Oppo Joy quick-read review: Descent entry level smartphone but Moto E may play spoilsport

May 24 2014, 13:09 IST
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Oppo Joy's standout features are the display and the camera. Oppo Joy's standout features are the display and the camera.
SummaryPriced at Rs 8,990, Oppo Joy is the company’s first foray into the budget segment in India.

8GB card along with the device.

Connectivity: Network reception and call quality were not an issue on the phone. But in a city like Delhi this is a becoming an increasingly difficult thing to test, given the call drops and generally pathetic reception across most service providers.

Software: The phone runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean based Color OS, which a lot of people don’t really like. But for me it is a decent OS that makes life simpler for entry level users. It is also a good thing that the Color OS on Oppo devices is much more simpler that what Gionee offers in its Elife series. Plus there is very little bloatware on the phone, which leaves us wondering where the 2.7GB on the phone went.

Camera: The Joy again has one of the best cameras in its segment. The 3MP rear camera gives good sharp images, especially when you are shooting in daylight. However, you will have to adjust to the fact that it does not have an auto-focus. Move around a little bit and you should have a decent picture. The phone can also capture 720p video, but do that only when you have your storage issue sorted out.

Battery: The battery life of the Joy is pretty decent. Use if judiciously and you should be able to stretch an early morning full charge well into the night. It is also among the few phones in this range that don’t heat up.

Verdict: Oppo has done a neat job of packaging decent specs at its entry level price point. It definitely has competition from the Moto E, which is Rs 1,000 cheaper, but this one does not lack in many departments. The standout features are the display and the camera, while a 1GB Ram could have stood the phone in good stead.

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