The smartphone market is saturated to say the least but there is much to consider here when it comes to buying a smartphone these days and people are now more tech savvy too and will not be fooled by great marketing and tend to look at real life usage reviews of smartphones over clever advertising and Oppo is one brand that can deliver with both after using some of their smartphones over the last year and these devices offer good value for money even at the lower end and mid tier section.

Testament to that is now how Oppo is placed in the market being 4th in the world as a smartphone vendor and this is something to write home about considering the market out there today and their phones do stand out and grab your attention even to walk by a shop or see it on a display in the shop window and they coalesce well. From their design and looks they do move away from the current trend of gigantic camera humps with more slender looking ones and not in your face I find them much more elegant looking devices and in comparison to some recently launched devices the humps on the rear have become too much and in your face making a statement Oppo does this more elegant and can still make a statement.

I have gone through pretty much all the features in the first look experience below so you can have a look here and see what you can expect  when you hand over your money for this phone and yes for those who want to know how good the camera is it is excellent and there is more samples further down here to look at.

 

On the looks department the phone looks really nice and in fact it is one of those devices you would rather carry with no case on board due to its sleek finish and soft corners, the design of this device is simple great but I think the more expensive option the pro version might just beat it.

The display is one to behold though with a 6.55-inch FHD+ (1440 x 1080 resolution) AMOLED making content rich on a bigger canvas with really great speakers too that are loud, in fact I have had people tell me to turn them down in some cases even showing them the content on the device, like for me it is if i have a great display why not enhance that with the sound and that you can do here with this device capping out at 1100 nits with two refresh rates on offer being 90Hz refresh rate and a 120Hz touch sampling rate..

You can customise this device to your liking with many features on offer here giving you more control over your device unlike my iPhone 12 which is being heading toward my storage box more and more of late and along with ColorOS 11 which keeps improving over time you will be pleased at what can be done here especially the cool lighting effects on the sides of the device for notifications, this is similar to that on the TCL 10 pro which is really nice and should be on all phones. The home screen is also another area with an always on display that can highlight your needs too and the options to customise and control how this works it cuts down alot if you have a busy phone like I would. Themes and wallpaers too are nice, the animations on offer for fingerprint and charging and not forgetting again the edge lighting.

Multitasking on this phone for me has been one of the best so far this year, again I am considered a poweruser and a phone that can multitask fast is what I need and this is simply great, from the moment i pick it up the speed of the bio metrics have the device ready to go before I get ready to make some moves and get work done quickly and promptly with no interruption or lag anywhere and for me this makes it great for a workload on mobile.

The Camera department here is good overall with many options to play with, it does not have the microscopic lens which I will try out on the pro and looks really cool the macro does a good job, again a more elegant hump on the rear with Quad rear cameras with a 50-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation (OIS) 2x optical zoom: 13MP, f/2.4 Wide-angle: 16MP, f/2.2 Macro: 2MP32MP front-facing selfie camera and Video: 4K up to 60fps which is really impressive stuff for those who are into vlogs etc. Check the samples below for more and decide for yourself. I am not a photography specialist never claimed to be one but for me it delivers.

 

The Find X3 Neo also features 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 – one of the fastest charging technologies commercially available on the market. This means it can charge up to 100% in as little as 35 minutes. This is game changing for those with battery anxiety or those who forgot to charge their device overnight and you can simply pop it on charge whilst you get ready for work and so on.  One annoying thing for me though is there is NO wireless charging but with the above you can forgive it I am one of those who has adopted wireless charging with wireless charging docks around the house and at this price you would expect this included but hey its fine look at the speed you can charge your device up to 100% at.

Can I recommend this phone ? Well certainly yes I can it might be a hard sell though depending what you want in a phone but with the overall package here and how it is executed I would lean more so to this phone than other offerings particularity ones available outside Ireland that some folk sing and dance about but lets see what happens those when you run into problems and getting those addressed.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.