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#233375 13-Apr-2018 15:52
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So I wandered into JB HiFi yesterday and I have to say the Oppo A73 is a very smart looking piece of kit.

 

At <$400 I was quite impressed.

 

Not so sure about ColorOS - currently based on Nougat 7.1 - but could probably live with it I guess.

 

I read somewhere that it has no LED notification light though - This could have been mis-information of course - would seem a very silly thing to exclude.

 

Anyone got one of these phones? Does it have a notification LED?

 

How do you find ColorOS?

 

Any other thoughts?





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  #1995731 13-Apr-2018 20:40
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Never tried one but they look fantastic, specs, price, design wise.



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  #1995755 13-Apr-2018 21:58
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Yes. Would buy in a heartbeat if they had a plain(ish) android installed. The more I read about the quirks and restrictions of colorOS, the more that puts me off.

There are some really excellent Chinese phones, but the obsession with tweaking the hell out of android kinda ruins the android experience.

Still....they are very pretty and good value for the price.




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  #1995892 14-Apr-2018 08:50
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This is a repost but thought i should share again here if your looking at a good cheapy, with the benefit of the Snapdragon 625 processor being faster than the Mediatech in the Oppo too.  As for usability you could try using a Launcher like Nova.

 

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Just as an FYI for other people I helped my Mother in law update here phone ended up getting the Meizu M6 Note NZ Edition from PB tech this has all the NZ 4G frequencies with a Snapdragon 625 and a great camera for the price.  The phone felt fast and with Android 7.1.2 its reasonably up-to date.

 

 

 

32GB 3GB RAM - https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPHMZU6300/MEIZU-M6-Note-Dual-SIM-Smartphone-3GB-RAM-32GB-Sto

 

 

 

64GB 4GB RAM - https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPHMZU6400/MEIZU-M6-Note-Dual-SIM-Smartphone-4GB-RAM-64GB-Sto 

 

 

 

A couple reviews https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/09/meizu-m6-note-review-a-mid-range-leader-with-a-great-camera.html

 

 

 

https://thenextweb.com/reviews/2017/10/19/review-meizus-m6-note-budget-phone-flagship-portrait-mode/


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  #1995896 14-Apr-2018 09:05
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robjg63: 
There are some really excellent Chinese phones, but the obsession with tweaking the hell out of android kinda ruins the android experience.

 

Cant upvote that statement enough. Wish there were more "vanilla" android devices. 




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  #1996535 15-Apr-2018 16:40
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Actually, I found a quite interesting article here:
https://ausdroid.net/2018/02/16/oppos-response-scotts-open-letter-oppo-r11s/

In essence, a writer in Australia wrote an open letter to oppo saying , really like your phones, but what is with not letting people use other launchers and blocking people from using other apps etc. Its putting people off your otherwise well built devices. ColorOS won't even let you change system apps like SMS message app etc.

Surprisingly, the Oppo Australia rep acknowledges that this is a problem and they are working to change this. He mentions a colorOS release in Q1 this year that they believe will address many of the complaints. Will be interesting to see if they allow a bit more flexibility. At the moment they pretty much block all the flexibility of android that makes it good.





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