OPPO A53 review: A reliable and inexpensive smartphone which you can count on – Buzz.ie

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OPPO A53 is officially a budget phone, so you know it is going to have some compromises.
The low price is the main selling point.
But it’s also got some appealing features to make up for any shortcomings such as the lack of wireless charging and waterproofing.
You would not expect a €139 phone to sport a superfast 90Hz refresh rate display, a premium-looking design and feel, a whopping 5000mAh battery and an 18w fast charger in the box.
Display
I was impressed by the 6.5in LCD screen (which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3) even though it is only 720p resolution. It’s bright and clear and viewing angles are decent.
The 90Hz refresh rate makes for a smoother experience while you're scrolling through apps and websites or playing games.
Design and build
The phone is quite large in the hand but it’s curved edges and corners mean it is comfortable to hold.
And the phone’s plastic rear manages to look like glass.
My review model was Electric Black in colour, with a glint to it that looks appealing.
The downside is it is prone to attracting fingerprints and smudges. But there is a translucent protective case in the box, which it could argued that every phone should include.
Performance
The smartphone runs Android 10 with OPPO’s ColorOS 7.2 UI overlaid.
It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor ensures that the smartphone works without much lag while the GPU is the Adreno 610. There is 4GB RAM.
The phone runs admirably, and it’s never crashed or frozen while I’ve been using it. It’s only sluggish when feverishly switching between apps which the type of consumer it’s aimed at is unlikely to be doing anyway. It runs the Android 10 OS with OPPO’s own ColorsOS 7.2 on top.
My review model has 64GB storage, the very minimum that any 2021 phone needs. It comes with a microSD card slot to expand this (but I find most people don’t use expandable storage).
Camera
OPPO A53 features a triple rear camera set-up that consists of 13MP f/2.2 wide angle, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor.
The latter two were included on a lot of 2020 smartphones but they are rather pointless in my opinion.
Photos from the main lens are as you would expect from a phone of this price. The camera is unexciting but perfectly capable of capturing moments in well-lit conditions when needed.
It’s functional and does its job.
There is HDR support and a portrait mode too, but no night mode.
In fairness, the 16MP f/2.0 selfie shooter delivers bright and colourful images.
Battery life
Battery life is a big plus point. A 5000 mAh power pack is great for this price point and the average user should easily get two full days as neither the screen or processor will drain the battery too much.
If you play a lot of games or stream a lot of video content, your battery stamina will reduce accordingly.
Other features
OPPO A53 has a headphone port and includes wired earbuds in the box.
Verdict
On the whole, this is a perfectly competent handset that will please its target audience.
How much does OPPO A53 cost?
OPPO A53 costs €139 from Three.ie but you can get a €50 discount if you are a new Three customer.
What are the key specs of OPPO A53?
Dimensions: 75.1 mm x 164 mm x 8.4 mm
Weight: 186g
Display: 6.5in LCD, 1600×720 resolution, 90Hz, 269ppi
Processor: Exynos 2100
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB (expandable up to 64GB)
Rear cameras: 13MP f/2.2 wide angle, 2MP depth sensor, 2MP macro
Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0 aperture
OS: Android 10 with ColorsOS 7.2 overlaid
Bluetooth: 5.0
Audio codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX HD, LDAC.
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Charging: 18w fast charger, USB-C

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