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At around the INR 8000 mark, you simply cannot go wrong with the Oppo A37. Both as a first-time device and as a backup handset, the A37 offers a smartphone experience in line with the extremely low price point. The hardware is powerful enough to get kids or teenagers their first experiences at multitasking, while not being so juiced up that it drains the battery altogether.
Camera quality is decent, nothing special, and the screen, apart from the size, is actually quite good for an entry-level smartphone. The design is very simple and down to business, with three unlit buttons at the bottom bezel, and the camera, speakers, and sensors at the top.
So, if you are looking to grab yourself a decent smartphone experience without shelling out too much, then the Oppo A37 is certainly a good option for you or your kids.
The Oppo A37 presents itself as a very basic smartphone, with everything necessary to get you through the day’s tasks. Entry level specifications justify the price tag, and with no out of the box features or such, the phone does the simple things well.
A simple, no-nonsense design, hardware to offer a decent multitasking experience, and a screen decent enough for a multimedia experience are all that the A37 offers. At this price point, there is a little room for error, and Oppo hasn’t made many.
The design of the A37 is quite similar to the R9, as are the colour offerings. The small 5-inch screen adds to the form factor and ergonomics of the phone, with Oppo designing a device that is largely simple and basic in principle. A headphone jack at the top, and speaker grills at the bottom are included, although the actual speaker blurts sound from only one of the grills. No fingerprint scanner might be a turn-off for some, but for an entry-level smartphone, we could surely give that a skip.
The design is solid, and is quite like a trademark Oppo design. The phone is also lightweight, coming in at 136 g.
The 5 inch HD screen is an IPS LCD one, and Oppo hasn’t cut any corners considering the device is a low end one. The bezels too aren’t thin, but do not disrupt the viewing experience in any way. Viewing angles are solid, and the phone is bright enough to cause no problems in outdoor use. The pixel density and resolution is lower than what many devices offer, but considering the price point and other factors, the display does put in a decent shift.
A Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor powers the Oppo A37, with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage completing the set. The graphics processing is handled by the Adreno 306 GPU, which is pretty basic, to say the least. As stated before, the phone is powerful enough to get through regular tasks, but running any kind of heavy games on the handset is always going to be an unpleasant experience. The performance output from the chipset in this regard is disappointing, to say the least.
The phone, although working well today, might not last the test of time. This is due to the fact that low-end devices tend to be changed much rarely than flagships, hence, their technology needs to outlast the competition. This might be a problem with the Oppo A37, with heavy apps showing significant lag and stutter.
The rear shooter comes in at 8 MP with an f/2.2 aperture, and for its standard, it does a great job. Low light shots are also decent, but there is a general feeling that the camera doesn’t fulfil its true potential. Images can sometimes look blurred and out of focus, but for an entry-level device, this can sometimes be excused. The HDR mode is a nice addition, and helps take the picture quality up a notch.
The front camera is of 5 MP, and the beauty mode is its highlight. The absence of HDR might sting some, but the camera still delivers okay results. The beauty mode does make images look like paintings sometimes, but performance is largely satisfactory.
A 2630 mAh battery powers the Oppo A37. Battery life has always been one of Oppo’s strengths, and it shows with the A37. The inclusion of fast charging support is a pleasant surprise for an entry-level device, but it really ups the ante when it comes to comparing the device with the competition. Taking the phone from 0 to 70 in a matter of 30 minutes is no mean feat, and this feature makes the device an even better purchase. The average battery life is slightly over a day’s usage, which is decent battery capacity.
The Oppo A37 is, by all means, a decent entry-level phone that satisfies a broad class of customers. With enough power under the hood to not make operating the phone feel like a chore, a good screen, decent camera, and great battery life, the A37 is certainly a great option to consider if you are looking to go for a budget offering.