center, the display will shrink down to where ever you’ve pulled your thumb in from (yay lefties).
15. On Screen Camera activation. Take multiple fingers and pinch the display, the camera will immediately launch.
16. Screen Capture. Don’t reach for the power button and volume down, just take three fingers and drag them upwards to take a screen cap.
17. Volume Control. Take two fingers and drag them up or down. Never fumble for the volume rocker again!
18. Dual SIM – If you’ve spent any time traveling you’ll know how great this is. OPPO has excellent execution on this, you can use the 2nd SIM card tray as a expandable storage with a MicroSD card. You can also control which SIM you’re pulling data from, many other devices will only provide data from SIM card 1 forcing you to swap SIM position if you’re buying a SIM for it’s data plan.
19. VOOC or Fast Charge. Want your phone to go from 0 -75% in 30min? Who doesn’t?! Only catch is you’ll need to use their charger and cable. Makes sense since sending that much juice at once will need some special hardware.
20. USB OTG. If you’ve ever wanted to plug a USB into your phone to transfer things on, have no fear USB On The Go is here!
Bonus feature. If you’ve ever needed a hammer and didn’t have one handy, like the Oppo R5 you’ll be able to use it hammer in nails with out having to worry about it breaking your phone. (As along as you use the side and not the display!)
If that’s not enough OPPO R7 for you, we’ve got a playlist on YouTube with several comparison videos to other smartphones and the R7 Unboxing here.
If you’re keen on picking one up, you can find an unlocked version on Amazon below: