Surprising value: Oppo's $449 R7 iPhone clone reviewed
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $449
Manufacturer: Oppo

Slim phones shouldn’t cost a fortune, and Oppo appears keen to give consumers what they want, packing the best of both worlds into one neato sub-$500 package. Is this a great deal?

Features

Oppo’s latest take on the smartphone is the R7, a metal wrapped smartphone aiming to compete against the big boys and flagships on weight and design.

We’ve already mentioned that it’s metal, but if you can believe it, this $449 handset also manages to offer something even the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 cannot, with a thickness of 6.3mm, a difference of 6.9 and 7mm respectively.

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Inside this thickness, you’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 eight-core processor, comprising of two sections clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GHz, and paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage, though the latter of these can be upgraded with a microSD slot provided you’re not using a nanoSIM (more on this in a moment).

Google’s Android operating system runs on the Oppo R7, but not in a way you may be familiar with, as Oppo runs its own variation known as Color OS on this smartphone. Despite this version being a little different from regular Android, it is still totally compatible with the millions of apps and games available for the platform.

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Two cameras can be found inside the body, one on the rear and the other on the front, and for this phone, you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera on the back with an LED flash, while an 8 megapixel camera sits up front, both of which are capable of capturing 1080p Full HD video.

Connections for the R7 are relatively standard, with 802.11b/g/n WiFi here alongside Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and 4G LTE, with wired technology handled through the only two ports found on the smartphone, a microUSB port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headset jack up top.

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All of this sits underneath a 5 inch display, running the Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 and protected by Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.

Only two physical buttons can be found on the R7, comprising of a power button on the left edge with a volume rocker on the right edge. Three soft buttons can be found at the very bottom of the handset, just under the screen, with an older style menu button, home button, and a back button.

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And then there’s the slots for the phone, and you’ll find two of these here, available on a pin ejectable tray with room for either one microSIM and one microSD, or one microSIM and one nanoSIM.

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