Oppo Find 5

Oppo Find 5 entices with elegance (hands-on)

If top-of-the-line handsets from Samsung, HTC, or Apple don't thrill you, perhaps a walk on the smartphone wild side is in order. For a sky-high sticker price approaching $700, the unconventional Oppo Find 5 offers a quad-core processing punch, massive 5-inch 1080p display, Android Jelly Bean, plus a striking, modern design. The unlocked device also provides international GSM operability for all you globe-trekkers. While the Oppo Find 5's high cost of entry will scare away casual phone shoppers, this gadget's distinctive style and impressive capabilities are certainly a draw to Android aficionados and mobile technology addicts alike.

Design
When I first laid eyes on the Oppo Find 5 I was struck by its clean lines, thin rectangular shape, and overall elegant appearance. Further accentuating the Find 5's trimness is how its large screen sits flush with its bezel, and also how little bezel there is. This edge-to-edge display design tactic is all the rage these days, cropping up in phones such as the Motorola Razr M, HTC Droid Razr, Droid Razr HD, and LG Nexus 4. Frankly, though, I think the Oppo design team took major cues from Sony; the Find 5 could be a close cousin to Xperia handsets.

Clad in a soothing shade of frosty white, the Oppo Find 5 feels well-built, too, especially the handset's back, which is smooth yet not slippery. In fact Oppo equates the surface to sand, which I feel is a misnomer since that back panel has more of the cool roughness I associate with ceramic. I also appreciate the attractive strip of silvery metal that houses the phone's camera and dual-LED flash array.

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