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OPPO A72 – The Challenger Phone Of 2020

OPPO A72 – The Challenger Phone Of 2020

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to smartphones – we really are. The range of devices available nowadays in whatever budget or category will make your head spin. Quite often our starting points are budget and from there we look at brand. For me the interesting devices come from our challenger brands – brands just as good but not as forefront of mind as the better known or my prominent brands. Breaking into the market is never easy but I got to take the OPPO A72 for a spin and I have some thoughts.

OPPO as a brand has been around for many years, they were one of the main sponsors of the IPL and have been Australia’s best rated brand for three years running. Not only that, it comes in at a decent price so if your wallet is under a bit of pressure but you still demand a great device which performs well across the board then OPPO is for you. It is the perfect balance between price, spec and design.

Off the bat I have to say that the OPPO A72 performs and does it well. The key and core functions you would expect from a device are done with excellent precision – you would be surprised to find out this was a budget focused device. The clear highlights are the camera and battery but this is an all round great device that’s light on the pocket.

On the surface the OPPO A72 would not look out of place amongst your more expensive devices. Clocking a very impressive 6.5 inch full HD+ Display this phone is creeping on phablet territory. This enormous display has thin bezels so it looks the part. Coming in two beautiful colours the design is class and deserves to be celebrated. Yes the body is made of plastic but as you will discover, the price point more than makes up for this. Just on a side night – the plastic design makes the OPPO A72 very lightweight so if you use one hand to operate the device it’s a lot easier.

Although it only has a refresh rate of 60Hz as an everyday user this would not be a deal breaker. The colour reproduction on the device and performance whilst watching content is impressive – its immersive and vibrant. For gamers who may be worried about the experience a mid range device will give I am here to tell you not to.

I tested Asphalt 9 and really couldn’t tell the difference between my higher spec device and the OPPO A72. Just a side note on gaming – the OPPO A72 comes with an easy to use screen record which is quick to activate so if you want to record that winning goal, crossing the finish line or just to look back and improve – you can. Obviously the screen record is useful for a number of other apps as well.

The sound on the OPPO is awesome. Coming with a stereo set up the quality, clarity and sharpness on the sound I think is rivalled only by your very top end devices and even then not by much. OPPO has also included a 3.5mm jack which is a great shout out to budget seekers and have also included the USB Type C charging port instead of falling back on the older micro USB slot.

Talking about charging the 5000mAh battery is probably one of the top highlights of this device. The device comes with a 18W fast charge brick in the box but when put to the test I have to say I managed to squeeze 2 days out the battery. This was with moderate use – if you multi task and really use your device to its fullest potential you will comfortably get one day out of the A72. I cannot stress enough that a 5000mAh battery on mid range device is really impressive. The OPPO also comes with numerous battery optimization tools to help you get the most out of the already impressive power.

Packed with a super respectable 128GB on board memory with memory card support the OPPO A72 also packed in 4GB RAM. So user experience was smooth and efficient whether I was watching Netflix, typing an email or playing a game. Operating on Android the OPPO A72 with its own user interface ColorOS 7.1.

I don’t ever mention UI in my reviews as to most users it makes no difference. However with the OPPO A72 you get very cool extra features including privacy and an awesome App called OPPO Relax. With this app you get a range of music to help you relax, concentrate or sleep. Beautiful outdoor nature sounds or calming music is offered free of charge with this App. You also get a cool breathing app with this as well in case you have a particularly stressful day. Parental control is also a feature you will find on the OPPO A72.

And finally we save the best for last. The camera. The quad rear setup features a 48MP main lens, 8MP ultra-wide (119 degrees) lens, 2MP depth lens and 2MP B/W lens. Although the camera will take default shots at 12MP you can select the 48MP option very easily to always get the best shot.

The clarity and crispness of the shots were very surprising, not because it thought it would not perform but I did not know it would perform so well. I have reviewed many devices and I am convinced that you will not experience a better camera experience in terms of value for money. For what you pay you get a truly premium experience for the most part.

