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BBK Electronics brings its Oppo phones to Blighty today, meaning all three Chinese phone giants are now officially competing for Brits' affections. Of the three – Xiaomi, Huawei and BBK – the latter comfortably sells the most phones in its native China, as it owns both the Oppo and Vivo brands. BBK also effectively "owns" …

  1. JMcL

    Too big

    6.4 inches is just too big for a phone. Yes it's great having a big screen for watching media and web surfing, but as a device to carry with you all day it's impractical. The screen on my OnePlus 3T cracked recently from being in my trousers pocket, which is uncomfortable in the first place. I now find myself having to pick tops with pockets just to carry the damn phone - and that's merely got a 5.5" screen

    1. juice Bronze badge

      Re: Too big

      This is part of the reason why I long ago switched to combat/work trousers - all those extra pockets come in useful ;)

      (Not that keeping my old Samsung S7 in a thigh pocket helped to protect it from damage!)

      I'm currently using a 6" V30, and it's just on the edge of being usable via one-handed thumb-swipes, unless you're willing to precariously balance it on your extended pinkie. Which increases the risk of accidentally dropping it, and isn't particularly comfortable.

      (And at 6'1, I'm a reasonably tall person with reasonably large hands. I've no idea how more vertically-challenged people are able to effectively use these ever-larger handsets!)

      On the other hand, my personal usage of more traditional computing devices has drastically dropped since I got this handset - it's big and powerful enough to handle pretty much all social and "passive" activities (e.g. reading email, checking my bank balance).

      So yeah, I'm actually happier with 6" than I was with 5.1" (f'nar). But I'm not particularly convinced that there's any major benefits from going any larger!

  2. MiguelC Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    No fingerprint sensor, only face pic unlock

    This coming from China, one might say they could just be doing their part building a giant facial database

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: building a giant facial database

      By rule 34, isn't there one of those already?

    2. iron Silver badge

      Re: No fingerprint sensor, only face pic unlock

      I think PornHub already has that covered!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have fond memories of my Oppo Find 7.

    Quick, rugged, excellent battery life. Better than both of the next two phones that followed it (a Nexus 5x and 6P).

    It had a bit of an unfortunate accident where it met a brick wall, but amazingly - despite being rather bent - it still works to this day.

  4. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Phone for payments

    The Find X lacks NFC so no contactless payments.

    Maybe it's just me but I find this just asking for trouble. I do this with a card but can configure it to work only if the phone is close. There are plenty of situations where whipping out a phone is not such a good idea.

    1. juice Bronze badge

      Re: Phone for payments

      It's mildly worrying to see how many people are now storing their credit/debit cards inside their phone case - given that you're far more likely to lose your phone than your wallet or purse.

      After all, if some shifty bloke wanders past you in the pub and picks up your phone from the table while you're having an animated debate about Paris Hilton, you've lost both your money and your ability to contact your bank and let them know that you've lost your money...

  5. Yes Me Silver badge
    Unhappy

    No more OPPOs for me

    OPPO - no opportunity to root your phone or even to install an alternative message app. Not a good buy.

    1. Ian Emery Silver badge

      Re: No more OPPOs for me

      Since Xiaomi also severely restricted this at about the same time it announced it was coming to the EU, I wonder if this is something the EU insist on.

  6. Barrie Shepherd

    "......no opportunity to root your phone or even to install an alternative message app."

    "......I wonder if this is something the EU insist on."

    I think it's more a case of don't want people poking around in the phone and finding the code that calls back to China and the extra code they were forced to implant by the Australian Government.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-46463029

    "Under Australia's legislation, police can force companies to create a technical function that would give them access to encrypted messages without the user's knowledge."

    1. Ian Emery Silver badge

      I dont think so.

      As I said, you could do what you liked up until they started talking about officially selling in the EU, then suddenly the phones were locked down and it became difficult to get them to unlock them; there were hundreds of different ROMS you could try out using several different rooting systems, including IOS skins.

      You CAN still get them to unlock, but it specifically voids several security features like lost phone tracking and auto EMEI blocking.

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