The GadgetMatch team got to spend an entire day with the OPPO Find N. Naturally, we have opinions we want to share whether you like them or not – but seeing as you’re here reading, it probably means you’re curious. So, let’s get to it.
Thoughts on the OPPO Find N’s size?
Rodneil: Love, love, love the size. It really does feel like an actual phone when folded versus the comically tall screen on The Galaxy Z Fold when folded. Spread it open and it’ll feel like you are holding a proper, landscape mini tablet.
Size-wise, the OPPO Find N appears like it’ll be welcoming to more people. Those with smaller hands will appreciate the overall footprint, while those with bigger hands should have little trouble getting used to the form factor.
MJ: It’s adorbs! I could probably write the same things I said about the Galaxy Z Flip3, Samsung’s clamshell foldable. But the OPPO Find N has its unique allure that you can only understand when you get your hands on the compact foldable. That je ne sais quoi is what makes me admire this stunner.
If anything, the Find N felt like the Galaxy Z Fold3 in a compact body, meshed with an experience close to the Galaxy Z Flip3.
Vincenz: At first glance, I honestly thought it looked weird(ly cute) because it’s wider and shorter than the competition. But when I actually saw and held it up close, I immediately loved it.
For someone who has big hands, I love how it fits right in my palms. Even holding it one-handed feels better than the Galaxy Fold and Z Fold series — which I’ve managed to try for a decent amount of time.
Is it just a Samsung Galaxy Fold copycat?
Rodneil: I get this sentiment, and really just from the photos alone, it does look like it’s just a smaller Galaxy Fold. But there’s more to it. Other than the size, the aspect ratios are different lending to a really different viber overall despite the really similar look.
That said, it is using Samsung tech for the screens. The crease, though, is less visible, and despite the similarities, it really feels like its own thing, all things considered. I mean, most phones look-alike anyway. Let’s not split hairs about how they fold now.
MJ: While I thank Samsung for paving the way for foldables, it’s lame to call the Find N just a copycat. It’s an alternative to those who’d love to get their hands on a foldable experience such as the Galaxy Z Fold3, but gets intimidated by its size.
Sure, there’s a Galaxy Z Flip3 for those who prefer it compact and light, but it’s a clamshell. The fold-out form factor is what people are after, and I’m glad OPPO did something that my tiny hands would appreciate. Unless, of course, Samsung decides to crush it in the coming months with a miniature Fold.
Vincenz: Just because it’s a foldable smartphone with a folding screen, it doesn’t mean it’s a total copycat of the Galaxy Fold nor the newer Galaxy Z Fold3 at all. Although I’m giving that crown to the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold because it’s almost as tall and wide as the aforementioned foldable.
Design-wise, the OPPO Find N shines on its own. While I don’t like flashy colors on a smartphone, I really love how elegant and sophisticated the purple colorway is. Going with the white one would be more of my pick even if my personal color choice and wardrobe is full of black.
Does it feel durable?
Rodneil: I don’t know if it’s just the heft, but it certainly lends to a sturdy feeling. At 275g, it’s slightly heavier than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (271g). But you feel the weight a bit more perhaps because of the more compact body.
Holding it for a while, it certainly doesn’t feel like it’ll break easily. The front screen is also covered with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus so it should stay intact even if you drop it on the pavement or your face.
MJ: Kind of. The phone’s quite hefty, especially when folded shut. But it’s bearable and at the same time, makes you feel secure enough that its body would survive a drop.
Its body is made of glass, though, so you need to be cautious about your grip so it doesn’t fall out of your hands. Although, I’m really curious if it’d survive a certain fall. I’m tempted to throw it away, if only OPPO would give me a unit that can be used for that reason.
Vincenz: If there’s one thing that closely resembles the Find N to the Galaxy Z Fold3, it’s definitely the thickness and overall heft. Don’t get me wrong as it’s not a bad thing. It actually feels sturdy and “premium”.
I also like the inner display of the Find N better because OPPO has managed to make the creases less visible. In my case, I haven’t felt the crease at all basically because it wasn’t there.