48MP Lens

The camera is easy to use, the bokeh and close up shots performed well. The colour boosted dazzle feature enhances your photos and is quite a cool added extra. The watermark works well but even better you can customize it to feature the OPPO watermark and your name or even your brand on the device. Quite cool for content creators or anyone doing some brand advertising.

Bokeh

Ultra Wide

The OPPO A72 features digital zoom which is not the top of the line, and I will admit the pictures were grainy but for a device this price you do not buy it for the zoom capability. For night shots I found using the flash worked well and more importantly worked quicker than the night mode. So for me that was a big win.

Close Up

Other honourable mentions include the 3 part security including face, fingerprint and PIN recognition. The fingerprint sensor was slightly lagged but the face recognition worked like a bomb. User experience was efficient and smooth.

Now we are all about honest reviews at Cellucity so here are a few features that are missing but again, for the battery and camera features these are small concessions. The OPPO A72 has no IP rating against dust and water, no wireless charging  and no 5G. In the grander scheme of things no deal breakers here.

So, price? You get all the above for R6999 cash which includes a pair of OPPO’s True Wireless Earbuds valued at R1299 and OPPO rewards (Valued at R1300) offering you extra goodies. Contract pricing starts from R399 per month over 24 months.

The OPPO A72 makes a compelling argument to sway away from the better known brands and quite honestly if I were in the market for a new device right now this would be on my radar. OPPO as a brand is definitely one to watch going into the festive season, I think it is going to make an impact and why wouldn’t it – its not often you get presented with a budget friendly device that offers as much as the OPPO A72.

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Best Buys for 2020 with Cellucity

Good deals are hard to come by – everyone is advertising the best price and the best deal – where do you start? Depending on what you are looking for the search for the ultimate win is often long and drawn out. We here at Cellucity want to make this journey a little easier so we have carefully selected our best budget buys for 2020 in a range of categories to help you out

SMARTPHONES

The Cubot brand is synonymous with great value and their two new offerings are no different. The Cubot P30 and Cubot X20 Pro offer premium specs at budget friendly devices.

CUBOT P30

Coming in at R2999 the Cubot P30 offers a 6.3 Inch display, 64GB onboard memory and 4GB RAM. Along with the triple rear camera and 13MP selfie camera you also get a 4000mAh battery ensuring that your device lasts you through the day. With a conveniently placed fingerprint sensor the Cubot P30 does not compromise on design and offer a premium look. Available online here https://bit.ly/2wkrLNu

Cubot X20 Pro

The Cubot X20 Pro offers an impressive 6GB RAM, 128GB onboard memory as well as a 6.3 Inch FHD+ display. The Cubot X20 Pro offers a triple rear camera, 13MP selfie camera, 4000mAh battery and is encased in a beautiful glass body design. All this for R3999. Check it out here  https://bit.ly/2PCVyrF

Both devices perform beautifully, come in black and blue, are Dual SIM and would most certainly not look out of place next to more expensive options out there.

AUDIO

Whether you are looking at something for the gym, something for work or something to help you with down time we have some great deals for you this month

ENOD

Our very own ENOD brand of true wireless earphones are powerful in ear buds that come with a charging case compact enough to carry around. Offered in either blue or black the sound quality is fantastic and the 500mAh charging case will offer enough power to see you through a full week of gym workouts. The secure fit ensures that even when you are having an intense workout the buds remain secure. With an IPX5 sweatproof design you can pick up a pair for R799 this month from our online store here https://bit.ly/2TwjJcB

PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT GO 600

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 are a fantastic over ear option for either work or entertainment. The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 headset is lightweight and wireless. With memory foam cups and a compact design these headsets are perfect for travelers. Offering advanced acoustic technology for deep, rich sound the PLantroncis BackBeat Go 600 are on sale this month for R999 saving you R500 – get them here https://bit.ly/32Po3Id

For our daily travelers (the brave souls who can’t stay home currently) we have a fantastic range of in-ear wired headsets that you can easily pop in your pocket or handbag for the daily trek. Starting from R149 our range of Recci and Langsdom headsets offer quality build and sound at fantastic pricing – Get yours today here https://bit.ly/2PRNfIP

KIDS GAMING

With school holidays having come early and along with it the need to keep your kiddies inside and safe – we have the perfect companions to keep them from getting bored and frustrated.

