Oppo N1 Review
Voices in the earpiece of the Oppo N1 sound a tad too muted for our taste, even at the highest volume. Call quality is clean otherwise, without audible distortion, but you will have trouble hearing the caller in loud environments. The two noise-canceling mics, on the other hand, relay our voice loud and clear to the other end, weeding out parasitic noises.
The giant 3610 mAh battery unit capacity in the Oppo N1 is its pride and joy, as it should allow you almost two days of average usage out of the handset. There is a handy Power Management app that estimates the time remaining with the current usage, and breaks down your biggest juice consumers. You can also turn on power saving features with it, after the battery level reaches a certain threshold.
If you are eyeing a 6-incher like the Oppo N1, you are probably aware how uncomfortable to operate with one hand or even carry around such a phone would be. That being said, it is a very well-made device, with solid build, good looks, and flagship specs.
Surprisingly for a phone touted as camera-centric, the swivel-mounted camera, is subpar compared to even much less expensive phones out there, so besides more detailed selfies, its rotating mechanism is of dubious benefit.
What we liked, though, is Oppo's Color OS interface with its polished looks, little touches, and rich gesture navigation options, including a touch panel on the back of the phone. The N1 also comes with a handy O-Click keychain remote out of the box, and a pair of very good in-ear headphones.
Unfortunately, the Oppo N1 commands a high-end price of slightly below 600 USD or EUR without a contract, which is pitting it against all the formidable competition out there. If you are hell-bent on a phablet, Nokia's Lumia 1520 will deliver a much better camera and video sound recording coupled with a superior display that has the same diagonal as the N1. The Galaxy Note 3 has a slightly smaller screen, but is way more compact, and its camera will also deliver better results that the Oppo phablet. The HTC One Max is about as huge as the Oppo N1, but it offers two great stereo speakers at the front, though its so-called UltraPixel camera will offer even less detail than the 13 MP shooter on the N1. Let's not forget also the mother and father of all phablets – the giant 6.4” Xperia Z Ultra – which is extremely thin and waterproof to boot but lacks flash.
Going down in size, the Lumia 1020 has a much better camera. When we enter Android land, the Xperia Z1 with its great 20 MP shooter and waterproof body. We'd be remiss not to mention the G2 or Nexus 5 cameras whose OIS helps for excellent low-light results, and Google's phone is much cheaper to boot. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also deserves your attention as an option with a very good camera, vibrant display and pretty compact chassis.
Thus Oppo's intriguing N1 might be poised to become a niche device for folks in search of that perfect selfie from a phablet at this price tag.
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