Oppo F5 Review: Telephony, Messaging, Loudspeaker, App Package

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The phone app is simple but functional. The dialer supports smart dial, or you can go into the Contacts tab for a more extensive search. You can block numbers from calling you, a handy way to classy screen unwanted calls. You need to head to the Settings menu for more options.

Dialer • Smart dial • Contacts

Like we mentioned earlier, the Oppo F5 comes with advanced dual SIM functionality and VoLTE support on both SIM slots.


Oppo's messaging app is equally simplistic and straight-forward to use. Conversations are separated out into threads and there is MMS and rich multimedia attachment support. The usual affair.

Messaging app

Text input is handled by TouchPal - a custom version, specifically tailored for Oppo. It is still the free version though, so premium benefits are going to cost you extra.

TouchPal for Oppo

Even so, there is hardly anything missing from the app. You can customize pretty much every visual aspect for the keyboard. There are nifty themes. Predictive input and multi-language support.


The Oppo F5 only has a single bottom-firing speaker. It is not particularly loud and only scored an "Average" imprint in our tests.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Xiaomi Mi Max 67.1 66.2 68.1 Average

Oppo F3 Plus 62.3 69.8 70.0 Average

Oppo F3 63.1 68.7 70.4 Average

Oppo R11 66.4 71.5 65.0 Average

Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64.2 67.2 76.9 Good

Nokia 6 (Global version) 63.1 70.9 82.5 Good

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 68.0 69.9 82.3 Very Good

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 78.4 71.7 79.2 Excellent

Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent

Output quality is about average as well. Distortion creeps in quite rapidly as you ramp up the volume.

App package

The Oppo R11 has the complete Google package, but it brings its own alternatives to many of them. We already saw several, like the Theme Store, Phone and Messages. It's time to meet the others.

The Weather app seems similarly borrowed from Apple. It pulls data from AccuWeather and manages to fit plenty of information on a single screen.

Weather app

The clock app follows the same while color scheme as well.

Clock app

Interestingly enough, however, the sound recorder, compass and calculator are all colored in black, grey, with red and orange tints. It is stylish, but not exactly in keeping with the rest off the UI.

Recorder • Recorder *Compass • Calculator

Oppo has pre-installed the free version of WPS Office. It can create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and it offers a nice selection of templates to give you a flying start. Note that some templates are paid, and you'll occasionally see banners for the premium version of the app.

WPS Office

The Files app is pretty self-explanatory, although it does come with a few nifty advanced features. The File safe option allows you to lock certain files with a fingerprint/pattern for safe keeping. There is also native ZIP support.

Files app

There's an option to go files without a cable - the phone creates a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot, and you connect to it over FTP. That's a techy solution that can be cool, but it may turn some people off - cloud storage integration would have been simpler.

The Backup and Restore app has an extra feature that's not found in its name - it can clone phones, simplifying the transfer from your recent device. For backups, it will create a copy of System data, Applications, and Personal data.

The Backup and Restore app can also go your data to a recent phone



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