[Review] OPPO F1s.

OPPO F1s is another ‘selfie expert’ version from OPPO. When they launched this phone in Malaysia, all the banners and brochures mentioned this phone as a ‘camera phone’ instead of a smartphone or anything else, which indicates that the phone is mainly targeted for those who are into selfies or for someone who is looking for a device that takes good photos and videos without costing a bomb.

As you all know, the OPPO F1s carries a price tag of RM 1198 in Malaysia and is available in 2 colours – rose gold and champagne gold where the front part is all white and the entire back panel is where the colour that you choose is applicable.

Now let’s take a look at the specifications :

OPPO F1s Specs :
  • MediaTek MT6750 Octa-core 1.5GHz processor.
  • 32 GB internal storage (Supports micro SD card up to 128 GB).
  • 3 GB RAM.
  • 5.5 inch HD (1280 x 720) display.
  • 16 Megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and 13 Megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture.
  • Dual SIM (both nano SIM slots) with 4G LTE.
  • Fingerprint unlocking (0.22 seconds fast unlocking).
  • 3075 mAh non-removable battery.
  • Colours – rose gold & champagne gold.
  • Price – RM 1198.

If you would like to take a look at the unboxing, please refer to my unboxing and first look article – LINK.

 

 

OUTLOOK

The OPPO F1s looks almost like its elder brother, the OPPO F1 Plus. The front panel is almost the same except for the camera and sensor where they are the other way round on the F1 Plus. Looking at the back, the difference is more obvious where the F1 Plus has a unibody metal design. The F1s has a slightly different look but I can’t say which one is better because both are nice to me.

Front – 16 Megapixel selfie camera, earpiece, ambient light sensor and a white LED notification light. There is also a fingerprint enabled home button at the bottom of the display.

Back – 13 Megapixel back camera and LED flash.

Top – microphone.

Bottom – 3.5mm audio port, microphone, micro USB port and loudspeaker.

Left – volume rockers.

Right – power button, SIM eject hole and SIM tray.

 

BASICS

As for the SIM card slot, OPPO managed to fit 2 micro SIM slots as well as a micro SD card slot in just one place which is not common but a good move. Another good thing that I noticed is, there is an indication on the SIM tray on how the tray should be inserted e.g. ‘face to screen’.

NOTE : Each time you insert a SIM, your phone will reboot.

Both SIMs support 4G LTE. As for the storage, the internal storage of 32 GB is just nice but if that is not enough, then the micro SD card slot is your solution. The OPPO F1s supports micro SD card up to 128 GB which is abundant for many of us.

The notification light is only in one colour which is white. It is only for notification purpose, which means that it doesn’t blink if the battery is low or once the phone is fully charged. The fingerprint sensor works exceptionally well. It is one of the fastest unlocking that I’ve ever seen (it is as good as its sibling, the OPPO F1 Plus). The error rate is also very low as the phone is able to detect my fingerprint and unlock without any issues most of the time.

The phone is running on Android 5.1 with Color OS 3.0.0i. As I already have experience using OPPO phones previously, I know what to expect, thus my experience was far better than how it was on OPPO F1 Plus. Well, what you need to know is, everything is the same as OPPO F1 Plus but once you are used to it, you will not have much issues. I still suggest you to read my review of OPPO F1 Plus before reading this one because the plus points and minus points are very much the same for these two devices.

 

MULTIMEDIA, SPEAKER & DISPLAY

The loudspeaker is quite loud and good. Compared to any other smartphone, the OPPO F1s’s loudspeaker seems to have an above average sound quality. The sound quality from the headphones was good too especially if you have your own headphones to use. The one that comes with the box was not bad but somehow I felt that my personal headphones did better where the sound quality was according to how I want it to be. The built-in music player was too basic. You don’t have any sound settings to fiddle with. So you may want to use a third party player.

As found in the OPPO F1 Plus, this F1s smartphone also have similar issues (not a bug but more related to shortcoming of the UI itself). Firstly, you have no way to adjust the music / media volume unless you open the music. This is not an issue when you are using YouTube or the music player as you can already adjust the volume even before you play your content but when you are going to play a video in Facebook or probably a voice message that you received via WhatsApp, you have no way to reduce the volume before playing the content.

