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OPPO F3 Review: The Best Affordable Option For Groupfies

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OPPO has been flexing its marketing muscle for its new OPPO F3 and F3 Plus models and the efforts has paid off. More than 22,000 units were sold in just three days and these are just numbers for the F3 alone. Questions now are need to be answered – Is is a worthy upgrade if you’re coming from the F1s? Camera quality? Performance quality? Read on.

OPPO F3 specs:

  • 1.5GHz  octa core Mediatek MT6750T processor
  • Mali T860
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Dual 16 + 8 megapixel front facing cameras with 120-degree wide angle lens, autofocus
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ColorOS 3.0
  • Price: P16,990
  • Status: Available on OPPO stores and retailers

Related article – OPPO F3 Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The OPPO F3’s design looks a lot like its predecessor, the OPPO F1s. It is becoming a bit stale for us and we hope OPPO’s future smartphones will no longer look like this anymore. Other than that we have nothing to complain with the looks department.

DISPLAY

The 5.5-inch is on full HD which a great upgrade from its predecessor’s 720p display. It is brighter with punchier colors and sunlight legibility is excellent. Worry not about scatches since the OPPO F3 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for its added protection.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Just like the F3 Plus, the regular F3 now runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. OPPO does not really care much on what Android version you get since they have a thick layer of ColorOS 3.0 on top. It is clean and very simple. If you are coming from an iOS device,

CAMERA

The difference between the regular F3 and the larger sibling is the camera. The regular F3 has a smaller f/2.2 aperture than the F3 Plus with its f/1.7 aperture. It means it will bring in less light and that is evident on our photos. It is still a good point and shoot camera overall. It takes really nice photos in well lit areas.

Of course its main feature are the dual selfie cameras. Just like the F3 Plus, it has two lenses – one for regular selfies and the other is a wide angle lens perfect for groupfies. Check out some of our sample photos below.

CONNECTIVITY

All necessary connectivity options are standard – 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and Fingerprint Scanner. Internet speeds may be location and network dependent and we get decent speeds based on our tests. Signal quality is surprisingly decent too. Calls are clear with no issues and fingerprint scanner works very well and unlocks the device quickly.

Speed test using Globe LTE network

BATTERY

We are happy to report that we get more out of its battery. For us, the 3,200 mAh battery on paper is just average but we are surprised to reach 12 hours of mix moderate to heavy use. That includes various video watching activities from You Tube, Netflix, I Want TV, social media, email and hotspot.

VERDICT

The OPPO F3 is truly offering something different to selfie-loving Filipinos. We love to take groupfies with family and friends so we want to make sure everyone fits in the photo. Great UI experience, good build quality, decent rear camera, stable signal quality. This is truly your best option for those precious groupfies.

If you are thinking of upgrading from the OPPO F1s, we think it is a good move since you are getting real upgrades here.