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OPPO R11s Review

by Content Editor LucyS ‎2018-02-08 02:20 PM
Posted by (Content Editor)
8th Feb 2018, 2:20pm
LucyS

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The OPPO R11s comes in a snazzy box that includes:

 

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DESIGN

 

I’m reviewing the red OPPO R11s and I’ve got to say, I’m thoroughly enjoying the colourway. It’s striking, slick and with a gorgeous edge-to-edge 6” display, the handset is just beautiful to look at. Interestingly the fingerprint scanner is now on the back of the device but I used the facial recognition to unlock the device when I was using it; it’s fast and accurate which is all you really need. Weight-wise this phone is light and slim which just adds to its sleekness.

 

CAMERA (aka the main event)

 

DAAAAMN, the camera on this beaut is astonishingly good. Words won’t even do it justice, so I’ll just share the below pic my friend took last week. He shot this in just one take. I’m in love with the depth of field in the photo; the crisp detail of the ‘waterfall’ in the foreground contrasted against the soft blur of objects and colours in the background. It’s legit one of the best photos I’ve ever seen taken on a smartphone. Well done OPPO!

 

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The camera also shoots well in bright, artificial and low lighting, as evidenced by this shot of Sydney harbour at dusk and below, the OPPO R11s launch party. 

 

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I think a lot of other smartphones would have struggled to capture such detail under all the varying light sources but not the R11s. 

 

The selfie camera is equally excellent at capturing exceptional detail, although be warned, the shots are VERY VERY detailed. With that in mind, I shot most of the selfies I took with ‘Beauty Mode’ on. Beauty Mode effectively gives your face a soft focus and you can even add a bit of blush, widen your eyes and even your complexion.

 

OTHER FEATURES

 

OPPO phones have an excellent track record for battery life in general and the R11s is no different. A full day of moderate use (social media scrolling, listening to Spotify, editing photos, Whatsapping, sending emails and using the phone as a torch when I got in late after the launch party 😉) and you should have enough battery to last you into a second day. As expected the handset comes with a fast charger which is very handy.

 

LOVE

 

  • The camera is the absolute stand-out feature of this phone. With the R11s’ 20 MP dual lens, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better camera on a smartphone in the market right now

  • The edge-to-edge design is beautiful

  • Value for money

 

NOT-SO-SURE ABOUT

 

  • OPPO is launching the R11s with OS Android 7.1 rather than the latest version which is 8.0 (Oreo)

  • Not water resistant

  • OPPO emojis – ‘droids in general tend to overlook emoji updates and personally I think that’s a shame ☹

 

VERDICT:

 

If you are:

 

  • Adventurous

  • Willing to try something new

  • A keen photographer looking for one of the best smartphone cameras out there

 

Then the OPPO R11s is for you.

 

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above review are my own and do not represent those of Optus or its staff. 

Comments
charliet100
by Visitor charliet100
‎2018-02-08 04:21 PM

Awesome. Looks like it's time to update my R9. Smiley Wink

Yeldarb
by Crowd Champion Yeldarb
‎2018-02-08 05:47 PM

I have read many good things about the OPPO range of phones and that camera looks brilliant. Didn't they feed you, no food pics mate.  Smiley LOL

LucyS
by Content Editor LucyS
‎2018-02-13 12:27 PM

@charliet100, here's the link if you wanna check 'em out. 

 

@Yeldarb, lol I was too busy getting papped/forcing people to take my photo at the party haha. And yes I can confirm they're fab phones, especially if you value camera and battery life. 

TheBond
by Occasional Visitor TheBond
‎2018-02-27 01:46 PM

I recently got the phones for my kids. 
Just an obseravation I made in 2 days in setting them up and configuring it.

Oppo has restricted to OS to a limit that it removes settings and kill apps running in the background.

For eg, I need to use OurPact app for the kids to monitor their app usage and screen time. This needs the app to launch a service (Settings > Additonal Settings > Accessibility and enable it through that. 
This works for a minute till the aggressive Task Killer kills the Service and also sets the Service to No. 
This is really critical for me but seems like it won't be fixed any time sooner. I have tried any option Oppo support team has recommended to get the app going in the background but it doesn't.


Same applies if you want to use another app for Texting rather than the one Oppo R11 came with. As soon as you receive a message, a pop-up comes up and you are forced to use the OEM one.

 

Also, the Notificaiton try is now a mess. No grouping by a particular app and also to clear each notificaiton, you need to swipe and choose Delete. You can clear all if you like but thats not what you want to do. Moreover, you can't really gauage which app has a Notification from the Application icons. The Badge only works with a fair few.

 

I am sure my kids are happy with an awesome camera and hardware but I really need to find a solution to get monitoring going, its unacceptable. A good hardware with an awful software.