The HD AMOLED display is simply stunning when it comes to watching videos or looking at photos etc. It is vivid and nice but I personally find it to be over-saturated because for a person like me where I need to edit lots of photos using my phone, I rather see the natural colour of an image so that I can edit the photos correctly. When I edit a photo using this phone, the image looks stunning but once I upload it to my Fb / Instagram and later check out the photo using my other phone or tablet, only then I realise that the photo needs more colour. Otherwise, the display is awesome.

 

CAMERA

I have no issues with the camera’s performance. Everything is good. This device is catered for selfie lovers and as such, the selfie camera has more Megapixels than the rear camera. Well, that doesn’t really matter because overall the photos from the rear camera are equally nice. If you are taking a selfie photo or a group photo (either front or rear cam), don’t forget to use the beauty mode. It will definitely make your face silky and smooth.

As for videos, the device can record videos up to 1080p on both cameras. Both audio and video quality were good although there was no stabilization mode while recording. There is only one LED flash for the back camera but it emits light in amber colour which is good because that makes your photos look more natural in colour.

In terms of camera settings, you don’t have much option to fiddle with. I can only blame the UI for that but I am quite used to it by now and overall, I find the camera to be good despite the shortcomings. Also, the camera of this device is almost like the OPPO F1 Plus. So if you need to know more about the camera, check out my review.

Below are some photos that I’ve taken using the OPPO F1s.

 

PERFORMANCE

This device performs well overall. There was no annoying lag while using this device. Some apps e.g. Pokemon GO crashed initially but after a software update, they were fine. This device comes with 3 GB of RAM which is more than sufficient I think. To be frank, I didn’t see much difference between the OPPO F1s and the OPPO F1 Plus in terms of performance. Everything was snappy.

As for games, overall they were all smooth and I didn’t encounter any issues unless there are any app specific bugs. While playing some high end games e.g. NFS No Limit, I didn’t see the special effects e.g. rain effect and watery road effect but for a device with that price, I am not complaining because I have only seen those effects in phones that are above RM 3000. So for a device worth just RM 1198, I am very happy with how the device performs.

 

BATTERY LIFE

The battery life of this device is definitely good. It lasted about 2 days and 3 hours on average use – 1 hour of internet and apps, push emails (office email and 2 GMails), auto brightness, minimum WhatsApp usage, 30 mins of Fb, navigation for about 15 minutes and less than 10 minutes of calls. Also, this is including aeroplane mode switched on at night (for about 5-6 hours).

Without aeroplane mode and with high navigation (about 1 hour and 30 minutes), the battery still lasted for about 1 day, 8 hours and 30 minutes. Of course, if you play a lot of games or constantly doing something on the phone, the battery may only last for a day or even less depending on how intense you use it but I feel that the battery life is definitely better compared to many other phones that I’ve used.

The only disappointment when it comes to the battery is, there is no VOOC charger for this device. Well, the 2A charger still charges the device much faster than many other devices in the market. To be exact, it took me just 1 hour and 50 minutes to charge the battery from 5% to 100% which is good but I am too much pampered by the OPPO F1 Plus’s ultra fast charging which takes just 1 hour to fully charge the device. How I wish the F1s can charge that quick as well.

 

CONCLUSION

The OPPO F1s is definitely a good device if you are okay with the limitations, especially those related to the UI.

Good :

  • Decent camera.
  • Good design. Solid feel.
  • Ultra fast fingerprint unlock.
  • Free soft case and screen protector.
  • Decent charging speed.
  • Snappy performance.
  • Decent internal storage and RAM.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Good audio quality.

Bad :

  • Not full HD display.
  • AMOLED display without option to display natural colour makes contents look over saturated.
  • UI related limitations.

 

Our score for OPPO F1s

Summary

82.8%
  • Design / Outlook (95%)
  • Features (80%)
  • Camera (92%)
  • Hardware Performance (80%)
  • Software / UI (65%)
  • Battery Life / Charging (85%)
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