Oppo N1 Review – Perfect Smartphone for a Selfie

Oppo N1 is the world’s first Smartphone with a rotatable camera. Initially Oppo N1 was believed to be a camera centric device but once it was officially launched it became clear that it is a flagship Android smartphone. It comes with tons of innovative features like O-click, O-Touch rear sensor and swivel camera unit. Oppo N1 is available in India for Rs 37,990. So should you buy this device? And is it the best device in this price segment? Read on to find out.

Unboxing

Oppo N1 comes in a white box with a minimalistic design and you can find the Oppo N1 unboxing video below:

Retail Box Contents:

  • Oppo N1 (White)
  • Charging Adapter
  • Micro USB to USB cable
  • In-ear headsets with Mic
  • SIM ejector Pin
  • Quick Guide & manual
  • O-Click device with battery (Separate Box)

Design & Build Quality

Talking about the Design of Oppo N1, it’s huge and fairly heavy. The device measures 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm and weighs 213 grams. It has a good uni-body design with two metal rims around the sides. Oppo N1 is predominantly made of plastic with ceramic kind of finish. The front is dominated by a 5.9 inch full HD display which has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

IMG_0966Above the display you have a rotating camera unit which can rotate 206 degrees and users can use the back camera as the front camera. In its normal position you will find the ear piece, ambient light and proximity sensors in the front.

IMG_0967After you rotate the camera unit, 13 megapixel camera comes in the front along with dual LED flash. You can also notice that the swivel is not centered so after rotation there is a small space between the camera unit and rest of the phone.

IMG_0976Below the device you have three usual Android touch buttons – Menu, Home and Back.

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The device is around 9 mm thick and you will find a volume rocker and a power/lock key on the right side.

IMG_0984On the left side you just have a lone micro SIM card slot nicely tucked in to the frame which can be opened using a SIM ejector tray pin provided in the box. The SIM card slot

IMG_0989Since the device comes with a rotating camera unit you won’t find any ports or slots at the top of the device.

IMG_0986On the bottom we have a 3.5 mm audio jack, mic, loudspeaker and a micro USB port. You can also notice two points where the aluminum frame joins together, which works as an antenna booster.

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Moving to the back of the device, we have the 13 megapixel camera along with dual LED flash in its usual position. Just below the camera unit you can notice a micrphone for stereo recording and oppo insignia.

IMG_0971Just below the Oppo logo you can notice a small 12 cm^2 touch area called as O Touch. This small area can recognize touch and there is a small icon and a barely visible border to distinguish the area from rest of the back.

You also get an additional device – O click with your Oppo N1. This little accessory comes with button and a notification led that supports the absence of a notification LED on the device itself.

IMG_0997Overall, Oppo N1 is one of the best built phones we have ever used. The only disappointing part is the size and weight of the device. Although after using it for a week you won’t feel the extra weight.

Display

Oppo N1 comes with a 5.9 inch IPS LCD full HD display which has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and pixel density of 377 ppi. The display has good color reproduction, brightness level and viewing angles.

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The screen is bit reflective and you will face some difficulties while viewing the screen in bright sunlight. The display is good for watching videos, playing games and reading ebooks. In short, it is one of the best displays out there in the market.

Hardware & Performance

Oppo N1 is powered by a 1.7 Ghz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage out of which 12.5 GB is user accessible. The device does not have any slot for micro SD card. The graphics on the device is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU. We ran multiple benchmarks on the device and you can find the results in the video below:

As you just saw in the above video, Oppo N1 achieved good scores in the synthetic benchmarks. But these benchmarks are low when compared to other flagship devices running on Snapdragon 800/801 processors. But these are just numbers, so for a real test we played some high end games on the device to see its performance. We played Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Modern Combat 4 and Temple Run 2 on the device.

The device was able to handle all the games with ease. We didn’t face any kind of lag while playing the low end or high end games on the device. Even the day to day tasks and apps ran quite smoothly on the device.

Software

The device comes with two software variants – the Color OS version and with company’s own Color OS based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. The overall performance of the color OS is quite smooth. The device comes with a custom lock screen and users can choose from over 25 different lock screen styles. Users can also modify the theme using the in-built theme application.

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The notification panel has a 3 row quick settings panel which collapses or expands on a swipe. You can swipe down on the dock icons to open the notification panel and swipe up to open contextual menu from where you can change widgets, wallpapers, themes and other effects.

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The phone comes pre-installed with some useful applications like permission monitor to see which app is having what kind of permissions, holiday mode app, data saving app, Kingsoft office, Weather, O Cloud etc.

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Oppo N1 comes with lots of pre defined gestures. You can turn on or off them by opening Gestures & motions in settings. Some of the best gestures are – Rotate to launch the camera, Adjust volume with two fingers, Open flashlight by drawing a V when screen is off and control music using gesture when screen is off. You can find the other gesutre options in the images below:

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As mentioned earlier the device comes with a small bluetooth accessory – O-Click. You can control the settings for it by using the O-Click Application. You can use it to take photos, find your device and get notification alerts.

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O-Touch is a small touch area present on the back of the device and you can manage the gesture for it by visiting O-Touch option in settings. You can use the O-touch to launch an application, take photos, control music and much more.

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We really enjoyed using the software present on the device especially the gestures. Overall Oppo N1 does not lack anywhere in terms of software.

Camera

Oppo N1 comes with a 13 megapixel rotatable camera with dual LED flash. The 13MP Sony EXMOR RS sensor comes with six element lens with custom ISP and f2.0 aperture. Camera has a simple User interface and lacks professional control settings like ISO or exposure.

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Talking about the camera interface on the left side you have three buttons, top left corner button lets you choose a scene mode such as landscape, sports, night etc. The middle button is to turn on/off the flash and below it we have the settings button to adjust various camera settings like video mode, shutter sound, resolution etc.

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On the right side we have the shutter key, video recording button and a button to open the gallery. You will also notice three dots on the screen which can be used to choose a camera mode. You can choose between normal, HDR, panorama, beautify and Slow motion modes. Here are few sample images taken using the camera present on the device:

More Images will be uploaded soon.

Overall Oppo N1 has a good camera which can capture amazing images in good light conditions.

Battery Life

Oppo N1 comes with a 3610 mAh non removable battery. It has an impressive battery life which really lasts long even under heavy usage. During our test the battery easily lasted for an entire day even after watching videos, playing games, making few calls, connecting O-Click device and our 3G connection (mails, twitter, whatsapp and facebook on sync) was on for the entire duration.

Conclusion

Oppo N1 is now available in India for Rs 37,990. At this price point it is cheaper than most of the flagship devices available in the market. It has amazing build quality and it comes with various innovative features such as rotating camera, O-Click and O-Touch. The device does not lack in terms of performance and battery life. With an improved Color OS and various gesture controls you will really like the software present on the device.

The only problem with the device is its size & weight which might not suit everyone’s needs. We highly recommend this device if you are looking for a flagship Android phablet.

Pros:

  • Premium build quality & design
  • Good display
  • Decent camera
  • Optimized Software
  • Battery life

Cons:

  • Big & heavy
  • No Micro SD support

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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