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Oppo Find 5 Review: A Phone Of Firsts From A Brand To Watch

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December 25, 2013 12:43:29 AM

looks quite good.
btw The audio and storage rows in the first page are mixed up.
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December 25, 2013 2:59:38 AM

Hey guys, you forgot about their ColorOS - now it's basically the official firmware of OPPO Find5.
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December 25, 2013 5:56:56 AM

I live in Hong Kong ssp, I see there are much many other China brand good looking good quality Android phones- 2gb ram is a norm, 3gb ram started to appear. 1080 screen, 5" screen, 13M cam, these are basic general spec, for price no more than US$320.
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December 25, 2013 6:16:45 AM

Being unlocked, it is a perfect go-to phone for trips abroad. As far as hardware, the only "downside" is the lack of LTE bands in it's radio.
SOftware is where it lacks, though. I got this because Oppo promised frequent updates to the OS, and TBH the Android-based variant it came with was not too bad of an experience. Then it became clear that the development team does not really know what they're doing (same minor but annoying bugs with every release, now barely coming through with 4.2, etc). They could have given CyanogenMod the kernel and drivers and let them pick up the development. CM-based ROMs are functional, but still plagued by bugs that come from lack of access to proprietary code.
Basically, their approach (at one point there were 2 or 3 versions of ROMs in development, none out of a beta state) stretched them way too thin, and it shows.
Last but not least, ignoring many requests of just embracing AOSP and let the plethora of apps do the rest was not a smart move on Oppo's part.
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December 25, 2013 10:40:37 AM

As an Audioholic, I have heard of the Oppo name. Their Blu-Ray players are considered by many in the high-end community to be top quality. In fact, Lexicon, a maker of ultra-elite electronics, actually stuck a $500 Oppo BDP-83 inside a new case and sold it for $3,500! (Audioholics: Lexicon BD-30 Blu-Ray Player (Oppo BDP-83 Clone) Review)


With this phone, however, I doubt Apple will stick it inside their own chassis and call it ther own. It is mildly interesting, but as is often the case, forays into new market segments by otherwise high quality manufacturers are often precarious.

By all means, get an Oppo Blu-Ray player. As far as the phone, they need to get through their growing pains.
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December 26, 2013 7:28:53 AM

why a review on a phone thats been on the market for a whole year already
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December 26, 2013 1:39:41 PM

Why isn't the phone compared to current versions of others. I see you put it against the latest iphone and a 16 month old dates Samsung S3. Why not the S4 or Note3 which are current models and hence what it is up against.
It seemed a bit biased and not truly giving a comparison with current market phones.
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December 26, 2013 3:06:26 PM

@programit, this phone is a year old.
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December 26, 2013 6:38:21 PM

got to love the iPhone 5s....like it or not....it's the best all around...the benches speak for themselves...did it mention "NO CRAPWARE and FAST OS UPDATES"
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December 27, 2013 1:48:53 AM

About damn time! Now write something about the Find 7 and it's 2K display.
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December 27, 2013 4:55:18 AM

The Nexus 5 exists which places the relevancy of this phone in the obscure.
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December 28, 2013 3:33:29 AM

OPPO Digital, maker of the BDP line of blu-ray players is not the same maker as this phone. OPPO Digital is and California USA based company.
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January 24, 2014 2:15:02 AM

Dear writers, on the hardware section of this review you mention the following "USB On-The-Go (USB-OTG), which is supported by the hardware but requires SuperUser permissions and the requisite root access to enable on the Find 5’s stock ROM" but so far doing all of that I could not make it work. Could you please point me to your source. I searched online but apparently no one has managed to activate this or find a workaround. Thanks for your help. PS - this phone rocks and for 299€ in Europe it beats similar competitors.
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January 24, 2014 3:38:21 AM

If you activate it via root you still need a powered otg dock like Sony's. Look in third party development at OPPO Forums
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February 1, 2014 2:42:41 AM

Oppo has made Chinese market phones before the Finder, the Finder was just the first to get some international attention. Here is a link to their current Chinese market phones: http://store.oppo.com/mobile They are definitely distinctive among the Chinese makers for targeting higher quality (typically Chinese phone makers aim for the low price market, leaving the middle/higher end for foreign makers).
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February 1, 2014 2:51:55 AM

Also, Oppo has been around since 2004 and began by making MP3 players and some other portable electronics. I don't have any numbers, but in China they appeared to be a reasonably decent sized company. When living there in 2011-2013, they had stores in many retail locations, on par with other brand presences (such as HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, etc).Other Chinese makers have good specs, but the Oppo phones were the only ones I ever saw with (relatively) good quality. I bought a Finder soon after seeing one in person.
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March 2, 2014 9:12:17 AM

Oppo find clover not GOOD , not have a kernel for USB OTG, not good use electronic bands, if you everything people say good you must update kernel for USB OTG
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