A terrific camera and strong battery life for a great price
Need a new phone but don't want to spend iPhone money?
You're in luck.
There are a lot of great phones out there for less than $500.
The latest is the Oppo R11.
Yes, it looks like an iPhone and no it's not available through carriers in the U.S. But for those concessions you get a premium feeling phone with a terrific camera and plenty of battery life.
The stars of the show here are the R11's dual cameras.
Doshu style portrait phone which will give you a spiffy new Facebook display picture with depth of field effect.
the camera also does well in landscape and low light settings making it a strong all rounder.
It's not perfect though.
Apple didn't just inspire Oppo as hardware.
The software is also a modeled after IOS.
And you'll notice that most when using the camera.
And while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor generally performs well, you will notice some lag when taking photos.
It's one small sacrifice to make, though, considering the R11 performs similarly to Google's excellent pixel phones in our benchmark tests.
Another highlight here is battery life.
I never had a problem getting through a day, and that's with constant use of music, podcasts, and the occasional video stream.
In our tests, the battery lasted 14 hours and 45 minutes.
That's behind the Samsung Galaxy S8, but ahead of the iPhone 7 Plus.
If you're in Australia, you can pick up the R11 for $650.
Those in the US and UK, will have to import from China though.
They'll spend roughly $440, or 340 pounds.
It maybe edged out slightly, by the 1 plus 5, based on that phone's superior processor, but the R11 is definitely worth considering if Samsung or Apple are too pricey for your taste.
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