Oppo Find 5 review: 5-inch Full HD Android

posted at 10 March 2013 by Josh

The Find 5 comes running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the Oppo UI on top, but an upgrade to 4.2 is expected soon after launch).The Oppo UI is pretty smooth and has large, easy to press icons as well as transparent Time/Date, Contacts, Music and Calendar widgets. The lockscreen displays notifications and allows direct control to the music player. The main menu is pretty standard, with large icons, a dial-pad, and a contacts scroll with sizeable buttons and entries.

Multitasking gets you snapshots of running apps that appear like cards at the bottom of the screen. You can either swipe them up to close, or shut all at once with the handy sweep button underneath, where a bar is showing you how much of the available memory is occupied at the moment.

An interesting and useful touch is that Oppo arranged all settings in four screens that you can move sideways: General, Sound, Display and Personal. You can tap at the top of the phone to go to the beginning of a long list or a website, or asking the phone to automatically pick up an incoming call when you place it next to your ear. There are also a few preinstalled apps such as a file browser, flashlight, compass, Adobe Flash installer and system updater.

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The Oppo 5 is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro backed up by 2 GB of RAM coupled with Jelly Bean's Project Butter is pretty fast, doesn’t feel laggy or underpowered and makes the UI moves smoothly.

You get 16 GB of internal memory, but, unfortunately, no memory expansion slot, which is really a drawback considering the phone has such a pretty screen and powerful camera to offer high-def video capture and playback. However, the Oppo USA website has a 32 GB version listed for $70 more in case you are interested.

The Find 5 packs a 13-megapixels camera sensor from Sony (the same present on the Xperia Z), able to shoot Full HD HDR video. The camera interface offers HDR (pictures and video) and face recognition switches, but has no scene modes, exposure compensation, contrast or saturation sliders.

The phone can take shots pretty fast, and the burst mode allows you to shoot up to 100 frames in 20 seconds. Occasional issues with focusing may occur on cloudy days, but, overall, color representation is pretty good and so is the level of detail. Indoor shots are average, with some noise present, but no focus issues, and the dual LED flash tries to compensate although it is not particularly strong.

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That HDR mode proves very useful, both for pictures and video, as the outcome is much more distinct. When shooting video, the framerate drops down to 17fps in the evening (low lit environments), while during the day it manages 30fps without a hiccup.

The music player of the Oppo 5 is pretty basic, categorizing songs by albums, artists and playlists, and offering a number of equalizer presets in the internal settings. A nice touch is the addition of the Dirac HD audio technology to improve the sound reproduction, and you can really feel the difference when you turn it on in headset mode as the sound becomes stronger and clearer. For loudspeaker mode there is Dolby Mobile on board for better performance.

The video player is also quite basic in terms of interface, but functional, as it can run everything including MKV/DivX/Xvid files up to Full HD definitions (with subtitles when available). The picture gallery is grid-based and offers the usual sharing options for the social networks. There is also a rich editing app integrated in the Gallery, which allows you to you crop, resize, remove red eye, add color effects or annotate on the go.