I may be ahead of my words because time will tell whether or not OPPO’s foldable display technology is durable enough.
Are the photos good?
Rodneil: They’re mid at best. They’re not horrible but they also won’t blow anyone away. I first looked at the photos on the phone itself and then saw them on a computer later on and thought they were fine.
I was hoping they would be close to the level of the OPPO Find X3 Pro, but that isn’t the case. Hell, these might not even be Reno level. That said, this is an easily correctable thing via software update.
MJ: It’s a bit of a let down when you scan the photos that the Find N produced, especially when you’ve tried OPPO’s finest — in the form of the Find X3 Pro. Frankly, the Find N’s photos aren’t on par with the best the company has to offer.
But for a foldable that an average user might enjoy? I’d appreciate it. Especially when it comes to selfies!!! (I’m looking at you, Galaxy Z Fold3!)
Vincenz: It’s not my cup of tea. Whether AI is turned on or off, OPPO hasn’t truly optimized their camera software algorithm. Still, they’re pretty decent when you take photos with ample amount of light. The zoom lens is an exception — it keeps getting blurry in moving subjects.
Selfies matter less to me because I don’t take heaps of them. But I like that they decided to place a camera inside. OPPO having a punch-hole camera inside is the better move. Why?
All-display mini-rant incoming
Huawei’s Mate X2 removed it just for the sake of “all-display” monicker. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Under-Display Camera implementation isn’t fully-developed yet but it’s still a good and innovative tech this 2021. I understand that it’s not the best type of front camera but the purpose of UDC is for the user to be able to use the Z Fold3 in video calls. It’s clearly not made for selfies, that’s why the cover front camera exists.
Should OPPO market it outside of China?
Rodneil: Personally, I would really love to see OPPO take a leap of faith and launch the Find N in several markets. I got so many inquiries from friends and acquaintances about getting Samsung’s foldables this year. So, there’s a natural curiosity and interest there.
The main barrier will still be how people perceive OPPO as a brand overall. It’s been years, and they’ve released phones that say otherwise, but the brand continues to be tagged as something for the lower range market. They’re gonna have to double-time on branding and marketing, but I really think they have a legit foldable contender on their hands.
General public not ready?
MJ: Though I was enchanted in the brief encounter with the OPPO Find N, I think it’s still in its early stages. The general populace hasn’t fully embraced, let alone adopted, the concept of foldable phones. And developers are still trying to optimize various apps to suit different aspect ratios. We’ll get there, somehow.
But if OPPO’s pressing on to market the Find N, they’d get away with selling a limited number to gauge the interest of the people.
Vincenz: I live in the Philippines and there are Filipinos who can afford such premium-priced smartphones. Samsung has dominated the tech market though, especially because they have an established user community in this country. Moreover, the elite owners have already tested the “durability” of their products (especially foldables) over time. That factor might affect OPPO’s decision whether or not to market the Find N outside China.
That said, if you’ll ask me and have the purchasing power to buy one, I’d definitely pick this one over the Galaxy Z Fold3. It’s mainly due to its cheaper (converted) price tag that’s closer to the Galaxy Z Flip3 and iPhone 13 Pro’s base pricing. This also means the price of foldables will go down sooner or later because consumers, especially techies, love to try something new. And folding smartphones are one of those devices.
realme 9i Hands-On
Solid as usual
The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.
Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper:
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
- 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 5,000mAh battery
- 33W Dart Charge tech
- 50MP main camera
- 2MP macro lens
- 2MP depth lens
- 16MP selfie shooter
Here are some samples for your appreciation.
Neat, simple, and elegant
The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.
As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C port, and 3.5mm jack.
On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner.
And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons.
Overall, the realme 9i looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.
Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far.
The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.
Media consumption and gaming
We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps.
Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.
The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.
Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.
On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.
When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.
Solid as usual
The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.
The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.
vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review
vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!
The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!
Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.
But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?
Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions
Premium, smart timepiece
Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time.
The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS.
Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo.
Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle.
Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it?
By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather.
The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle.
Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button.
The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel.
Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone.
Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking.
What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist.
I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens.
Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package.
Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition.
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