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I purchased this phone recently and liked the camera and battery plus speed seems pretty good but two things spoil it for me. 1) When using outside in sunlight, you cannot see the screen as it turns into a mirror, this despite the advertising of the sunlight screen which is supposed to make sunlight viewing easy.. My main concern about this is not being able to see a subject when taking a pbotograph but reading emails or text messages is also virtually impossible in sunlight.. My photograph taken with another phone shows the oppo screen with the camera pointing forward and the mirror effect. In the upper part of the screen you can just make out the subject as if in a foggy haze but you are only really seeing your face and what is behind you.(Brightness was turned up high) Most phones struggle in sunlight but this is the worst I have seen. 2) I was disappointed that it does not have call recording built in to the sound recorder app as I thought all phones had this.
I like the sound, the wallpapers, large memory, fingerprint works brilliant, face recognition is good. Dislike: too big, cannot enable screen-off clock (function not available in Oppo A9), doesn't have an automatic eye/face recognition capability to turn off the screen (which my old S Galaxy 4 had it)- you have to set a value 1min, 2 min etc, cannot close the running apps selectively (either all or none), you have to lock the ones you want to keep running, the phone dialer is a little bit awkward
After plenty research I decided to buy the OPPO A9. I was a bit sceptical as there were a couple of negative reviews . One of them about the screen that becomes mirror in the sun. If the sun shines straight onto it and the screen is dimmed, yes, is happening, but not more then on my wifes P30 Pro. Another negative was about the google play and google maps, which someone said are not existent. Not true, they are on and work great. Actually I found the Google maps navigation to work better then on my old Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (I know is old) . The camera is ok, not as good as the P30 pro, but not too far. Another negative was from someone about the "cheap android version", I am not sure what that means, but the android version installed on it works and looks just like any other android phone. Another negative was about the phone being slugish, I know that can be a matter of perception but I find it to be ok. No delays in handling a few appas at the time and definetly not a problem when browsing, facebook-ing ,ebaying etc at the same time. Not tested on games. Battery:fuly charged overnight , been on the phone from 8 until about 11 in the morning (ebay, FB , youtube) and it went down to 81% which I think is not too bad (however the phone is 1 day old) It comes with a pre installed screen protector and a rubber case which is quite nice. Transering all my data from my old Samsung wasn`t too difficult too. Only things "weird" for me are the size and not being able to text one handed anymore (my old phone was smaller) , also the volume button is on the same hight with the on/off button so when wanting to switch off screen i hit that too doing a screen shot (but it doesn`t bother me much and I may get used to it). Looks wise..quite smart, not feeling cheap, a bit like the Huawai P30 Pro. A bit thicker then the average Samsung Galaxys.
The first thing I noticed was the battery does NOT last as log as you'd think it would given it's size. I even sent the first one back and got a replacement but sadly that was even worse! I installed accubattery on it to track the battery and I went online and carried out every little thing you can do to extend battery life. Sadly, it lasts no longer than my 3000ahr Honor 9.
Speaker phone is awful quality, despite music from the phone being excellent.
There are literally dozens of settings from Android Pie (v9) that are missing. I even called customer support and said why can't I change the notification tone for the timer. They told me that that setting has been disabled. Why? What on god's earth would motivate them to disable something so innocuous? It's beyond bizarre. There's loads missing.
Backups? You don't get the individual choices as to what to backup. It's a massive pain and means it took me the best part of a day to get the phone back to how I had my last one. I also had to recharge fully in the middle of that.
Most things when you want to change system settings start with "Settings>system". Not so in ColorOS6. There is no system folder in settings!
I think people who are saying this phone is great have not owned a smart phone before. It's a good price, but that's all, as a phone it's awful. I'm going to see if I can send this one back too.
The phone works well with one flaw. I use my phone compass on Google maps and geocaching. The first Oppo A9 I tried the compass readings where all 180 degrees out. The phone was set to high accuracy, Bluetooth was enabled, I had downloaded compass essentials to calibrate the compass. But nothing appeared to work. I wondered if it was the phone and as I liked it I ordered a replacement which was exactly the same. I think the version of android on the Oppo A9 has a bug. I ordered a Huawei p smart instead and it worked perfectly but it runs different version of android. If you don't use the compass the phone is brilliant but if you do get something else.
Got this as a cheapo replacement after trashing my Huawei P30 pro that shattered when dropped. Obviously this is not in the same league, but actually I don't care anymore. This phone is a little beauty. I've never had battery life like it. It's a pretty good compromise for the lack of wireless charging (is it really wireless when the base has a wire?) and the lack of quick charge. Camera is not premium, but it's certainly good enough. Video camera not so good, but ok. It may be a few milliseconds behind when processing but you soon get used to it and it becomes the norm. The back is plastic but looks pretty snazzy. I've the green. I'm pretty accident prone so it's been dropped. Other phones I've had the glass back has shattered, even when cased. This hasn't a mark (case and screen protector included) Seriously questioning if "premium" phones are actually worth it when this cost £140 in the sale. So good the father-in-law bought the same one.
OK so it's not a high-end phone - and that's exactly why I bought it. Bang for buck. Samsung/Apple etc royally taking the p*ss out of consumers these days. I've been buying cheap for the past few years. Xiaomi mostly, and now this Oppo. The Xiaomi 'MI os' worries me. Really. Ad/bloat ware buried within system functionality??? Hmmm. However the point I'm trying to make is if you're prepared to make a couple of very minor sacrifices/compromises then for me it's the way to get in terms of getting a 'current' spec at affordable prices.
A day in with the Oppo and I think we'll get along just fine. Buy a protector! I can see this phone will last as long as the drop that will kill it - same as with my experience with the Xiaomi phones I've had. However what initially led me on this path (cheap phone/current spec) was iPhone screens that cracked if you picked the phone up the wrong way (exaggerating obv) ... in contrast to that, this is the path of enlightenment. Concerns about the environmental aspects of ALL THE THINGS (if I could afford it I'd get a fairphone) abates, indeed.... in the meantime though. ;)
Battery life is incredible. The phone overall is an amazing bit of kit for the money. It's obviously not going to win any prizes over the like of the top end Samsung or Huawei products, but for the money you really would struggle to find anything better. Perfect as a first phone for your kids.
Before I brought this phone, I read a few reviews and was skeptical about the 2 days battery life, which was featured in several reviews, but I was wrong. I charged the phone to 100%, now i am not a heavy user, but i used it for music on prime when walking, podcasts at night, some youtube, internet, text and some calls. after 2 days (48 hours) it was on 10%, There are phones with a better camera, better screen, but i can't really tell the difference to be honest, between this and my sony experia. There is some difference in the screen res but not so that it spoils the experience. Frankly the best phone I have ever brought (£150) when you take everything into consideration, price, features and most definitely the BATTERY.
I'm only a light user and the battery life exceeds a week for me, even using it daily for photos and the other normal things. I find it more responsive to the touch compared to my last phone and the face recognition to turn it on is fantastic. It's a nice looking phone too and is a bargain especially if you can get the black friday offer