OPPO N1 Full Review

oppo_mainMany of you might have heard about Oppo, the Chinese mobile giant recently launched phone with rotating camera in Indian market. With so many kinds of smartphones out there what makes N1 so cool? Let me give you first specifications of Oppo N1 launched by Oppo.

  • 5.9-inch Full IPS Screen(1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core and Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB Ram
  • 13 MP rotating camera with dedicated ISP
  • Dual-mode LED Flash
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 17 hours talktime
  • 16GB or 32GB ROM

Last week we brought you unboxing video of the Oppo N1, here we have the complete review of the device. Oppo N1 sports 13 MP rotating camera, constructed from 67 different components, featuring 206 degree rotation which will allows you to capture photos at any angle without shaking or moving! Also with a shared camera for primary and secondary you will get front facing shots as amazing as back facing shots. It is also fastest camera available in market which will boot within 0.6 seconds, just 120 degree rotation of camera will wake up the phone from sleep and you can start taking pictures. Oppo N1 is said to be the first Android smartphone to use six physical lenses. Like any camera, the N1 is equipped with a flash to light up dark environments. The dual flash design consists of a normal flash for back facing shots and a diffused softer light for when you flip the camera forward.

Box contents

  • Handset
  • Warranty Card
  • User Guide
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Earpiece
  • O-click
  •  Sim Ejector tool

Hardware

Oppo N1 features a 5.9-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) screen. Weighing 213g, the phone runs the company’s home-brewed Color OS, which is based on Android 4.2. It is powred by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. it has 2 GB RAM and an internal storage of 16GB.

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There is an earpiece along with the proximity and ambient light sensors on the top .

Below the display the usual capacitive touch buttons for menu, home and back are present. You get haptic feedback when you press these touch buttons.

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There is a micro USB slot, 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grill and a tiny microphone hole on the bottom.

On the right there is a power/unlock button upper side and volume rocker below the power button, thats make easier to handle volume control with one hand. The phone is just 9mm thick.

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The N1′s back has a matte finish, and there’s a touch panel in the middle, which Oppo calls O-Touch. What this panel does is make one-handed use a little more comfortable. You can scroll, tap, or take photos by just touching it. If you don’t want, there’s a way to turn it off as well. This is a feature which makes this smartphone a unique and one of its own kinda gadget.

O-Click Remote Accessories:

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There is also an accessory device called O-click, which needs to be mentioned here. Oppo has stressed that this is a new invention. The O-click fits on your keychain and works at up to 15 meters away. Additionally it can help you find your phone if it is connected and within range.

We found it a bit tricky to remove the battery cover open at first, but once the CR2016 button cell was inserted, it was just a matter of following the pairing instructions O-Click app.

Camera

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The OPPO N1 camera is the great camera to take a picture or video, since this phone lense is packs with 13 megapixel CMOS sensor from Sony.

OPPO N1 uses Sony’s 13 million stack CMOS sensor, CMOS size 1/3.06 inch; This lenses is great for taking a picture in low-light environment or taking under bright ambient light surrounding the emergence of violet effect; This lens is also line with the resolution of 2300, compared with 2100 on OPPO Find 5.

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The camera UI is pretty straight forward, with the button at the bottom-right corner of the viewfinder offering five camera modes: normal, HDR, panorama, beautify and slow shutter. The normal and beautify options are further supported by six scene modes at the top-right corner: auto, smart scene, portrait, landscape, sports and night. The settings are at the top-left button, where you can toggle the image resolution, video mode, tap shutter, timer, shutter sound, location and O-Touch shutter. The flash settings are simply on, off, auto and fill light.

Software

Oppo’s N1 has Color OS, which is skinned with optional online themes and laid out differently than stock Android 4.4.2.

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Let’s start off with Color OS’ general layout. The ROM offers three home screen panels by default, but you can add up to nine and rearrange them in the home screen portal, which is accessible by pinching any of your home screens. Swiping between home screens, you have the ability to toggle between three animation effects: the default scrolling, tilting mode (the entire home screen panel tilts) and vivid mode (each icon and widget tilts). You can set this by hitting the menu button or swiping up from the bottom, and then hitting “Effects.” You can also change the ROM’s theme in the same menu or in the Theme app, with the latter offering more than 100 online themes for free.

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Gesture panel feature in Color OS, which lets you toggle an app, launch a website or call a contact with custom gestures. By default, you toggle this mode by swiping down from the left-most section of the status bar. Adding a custom gesture is just a matter of drawing your desired pattern on the panel, and then clicking “Apply the gesture to” at the bottom-left corner. You can also hit the “Settings” button to see your list of active gestures.

apps

Color OS comes with a set of customized essential apps, including Calendar, Compass, Email, Gallery, Files, Music, Notes, Sound Recorder, Weather, etc. There are some more handy apps included, namely Data Monitor, Data Saving, App Encryption and Holiday Mode. You also get 5GB of Amazon-powered cloud storage with backup service using the O-Cloud app.

Verdict

OPPO N1 is definitely a fantastic device as it becomes the first smartphone that comes with a rotating camera. The OPPO N1 is a thin and huge device with a special rotatable camera.

The OPPO N1 is a flagship smartphone but its processor isn’t the best in the market. The Snapdragon 600 is a good processor but Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4 are even better. Just wonder how come OPPO Mobile did not use either.

The Oppo N1 has everything in it to shake up the premium phablet segment. In terms of style and features, it can well put the market leaders to shame. But unfortunately, the Indian consumer gets hesitant when it comes to taking chance with a new company offering a premium product, and generally falls for the tried and tested ones. So if Oppo can market the N1 well with affordable buying options, this can be a clear winner.

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