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OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+: Side-by-side comparison

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These days, in the smartphone world, it’s all about the displays and bezels — or the lack thereof. Two nearly borderless contenders are from brands which are known for their selfie capabilities.

OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+: Side-by-side comparison

The OPPO F5 and Vivo V7+, though still tagged as selfie smartphones, are marketed as “borderless” devices which cost only a fraction of those bezel-less flagships. These recent releases look pretty similar, so we decided to see where the phones differ.

Side-by-side

The OPPO F5 and Vivo V7+ have taller displays with a 18:9 ratio. Both phones are the respective brands’ first attempt at near-borderless displays.

The OPPO F5 has a 6-inch screen while the Vivo V7+’s display is 5.99 inches — not much of a difference. However, the V7+ has a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels which pales in comparison to the F5’s 1080 x 2160 pixels.

OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+ displays

OPPO F5 (left) and Vivo V7+ (right)

Both phones have relocated the fingerprint scanner to the back with identical placements, the only difference being the actual shape of the scanner.

These phones have plastic backs, but they feel far from cheap. Both have a nice matte finish that makes them look premium.

OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+ rear cameras

On the upper-right, the OPPO F5 has the SIM card slot and power button; the Vivo V7+ has the volume rocker and power button.

OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+

On the other side, the F5 houses the volume rocker while the V7+ has only the SIM slot on there. Both phones have space for two nano-SIMs and a microSD card.

OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+

The speaker grilles, micro-USB port, and audio jack are all found at the bottom of the phones.

OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+ ports

Admittedly, the only reason I could tell these two phones apart, face up, is the fact that our units came in different colors. I don’t think that will be the case had they been both black. ?

Camera performance

Now, on to the selfies!

To accommodate smaller bezels, the phones have done away with the dual-cam selfie setup. The OPPO F5 has a 20-megapixel front-facing camera while the Vivo V7+ has a 24-megapixel selfie camera and front-facing LED fill light (no need for these ridiculous light cases).

Both have their respective beauty and bokeh modes, though the F5 gets props for a standalone bokeh mode. On the V7+, the bokeh mode can only be done while on beauty mode, but you can always just toggle the beauty filter to zero.

Selfies come out great on both phones, with Vivo’s photos coming out noticeably brighter and more saturated — something most selfie-loving folks seem to prefer. Software bokeh cut-outs are looking pretty good on both, too.

A notable add-on would be the OPPO F5’s built-in artificial intelligence on its front-facing camera. OPPO claims that this feature allows for a beauty mode that’s more natural, even going as far as recognizing the selfie subject’s age, sex, and race for optimum selfie results.

Naturally, a group selfie was in order to test it.

With one tap (auto mode), better and more natural selfies were shot with the OPPO F5, especially compared to previous OPPO releases. The filter did not blur out features and our faces didn’t look washed out!

A comparable selfie is achievable with the V7+ after experimenting with the beauty mode; you have to find just the right settings. A quick zoom on the photos, though, will show you the slight but very important detail on photos from the F5: That are your pores are still visible, making for a more realistic beauty filter.

Both phones are equipped with 20-megapixel rear cameras with an LED flash. Beauty mode is available on the rear cameras for both handsets, though neither have a bokeh feature on this camera.

The shooters are very capable, even under low-light scenarios — without even activating the manual mode, which of course, both phones have. The photo above, however, shows the phones’ varying treatments for the same difficult shot.

The two devices have built-in beauty modes for video, but the V7+ only allows for this feature while on video calls for certain apps, and the OPPO F5 only has the function on its integrated camera app.

What’s inside

The OPPO F5 runs on a MediaTek MT6763T processor with Android 7.1 and ColorOS 3.2. The Vivo V7+ is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor (a processor comparable to the older Snapdragon 625 as Dan had explained on his Vivo V7+ review) on Android 7.1 with FunTouch OS.

Both have 4GB of memory, but the V7+ has a higher storage capacity at 64GB compared to the F5’s 32GB. The V7+ also has a slightly bigger battery capacity of 3225mAh as opposed to the F5’s 3200mAh capacity.

Which is your GadgetMatch?

These phones deliver the bezel-less experience without having to cough up money for a flagship. At the end of the day, this led to certain sacrifices specs-wise — though that certainly doesn’t mean these aren’t capable devices, because they are.

It just depends where your priorities lie: The OPPO F5 for the more capable beauty mode, or the Vivo V7+ for more vivid photos and the more capable processor.

girl holding OPPO F5 and Vivo V7+

The main point is: If a bigger screen is your priority, one of these two phones — depending on what type of user you are — may just be your GadgetMatch. Priced at PhP 15,990 (around US$ 305) for the OPPO F5 and PhP 17,990 (close to US$ 355) for the Vivo V7+, these two are definite contenders for the more affordable bezel-less smartphone category.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F5 hands-on: A nearly borderless selfie phone

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iPhone 12 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs Pixel 5: Camera shootout

Which flagship takes the best photo?

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By now, most smartphone brands have introduced their respective flagships. Samsung unpacked the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Google revealed the more affordable Pixel 5, and Apple unveiled the most-awaited iPhone 12 Pro.

