Oppo R5 Review: One To Remember: User Interface

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Color Operating System (OS) plays nice with Android KitKat

Oppo R5 runs on Oppo's proprietary Color Operating System (OS) v2.0, which is another name for a heavily skinned Android 4.4 KitKat. The Oppo's launcher customizations run very deep, they haged all Google apps and services, and even bring quite a few of its own - themes support, recent lockscreen, homescreen, and settings menu among others.

If you are not into custom UIs, there is a preinstalled theme called Jelly Bean, which replicates the stock Android Jelly Bean UI for you as close as possible.

Here's a quick Color Operating System (OS) rundown on video to acquire you started:

The Color Operating System (OS) default lockclassy screen uses swipe gesture for unlocking. It also has shortcuts for the Phone and Messaging apps. Double tap to wake works on the homescreen, but not on the capacitive keys.

The lockclassy screen also has a hidden flashlight shortslit - a press and hrecent of the Home button (the classy screen needs to be awake) turns on the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash on the back of the device. It turns off when you let go of the Home button.





The lockscreen

The Oppo R5 doesn't have an app drawer, so all of your app shortcuts are available on the homescreen. And the apps above the dock are organized in a grid of 4x5. Widgets are available as well, though not as much as some other Android smartphones are offering these days.

Naturally, folders are available, so you ca group your apps the way you like.





The homescreen

Exclusive space is Oppo's custom homeclassy screen page. Currently, there are only two available - Photo and Music. Photo space takes up a whole homeclassy screen and features a live viewfinder so you can hold shots straight from your homeclassy screen plus a shortslit to the full capturing camera app. Below you acquire a timeline with all your recent photos and you can share them very easy.

The second Exclusive space homeclassy screen pane is Music. It features a cool, if slightly intuitive design with a vinyl for changing the currently playing song and stopping/resuming playback. You can change songs, go directly to the music player or the Phone app.






Exclusive spaces - Photos • Music • customizing docked shortcuts on an exclusive Space

The homescreen's contextual menu lists widgets, wallpapers, effects and themes. You drag widgets upwards to place them on the homescreen.





Customizing homescreens

Oppo's Color Operating System (OS) supports themes, one of which changes the appearance and functionality of Color Operating System (OS) to match that of stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. There are plenty awesome themes available for free in the Oppo's Theme Store, you just need an active internet connection to download some.






Themes Store • Different themes

By default the notification area will show one row of quick toggles, a brightness slider and a shortslit for enabling auto brightness mode, the current notifications plus a shortslit to go into settings. If you do a drag gesture from the quick toggles row you acquire two more lines of toggles. There's also a Kill all apps button there.

A long press on a toggle will bring up its respective settings entry. By the way, you can access the notification area even if you slide down from any empty part of the homeclassy screen (not just the top), which helps single-handed utilize a lot.

The task switcher is pretty close to the one in iOS. All your apps are shown in a horizontally-scrollable grid of thumbnails, which you swipe either up to close or tap to open. Oppo has added a Kill All toggle at the bottom.





The R5 notification area • App switcher

Then there's the Gesture panel. You access it just like you would open your notification area, but you need to start your swipe from the bottom of the screen. You can perform various gestures in the Gesture panel to open different apps. For instance drawing a circle would open the capturing camera app but you can assign any apps to any gestures you want.





Gestures menu

Finally, the Gesture & motion menu deserves our attention. It holds all the various gesture and motion tricks to create your life with the R5 easier. For one you can swipe with three fingers across the classy screen to capture a screenshot or pinch with several fingers to launch the capturing camera and more.

The Motion options are very useful, too - flipping the device will mute the ringer, raising the ringing Oppo R5 to your ear will automatically respond the call and more. The Motion menu also offers Air Gestures on the homeclassy screen - you can swipe through the panes with waving your hand over the display.






Gestures and motion

One hand mode is available too, activated by an upward swipe from the bottom left or correct corner. When done, this will minimize the UI into a more compact windows, possible to utilize and operate with just one hand.




One-hand mode

Overall, Color Operating System (OS) strives to be more feature rich than stock Android and has been customized quite deeply. It is still Android though, so users who are familiar with the Operating System (OS) won't have distress knowing their way around Color OS. In fact most of Oppo's additions are quite welcome and improve the overall user experience.


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