It could be one of the best android phones around, but I don’t think anyone would say that Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the epitome of exciting phone design. The Contour Cut camera module looks sleek, but one look at the Oppo Find X2 Pro will leave you wondering why the new Galaxy is making so much of a fuss.
Oppo is a big brand in China, but not quite as productive in the western world. And it’s better known for making well-specified but affordable phones than flagships killer. Despite its long name, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is actually a surprisingly excellent phone, the design of which actually has some flair to it.
While many handsets opt for glossy or matte glass backs, my Find X2 Pro was wrapped in burnt orange vegan leather. There are options that come without leather, but you’d be missing out.
This may sound deeply cheesy, like a fake version of the ridiculously overpriced and overdeveloped Vertu luxury phones.
But this Oppo is surprisingly classy, and makes a fairly large phone with a 6.7-inch curved display easy to grasp thanks to tactile textured material. The synthetic leather also feels more pleasant than cheap, and all without sending a cow into the big barn in the sky.
However, the design flair of the Find X2 Pro goes beyond a fancy back. Something special seems to have been added to every part of it. The top and bottom edges are slightly indented, which makes it surprisingly pleasant to grip the phone with a finger on the top edge like a claw.
The power switch has a little green color, as a tiny pallet cleaner for the orange leather and copper bars. While the volume buttons sit in a small indentation on the left edge … um … just because.
In fact, there is a lot in the design of the Find X2 Pro that looks like it was done just for the sheer joy of design. The chunky rear camera module has a copper-colored cladding.
The SIM slot is a bit more elongated than on pretty much every other phone I’ve tried. This does not facilitate access. Rather, it’s more of a design boom – like an artist who declares “ta-da” with one last stroke of the brush when he completes a painting.
While Oppo might have laser etched its logo into the leather, it glued a reflective metal badge onto the back of the phone, much like something you’d find on a designer handbag. The whole phone is “extra AF”, as the youth like to say (I think). And i love it.
I would say Oppos Find X2 Pro is the panacea to the idea that all phones look the same these days. And it’s a decent argument that not everything has to be super minimalist. Granted, it won’t be for everyone, but I like to put it in my pocket.
Beauty is only skin-deep, however, and a smartphone takes far more than a bold look to impress me. It has to deliver a stellar experience to get my attention similar to this Google Pixel 5 did despite its mid-range specs.
An unexpected killer Android flagship
The Oppo Find X2 Pro starts at £ 999 – it is not available in the US – and has the flagship specs to justify its flagship price.
It has a Snapdragon 865, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and a 120 Hz display with a 32 megapixel selfie camera. On the back is a triple camera array with a 48-megapixel main lens, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and a 13-megapixel periscope telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom. Serious specs indeed.
But during my briefing with Oppo, I had to consider who will pay around £ 1,000 for a phone from a brand that doesn’t have the appeal of Samsung or Apple. After all, one important catch is missing beyond the eye-catching design.
And with a data sheet very similar to that OnePlus 8 Pro (Oppo and OnePlus share a parent company and manufacturing lines) but since I was £ 200 more expensive, I was skeptical of the Find X2 Pro. Even more so when it was positioned as Opo’s first flagship phone to land on British soil.
Assuming I’ve used the pretty excellent one when it’s superseded now Galaxy Note 10 Plus At that time, I was ready to be a little disappointed with the Find X2 Pro. I felt like it was writing checks that the phone experience couldn’t cash.
Reader, I was wrong.
I’ve been using the Oppo Find X2 Pro for about six months and I love it. With the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, the need for a big all-round phone has become less of a concern to me.
As such, the The compact and clear Android experience of Pixel 5 saw that it became the phone that I was going to run. And that has now been replaced by the overall more powerful Galaxy S21. However, my phone for use at home or at my desk is the Find X2 Pro.
The extensive storage has space for all of my apps, music and other digital gubbins. And its excellent, high refresh rate display with balanced colors and lots of brightness makes it the handset I reach for when I want to watch something or surf the Internet from my computer.
The Find X 2 Pro also surprised me with its photo functions. Since it shares a heritage with the OnePlus phones, I expected some very good cell phone photographs, but results that lagged behind the flagships.
I don’t know what Oppos software people do, but they did it with the Find X2 Pro.
The phone’s rear cameras provide a variety of excellent shots, from detailed and colorful standard images to expansive wide-angle photos and clear, magnified images.
I think it’s up there with some of the 2020s best camera phones;; The Pixel 5 could outperform it in more lifelike colors, and that iPhone 12The excellent photography results are hard to beat. Otherwise, the Find X2 Pro was and is a flagship smartphone photography.
In general use, the Find X2 Pro is also a delight. It was my first time with ColorOS, Oppo’s user interface based on Android.
I tend to be a fan of almost off-the-shelf Android, as you can see on the Pixel 5 or OnePlus 8T. ColorOS has a little more fluff than these phones. Compared to Samsung One UI, which is equipped with too many options and functions, ColorOS 7.1 is clear and easy to navigate, but also offers numerous functions.
Finding the option you want is easy as pie. Combined with the 120 Hz refresh rate and flagship performance, flipping through apps, menus, and everything else feels wonderfully fast and responsive. I also like the flexibility you have to customize the look and feel of the user interface without having to download additional themes. a refreshing change from One UI for sure.
And tools like the ability to scale video content to take advantage of the high refresh rate display and the neat gesture controls really sold me on ColorOS as I think it’s that high up with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS.
In short, what I unknowingly foresaw as a phone reaching high altitudes beyond its station turns out to be a serious contender for one of my all time favorite phones and one of the most best android phones I’ve ever used
With the Oppo Find X3 Pro is on its wayI am now fully invested to see what Oppo can do next with a flagship Android phone.
Yes, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is still a boring yet outstanding phone. But if there was ever a new contender to the Android throne, I’d place a good bet that it could be from Oppo. It’s just a shame the US may not get it.