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    Oppo N1 Smartphone Review

    The growing trend of using huge tablet sized phone seems to have encouraged Oppo to come up with the new N1 phablet. N1 is a huge phone displaying 5.9inch screen and is quite heavy. Oppo has brought in many new features to the phone making it to stand out in the android market. The main attraction is the swivel camera unit at the top of the phablet. Apart from the camera the phone features O-touch sensor at the back that recognizes your touch. Oppo N1 features a custom android well designed keeping in mind the needs of the end users.

    Oppo N1 is for those who are looking for a different device in terms of software and hardware. It offers new design, pure android look and a prolonged battery life. Oppo has priced the device at a starting price of 599$. At this price, itís a really big question whether it would be able to compete with other android device in the market. The detailed review below of the custom made software and hardware would give you a clearer idea of how good the phablet is but before that, as usual, letís have a look at the highlights of Oppo N1.

    • Android 4.2 Colour ROM with unlocked bootloader
    • 5.9 inch Full HD IPS LCD Touch Screen Display
    • 1920 ◊ 1080 pixels resolution
    • 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
    • 2GB of RAM
    • Adreno 320 GPU
    • 16GB and 32GB built-in Storage Memory
    • 13 Megapixel Stacked CMOS Sony sensor with dedicated ISP, F2.0 Aperture and Dual LED flash
    • 1080p Video recording
    • 3G, USB OTG, WiFi ac 5GHz, WiFi Direct, WiFi Display support
    • 3610 mAh battery

    Design and Packaging:

    Oppo has a very heavy build and weighs about 213g. The device has a very smooth back due to which you require to be careful of not dropping it. N1 is not for small hands, as the device is really big, heavy and needs special care while handling. Though itís heavy, the build is of plastic. The phone features a 5.9 inch huge HD display with a corning gorilla glass 3 protection. Display is magnificent with the usual capacitive buttons below.

    The attention grabber is the 206degree rotating unit at the top of the phablet. On it there is a camera, Dual LED flash, the earpiece and the sensors. The phone has ambient and proximity sensors.

    The phone lacks notification light. The microphone is towards the bottom of the phone along with the micro USB port and the loudspeaker. Towards the right there is a volume rocker and power/lock button. These buttons are located much lower than normally seen for better reach. The phone holds a 13MP camera with a secondary microphone for stereo recording. At the back you also see the Oppo branding.

    The added feature of this phablet includes the O touch sensor below the Oppo logo that recognizes your touch. The swivel feature helps to convert the rear camera to the front and click nice HD self-portrait easily. The rotating unit is well tested for stability and Oppo claims it will easily last for 1,00,000 rotation without getting loose.
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    Display / Screen:

    Oppo N1 features a 5.9 inch full HD display with IPS LCD technology. The display is awesome with bright screen, vibrant colours highlighting every minute detail on the screen. The screen lacks OGS technology but with 377ppi the display is quite sharp. Viewing angle is good with every angle showing the same true colour. On testing the viewing angle, I tried looking at the image from different angle; there were no distortion of colour from any angle.

    The 16:9 aspect ratio powers up the video watching experience on the phablet. Gaming is fun on this device, especially because of the huge size, brightness and vibrant colours. Sunlight readability is not an issue, you can view and read texts at ease.


    Oppo N1 features a 13 MP Autofocus camera that sits on the top in the swivel unit of the phone. Itís the same camera as on find 5. It has the capacity of 206Aį module rotation. The 13MP camera is assisted by dual-LED flash, HDR and remote shutter. It has long exposure of near about 8sec and has ambient light and proximity sensors. The f2.0 aperture and custom ISP for dedicated camera processing gives a good quality output, often expected from a 13MP camera. As far as settings and other options are concerned, the camera doesnít offer a good UI. There are very few controls and no ISO or exposure controls. It allows video recording at 1080p @ 30fps.

