Oppo N1 Review

Call quality


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.

Battery


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.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
OPPO N1
8h 6 min (Excellent)
HTC One max
7h 27 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)

Conclusion


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.

Software version: 1.0.0


Pros

  • The 3600 mAh unit delivers impressive battery life
  • 13 MP swivel-mounted rear shooter can be used as a front-facing cam

Cons

  • Subpar picture quality compared to other camera-centric phones
  • Weak earpiece

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

9.5
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11 Comments

1. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Double flash in front facing camera yay

7. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

made my day lol oh i though u said double flash in the face lol

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Looks like it was a pretty bad day for photography on the unfinished firmware, still, I look forward to the finished thing in ideal conditions. Nice phone overall, Oppo came ways to come up with something unique, let's see how well it sells.

3. esperanza

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Oppo Shenzhen style! I like Oppo's Color rom and their UI graphic design style.

4. mobhill

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Very interested in this, it looks like a very nice phone. Waiting on the Cyanogen version to see what that brings. Well done, Oppo.

5. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

I just need it to have cyanogenmod preinstalled out of the box and i'm ready to buy

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice but no international availability of this phone (phablet).

8. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Will be available indecember internationally

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's been a long time since I've seen a phone with a rotating camera. That's a nice option to have. Now they just need to find a way to re-incorporate optical zoom since they've already got anti-shake.

10. LG_is_the_best unregistered

Duck-faces in HD

11. tehcaucasianasian

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

No front camera is a con?? THE CAMERA CAN BE EITHER WAY IT SWIVELS
N1
  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3610 mAh

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