Build quality and design:
The Oppo R5 has an amazingly sleek design, and being the second thinnest smartphone in the world only helps. All the materials used in construction seem to be of good quality and I believe there is no skimping in quality of materials.
The phone is quite big with a 5.2 inch screen and quite large bezels. The phone has only the micro usb port and no audio jack, a proprietary set of earphones have been provided which connect to the charging port. One hand usage is possible for those people having mammoth hands.
Everything is compact and the primary camera sticks out at the back. The phone is 4.9mm thin and is noticeably heavier than the Vivo X5 Max which is currently the thinnest phone in the world.
Overall a premium design!
The Oppo R5 although having a premium design sadly does not have premium hardware to back it up. The phone costs Rs. 29,990 -- a price for which in today's market could fetch a pretty well spec'd phone.
The R5 is powered by a Snapdragon 615 chipset and it's CPU is a octa-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5 GHz. You get 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM which cannot be extended. The 615 can be found in phones like the Micromax Yureka which costs more than 3 times lesser. The phone is noticeably choppy while using and the speed could have been much better. The battery is only 200 mAh which can be expected as its such a thin phone.
Maybe the only good thing hardware wise, the display which has a pixel density of 423ppi. The colours look nice and the display is quite sharp.
You certainly do not get your money's worth power wise.
The R5 runs Android v4.4.4 and uses ColorUI v2. The UI is again similar to other Chinese phones with no app drawer and a quite basic and simple approach. Of course there are different themes that can be added which changes the whole look of the phone. I feel that the latest MiUI looks and feels better even though they are quite similar.
The R5 sports a primary camera of 13MP which has autofocus and of course that LED flash. Even though the camera is 13MP I feel that even the sharpness of the 8Mp camera on the nexus 5 is better. One thing we have learned from Apple is that more the megapixels does not mean better the camera. The front/secondary camera is 5MP and takes good enough shots. Like what I've said before I expected a better camera for the price of Rs. 29,990.
Below you can find some sample shots:
The camera app on the other hand is nice and has many options like slow shutter, beautify, expert mode etc. The animations used are quite nice as well.
Overall the camera could have been much better.
The battery might be a small 2000 mAh and not last very long but it does support really fast charging and on my usage it surely worked. The phone charges incredibly fast and it kind of makes up for the small battery. Oppo fast charging technology is brilliant and is quite a winner .
The Oppo R5 is not a phone for someone who craves performance but rather someone who buys a phone as a fashion statement. The phone looks and feels premium but on the inside, its not so much at the price tag, its selling at. Oppo could have definitely done better hardware wise, maybe next time.
A good phone if it were Rs. 15,000.