The mobile phone is the most popular technological device on the planet. Today’s phones function as a telephone, watch, portable office, calculator, and above all, a camera. I know many people who have based their choice of smartphone on its camera specs in this age of social media, where Instagram, Facebook, and a host of other outlets are integral parts of our daily routine. Furthermore, in modern society, a smartphone is as much a telephone as it is a fashion accessory, status symbol, and personal assistant.

The Oppo F1 Plus Selfie Expert smartphone was launched this month as the successor to the company’s F1 smartphone that was launched in January 2016. Built on its predecessor, the phone offers a larger screen size and a bezel-less design. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch touchscreen 720p display (720 pixels by 1280 pixels resolution). But does the phone live up to the hype of being a “selfie expert,” and does it deliver on its promises in other aspects as well? I decided to put the phone to the test – read on to find out more.

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The phone uses MediaTek’s MT6750 64-bit octa-core processor. It is packed with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a MicroSD card by up to 128GB. The Oppo F1 runs Android 5.1 topped with the company’s native ColorOS UI, and is powered by a 2,850 mAh non-removable battery, which easily lasts for a day after moderate to high usage. The phone also has the company’s Super VOOC fast-charge technology, which gives you 50 percent battery in half an hour, a feature I found very useful when I am on the run. An additional benefit is its dual SIM feature that accepts both Micro-SIM and Nano-sim, while also supporting 4G. This phone handles multi-tasking adeptly, and performs well even when playing games and watching multiple videos.

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I was impressed with a number of the phone’s featuers. To start with, the phone has a great design and is very light-weight at 145 grams. It is also extremely thin, at just 6.6mm – in short, a sleek looking smartphone. The display was sharp with impressive viewing angles. The Oppo F1 Plus does look similar to the iPhone 6 series. Personally, I love larger smartphones, and the Oppo F1 certainly ticked all my boxes there. The phone offered a large screen for viewing pleasure, while boasting very thin edges to prevent it from being a bulky device. The phone’s sensors include a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope. Furthermore, the phone also has a fingerprint scanner that unlocks the phone at a lightning-fast 0.22 seconds!

However, the phone’s USP is certainly its camera, and I had to put that to the test. Deemed the ‘selfie expert’, the phone packs a 13-megapixel primary camera and an incredibly impressive 16-megapixel front camera for all you selfie lovers out there! The front camera picks up four times the light as most other smartphone cameras due to a unique sensor technology with a wide aperture lens, so your selfies will always turn out bright even in lower light settings. I have to agree – the front camera is one of the best on all Android phones. The camera takes sharp images and captures colours well. Due to its light-grabbing technology, even in low light settings the pictures turns out to be far more impressive than most phones out there. Additionally, the front camera has a number of features that will make your selfies more fun, with various filters and patterns to choose from, including the Beautify 4.0 (My personal favourite) feature that allows you to highlight certain features and hide blemishes, allowing you to achieve that flawless look. The phone can also take selfie panoramas. Also, I’m totally digging the feature where the phone takes a picture when you say “Cheese!” or making hand gestures. The rear camera was also good, especially in well-lit settings.

Below I compare the OPPO F1S to Samsung A7 & iPhone 6, honestly I am blown away by the comparison. In each setting the images from OPPO F1S  turns out to be better and more defined than the others. Plus you can notice how in iPhone 6 my blemishes are clearly visible where as the selfie with OPPO F1S  makes me look radiant and glowing.

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Although the phones have reportedly gone through 68 polishing processes to ensure a perfect grip, I still found the phone to be slightly delicate and slippery so it’s likely to fall out of your hand or pocket if not handled carefully. For first-time Oppo users, the ColorOS might also seem a little different initially.

So what’s my verdict on the Oppo F1 Selfie Expert? I commend the company on the phone’s design, battery, and brilliant selfie camera. For those of you social media butterflies, I highly recommend this phone if you like posting selfies throughout the day and want a sleek phone. In terms of the phone’s features, there are a number of phones out there that do compare, barring the front camera spec of course! So go ahead and selfie away!

To know more about OPPO & OPPO F1S head over to website , Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page.

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Photographer: Josh Zachariah

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