Oppo N1 review

Oppo

After the victory of Oppo’s Find 5 in India, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer came up with another smartphone –the Oppo N1. The phablet was officially announced in December and came into the Indian mobile market in January.

Most of the people remember the Oppo N1 with its rotating 13 MP camera, which is the world’s first. Also, it’s the world’s first device to run on CyanogenMod on top of Android. But this variant is not available in India. Don’t worry; you could get the normal version running on Oppo’s Color OS on top of Android 4.2.

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Oppo N1 comes with some cool things like a touch-pad on the back and an accessory which can be used as a camera-trigger.

Is the Oppo N1’s rotating camera a big deal? Can the amazing features of the phablet help it to take over the phablet market? Let’s find out the answers of these questions in our review of the Oppo N1.

PROS

  • Good design with matte finish
  • A rotating 13 MP camera
  • Long battery life
  • Quick theme selection – Color OS or JellyBean

CONS

  • Large screen size –some users may feel uncomfortable
  • Heats up quickly –very hot while charging
  • No expandable memory; fixed battery
  • Quite heavy

DESIGN

Oppo N1 packs a uni-body design i.e., no back cover and battery is fixed. Its body is made of good-quality plastic with a ceramic-matte finish, which is actually good as it prevents fingerprints and smudges.

The phone is 9mm thick and weighs 213g –quite heavy. For comparison, the Galaxy S5 weighs 145g and the iPhone 5s is only 112g.

On the front we have a 5.9-inch display, the three capacitive-touch buttons –menu, home and return- below the screen.

The bezels are quite thin but the display portion has its own bezels along with a huge area for the buttons.

The power/lock/un-lock button and the volume rockers are on the right side.

The micro-SIM card tray is at the left.

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The microphone, 3.5mm audio jack, USB 2.0 port and the speakers are at the bottom.

The rotating piece sports an earpiece and the usual sensors on the front side.

At the back, you can see the 13 MP camera with dual-LED flash.

At last, we come to the back side of the device where we find a small black dot –which is actually the secondary microphone- and shiny OPPO logo below it. Below the branding sits the O Touch area which is seems to be essential for one-hand use.

DISPLAY

The device packs a smooth 5.9-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display (1080 x 1920 -16:9) which is fingerprint resistant but not smudge-free. The display is bright and clear and has 373 ppi (pixel density) which is good as compared to phones in this price range.

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Overall, we liked the display as it is very nice to watch movies or play games on such a big and clear screen.

USER INTERFACE

As we said above, Oppo N1 sports two pre-loaded themes –Color OS or JellyBean. The Color OS is developed by Oppo itself and is completely customized. On the other hand, JellyBean gives you the basic stock Android look, which seems to be boring on the Oppo N1.

The icons are simple, scrolling is smooth and the phone doesn’t hang at all. But some apps like the camera respond and open slowly, which I think is awful.

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There are many pre-installed apps on the phone like Chrome, O-Click, Facebook, O-Cloud, Gmail, three games and other Google stuff.

CAMERA

The 13 MP auto-focus camera took wonderful shots outside but I’m slightly disappointed with the low-light pics Oppo N1 took without flash or filling light. I’d say that Flash is definitely better than fill-light.

As the camera can be rotated, you could take selfies with a 13 MP camera! This is one of the good things I liked in this phone.

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If we talk about video recording capabilities, Oppo N1 can record HD videos (1080p -30fps). Again, we liked the video quality when we recorded a video outdoors, but when we recorded indoors (even with sufficient light), all we got was a load of grains.

UNDER-THE-HOOD

Oppo N1 comes with 16 GB internal memory (around 10 GB user-available & not even expandable) and 2 GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Snapdragon 600 processor with a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU.

If we talk about the battery, Oppo N1 is fueled by 3610 mAh long-lasting battery which helps the phone to stay alive for many hours.

O-CLICK

O-Click is an accessory provided with the Oppo N1 which lets you trigger the capture-button on the smartphone remotely. If you lose your phone, you can trigger an alarm on your phone with the help of O-Click.

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To connect the O-Click and the phone, you have to ensure that Bluetooth is turned on.

O-TOUCH

The area on the back of the Oppo N1 lets you scroll between apps and screens by swiping your finger from left to right and vice-versa. Also, you can take pics using this area, if you want to.

O-Touch is ideally meant for one-hand use of the phone and to provide flexibility while using the device.

WRAP-UP

Oppo N1 has many innovative features like the rotating camera, O-Touch and two pre-installed themes which can take smartphone users towards it. The Oppo N1 is priced at Rs 37,990 in India and if you’re not satisfied with the pricing of this device then you may definitely prefer the Oppo N1 mini.

Anand B
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