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Oppo has been making quite a name for its smartphones as of late, and that should come as no surprise. On the whole, the company’s offerings are great products that stand out quite well against the competition. Today let’s take a look at Oppo’s F1s, the “Selfie Expert,” and see if it has what it takes to excel.

Join us as we review the Oppo F1s!

Impressively styled

It’s quite interesting and good to see that Oppo’s continuing apace with its line of selfie-focused phones. Not too many of its competitors also offer phones that ostensibly appeal more to the selfie-obsessed, so the appeal of branding oneself as a specialist in this realm really does have its benefits, we suppose. At any rate, Oppo is doing pretty well these days, which is a good sign that they know what they’re doing.

Pick up the F1s and the phone’s build and design will only support this assertion. With its matte-finish metal back, chamfered-edge frame, and nicely finished glass front, the F1s pleases and impresses. You’ll have to watch out for fingerprint smudges, though, but those can be easily swiped away, so no worries.

Out back, Oppo is touting its “two thread-thin metallic bands” – the antenna bands – which in this application are really quite unobtrusive. And the brushed-metal finish not only looks nice but also helps make sure that the phone’s not too slippery. Two thumbs up to Oppo for the style and quality the F1s exudes.

Now on to the more technical aspects of the F1s, and in this sense it doesn’t do very badly either. The phone is a midrange handset and it’s been specced-out as such. Its 5.5-inch LCD screen is a 1280 x 720 HD affair; 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 protection provides a good assurance of quality and durability. Its MT6750 octa-core 64-bit processor and 3GB RAM promise brisk if not outstanding performance. The F1s also features a fingerprint reader that Oppo claims is accurate and powerful enough to unlock the phone in a mere 0.22 seconds. The F1s runs Oppo’s ColorOS 3.0, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop – a little dated given that Android is currently up to 7.1.1 Nougat.


And now a word regarding the F1s’ camera set. Its main camera is a 13MP unit that comes with an “industry-leading imaging chip”, according to the company; an LED flash; and a 1/ 3.06-inch sensor to boost its nighttime performance. But of course the real story here is the phone’s 16MP front snapper that boasts a 1 /3.1-inch sensor and an F/2.0 aperture that allows more light to enter the camera for better selfies even in bad lighting. You can also try out the camera’s special features like Beautify 4.0 to reduce blemishes, selfie panorama for special wide-angle selfies, and a wide range of plug-ins and filters, including watermarking features, in case you want to add information to your shots like time and date. And the front camera also comes with double exposure and even a nice GIF mode, too, whereas the rear one boasts an Ultra HD mode (for 25MP photos!) and an expert (all-manual setting) mode.

A decent phone all around

So what’s the F1s like to use and put through its paces? In a nutshell: it’s a good phone that’s well worth a look if you’re in the market for a midrange phone, especially if you want a device that can help you take nice selfies or wefies.

First off, the phone’s resolution isn’t too bad; it’s adequately bright and easy on the eye in most scenarios, but can fall somewhat short in broad daylight. A blue light filter is available to help counter eye strain resulting from long usage, especially at night.

As befits a smartphone geared towards the selfie-obsessed, the F1s does decently in the photo department. Both cameras focus quickly and take shots that look true-to-life and nicely sharp. (We found the main camera to take less than impressive shots in some circumstances, however, such as in some low-light conditions.) The front camera was especially impressive thanks to its power and the wide range of options it offers users; we feel that adding a flash might help take it to the next level.

Despite the F1s’ Color OS being based on an older version of Android, we’re happy to say that the phone proved snappy and smooth – and this can be said for the overall performance, which is by and large pretty good. Apps fire up fast and multitasking, including making use of plenty of browser tabs and even playing games, doesn’t faze the phone very much – it does come with 3GB of RAM after all. And if you’re wondering how the phone does as a gaming device, we tried a couple of games on it and came away happy with its performance. No stuttering or lagging, quite impressive.

And a few lines now about battery life. The F1s’ 3,075mAh battery lasted us slightly over 8 hours on the average – not bad at all; more than a typical workday of life for moderate usage (which includes some web browsing, video watching, a few calls and SMS exchanges and social network surfing and posts as well) is pretty good in our book.

The bottom line

With phones like the Oppo F1s, today’s prospective shutter-happy mobile phone buyer is better served than ever before. This phone boasts a pretty decent marquee feature – its cameras and photo abilities – but the rest of it isn’t exactly chopped liver either. Plus it looks and feels great to boot. The F1s isn’t one to be overlooked if you’re in the market for a midranger that can help take great photos.

 

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