Saturday, September 24, 2016

Best Features of OPPO F1s

A lot of people nowadays say Oppo F1S is one of the most coveted smartphones today and it claims to be the "Selfie Expert." This got me curious and led me to do a little research about what the OPPO F1S is all about. Now, I am no genius nor a technical writer of smartphones, but do allow me to share with you my humble opinion about the OPPO F1s and its features. 

Before anything else, let's define what a selfie is first. What is a selfie? According to, a selfie is a slang term used to describe a photo that is taken of oneself for the purpose of uploading it to social networking sites and image sharing websites. A lot of Filipinos are very fond of taking selfies which is why the Philippines is considered to be the selfie capital of the world.
An example of a selfie ( my selfie)
Now, OPPO F1s has got some outstanding features. I have enjoyed reading them from the OPPO website. After some thorough reflection, allow me to discuss with you my personal top three best features of OPPO F1S that immediately caught my attention:  

1.)    The OPPO F1s has a 16MP Front Camera (and 13MP Rear Camera)

This is probably the first time I've heard that a mobile phone has a front camera with greater megapixels than its rear camera. That itself impressed me in all levels because OPPO has stepped out of the norm and made a phone exclusively for selfie lovers and the Filipinos are the perfect users for that. 

I have to admit, one of the major things I look for in a smartphone is its camera.  I used to think that having a phone with a camera that has high megapixels (MP) automatically gives me the results I want, and I thought that’s all  I would ever need.  

Sad to say, I've never been so wrong; a camera with high MP isn’t enough anymore. I tried a smartphone with the same MP and I'm still not satisfied with the pictures I get. As a mommy blogger, I want my pictures to be beautiful and appealing for my followers to see on my social media accounts. The usual problems I experience are the lighting and simply the quality of the pictures. Another common problem I get is that when I take pictures of my friends or relatives, they would ask me to take a pic of them again and again just to get their desired image. They would  complain things like their skin weren’t smooth enough, the picture was too dark, and the like. It was quite a hassle and time-consuming. This happens every year especially during the holidays or in special occasions because they want their picture to be “social media ready” or "Facebook-ready." 

Thankfully, it seems like OPPO has thought through it all.  According to their website, this is what their camera has to offer: 

"The OPPO F1s uses a front beauty camera with a 1/3.1-inch sensor and an F/2.0 aperture. This allows for more light to enter the camera, and enhances its sensitivity so you can take natural-looking selfies even in low-light conditions."  

Now, this is  good news from OPPO because from what I understand from the given statement is that you can basically point and shoot using the OPPO F1s’ front camera and it will give us great pictures/selfies regardless of the lighting conditions. So with this feature, I won't have to complain with the pictures' lighting. Plus, the front camera is also a beauty camera so it will automatically do some basic beauty editing for my selfies. It's a feature that an amateur photographer like me would really love to have. 

An awesome selfie picture at night time using the OPPO F1s
The picture above shows a great example of a selfie during night time using the OPOP F1s. You must be thinking, "Oh, I never use my camera at night." Well, never say never because I guarantee you that there would be occasions that you will use your camera during the night  such as dinner celebrations in restaurants, road trips, camping, night swimming with the family, or even graduations where the auditoriums usually have dim lights are just a few examples of  events worth capturing using a Selfie Expert like OPPO F1s.

2.)    The Oppo F1S offers Beautify 4.0

"Beautify 4.0. Using facial data from millions of users, Beautify 4.0 allows users to capture their very best looks. Blemish reduction has been refined to ensure beautiful, natural-looking shots that are eye-catching for all the right reasons." ~ source: OPPO website

Take a look at the before and after pictures below:
Before picture
After picture
The pictures above speak louder than words. When I saw the before and after pictures, I was like, “Whuuuut?!!” My jaw almost fell down the keyboard. Beautify is an understatement with what the app did with this picture. It was like the girls had undergone a metamorphosis. They were like girls next door transformed into commercial models.  I was really flabbergasted. I thought to myself, “Oh, my God! I gotta have this phone at all costs!!! With this app, I won't have to take pictures over and over again, and I can upload my selfies right away to my social media accounts!" Jeez! Even their teeth looks perfect!

I have to admit that most of the photos I take do need some editing before I post them on my social media accounts simply to make them more appealing, especially my selfies. There are times that I wanted to remove my facial blemishes or I want my lips to look more colorful. I have tried plenty of beauty applications, but none has impressed me like Oppo F1S’s Beautify 4.0. The last time I tried a beauty app, my friends no longer recognized me because the shape of my face has changed and my skin doesn’t look natural. So the big difference with Beautify 4.0 compared to others is that it really tries to capture the best natural-looking you. And because of this, I believe OPPO F1S truly deserves the name, "The Selfie Expert." 

3.)    3GB RAM, Faster than Ever

“The F1s’ 3GB RAM and octa-core 64-bit processor make for smooth multitasking and seamless switching between apps, movies and music. All of your favorite games will cruise! ~ source: OPPO website. 
Multitasking is a daily routine for me with my phone. I am a work-at-home mom and my work requires me to be available online almost 24/7. My boss requires me to install some applications for communication such as Viber, Yahoo Messenger, Skype, and Telegraph. As a blogger, I am inclined to have my social media apps on my phone such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linked In. As a mom, I would also install some games that my son would like to play to simply kill time whenever he's bored. I am also fond of playing Pokemon Go so it is a must on my phone.

Oftentimes, I would do multitasking on my phone by using 5 or more applications at the same time. I would open Pokemon Go, then open my inbox because a new email popped up, opening a shopping application because a sale is on,  then opening Viber because I need to contact my boss or my husband, then opening Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to share information or simply to check any notifications or messages, and then I would realize that I have forgotten about my Pokemon Go game so I would need to open it again. This is almost my daily scenario with my phone so having a mobile phone with a fast processor is a must for me so I can multitask freely without delay. I'm sure a lot of you can relate to this especially while playing Pokemon Go. It's frustrating to see your phone freeze when a rare pokemon comes along.
Lots of apps opened at the same time and sometimes used simultaneously.
Another simple reason why a fast processing phone is very important is that it will serve as a backbone to support its powerful camera features and its Beautify 4.0 application. It would be illogical to have a phone with great camera features, but has a slow processing speed. If that ever happens, it would simply  be frustrating for the user and just plain sad...frankly speaking. 

Here are OPPO F1s specification for your info:
  • LTE (Dual Nano SIM)
  • 5.5-inch IPS HD display
  • 1.5Ghz Octa-Core Processor
  • MediaTek MT6750 CPU
  • Mali-T860MP2 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM expandable up to 128 GB
  • 13MP Rear Camera w/ LED Flash
  • 16MP Front Camera
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
  • Fingerprint Sensor | OTG capable
  • 3,075mAh non-removable battery
  • Color: Gold, Rose Gold, Grey

So those are my three personal best features of OPPO F1s. If I were to choose what is the best among the three, I'd say none. I choose the whole package! Frankly speaking, I don't want a phone that only offers fast processing speed. I don't want a phone that only offers a great camera. And I don't want a phone that only has a remarkable beauty app feature. It just won't work for me. I wanted all of its features because I need them all. I want a fast phone that can multitask applications for me and gives superb pictures and selfies, and OPPO F1s offers all of it which is why Oppo F1s is one of the best and most coveted phones today.
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