    It has HDR mode and continuous Auto Focus option. The outdoor photos in day light are lively and bright, though sometimes it does look overexposed or sometimes underexposed and washed out. But in ideal conditions, it is just perfect. HDR is remarkable and produces highly defined images that look incredible. Low light photos looked sharp too without any over blown lights. Since the camera is on a rotating unit one can use the rear camera for taking HD self-portrait. When it is rotated the camera launches automatically due to the sensors.

    Self-beautification mode and few additions are made for the front facing mode. While using the O touch sensor the images are sometimes blur or over exposed. Overall the camera is excellent and would have done much better if it has the OIS and better UI.
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    Oppo N1 has Snapdragon 600 Quad Core chip similar to the one in Oppo Find 5. It has a 1.7 GHz quad core processor with Adreno 320 graphics. Performance of the phone is fine with a high clock speed. The processor is a bit old but is cool enough to run heavy game in this handset. Gaming is very smooth and fun in this phablet. This phablet comes with a 2GB RAM and two versions with internal memory of 16GB and 32GB. There is no micro SD slot so the memory is not expandable. 2GB RAM add to the better performance and multitasking of the device. Apps work fast and no lagging or hanging of phone was seen. Out of 16GB, 2.96GB is system memory while the rest is user memory Quality of call is great but one issue we found here is that the device doesnít recognize the network for data and manual entry of APN is required. Audio is loud and clear in the handset.

    The O click feature of the phone is one thing we really liked. Itís tiny Bluetooth accessory which compensate for the lack of LED notification light on the phone and also by double clicking the O click your phone rings. It also notifies you if it loses range, thus a tricky anti-theft mechanism. The unfortunate thing about this Bluetooth accessory is that it is not rechargeable; you need to replace the battery from time to time! O touch feature, the rear sensor, takes some time to get used to. It is useful since the device is too big; however there are not many functions you can carry out with it.

    Operating System and UI:

    Oppo N1 runs on android 4.2.2 and is customized to offer a better user experience. Android 4.4 KitKat would soon be launched with a CynogenMod 11 update. You can add lock screen widgets for the apps you want. When earphones are used the colour OS creates a music space. Also the users can customize the launcher the way they want. It has a good number of inbuilt themes and supports many online themes too. Switching between the launcher is too easy and there is a notification panel for quick glance of notifications. There is also the quick settings panel that expands on swiping from top.

    To handle a big device can be difficult sometimes but the interface is made well to make it easier for you. Instead of reaching the status bar you can view the notification bar by swiping down on the blank are on home screen. The icons and text looks bigger on the huge screen however you cannot take the advantage of the 5.9 inch screen to view more contents. You can draw a circle to launch camera from the locked screen, double tap to wake, draw a V to launch flash light and a lot more shortcuts to make it easier for you. Browsing is smooth and there are some really good and unseen things added to the user interface.
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    Oppo N1 holds a strong 3610mAh battery which is dependable and gives a really good battery backup. It is non user replaceable so you might need to be careful with that. Under normal usage the battery stay charged easily for more than a day. If you turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and keep less apps and task running in the background you can push the battery life up to 2 days easily. Heavy gaming and watching movies for a long period consumes the maximum battery. Overall the battery life is good and it is durable.


    The Oppo N1 scores well in terms of display, processing speed and performance. The 13MP camera is really good and would stand to your expectation. It supports 1080p HD recording which is really fabulous. The chipset used looks a bit old but the performance and multi-tasking ability of the phablet is smooth. It has a good number of connectivity options and has a touchpad on the back for easier usability.

    On the downside, there is no expandable storage, so itís better you opt for the 32GB version rather than 16GB. Also the battery is non user replaceable and the phone lack LTE supports. For those who are willing to get a huge display, looking for a good camera and is comfortable handling a huge device then they can go for it.

    • Premium design and Material
    • Full HD display with IPS panel offering wide viewing angles
    • Better battery backup

    • Over weight and huge to carry, uncomfortable Grip
    • Maximum 32GB memory, no microSD slot
    • Camera quality not so great
    • No LTE Support
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