Product Review: OPPO A16- The Smart Choice

Monday, November 21, 2022

     It has been ages since I last reviewed a smartphone and in time for the holiday season (checks gift list), I can say that this phone from OPPO's A series line fits the bill if you are planning to buy a gift for your techie friends or loved ones. Aside from the phone's specs and features, OPPO is a brand that I highly recommend and trust. I reviewed two OPPO smartphone models years ago that truly deliver in terms of quality and price.

     So today, let me share my thoughts on one of OPPO's A series smartphones- OPPO A16. This model from the A series is an entry-level smartphone under P10,000 and after testing it for more than two weeks, I can say that it packs a punch on features that's why it's the smart choice for everyone. 

Product Review: OPPO A16- The Smart Choice 


Inside the box of my review unit are as follows:

1. OPPO A16 (ZC600KL) Unit in Space Silver
2. AC Adapter
3. Micro USB Cable Type C
4. Sim Card Ejector
5. Clear Silicone Case Protector
6. User Manual

Product Review: OPPO A16- The Smart Choice
What's inside the box of OPPO A16

OPPO A16 specs:
  • 6.52-inch HD+ (720 x 1600 pixels) IPS LCD in a 3D curved-edge body with ultra-slim design
  • MediaTek Helio G35 processor with 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage
  • 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint scanner (side), 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type C, 5,000mAh battery
  • Available in Pearl Blue and Space Silver Colors
  • Price: P7,499 (4GB RAM) and P6,499 (3GM RAM)

Product Review: OPPO A16- The Smart Choice 

OPPO A16 Features:

Long-Lasting Battery 5000mAh- Big battery that lets user stream YouTube for 21.02 hours. For 5% charge, get 1.84 hours of call time with Super Power Saving Mode5. Reduce evening power consumption by 1.21% with Super Nighttime Standby Mode6.

Secure Charging- Optimized Night Charge AI protects device from charging overnight, while Charging Temperature Control keeps phone cool.

Big Storage and Fast Performance
  • Sizable RAM - Up to 4GB (for A16 4GB) , Up to3GB (for A16 3GB).
  • Big Storage - 64GB or 32GB ROM, expandable up to 1TB.
  • Octa-Core Chipset - MediaTek Helio G35
  • System Booster - Made to reduce lagging by 18%. With a large storage capacity, big RAM and advance chipset, users get faster downloads, optimized processing, app crash prevention, and much more.

HD+ Eye-Care- Display Smart AI Eye-care adapts to the user’s lighting environment and remembers brightness preferences — keeping eyes comfortable all day long.

High-end Colors in:
  • Pearl Blue - Combines shiny pearls and vivid blue. Fingerprint-proof frosted matte finish.
  • Space Silver - Frosted matte finish that is futuristic and fingerprint-proof.

Advance Camera

1. AI Triple Camera - Made for capturing picture-perfect moments. An 80° wide-angle, autofocus-enabled 13MP Main Camera + 2MP Depth Camera + 2MP Macro Camera -- triple camera action, all individually powered by advanced AI.

Product Review: OPPO A16- The Smart Choice 
These photos were taken using rear camera. L- artificial light R- natural light

2. 8MP Front Camera - Powerful selfie camera designed for crystal-clear pictures. AI Beautification - Smart AI that naturally enhances complexions while retaining the best details. Effects are adjustable to the user’s preference.

Product Review: OPPO A16- The Smart Choice 
Photos were taken using Night Mode with AI retouching.

3. Dazzling Mode - Enjoy the moment and admire the beauty of bold colors. Dazzling Mode intelligently reproduces colors with color-mapping software, all while enhancing vibrancy and brightness. Bokeh Filters - With 15 filters + 7 brand-new ones to choose from, add an artistic touch to photos.

Product Review: OPPO A16- The Smart Choice 
Portrait mode with Bokeh filters on the left and right photos. The HDR mode was on when I shot the middle photo. 
What I like:
  • The price is affordable for an entry-level smartphone with features of mid to high-range phones in the market today.
  • The design- 3D curved-edge body with ultra-slim design has a premium feel. Even if I have small hands and get easily tired of holding a 6-inch phone, this one is an exemption. I can easily hold it and navigate without stress. The sleek design and color are a head turner too. There are times that I can't stop looking at the back part of this phone as the pearl blue color shines and changes color. 
  • I like watching my favorite Netflix series and YouTube vlogs because of the big screen. I think those who are into gaming will also like the big screen feature. 
  • The AI Triple camera captures nice photos. Using it in daylight gives clear, bright, crisp, and nice photos. It gives a decent wide-angle shot too in good lighting condition.
  • The front camera takes crystal clear photos. I also like using it in night mode. If I think that I need some filters to enhance the quality of my photo taken at midnight, I just need to set the AI retouching bar from 0%-100%. In my observation, 3%-15% already gives a decent no filter filtered look. 
  • The main camera, even if it's just 13MP captures nice photos. I like that I can shoot in different frames too. I love that there's an Instagram size of 1:1 and a full frame size for wefie. 
  • It's very responsive. Loading is fast and I have no problems multi-tasking and uploading photos.
  • As someone who is always online because of my work (as a content creator), long-lasting battery life is a must. The OPPO A16's 5000mAh battery capacity got me sold. I'm active on social media and a heavy internet user. I was surprised to see that it lasted until the next day with WiFi on and more than 5 days with WiFi off. 
  • I can say that the phone runs smoothly even if I have different apps running at the same time. I can switch from one app to another seamlessly without lagging, thanks to the system booster and the Octa-Core chipset.
  • I also like that OPPO A16 has HD+Eye Care feature for the so-called "adulting eye". Last year, I discovered that my eyes got more sensitive due to long hours of screen time. Thanks to this feature because the lighting adapts to broad day or night light. It remembers my brightness preferences thus keeping my eyes comfortable all day long.

What I don't like:
  • Since I'm the minimalist type of smartphone user, I find the pre-loaded apps and games overwhelming. 
Will I repurchase? YES! It's the smart choice for those who love to take photos, binge-watch their favorite shows, play games and get most out of their social media account. This phone is also perfect for gifting your techie friends and loved ones. 

     I give this a 4.75/5 rating. OPPO A16 is the smart choice smartphone for everyone. If you love taking photos from morning till night, this phone is for you. It's easy to use, and the wide-angle camera lets everyone fit inside the photo! No more selfie stick needed if you want to capture a beautiful background. It has a large capacity battery life too for all your browsing and social media updating needs.

     A smart choice that's easy on the budget, this smartphone has three cameras that are versatile to use so you can capture nice photos and upload them on social media. OPPO A16 is a heavy-duty smartphone for daily use. OPPO A16 is currently being sold at authorized OPPO dealers’ stores and official Lazada and Shopee stores.

For more information on OPPO Philippines, visit their website:
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Follow them on Twitter: @OPPOPhilippines
Follow them on Instagram: @OPPOPH

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DISCLAIMER: OPPO A16 was given to me by OPPO PHILIPPINES in exchange for a review. The thoughts expressed are my honest opinion about the product and the real user experience. We may have different standards in describing our experience/s. Kindly leave a comment below to share your thoughts. 

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