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OPPO A37 Review: Make Everyday Better

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Driven for the love of art and the artists in their users. Utilizing what they call the art of technology, the Chinese global electronics and technology service provider, OPPO, has yet again delivered another beautiful device in the form of the A37. It is designed to help make you look better and be better every day. Does it deliver? Let us walk you through our experience with the OPPO A37.

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OPPO A37 on the inside:

  • 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • Adreno 306 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,630 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0
  • Price: P8,999
  • Status: Available at OPPO stores and retailers

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HARWARE and DESIGN

True to OPPO’s philosophy of a meticulously crafted phone. The A37 comes off as a very pretty gadget. It slim, lightweight and easy on the grip. It’s the type of phone you don’t mind holding throughout the day especially since this is one of the thinnest smartphones out there even with the free clear case on. Moreover, the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 makes the screen meld into the body of the phone. It comes in elegant and polished gold as well as rose gold which is in line with their design to target those who are after sexy, classy looking smartphones.

DISPLAY and SOUND

For a phone in its price range, the A37 sports 5-inch HD IPS LCD display that supports 720p HD videos with Adreno 306 graphics ensuring things are smooth on the screen. Though we did have some trouble using it in direct sunlight, the phone is definitely indoor activity friendly. Sound-wise, the A37 is self-compensating with the use of Dirac HD Sound technology. This enhances the audio system’s ability to correct distorted sound and bring it as close as possible to the true source. As mentioned it is good enough for browsing and online video streaming.

SOFTWARE and PERFORMANCE

The OPPO A37 is powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0 and running on a 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB RAM. With day to day activities, this is more than enough. There was no lag and switching from one app to another was no problem. We also liked that the ColorOS 3.0 has a privacy feature that allows you to hide apps, contacts and files.

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So, we had this phone the week Pokemon Go got released in the Philippines. Though this is one stable device for everyday use, it had a bit of difficulty supporting our Pokemon Trainer dreams. Yes, it did turn quite hot quickly but that’s not surprising since the game practically uses everything a phone has to offer.

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BATTERY

As always, a lean phone comes with a lean battery and the OPPO A37 is no different. It has a 2,630 mAh battery that can definitely carry you throughout a day of regular use. Though as mentioned, it might not fair very well with heavy games. We only lasted about an hour playing Pokemon Go. The main thing to keep in mind is to keep the device cool to better manage battery life.

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CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM smartphones have already become market norm. We had the OPPO A37 on both Smart and Globe and we didn’t have any problems with calls and text messaging. It’s armed with a power combo of 4G/LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth which is a good thing to have in the metro.

CAMERA

The key offering that the OPPO A37 delivers is in the form of an 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash as well as a 5 megapixel front facing camera. The camera app itself comes with Beautify 4.0 which allows you to take flawless selfies without that nearly blurred out effect. You can check out the video below with ample sample shots as we had a glitch during file transfer.

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The VERDICT

If you’re looking for an affordable phone for everyday use, then the OPPO A37 is definitely up your alley. Between the features and the draw backs, this phone is pretty well balanced for a price of just P8,999. You definitely will have form and the amount of function you need every day.