LARRY’S RETRO GAMING CONSOLE

Our Larry’s Retro Gaming Console offers up great nostalgia – taking you back to the nineties with classics like super Mario Brothers and Circus. Load Shedding? No problem! This handy little gadget is battery operated ensuring that even when the lights go out , the fun doesn’t. On offer for R399 find yours here https://bit.ly/2Us2NEx

LARRY’S VISUAL PET

Taking us back to the 90’s yet again -the era of the  Tamogochi has made another appearance! The Larry’s Virtual Pet offers a variety of different animals to choose from and hours of fun for your little one. At R199 this is a firm favourite here at Cellucity HQ – find it here https://bit.ly/2wlmHsw

WEARABLES

iTouch Air 2

A new addition to our catalogue is the iTouch Air 2 Smartwatch. Offering up a classic and sporty design the iTouch Air 2 is a great and affordable way for those wanting to kick up their fitness regime. Along with the classic fitness features such as a Heart Rate Monitor , the iTouch Air 2 also features notifications for calls and messages. Armed with an alarm and stop watch this device is a firm favourite with our Head Office Team and a steal at only R899. Get yours here https://bit.ly/3bc3tof

 

GAMING

With so many brands available we appreciate that the search for the perfect gaming gear can be complicated.

PLANTRONICS RIG RANGE

Our current star is the Plantronics Rig range of headsets. With a sturdy build and comfortable design the range comes in version for PC, XBOX and PS4. With ventilated earcups and noise cancelling mics the Rig series are also backed by a 2 year warranty. Starting from R899 we are confident that if you are looking for great value on a budget you cannot go wrong with these. Find them here https://bit.ly/33HR5tG

ACCESSORIES

ENERGEA POWERBANKS

From cables to power banks our wide range of Energea accessories offers something for everyone. With our power banks ranging from 5000mAh to 20000mAh – whether you are looking for something in an emergency or something to last the long haul we have it. See the full range here https://bit.ly/3abfI4o

ENERGEA CABLES

Our cables are also strong, durable and made from the highest quality materials. With our Duraglitz range coming with a 5 year warranty and our Nylotough Xtreme range coming with a 10 year warranty you can be sure you are getting a great deal! See the range here https://bit.ly/2QxEKCI

 

Our great deals are by no means limited to the above products – check out our website for more great offers. Any questions pop us a message on our Whatsapp line on 0827784400. After hours? Email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

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Hisense C30

Let’s be honest, not everyone wants, needs or can afford a “top of the range” phone. But on the flip side everybody wants the best features and functions possible for their budget. In my search for a phone that bridges the gap between entry level and top of the range I was lucky enough to be able to test the Hisense C30 – and I loved it! I love a bargain and coming in at R4499 I was not disappointed. So what is so great about this phone? Let’s dive in. Continue reading Hisense C30

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J for Joy!

When it comes to selecting a new cell you may be like me and suffer from what I like to call the “more-less” syndrome… More-Less? What I mean is you want more than a basic phone but less than top of the range, not everybody needs an office on the go. What I find most frustrating is that a lot of brands don’t bridge the gap, you either have your flagship top of the range or very basic entry level. This is where Samsung has managed to carve out a niche. They have bombarded the market with phones for every possible need. They have left no stone unturned, no gap unplugged! Welcome the J series! Continue reading J for Joy!