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Oppo is an emerging electronics brand based out of Guangdong, China. The brand manufactures smartphones for the emerging market and releases premium looking mid-range phones. However, with the huge number of phones launching in this category, Oppo is finding it hard to cut a mark for itself. Released in November, 2015, the A33 as meant to be a cheaper alternative for the likes of Moto, Lenovo, and Asus. In this review, we check if the 2 GB of RAM and the 5-inch screen can help it thrive in this jungle of a market.
The unique design of the phone is immediately apparent. It is rectangular in shape with sharp corners and straight lines. The bezel surrounding the screen is less, but the design looks as you have seen it somewhere else. That is because reviving the same design doesn’t catch any eyes. The plastic body makes the phone lightweight at 146 gram. The 7.6 mm thickness will let you hold the phone comfortably and will allow one hand usage. However, when used for a long time the sides will dig into your hands, and it will take some time in getting used to. The volume rocker and the power button are on the right side. There is a 3.5 mm audio jack on the top and a micro USB port on the bottom. The speaker grille is on the rear with a camera and an LED flash. Below the screen is three capacitive touch buttons for navigation. The phone takes one micro SIM and one Nano SIM and has a slot for a micro SD card.
The 5.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display has a resolution of 540x960 giving it a pixel density of 220 ppi. It is less in comparison to the other phones in the same category which gives HD displays at least. The screen is bright and provides vibrant colors and has good contrast. However, the difference in the screen is immediately apparent when you start to use it to look at videos and play some lightweight games.
Beneath the hood lies a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The phone also has a 2 GB RAM and an Adreno 306 GPU. On paper, these specs look good, and they are on par with what most manufacturers offer in the same price range. The performance is nifty enough to get you through your day while running standard apps and multitasking. The phone can also run some of the common games like subway surfers, Temple Run, etc. however, the downside being that these will not look good on the 5-inch screen. However, if you are looking for a phone that will not freeze up and will not be slow when shifting between two or three apps, then you will not be disappointed.
The phone comes with Android v5.1 Lollipop. The launcher on the phone is Oppo’s launcher, the Color OS. Like most launchers coming out of the Chinese markets, this one doesn’t come with an app drawer which means that all your apps will be placed on the home screen. Functionality for placing widgets is available. The A33 comes with 16GB of internal memory which can be bumped up to 256 GB with an external micro SD card.
The phone has an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and an LED flash. The features of the phone include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. Despite the number of features, the camera is still smaller than the usual double-digit camera’s available in the same price range. Pictures taken are decent with good contrast and white balance. Low light photography is also fine. Video taken on the phone is also fine. The problem with the low-resolution screen is that even if the phone takes good pictures, it won’t be immediately apparent on the screen. The phone has a 5 MP Selfie shooter which is perfect for taking selfies.
The phone comes with three sensors: an accelerometer, proximity sensor and a compass. Other multimedia features are the music player, video player, web browser, document viewer and photo viewer and editor.
The A33 comes with a non-removable 2400 mAh battery which will give you a 3G talk time of 8 hours. The phone has a 3G standby time of 250 hours. Under minimal usage, the battery should last you a day and maybe two days. There are no fast charging options, so if you are a hefty user, then you will have to charge the phone every day. Although phones in the same category come with larger batteries, Oppo has decided to go with a smaller one, maybe because its hardware is not that power hungry. There are no additional power saving modes or options.
The phone has all the standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB and Hotspot. There is no NFC. In terms of connectivity, the phone could do better by adding other features like most phones in the same price range.
Oppo has been trying desperately to make a phone with which it can make a mark for itself in the market. However with a phone like the A33, Oppo really won’t make a difference. The display isn’t that great either. Neither is the camera in the phone noteworthy nor will the chipset turn any heads. Here we list out some of the things we like and don’t like about the phone.WHAT WE LIKED
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