A few days after it appeared on the official online store, the OPPO R11 was launched in Shenzhen, China. This is the R9s’ successor and the newest dual-camera flagship addition to the OPPO roster. Here are my thoughts after two full days with it in the bustling city.
Look and feel
The R11 is definitely a smooth and sleek machine.
Although it seems to be a bit big for my tiny girly hands (I still maintain that the size of the iPhone SE is a perfect fit to my teeny hands), this size remains to be standard, as 5.5-inch phones continue to dominate the market.
The phone feels premium with a good weight and feel. It comes in gold, rose gold, and black. We got our hands on the matte black and it looked good, and well, also looked familiar.
OPPO has always placed extra importance on picture quality and the selfie experience. The 20-megapixel front-facing camera says a lot here.
Still built into the phone is the Beauty Mode and its software-generated Bokeh Mode, which makes it possible to achieve the shallow depth effect even with a single shooter on this side of the phone.
The R11 has a dual 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel rear camera setup. It’s also equipped with customized image processing software (14-bit Spectra 160 ISP) specifically designed by Qualcomm to improve its photographs.
According to OPPO, this means faster focus speeds, more vivid colors, and better low-light capabilities. I put that to the test.
Thanks to the extra lens, this camera is capable of 2X optical zoom and up to 10X zoom with software assistance, which is close to but not quite the technology unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
The R11’s rear camera has a Portrait Mode that “intelligently adjusts” depending on the scenario at hand. Initially, this function didn’t excite (I’m a do-it-yourself kinda gal, and selfies are my thing), but it exceeded my expectations.
You can do no photo wrong on this mode — unless you accidentally crop out your face while taking the photo from the rear camera (since we’re so used to selfies with the front-facing cam and display).
The mode can also work on photo subjects other than your own face, although admittedly, it was harder to focus on the correct object to get the bokeh right.
Once you do, though, the results are impressive.
The R11 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage that’s expandable using a microSD card. It runs on Android 7.1 Nougat skinned with OPPO’s ColorOS 3.1, which adds security for mobile payments and file transfers. Gaming is also a thing on this nifty gadget, as OPPO is the official partner of King of Glory, China’s biggest mobile game. It has a battery capacity of 3000mAh and OPPO’s VOOC fast charging. It retails for CNY 2,999 or roughly around $440.
There is a lot to love from OPPO’s new release. Admittedly, it’s tough to find the next big feature and innovation in today’s high-tech world, more so from a phone that bears a striking resemblance to an already popular smartphone. But, it’s what’s inside that counts, and the R11 does perform.
For a selfie sucker such as I, who on non-coverage days insists on shooting with a smartphone as opposed to lugging around a DSLR, this may be a great smartphone solution. One too many times I’ve used a different smartphone for my portrait needs because either the front or rear camera was just not up to par.
That isn’t the case here. Everything I like about OPPO’s previous selfie shooters remains, and the Portrait mode on this phone’s rear camera is promising.
It seems the Selfie Expert is branching out, and I’m excited to see where this goes.
ASUS ZenFone 5Q (Zenfone 5 Lite) Unboxing and Hands-On
A true quad-camera setup
ASUS launched its new ZenFone 5 series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While it’s the ZenFone 5 that turned the most heads for notch so many reasons, it’s this model that we think might be the most popular of the bunch.
The ASUS ZenFone 5Q is also known as the ZenFone 5 Lite in Europe and ZenFone 5 Selfie in South America.
Cat Bird: A cute and fun mobile platformer
It’s cute and all until…
If you want a game that’s adorably challenging, I might have the game for you: Cat Bird.
It’s a title developed by Rayumi Adventure, an independent studio headed by Ryan Carag. If you like pixel art, you might want to check other titles from the same studio because they’ve developed similarly designed games.
About a cat that can fly
If you Google “catbird,” you’re up for a surprise: The game isn’t about the actual bird (yes, there’s an actual bird of the same name). We can pretty much appreciate the English language and how a space can alter compound words.
