If you have been driving in Kuala Lumpur the past few weeks, you might have noticed huge green billboards advertising the latest android phone to hit the market- OPPO. "What?" you might say, and that's what hubby and I exclaimed when we came across OPPO phones at one of our visits to the Digital Mall in PJ a month ago.
Both hubby and I were (yes! we have bought new phones for ourselves as our telco provider were offering not-so-attractive phones to go with our current mobile line package and we couldn't wait for our Blackberries to die officially) browsing for new phones and there were a few big brands our friends kept promoting- Samsung, iphone, Lenovo and Sony Ericsson were the main contenders.
When we came across the OPPO display counter, we laughed at the name and didn't want to take the risk of trying out a new phone company. On our drive home, though, we kept noticing the OPPO billboards and it seemed like a sign for us to check out this mysteriously named brand.
A few weeks of phone complaints later, hubby decided, his Blackberry Curve was messing up his work by hanging and refusing to start up properly even after many battery pulling efforts. My phone was generally alright but an annoying mini black clock- like image occasionally appeared in the centre of the screen and slowed my work processes as well. It also hung when phone calls came in or too many messages came in at once.
So, we visited the Digital Mall again last weekend and started comparing the four big brands recommended by friends and lastly the OPPO which was recommended by one of hubby's friends who had just been OPPO-fied.
|OPPO Find 7a|
The phone dealer recommended the OPPO Yoyo priced at RM799 inclusive of a protective screen sticker and back cover. We played around with it and asked for his honest opinion comparing the OPPO to other brands within the same price range.
So to be more familiar about what OPPO is all about, here is some information found on their website:
OPPO is a globally registered technology brand, with a long history of serving customers in North America, Europe and Asia, delivering products that receive high ratings from experts around the world. Since entering the mobile market in 2008, we have been restless in our pursuit of the latest technology, the highest quality and the most user friendly products.
Leaders in Technology
We are passionate about exploring the latest that technology has to offer. Since the start, our products have pushed the boundaries of technology. An example is the 6.65mm OPPO Finder we released in mid-2012, then the world's thinnest smartphone. Towards the end of 2012, we announced one of the world's most anticipated smartphones, the OPPO Find 5, featuring a 5? 1080p display and a 13 megapixel stacked CMOS sensor, it was the world’s first smartphone with hardware supported HDR.
I tested the camera and the feel of the touchscreen keypad. It was easy enough to type with, especially with the Swype keyboard function( you don't have to press individual keyboard characters but just swipe your finger over the letters and the word predictor will suggest words) and the photos are crystal clear and vibrant. There was another customer there with us and he was also searching for a new phone to replace his Blackberry Q10 which was still in good condition.
I couldn't find an English video on the Swype feature but here's a Thai one.
After much thought and deliberation, the three of us decided to make the switch and be OPPO-fied.
I've been using the OPPO Yoyo for a week now and it's been an easy enough transition. Charging of the phone battery is at 2% per minute with is really fast. The dealer helped with transferring all my contacts and necessary files into the new phone and it was ready for use after downloading some apps from the Google Playstore.
Access to the internet is much faster and reading of emails and websites is made much easier on the eyes with its widescreen.
Color White or Black ( I bought the White)
CPU Quadcore 1.3 GHz
Memory 4GB (+ micro SD up to 32GB)
Operating System Android 4.2
Screen 4.7 inch IPS
Screen Resolution 960 x 540 qHD
Color 16 M
Camera Rear 5MP, Front 2MP
Music FLAC, APE, AAC, MKA, OGG, MP3, MIDI, M4A, AMR, WAV etc.
Video MP4, 3GP, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, MPEG etc.
Pictures JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP etc.
Network Standard Edition：GSM/WCDMA
Frequency 3G： HSDPA 42.2Mbps, HSUPA 11.5Mbps
GPS GPS + AGPS
Data Rate GPRS / 3G / HSPA+ （42Mbps）
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1
Packaging OPPO R2001, Micro USB Cable, Charger, In-ear type earphones, Free 8GB Micro SD
Outdoor photo of my mum's neighbour's garden (look at how cute he arranged his pots into men!)
A night indoor shot of my cats
A night shot outdoors