SPOT.ph Roadtest: Could the Mid-Range OPPO A77s Be "The One" for Up-and-Coming Creators?

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PHOTO BY Pat Villarica ILLUSTRATOR: Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) So you want to pursue your dream of being a content creator? Good for you! One teeny tiny problem that's stopping you, however, is that you're stuck with the mindset that you need the fanciest and most expensive flagship out in the market to create quality content. We don't blame you for thinking that way considering the bigwigs do have the latest and greatest of tech. Still, that doesn't mean you can't start small. Case in point: the SPOT.ph team got their hands on a mid-range smartphonethe OPPO A77s—to take it out for a spin and see if the stylish and powerful device can act as a starter phone for soon-to-be creators.

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SPOT.ph Roadtest: A Review of the Oppo A77s

Fast Facts

Price: P13,999
Where to buy: OPPO retailers, Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop 
Colors: Sunset Orange, Starry Black
Display: 6.56-inch Waterdrop Notch HD+
Battery: 5,000mAh
Storage: 128GB, expandable to 1TB by microSD card
Memory: 8GB RAM

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First Impressions

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The Oppo A77s in Sunset Orange.
PHOTO BY Pat Villarica

Straight out of the box, the OPPO A77s doesn't look to be a mid-range phone. In fact, it looks and feels more upper range given the texture and feel of the fiberglass-leather rear cover. The phone that we were able to get our hands on came in a gorgeous yellow-orange hue dubbed as Sunset Orange and has an ultra-slim body, making it easier for those with small hands (like the author's) to handle. It also doesn't weigh much at 187 grams despite it having a 6.56-inch screen.

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Navigation and Performance

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Like any new phone, performance is buttery smooth upon startup with quick transitions between apps. The keyboard is placed lower than usual on the smartphone's screen and is wide enough that you would have little to no error with typing—a personal pet peeve of the author given how quickly she types on a regular basis. In terms of the apps you need to fulfill your content creator aspiration, no need to worry about TikTok or Instagram not loading properly as the phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset making sure that you have a lag-free experience. Oh, and if you're worried about your battery dying quickly, that won't be a problem with this phone as you can optimize battery use on selected apps so it won't consume a ton of juice whenever it's idle in the background. You don't want to be late in posting your content after all.

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Camera

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Ah yes, the most important part of any phone given in this day and age, we're all about having receipts for every little thing that we do. The phone has a dual-rear camera system that consists of a 50MP main camera (a standard at this point for all phones) and a 2MP depth camera that allows you to take photos in portrait mode. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera has 8MP. 

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This image was taken in the afternoon using the back camera.
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This image was taken indoors but with a ton of natural light present using the back camera.
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This photo was taken indoors and near a window. Despite it being cloudy, the image's color and contrast is still good.
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The camera does well in locations with natural light. As a result, the photos and videos have a nice contrast, and the colors are not too overly saturated, perfect for all your travel content. Putting the camera to test in a place with more artificial light than natural, however, is a whole different conversation. Photos taken indoors with little to no natural light have a noticeable grain to the image, and while grainy photos may be a trend right now, it might become an issue for your aspiring career in content creation as popular apps like Instagram tend to compress images upon upload. 

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This image was taken indoors with little to no natural light. While the image is great for documenting purposes, it still has a visible grain due to a lack of proper lighting.
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The camera can capture neon lights well but you might have to decrease image noise using an app if you want more detail in your image.
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The verdict

"No one is perfect" and the saying applies to the Oppo A77s as well. Sure, it may not be the optimal tool for becoming a top-tier content creator, but that doesn't doesn't remove it from being a helpful one if you're just starting out. In fact, given its price point of P13,999, the ability to optimize battery health (a feature that not all smartphones of this price point have), and its processing power, it's a good beginner phone if you want to experiment with content creation. The ability to tell stories and showcase interesting things lies in yourself anyway, the smartphone is just an accessory to your potential success. Plus, who takes pictures with a front-facing camera nowadays when clearly the trend is taking pics the old fashion way—pointing the back cam towards you like its the early 2000s all over again.

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