OPPO A37. If you are looking for a new phone, and are confused with so may options in the market, then I am here to sort your dilemma and giving you a low down on why this phone should be in your consideration list. Just like the earlier launch of OPPO F1 Selfie expert, this model also focus on enhanced camera features, and if you love taking photos all through the day, then you should not look elsewhere.
Reason No. 1
Its one of the best budget smartphones currently available in the market- Priced at INR 11,990
Body /Display : The hand feel and the look of A37 is similar to an Iphone 6. If you keep an I phone6 and OPPO A37 , it takes a while to figure out the distinction. Though it is slightly bigger than Iphone 6, with 5inch display covered in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. Hence a better viewing experience. The phone looks to be packed with strength, thanks to the magnesium , aluminium alloy body to the core weighing only 136 gms. The flawless and smooth rear surface looks plush and offers a luxe and stable grip on the phone.
Memory with a triple slot card tray- The 2 GB RAM and Quad-Core 64 bit processor helps, smooth multitasking and seamless switching between apps , movies and music. The 16GB ROM is expandable by another 128 GB allows more media , storage. The triple slot tray can accommodate two 4G sim slots and a micro SD card slot. So bring on all those videos and photos and this phone cannot fail you in storage department.
Camera : Welcome to the world of brighter selfies with OPPO A37 . It has a rear 8MP camera with a 1/3.2 inch back illuminated sensor using an extra large 1.4um Pixels and 1/4 inch sensor, which allows more light to enter the camera for natural looking selfies in the low light possible with minimum noise.
A37 display can emit a flash in low light which brightens the face. The large pixels also add up the dynamic range and gives pictures a vivid depth .
The Ultra HD mode shoots five photos consecutively and combines the best part of each , creating 24MP photos. Some of us who are die hard fans of DSLR should definitely check out this feature coz it gives near DSLR quality and sharpness which can be directly uploaded on a blog or website. The camera captures excellent amount of details with sheer resolution of pictures ensuring enough light captured ,only allowing a little room for grain or noise when you zoom in fully.
Though you will not be very pleased with the initial picture taken ,as most cameras today automatically brightens up the object, while this camera tries to retain the original colour . The large aperture, enhances low light, and night shooting and delivers optimum results without worrying too much about the angle and lights.
The 5 MP front camera with the same 1/4 inch sensor and OmniBSI + (backside illumination) with 1.4um pixels is one of the biggest in this price .
OPPO A37 comes with similar shooting modes just like OPPO F1 plus selfie expert. With 9 filters, and host of shooting modes like double exposure, slow shutter , we can be as creative as any app , and directly upload the photos on social media without wasting a lot of time in editing. The Timelapse feature works just like the OPPO F1 plus- Snappy and fast mo.
Palm Shutter : This feature comes as a saviour for me since most of the time I am clicking on the go, crowded places, events, and most of time , I end up with a bunch of shaken selfies.
Saying Bye Bye to shaken pics, this phone comes with a palm shutter , a feature unique with OPPO A 37 where all I need to do is waive my hand in front of the camera, which activates an automatic shutter countdown giving me a stability in my pics.
Super GIF Mode - I love creating GIFs and its a new rage. I can easily create various animation modes ( like reverse play ) and in no time I created some fun and pretty cool GIF's and capture a single emotion in a moving image.
Beautify - 4.0 - OPPO A 37 is designed with 7 different levels of intelligent beautify modes which enhances the skin tone without being too flashy. This real time feature, with two modes for different skin tones. It doesn't make me look weird as you can see from the below comparison, it retains my skin's natural complexion , and just lights up my face for optimum pictures.
|L- Selfie in low light / R selfie with beautify mode - no makeup|
Color OS 3.0 - used in this model has a running speed which is 20% faster than the previous ColorOS 2.1. and is customised for power saving. This OS supports a Privacy Protection Feature which when activated, hides all your private info like apps,files,contacts etc.while allowing you the chivalry of lending your phone to a friend in need. This feature allows me to declare A37, Mommysafe and Girlfriendproof.
Some other features include -
- 4GB sim slots delivers a speed of upto 150 Mbps
- Based on Android 5.1 (150 optmised scenes, 41 % faster app launch time, 32 % faster photo Album boot speed )
- Dirac HD Sound - Applied globally on this device, as a result it brings high- fidelity stereo output sound for earphones and speakers, almost close to hearing it live.
- Available colours - Gold and Grey
Final Verdict: Under 11k it is a power packed phone with a relatively faster processor and camera qualities better than the counterparts offering premium smartphone features. It maintains the OPPO (brand)sense of order and a clean layout. Have used it for more than a week and didn't face any issues with my everyday pictures. The battery capacity is also decent and just like the OPPO F1 plus it charges in a flash.
The best part - It fits in my back jeans pocket :)