Chinese smartphone company, Oppo, launched the Oppo F1s last week. GizBot already covered the first impressions and hands-on of the smartphone. The Oppo F1s comes with a 16MP front-facing shooter, which we liked.
Specifications wise, the smartphone comes with a 5-inch 720p display which further results in a pixel density of 267PPI. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Technology. The handset ships with a MediaTek MT6750 chipset, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
As said earlier, the Oppo F1s has a 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 13MP rear camera with f/2/2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. Out-of-the-box, the Oppo F1s runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Oppo's own ColorOS on top it.
Speaking about the ColorOS from Oppo, it looks similar to that of Apple's iOS. All the app icons, System UI, and more are strikingly similar to iOS. It is worth noticing that the Color OS is highly themed version of Android and Oppo has added their own customization to make it more effective.
Here are the top eight tips-and-tricks we found which on the Oppo F1s in our period with the smartphone.
Update: Oppo came out with a press release that the Oppo F1s will go on sale from August 11 and is available via both online and offline markets. The press release further states that the smartphone will kickstart its sale from major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata, followed by eight other prominent cities in the country.
Quickly capture screenshot with three finger drag
Oppo packs some useful features with the ColorOS. Capturing screenshot in Oppo F1s is a lot easier task with the help of gesture. You can capture the screenshot easily by dragging three fingers from the top of your home screen. This feature works throughout the smartphone, irrespective of the application you are in. Do make a note that you can even capture the screen shot by pressing the volume and power buttons.
You need to enable this feature manually under Settings> Gesture & Motion> Quick gesture> Enable it.
Simple Mode to save your battery
Oppo F1s comes with a Simple Mode which helps in saving your battery life, at times. After enabling the Simple Mode under Settings, you will be able to access Photos, Favorites (Apps), Contacts, Emergency Call, Phone, and Messages only. You can exit the Simple Mode by swiping left to the home screen.
Block unknown numbers with ease
You can block unknown numbers with the ColorOS. You need to enable this option under Settings> Call> Block unknown numbers (enable it). When enabled, you won't receive calls from unknown numbers.
Screen-off gestures for better use
This is not a new feature in Android phones, but a most useful feature. The screen-off gestures basically work on lock screen when your device is in sleep mode. There are gestures such as Double Tap to Wake, Draw 'O' to start the camera, Draw a 'V' to turn on the flashlight, Music Control.
You can even add an 'Add a screen-off gesture' by yourself, which is a decent addition. To access screen-off gestures, head over to Settings>Gesture & motion>Screen-off> Enable what you need.
Enable 'Quiet Time' for better office meetings
'Quite Time' works same as the DND (Do Not Disturb) on Android 5.0 and above devices. Oppo further tweaked it and added options such as 'Enable Manually' and 'Enable automatically' based on the chosen time.
You can set between Notifications, Incoming call, and SMS to receive when in Quite Time mode. Enable it by heading over to Settings>Quiet Time.
Security Center for better management of smartphone
Following the footsteps of Xiaomi, Oppo added some additional third-party security features such as 'APK Whitelist', 'Cache file whitelist', 'Residual file whitelist', and 'Startup app whitelist'.
Double Exposure in camera application
The camera application comes with a 'Double Exposure' Mode which basically allows you to shoot two shots and combine them easily. After enabling the Double Exposure mode and capturing an image, the camera application asks you to shoot another image and them combines both pictures, which is a really cool feature.
You can enable the Double Exposure feature in the camera app itself.
O-Cloud to back up your SMS and Contacts
O-Cloud is the Oppo's take on cloud management and you can back-up your files such as SMS and Contacts. You can restore your files later on an Oppo device. However, you need an Oppo account to create and restore any backups. O-Cloud can be seen under Setting.