Oppo Find 7 review: Dark horse

Dark horse

GSMArena team, 02 July 2014.

Contact management and telephony

The phonebook uses a tabbed interface - it offers groups, then there's the contact list and favorites. The UI is pretty standard Android affair, save for the custom paintjob.

A tap on a contact's photo brings out Quick contacts - shortcuts for calling, texting, emailing a contact and a bit more (e.g. a Chrome shortcut to visit their web site).

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Phonebook

Contact info is displayed as a list of all available details. Custom ringtones can be selected for each contact and duplicate contacts can be merged into a single entry.

Contact syncing tools are very powerful - contacts can be moved or copied between phone storage and a Google account, they can be synced with an Exchange server or Facebook, and you can send / import contacts over Bluetooth.

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Viewing and editing a contact

There's an Anti-harassment mode located in the contacts app, which is pretty powerful. You can put numbers in a blacklist, block messages and intercept spam calls. The strange thing is, you can't block people from within the messaging or phone app - only in the contacts app.

The dialer supports Smart dialing just fine (looking up both names and phone numbers). The Oppo Find 7 offers a Holiday mode, in which only notifications and calls from a whitelist of users will get through, while the rest will get muted or rejected.

From the call settings you can tweak a number of things. One is Notify on connect - the phone can vibrate or ring (or both) when a call connects. You can also build a list of texts to send when you decline a call. Flip to mute calls is also enabled.

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Dialer • Holiday mode

The Oppo Find 7 scored a Good mark on our loudspeaker test, which means you should have no problem hearing it in all but the loudest of environments

Note that we did the test with various Wave MaxxAudio sound presets - the results varied between Good and Very Good. The main difference came from the Pink Noise test, which is a clear testament to the fact that the Wave sound presets are quite capable of tuning how music sounds through the loudspeaker.

The Oppo Find 7 loudspeaker is really loud no matter what preset you are using, but you can squeeze out even more courtesy of the Wave effects.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score
LG G265.7 62.266.2Below Average
Sony Xperia Z1 (xLOUD)65.5 62.065.8Below average
Sony Xperia Z266.7 64.675.7Average
Apple iPhone 5s68.766.369.2Average
Nokia Lumia 102069.8 66.672.5Good
Samsung Galaxy S566.9 66.675.7Good
HTC One69.3 66.675.9Good
Samsung Galaxy S470.6 66.277.3Good
Samsung Galaxy Note 370.5 66.678.0Good
LG G370.2 66.680.2Good
Oppo Find 769.8 70.375.8Good
Oppo Find 7a71.3 72.575.7Very Good
Oppo N173.7 67.778.7Very Good
LG Optimus G74.671.382.7Excellent

Messaging and email

The messaging department is pretty standard - there's a list of all bubble-styled conversations organized into threads, with a big New Message button at the bottom and a settings button next to it.

Attaching multimedia to a message will turn it into an MMS. You can add everything from photos, videos, audio to general files. There's even a full blown slide editor if you want to make full use of the MMS standard. The Attach location option is pretty nice too.

Hangouts is also included and supports SMS.

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Messaging

Moving on to email, the Gmail app has handy shortcuts at the bottom of the screen and supports batch operations, which allow multiple emails to be archived, labeled or deleted. The default app supports multiple Gmail accounts, but there's no unified inbox.

A cool feature in Gmail is that you can swipe left or right to move between messages in your inbox.

There is also a generic email app for all your other email accounts and it can handle multiple POP or IMAP inboxes. You have access to the messages in the original folders that are created online, side by side with the standard local ones such as inbox, drafts and sent items.

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Gmail and Oppo's built-in email client

The Find 7 offers a great Swype-enabled keyboard with big keys and they become even bigger when you switch to landscape mode - the wide screen is remarkably comfortable for two-thumb typing. There is an option to change the individual key height in both portrait and landscape, which isn't found that often. Themes are available too. You can also have split or mini keyboard layouts.

Placing the device in landscape expands the keyboard immensely but leaves too little space for the text box above and we found ourselves never really using landscape as the portrait keyboard was spacious enough.

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Keyboard • themes

Reader comments

Not everyone uses same amount of apps as you.

  • Anonymous

This phone support Wi-Fi AC too, 1. Fast charging, ops, none of these 2 have it.. 2. 2K screen, these phone don't has it. 3. Double tap to wake and lock, sorry, so called flagship phone don't need it. For everything you want to compare,...

  • Johnny

Noob. I have 20 gb of apps. Not enough? If not, find a 64gb or 128gb phone.