With OPPO endorser Janella Salvador, who also happens to be one of my closest friends, at a resto in Katipunan.
Before anything else, I want to make it clear that this is not a review—at least not in the strictest sense of the word. I don’t know nearly enough about the technical side of things to write a serious review, so this post is more of a reflection on what the OPPO brand means to me.

Sometime last year, I bought an OPPO F1s. Believe me when I say that it wasn’t an easy purchase to make. At the time, my mother had just had a hemorrhagic stroke, so our family was hemorrhaging money too. A new cell phone would normally have been out of the question, considering what we were going through financially, but I rationalized the purchase by telling myself that I needed one for work.

As a freelance writer, I do most of my work from the comfort of my home. Even so, I need to stay in touch with my clients, for which I need a decent smartphone. Preferably one that can call, text and will let me use a wide range of apps. After considering my options, I settled on the OPPO F1s. 

I chose the OPPO F1s because I remembered being very impressed with its specs when I went to an OPPO event at TriNoma early last year. Furthermore, America’s Next Top Model featured an OPPO phone in Cycle 22. Sarah Geronimo was one of the brand’s first Filipino endorsers. So I thought, “If an OPPO phone is good enough for the Popstar Royalty and Tyra Banks, it’s good enough for me!”

So it was that I bit the bullet and spent 14,000 on an OPPO F1s—and I didn’t regret my purchase at all. I’m not a brand ambassador for OPPO and no one’s paying me to say this either, but my OPPO F1s turned out to be more than worth its weight in gold.

I’m a super heavy cell phone user. Aside from calling and texting the people I write for, I’m on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter) practically all the time. I take a lot of photos and videos for work and play. There was even a time when I was heavily addicted to Pok√©mon GO. But despite all the hoops I made it jump through, not once did my OPPO F1s malfunction on me. It was truly a faithful—and at times my only—companion during the long, seven months my mother lived at my grandmother’s condo, where she began the process of bouncing back from her stroke.

Unfortunately, my OPPO F1s and I were parted when it was stolen from me last February. I walked a female friend to the Araneta Center-Cubao MRT station, where someone’s sticky fingers plucked it from my bag. For a while I put up with my mother’s old, banged-up China phone. I didn’t mind using it despite the spiderweb cracks on its screen. But it too finally met its end earlier this month, when a friend accidentally bathed it in soy sauce. Luckily, the same day it conked out, a colleague—blogger extraordinaire and all-around nice guy Ted Claudio—offered to lend me a spare phone. Imagine my surprise when he pulled an OPPO F3 out of his backpack and handed it to me.

I’ve been using the phone Kuya Ted lent me for several weeks now, and I flove it. It’s just like having my OPPO F1s again, only with a better camera and a sleeker black finish (my OPPO F1s was white). There are a lot of things I love about OPPO phones, not the least of which is the ColorOS. It’s real user-friendly.

Having the OPPO F3 has made my life so much easier. Having to use my mother’s old China phone stressed me out so much. It was already on its last legs, so it would constantly reboot on its own, which has caused me to accidentally hang up on a client and lose important files like recordings of interviews. Because the OPPO F3 Kuya Ted lent me was in excellent working order, I didn’t have to worry about any of that. It allowed me to focus on my job, which in turn allowed me to take care of my mother.

OPPO may be just a smartphone brand to some. Call me dramatic, but to me, it’s a lifesaver. Aside from helping me do my job well, the OPPO F3 I borrowed from Kuya Ted has gone such a long way towards helping me establish more control over my mental illness. So much so, in fact, that I can't imagine how I'd function without it.

Back in 2015, I was diagnosed with a serious personality disorder. Earlier this year, my psychiatrist suggested I try out an app called What’s Up? – Mental Health App, which he said might help me deal with my anxiety attacks and regulate my rapidly shifting moods. I installed it on my OPPO F1s, but like I said, it was stolen before I could use the app in earnest. My mother’s old China phone didn’t support it, so I gave up on the app—until Kuya Ted came along and lent me his spare unit. Now I’m able to use the app, and my mental state is much better than it was a few months ago.

But that’s not all. When my BFF Janella Salvador found out I was using an OPPO F3, she was tickled pink. She then proceeded to teach me how to make the most of the phone's different functions, like its awesome new camera. Jea's an effective and knowledgeable endorser, if I do say so myself.

Check out some of the photos she and I took with the OPPO F3 below.

Janella taught me how to use the OPPO F3's 16MP camera with extra-large pixels and double view group selfie camera.
Based on my own experience, OPPO is a brand I'd recommend to those looking for a smartphone that will save their lives, not just make them easier.

To OPPO Philippines and Kuya Ted, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.


The old Julian can't come to the phone right now.

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