Oppo Find 7 review: Dark horse

Dark horse

GSMArena team, 02 July 2014.

Google Chrome web browser

The Oppo Find 7 comes with Google Chrome as its preinstalled browser. The interface is the same as on any other Android smartphone - clean and minimalist.

Opening the tabs area reveals a list of tabs which can be closed again with a left or right swipe. Incognito tabs are supported too.

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Google Chrome

Of course, one of Chrome's strengths is its ability to seamlessly sync with its desktop version, using nothing but your Google account. This allows you to open an article on your PC and finish reading it on your mobile phone. It also syncs your bookmarks and favorite sites.

Google Chrome is generous on customizable settings as well. You can control almost every aspect of your web browsing by choosing what content you want to allow to load like JavaScript, images, cookies and pop-ups.

Other pre-installed apps

There's a Data monitor app preloaded on the Oppo Find 7, which scans how much data you've used through Wi-Fi and the carrier network you're using. The app can set limits for usage and also break down the used data by apps.

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Data monitor

The Data Saving app allows you to restrict the data usage in background mode. You can choose which apps are allowed to use background data and which are restricted.

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Data Saving app

The Oppo Find 7 comes with Kingsoft Office preinstalled. It's a pretty powerful office editor that can handle Word docs, PDFs, Spreadsheets and Presentations. It can link to cloud storage, email files, create a shared view with other users and more. There's editing enabled too so you can get some work done on the go.

Kingsoft has since dropped support for its Office application, and has instead published an updated version under the name of WPS Office.

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Kingsoft Office

The calendar app has three views that you can swipe between. First is the Year view, which aggregates all 12 months with all of their days, a month view, which has little red dots for events and the agenda view, which is a vertically scrollable grid of events. Sadly, year view doesn't show little dots for when there's an event, despite the screen being large and high-res enough to allow it.

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Calendar

The clock app supports multiple alarms, each with its own repeat time, ring tone, volume, snooze interval and note. The app also offers a world clock, a stop watch and a timer.

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Clock

The calculator is pretty simple to use - it has big, thumbable keys. In order to bring up the advanced functions (trigonometry, square root, brackets, etc.) you just have to turn the smartphone sideways.

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Calculator

The Notes app lets you create complex notes with text, images and hand drawn notes. You can even set a password for your notes.

The Tools folder is preloaded with a few apps that you usually get from the market. There's a Flashlight app, a sound recorder and a 3D compass.

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Notes • Flashlight • Compass • Voice recorder

The phone comes with a capable file manager out of box. Its interface is laid out over two tabs, the first one organizes files by category, while the second is a traditional folder browser.

Files and folders can be copied, moved, deleted, renamed and compressed to ZIP (and ZIP files can be extracted). Batch operations are supported. The folder browser has list and grid views and you can change the sorting method. The system can be encrypted and password protected too.

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Files app

The file browser also has built in DLNA and FTP server support, which makes it easy to access multimedia and general files on another device.

Google Now, accessed by swiping up from any of the navigation buttons, integrates with your Google account and can access your daily routine, internet searches, email, etc. and give you information relevant to your interests and daily needs.

It provides traffic information to your work or home, knows the scores of sports teams you follow and gives you the weather forecast for your location. It's great for at-a-glance info, but can handle voice Google searches as well. It also has a dedicated homescreen/lockscreen widget.

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Google Now

The Oppo Find 7 comes with a GPS/GLONASS receiver. A-GPS can speed this up quite a bit, but requires Internet access. If rough positioning will do, Cell-ID and Wi-Fi positioning are on it. Wi-Fi positioning can work even if Wi-Fi is disabled or you can turn this off to save battery.

The Find 7 comes with Google Maps and Navigation. Voice-guided navigation has become a viable solution already. The public transport option can be very useful too.

Maps show alternative routes and you can see alerts if there are any potential holdbacks along your route like construction zones, traffic jams and so on. Google's involvement with the live traffic info crowd-sourcing app - Waze - seems to be paying off.

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Google Maps

The app also supports the Street View mode, allowing you to see the landmarks you're looking for before you set off. That makes them much easier to find when you arrive.

The Google Play Store features several scrollable tabs - categories, featured, top paid, top free, top grossing, top new paid, top new free and trending. Apps usually have several screenshots (some even offer a demo video) so you can get an idea of what the app looks like before installing it.

Google has added a small "designed for phones" warning for apps that don't have tablet interfaces. Those can look bad on the large screen, so it's nice to be forewarned.

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.