Oppo gives you lots of megapixels
A phone's camera may be its most important component. Basically every phone can browse Facebook and YouTube, but not every phone, not even all the expensive ones, can shoot good pictures. The Oppo R15 Pro can shoot good pictures.
It's got more megapixels than most phones out there, that's for sure. On the back is a 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel dual camera combo, plus a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front. But of course, more megapixels doesn't always mean better pictures. They're mostly put to good use here, though.
I found the R15 Pro's cameras to be excellent. Photos look detailed, sharp and realistic. The automatic HDR is solid, as it doesn't make pictures look artificial, as some HDR shooters can. The selfie camera also serves up the goods, especially if you're outside as it doesn't deal with artificial light super well. The beautify feature, which smooths out your skin tone (read: makes you whiter), is still here.
Strangely, though, the rear cameras' excellence doesn't extend entirely to portrait mode. The phone is capable of shooting profile picture-worthy portraits, but it'll take some finagling. The lens often captures way too much light, making some portraits washed out or looking unnaturally bright.
The cameras are more than capable at night, too. Not Huawei P20 Pro-capable, as photos come out a little grainy in comparison, but certainly better than you'd expect from a midrange phone. On the video front, it offers 2,160-pixel shooting at 30 frames per second, and can give you up to 240 fps slow-motion video.
All the performance and battery life you need
The R15 Pro's greatest strength is its lack of weakness. It's not a flawless phone, but it's without any real deal-breaking problems. It's reliable.
For starters, the phone has a big pot of juice with its 3,340mAh battery. I always got home with a good chunk of battery left, after a day of reading, social media-ing and watching too many YouTube videos on cellular internet. It lasted just over 14 hours in our video-loop battery test, which isn't quite as good as the OnePlus 6's 15.5 hour result, but is still on the higher end of the scale.
And yes, the Oppo R15 Pro offers only midrange power, but I've long questioned the need for a high-end processor. It's well behind the Huawei P20 Pro and Galaxy S9 ($518 at Amazon) in benchmark tests, but as someone who used both of those phones in the weeks and months prior to the R15 Pro, I can't say there was a noticeable drop in performance. That includes gaming, where 3D games like Asphalt 8 faired just fine.
Oppo R15 Pro versus OnePlus 6, Huawei P20 and Moto X4
||Oppo R15 Pro||OnePlus 6||Huawei P20||Moto X4|
|Display size, resolution||6.28-inch; 1,080x2,280 pixels (AMOLED)||6.28-inch; 2,280x1,080 pixels||5.8-inch; 2,244x1,080 pixels (LCD)||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.16x2.96x0.31 in||6.13x2.97x0.31 in||5.9x2.8x0.3 in||5.8x2.9x0.31 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||156.5x75.2x8 mm||155.7x75.4x7.75 mm||149.1x70.8x7.65 mm||148.4x73.4x8 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.35 oz; 180g||6.2 oz; 177g||5.8 oz; 165g||5.7 oz; 163g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo One||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Camera||16-megapixel, 20-megapixel monochrome||16-megapixel, 20-megapixel||12-megapixel RGB, 20-megapixel monochrome||Dual 12-megapixel, 8-megapixel|
|Front-facing camera||20-megapixel camera||16-megapixel||24-megapixel camera||16-megapixel|
|Processor||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 970||2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630|
|Storage||128GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB||32GB, 64GB|
|RAM||6GB||6GB, 8GB||4GB||3GB, 4GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 256GB||None||None||Up to 2TB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back||Back||Below screen||Below screen|
|Special features||Super slow-mo video, dual-sim, splash-resistant (IP57)||Dash Charging, dual-SIM, super slow-mo||Super slow-mo video (960fps), splash-resistant (IP57)||Water-resistant (IP68), selfie-flash, dual rear cameras|
|Price off-contract (USD)||Converts to $515||$529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB)||Converts to $839||$399 (Motorola and Google); $330 (Amazon with Prime ads)|
|Price (GBP)||Converts to £385||£469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB)||Converts to £599||£349|
|Price (AUD)||AU$689||Converted: AU$700 (64GB), AU$770 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB)||AU$999||AU$699|