Quite unashamedly, Oppo’s version of Android has been tweaked to match the look and feel of an iOS device.
The new flagship, the Oppo R11 (from S$690), even looks like an iPhone 7 Plus with its big chin, forehead and dual camera setup flushed to the top left, finished off with an all-too-familiar metallic case. Switch the oval-shaped home button for a circular one and you won’t be able to tell the two apart.
Of course, we can’t go into this comparison expecting the world out of the R11. At half the price of an iPhone, it’s bound to make major compromises. With that in mind, let’s find out if the R11 makes the cut as a wallet-friendly iPhone replacement.
Oppo ditches any resemblance of stock Android for what is essentially a copy of iOS.
Icons are laid out on the home screen much like on the iOS, it doesn’t even have an app drawer. If you’re coming from an iPhone, open up the R11’s settings app you’ll find your muscle memory kicking in thanks to how familiar its layout is – Airplane mode toggle on the top, and all the tweaks you want to find in the usual iOS compartments.
Oppo goes all the way to mimic Apple’s notification drawer and control centre. Android’s control centre and settings shortcuts are hidden within the top drawer, followed by notifications should you drag down further.
Much like iOS, Oppo separates the two. Slide down from the top, and you’ll only see your notifications. Slide up from the bottom and you’ll find your WiFi, Bluetooth, torch and Oppo Share switches. iPhone users will fit right in.
Yet as with all Android phones, Oppo still retains near-complete customisability. Slap on a launcher like Nova and you can pretty much get your R11 to ditch the Apple façade and be what you want it to be.
When it comes to the display, the R11 really does its best to match the phone it idolises. They both come at 5.5 inches and rock 1080 by 1920 pixels. Where the R11 has the edge is its 72.31% screen to body ratio, so it has a slightly smaller build compared to the 67.58% on the iPhone 7 Plus. But in truth, these differences are insignificant.
On paper, the R11’s AMOLED display should top the iPhone’s old IPS LCD. However it doesn’t quite have deep blacks like the Samsung Galaxy S8 for example, and still emits a considerable amount of light leakage even when dark images are shown. This also means it’s not a great performer under intense natural light, and its outdoor performance is faltered further by Gorilla Glass 5, which tends to be very reflective.