Oppo launched its latest Oppo F1s recently, a smartphone that claims to be a revolution in taking selfies. However, is a good selfie camera and an affordable price tag enough to save this iPhone look-alike? Read on to find out.
The front of the Oppo F1s has an edge to edge display, which I would have loved, if it didn't remind me so much of the iPhone which also houses a home button with a fingerprint scanner. Next to it are two haptic feedback buttons for standard Android buttons while on the back, you can see the camera and Oppo branding. The top of the phone is pretty empty, housing just a mic, while the bottom houses the speakers, the headphone jack and the micro usb port. The right side houses the sim card and memory card trays as well as the power button, while the left side houses the volume rockers.
The design element of the Oppo F1s is pretty simple to be honest, but what bothered me was how much it resembles the previous iterations of the iPhone. Personally, I feel this might be because of the all white front, a trait usually seen on Apple’s products.
One of my favorite features of the F1s is its display. Vivid colors and a decent 1080p resolution made it my go to phone for YouTube browsing, or even Netflix at times. Paired with the maximum brightness levels made this phone easily usable even in bright sunlight. Additionally, the phone also has a screen guard pre installed which could have been avoided by opting for a Gorilla Glass 4 display.
Right below the display is the fingerprint scanner which is amazingly fast- 0.22 seconds to unlock. It also has a really unique feature allowing you to five different fingerprints, each of which can unlock the phone in a different way. For example, you can set the index finger to unlock the phone, and your thumb to open Facebook.
The highlight of the Oppo F1s however, is the camera. While mainstream companies focus more on the rear camera, Oppo decided to take a separate and pack a front facing 16MP selfie camera that bests the rear 13MP camera. However, the issue is that there is no front facing flash, meaning you can get the best selfies, provided you have the right light. The front camera does disappoint when it comes to shooting in low light, which is a little dirt on the phone’s “ Selfie Expert “ tag. The rear camera however, performs quite well.
The phone runs on ColorOS 3.0, which is put on top of Android 5.1 and looks a bit too similar to iOS. Animations and swiping movements are similar to iOS, and so are icons, menus and the camera UI. If someone doesn’t know any better, you can probably fool them into thinking that it is an iPhone.
The Oppo F1s runs on a MediaTek Helio P10 MT6750, which is not exactly a flagship level processor, however the 3GB RAM does seem to help. Clocking in at 41410 at Antutu benchmarks, the Oppo F1s comes in behind the Samsung S5 and the Nexus 5, which isn’t all that bad considering that the phone doesn’t advertise itself as a high-end device. While I did notice the F1s heating up and slowing down under heavy use, it works perfectly well while using the camera for extended periods and clicking selfies, which is pretty much what the F1s was meant to do in the first place.
Another issue with the Oppo F1s is the battery life. The phone comes with a 3075mAh battery, which gives you approximately 9 hours a day, but will drain fast if you use the camera much. What is annoying is that, when it does run out of juice, there is no VOOC fast charging capabilities which means that the F1s takes quite a while to charge. I get it that the F1s is not meant to be a powerhouse but for a phone that is centered on camera use, you would expect better battery life in my opinion, or at least a fast charging option.
The Oppo F1s isn’t a premium phone even though it tries to look like one. It lives up to being a Selfie Expert provided you have the right lighting. However, the selling point of the Oppo F1s is its price, which is just AED777, which is quite amazing for the features you get.