Anyway, Cat Bird is a mobile platformer where you have to get through enemies, falling spikes, and various obstacles. You play as Cat Bird, a white kitten with wings, who is lost and is finding its way home. Your task is to navigate your way back. Simple? You’d think so.
When you first install the game, you’ll notice the adorable pixel design, charming music, and polished user interface. I’ll admit: The game has a lovely soundtrack that matches its cute design. When it comes to user interface, Cat Bird walks you through the basics. The controls are on the bottom of your screen. On the bottom right of the game is your jump control and on the bottom left, the forward and back controls.
It’s cute and all until…
… you realize you’re terrible at timing! It doesn’t help when you’re playing an adorable character that dies every time you don’t get it right. You’ll have to watch your death count go up a few digits and live with yourself seeing an adorable mythical animal die. Case in point: I’ve unconsciously learned to apologize out loud when Cat Bird dies.
More crowns, more bragging rights
Platformers are more than just getting from point A to point B. If you’re a messed-up completionist like I am, you’ll want to collect every item or earn every achievement that exists in the game. For Cat Bird, you’ve got crowns purposefully placed in the toughest places. The crowns are even sometimes hidden. Finishing the game may be fun, but being able to collect all crowns gives you bragging rights.
Makes me miss buttons
Surprise, surprise. I come up with a strange and ominous excuse as to why I cannot stop dying: buttons. Of course, Leez, buttons! I can’t help but miss the feeling of clicking buttons when playing this game. I play platformers with a controller and playing it on my phone feels like the first time I moved from phones with buttons to a touchscreen smartphone.
Am I making excuses for writing this section? Hell yes. Petty? Pretty much. Can we just toss my irrational defensiveness to the upsetting reality that I can’t keep watching this poor thing die over and over?
At least you get checkpoints
You re-spawn from the very beginning of every stage. You don’t get to save your progress anywhere. When I say it hurts to watch Cat Bird die again and again, it’s mostly because once I get pretty far into the obstacles, I slip up, die, and have to do it all over again. Luckily, some stages have checkpoints that show up as cute little flags so when you die after reaching them, you re-spawn there, instead.
Should you be playing Cat Bird?
Looking for a nice mobile game that’s free-to-play and offline is a bit of a challenge — let alone finding one that’s of great quality. Although most games settle to be either offline or free-to-play, Cat Bird is both. If you miss more familiar platformers like Mario, Sonic, and Crash Bandicoot, definitely give this game a try.
This might be the game to take you back to the more familiar or nostalgic platformers. It may get challenging but that adds to the appeal of playing it. Trust me, I’ve almost completed the game despite sitting through so many deaths.
Meitu V6 Review: A luxury selfie smartphone
The selfie machine you've probably never heard about
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Review: Best smartphone below $100?
Missing only a couple of features
OPPO A71 (2018) Hands-on: Same design, faster processor
Sacrifices were made to put in a Snapdragon processor
Huawei P20 Pro’s third camera could have 40MP image sensor
Apple will develop its own MicroLED screens
How much does it cost to build a Samsung Galaxy S9+?
Official Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S teasers show unchanged design, no selfie camera on top
Vivo X21 now official with under-display fingerprint reader version
Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000
ASUS officially announces ZenFone 5 and 5Z powered by AI
Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000
Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000
OnePlus destroys Apple and Samsung phones in latest advertisement
Reviews1 day ago
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Review: Best smartphone below $100?
Reviews2 weeks ago
Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: Brilliant but underwhelming
News4 days ago
Cebu billboard hints that Amazon is coming to the Philippines
Explainers1 day ago
Explainer: Differences between Snapdragon processors
Features5 days ago
6 Best Gaming Smartphones (Q1 2018)
Camera Shootouts2 weeks ago
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ vs Google Pixel 2: Camera Shootout
India5 days ago
Vivo V9 goes live on official website before launch
News6 days ago
Huawei teases 3x zoom, studio-level portraits of the P20 series