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Smartphone Review - OPPO F1 plus Selfie Expert

Monday, 9 May 2016 / , , ,

OPPO has launched its newest device - Its the OPPO F1 plus, selfie expert priced at 26,999. I attended the launch event in Delhi during the first week of April,held at The Lalit, New Delhi . Officially the phone was launched by 15th April. It was a fun and interactive afternoon with other bloggers which precisely ended into taking a lot of selfies together with our new toys- OPPO F1 Plus.

The minute I held the phone in my hand, my first expression was "Its Impressive"
The sleek design , and the premium and stylish build, with curved metallic edges  is pretty close to iphone6/6s . There are two colours available in OPPO F1 Plus, selfie expert- Gold and Rose Gold , also very similar to the colours of iphone6S .
Today, I am giving you a SWOT analysis of this great selfie phone which I have been using for a month or so. In all my endeavours, I still believe that OPPO F1 plus gives me all the features of the iphone6 without exploding my bank.
The camera being designed with par excellence gives me better results than the iphone camera, at a price which is hard to believe.

Have a look at the comparative study- Iphone6 vs OPPO F1 Plus  Selfie expert

The Design/ Build  - The incredible , yet  luxurious design , makes it a perfect phone for every fashionista. The thin and comfortable grip is non fussy with anti-slip functions too.
Since I already mentioned , the looks being quite similar to Iphone6/6s , but the thing  I love about OPPO is that the display is a bit wider(5.5 inch ) than iphone 6/6s with 72.9% screen to body ratio.
Iphone6 display is only about 4.7 inch( too less to lend a mind blowing user experience-think video streaming ) and OPPO F1 Plus selfie expert clearly wins here.
Just like Iphone6/6s ,OPPO F1 plus has a home button in the center and a slide to power off  button too. The volume controls being on the left hand side also gives it its iphonesque resemblance from Both front and the back.
Left- OPPO F1 Plus - Right- Iphone6- OPPO is still thinner and a bit lighter than iphone despite a wider display.
Left- OPPO F1 Plus - Right- Iphone6

Camera -You may be wondering , the overuse of  the words - selfie expert by now. That's because, this phone is specifically suited for the selfie lovers( like me obviously) to take some effortless shots. With a 16MP front camera,(while Iphone only has a sad 5MP) OPPO f1 plus selfie expert, takes some mind boggling frontal shots too.The front sensor, picks up 4X times more light than both the iphone6/6s , which means brighter ,better selfies even in low light. With an f/2.0 aperture , the quality of the pictures is pretty comparable to a DSLR.
There is a time lapse, panorama, and video mode, exactly same as iphone6 . Besides this ,the beauty mode automatically beautifies our pictures. The feature is missing in our iphones, and we have to use a third party app to get the same effect. The featherlight weight of just 145gms of the phone is an added advantage to take shake free images .With a heavy phone, our enthusiasm to take lot of selfies/photos does get marred down,but with OPPO f1plus,you can go on and on without aching your wrist muscles.
Turns out that I am dealing with quite a thin device with a full metal body.
L-R Selfie with front camera OPPO F1 plus vs selfie with Iphone

Left Picture taken with OPPO F1 Plus and Right with Iphone 6. Rear camera used in both.  See the stark colour difference and colour sharpness 

Pic taken with Rear Camera OPPO F1 plus
Pic taken with Rear Camera OPPO F1 plus

Battery life and memory - Now this is something that I really look forward to in every phone. Quick charge,maximum usage and hassle free browsing comfort.
What if I tell you that with a 5 minute of charge could let you have a talk time of 2 hours ? Something which is impossible in my one year of iphone usage. The battery is gone before you know it, in  the iphone especially during fashion weeks, where we just have to tug those heavy memory banks in our tiny little bags. The VOCC flash charges the phone in almost half the time than what my iphone did.
OPPO F1 plus has a fairly large battery back up as far as talk time is concerned. I would say a still bit more than what is offered in iphone
Memory- With Internal memory of 64Gb and 4GB RAM,(while i-phone has 2GBRAM ),this gains an edge over the apple competitors . Phone also provides for an added external microSD card which can be placed in the Sim2 slot.So if your job involves lot of videos and photos,you may use the microSD card or alternatively use your other phone number sim for the ease of carrying one phone.

Final Verdict- After using OPPO f1 plus I have started to feel that apple is a bit overrated (think USD900 ) and OPPO f1 plus has definitely better specs in all aspects. OPPO has not only worked well on the camera features, but hands down , the F1 plus model  is the best design OPPO has launched. Its a pretty head to head battle, with the apple monopoly, but with price almost being just half, I don't know any reason to hold back especially after oppo has set a new standard in the smartphone market. When you consider the savings made vs the flagship, OPPO F1 plus is the best bang for your buck.

For more info on the phone and other tech specifications check Here