In this shootout, we took the three flagship smartphones for a camera showdown. These photos were taken around Brooklyn, New York. And if you’ll ask… Yes, we still did our part by wearing masks and following social distancing protocols.

Anyhoo, grab your pen and paper since this is a blind shootout. It’s labeled A, B, and C to make it easier for you to take notes. As usual, no post-processing was done except for putting the images in a collage for faster loading and preview. The answers can be found at the end of this article.

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Results

Okay, we’re just messing with you. It’s not that blind test where you have to scroll up and down to find out the answers in different labels. The results are as follows:

A – iPhone 12 Pro

B – Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

C – Google Pixel 5

If you observed them closely, these flagship smartphones have their strengths and weaknesses. Notably, these smartphones differ in terms of focal length, depth-of-field, color balance, and more. Mainly because these flagships use different camera systems and are powered by different processors.

But if you’re wondering what is the point of a camera shootout between the best smartphones you can buy today, it’s about helping people decide based on their preferences, lifestyle, and usage.

Observations

The iPhone 12 Pro captured bright and sharp processed photos with a greenish tint. It produced a clean cut-out for its portrait mode, with an improved depth-of-field anyone would love. It’s the perfect camera system for average users needing a smartphone for their daily grind.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra took cooler yet vibrant photos with inconsistent exposure in varying scenarios. It produced images that are expected from a flagship phone, but it’s not as seemingly competitive compared to the iPhone and Pixel’s camera performance.

If anything, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offered the best camera experience it can provide to those in love with Samsung’s smartphones such as Samsung fans and other loyalists (like yours truly).

On the other hand, Google’s Pixel 5 offered strong contrasts and proper white balance in its photos, yet slightly underexposed during the day. However, it’s a real beast when it comes to night photography — even without its night mode.

Your conclusion?

For what it’s worth, this shootout proved that flagship smartphones aren’t made equal. They exist to serve different tastes, lifestyles, and usage that are apt for every consumer. Whatever your choice is, we’re sure you’ll be taking great photos. Just make sure you polish your skills and you’ll be ready to go.

So, which of these three took the best photo for YOU? Let us know in the comments section, and tell us if it’s your GadgetMatch!

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POCO X3 NFC vs realme 7i: Camera shootout

A battle of affordable phones!

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Affordable smartphones have come a long way. Recently, the POCO X3 NFC and realme 7i made waves in the lower midrange category, producing outstanding images for the price they command.

The POCO X3 NFC and realme 7i retails for PhP 12,990 and PhP 11,990 respectively. With just a PhP 1,000 price difference, will the phones have a wide gap in camera performance? Let’s find out in this shootout.

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Excited to see the results? Here they are:

POCO X3 NFC: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7B, 8B, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12B, 13B
realme 7i: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12A, 13A

If you analyze the photos well, the POCO X3 NFC captures photos that are warmer — with a greenish tint — and somewhat underexposed, while processing a creamier bokeh and softer blur. On the other hand, the realme 7i produced brighter photos with an extra boost on its vibrance and contrast, as if it’s ready to go on your social media posts.

Having a PhP 1,000 difference didn’t make much of a difference. After all, both phones cater to different consumers with varying preferences.

Which affordable smartphone is the one for you?

Most users picking the POCO X3 NFC are captivated by its performance, apt for their gaming. But even though you’re after power and performance doesn’t mean the camera should be lackluster — which is the case for this smartphone. It’s not as camera-centric as the realme 7i, but its photos are enough to accompany gamer and performance-oriented individuals.

On the other hand, the realme 7i makes the perfect companion for those looking for a smartphone for their daily grind, and mostly spends their time browsing and using social media platforms. Its camera system produces carefully processed photos so that it’s ready for posting — you barely need to edit it.

At the end of the day, these affordable offerings — despite the price differences — can offer decent camera performance. You just have to choose which one suits your budget and lifestyle.

How did you feel about the shootout? Let us know by sharing this story and tagging us on our social media channels.

SEE ALSO: Poco X3 Unboxing and Hands-on: Killer Specs for $250? | realme 7i: It’s okay to just be okay

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Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

Battle of the small phones

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Now that we have the Pixel 4a in our hands, it’s time for another smackdown! Priced at US$ 349, we tested it against Apple’s US$ 399 iPhone SE that packs the powerful A13 Bionic Chip. With two compact phones sporting single rear cameras, which one will shoot better?

Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!

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Results

Pixel 4a: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18B

iPhone SE: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18A

If you observe closely, the iPhone SE produced warmer yet vibrant photos and well-lit, wider portraits. During daylight, it provides more details while it gets pretty noisy in lowlight.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 4a captured cooler photos. Portrait-wise, it has better focus compared to the iPhone SE despite the cropping. But this affordable phone shines better with its HDR and Night Sight, doing a great job in lowlight!

At the end of the day, both phones took photos that are rich in colors and manageable highlights. They also have decent backlit shots and creamy depth-of-field which might appease smartphone photography enthusiasts. For US$ 399, we already have an impressive camera performance. There are no losers here.

 

 

 

 

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone SE vs Google Pixel 4a: Head to Head

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