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OPPO Reno 2 Review: Vlogger’s Phone

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There are a lot of good phones for multimedia consumption with very capable cameras for both videos and stills. But your options of the best are on the flagships. So OPPO has the Reno2. How was it on a daily grind? Let’s find out.

OPPO Reno2 specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Adreno 618 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 6.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Rear Cameras
    • 48 MP, f/1.7, PDAF, OIS
    • 13MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
    • 2 MP f/2.4 B/W
  • 16MP f/2.0 motorized pop up front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display), USB Type C
  • Sensor – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • 4,000 mAh battery 20W fast battery charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.1
  • Price: Php 28,990
The OPPO Reno2 with a case

HARDWARE

The OPPO Reno2 resembles its flagahip sibling, the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition. What we have here is pink which is really a cute color. It comes with a pink case but it seems high quality. The case feels like leather to the touch.

The phone is also well designed like the camera module at the rear ia so flushed on the body resulting to no camera humps. The sharksfin design of the pop up canera also adds a unique touch to the design. The phone is also well built and very solid.

Moving on to the display, we have a 6.5-inch AMOLED display. The screen is actually nice! It is one of the nice looking display we’ve seen. It has good color saturation and vibrancy. It tends to have a reddish hue if you look closely but it you like warmer tone on a display, this wont be a problem. It doesnt go as brightnas we want it to be outdoors but the viewing experience is perfect indoors.

SOFTWARE

We admit that ColorOS is still not our favorite skin on top of Android but it doesn’t mean we hate. Actually, we love OPPO has done with ColorOS 6 which now has an app drawer. There are also less bloatware too. But one of the best things we like about this custom skin is its sheer smoothness. Overtime, older versions of ColorOS remains smooth and we think this current version will be the same. We just hope OPPO would also consider being committed to Android updates just like its sub-brand Realme.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 730G chipset. It is a step lower than the flagship Snapdragon 855. Its powerful but not in league with the 855 in terms of horsepower. It can run graphic intense games here with no issues. Overall performance is very good in a daily grind. You wont have problems with it.

CAMERA

OPPO has been highlighting its camera prowess even on its TV commercials. The main camera is indeed packing some serious stuff. Then48MP nain lens has OIS for both stills and video. If you are an aspiring vlogger, you might want to check this out. One feature we like about it is audio zoom. When zooming in to a subject for video, the audio gets more boost as if the phone’s microphone is also going near to your subject.

Here check out some of our shots and sample videos.

Audio Zoom video sample

Night mode

Selfie

Normal > 2X > 5X > 10X > 20X zoom

Random photos

Ultrawide

CONNECTIVITY and BATTERY

We are constantly impressed with OPPO’s tech on connectivity. On the Reno2, we are very pleased with its strong network and WiFi connectivity. We also get faster than usual internet speeds using our Globe SIM. Calls are clear with no issues.

We are also impressed with its battery. The 4,000 mAh battery is just right for your needs. On our video loop test, we managed to get 7 to 8 hours of screen on time before the battery turns red.

VERDICT

We think that OPPO made a great phone with the Reno2. Its hard to find anything not-so-good about it. Cameras are good, display ia great, overall performamce is very smooth, battery life is amazing and we are loving the overall look of the phone.

One thing we are not loving is the price. The OPPO Reno2 – Php 28,990. For that price, just add 4k and you can get the OnePlus 7T which has a flagship chipset. Other than that, the OPPO Reno2 is a good phone for aspiring vloggers and those who simply love a well-built phone with greaf display and battery.

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