Introduction


Oppo's at it again! After treating us to the unorthodox Oppo N1 colossus more than a year ago, this China-based handset maker is now trying to woo us with its successor, the Oppo N3. Oppo made a sturdy, well-built handset with an intriguing motorized swiveling camera, added an additional SIM card slot in the mix, and put a mostly similar price tag. However, is this recipe sufficient enough to make the Oppo N3 a household name? Let's find out!

In the box:

  • Oppo N3
  • manuals
  • wall charger
  • USB cable
  • SIM ejector tool
  • O-Click remote control
  • headphones

Design

A large 5.5-incher that feels pretty solid in the hand

Solid. That's the first thing that will likely pop in your mind when you take hold of the Oppo N3 in your hand. In spite of its “merely 5.5” display, the behemoth measures 6.35 x 3.03 x 0.34 inches (161.2 x 77 x 8.7 mm) in size, making it noticeably bigger than, say, the 5.7” Note 4. Yet, we can't say that it's unwieldy, though handling the Oppo N3 will require a bit of getting used to. We can't say the same about its weight, mind you – you'll surely know when you have the device on you as it tips the scales at 6.77oz (192gr).

If you can stomach its sheer size, the Oppo N3 will pleasantly surprise you with its sturdy build. That said, we can say mostly good things about the build and the build materials. Its polycarbonate shell feels good in the hand. It has a moderate amount of grip and holds almost no fingerprints or smudges. The N3 has a protruding aluminum alloy frame that surrounds the handset, separated from the body by a small gap.

The notification light of the device can be found near that gap; the loudspeaker is there as well. The hardware buttons (a volume rocker at the right and a wake/lock button on the left) are easily-reachable, quite responsive, and provide sufficient level of feedback.


OPPO N3

OPPO N3

Dimensions

6.35 x 3.03 x 0.34 inches

161.2 x 77 x 8.7 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

OPPO N3

OPPO N3

Dimensions

6.35 x 3.03 x 0.34 inches

161.2 x 77 x 8.7 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

The display of the Oppo N3 is completely disappointing and fails to impress

The 1080p, 5.5” LCD display of the Oppo has a very good minimum brightness of just 3 nits, excellent contrast (for an LCD panel), and…. that’s mostly it when it comes to its positive properties. All things considered, the display is the weakest and most sub-par aspect of the Oppo N3.

It's sharp enough, yet not as vivid as we'd like it to be, not to mention that you'll certainly have trouble under direct sunlight. With a color temperature of 8825K (far north of the 6500K reference point), the display is noticeably cold and blueish. Its color accuracy is also utterly disappointing – it does not only fail to match up with most of the targets on the sRGB color chart, the deviation from the perfect Delta E rgbcmy reference point also reiterates that the inaccuracy of the display. Grayscale color accuracy is unsatisfactory, too – the various shades of white tend to have a noticeable pinkish tint, whereas darker colors appear washed out. The viewing angles are mediocre, yet acceptable. In general, the Oppo N3 completely disappoints in the display segment.



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13 Comments

1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

7 is a little harsh.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

PA should add a scoring board to reviews, like Display 6 Speakers 7 Software 8 etc. And to each segment also Display 6 -Contrast 7 -Brightness 5 -Accuracy 6 etc.

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

+1 They should definitely do that, like they do with their display and camera comparisons...

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I don't think so. I feel it got a fair score. The display by far is the biggest disappointment. The display is the most important aspect of a device & that is its biggest weakness. Other than that the phone is mediocre. With an awesome display it may have been an 7.8 to an 8.0.

3. dfvt07

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

phonearena you forgot to add oppo devices dont get android version updates

6. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

They don't need any. Color OS already has pretty much everything you would ever need, and their CyanogenMOD devices get upgrades all the time.

7. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

"They don't need any" Oh, whoa O_0

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

You could say that about pretty much any Android device right now...

4. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I expect more from that price range. Oppo's current lines up are mediocre.

8. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Score should have been higher.

11. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

No mention of the fingerprint scanner?

12. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

The only thing wrong with the display was color accuracy. Plenty of devices have bad color accuracy. I guess a small color color gamut is bad, but the iPad Mini 2 also had a small gamut and iPhonearena gave it an 8.5. Otherwise it had good brightness and contrast. I don't know why Oppo skimps on hardware on the N-Series devices. The N1 had a TFT display and a S600 in a world of S800 devices W/ IPS and OLED displays. The Oppo N3 has a TFT display and S800 (The MSM8974AA is a S800 at heart) in a world of IPS and OLED phones w/ S801 and S805 phones. The Oppo Find 5 and 7 both had IPS displays and top end CPUs for their time. Also why only a 3000mAh battery when the N1 had a 3600mAh? Should've kept 3600. Ridiculous Oppo. Second time and you screwed it up again.

13. mewmew unregistered

No credit to the usefull fingerprint scanner, best in class out there... Great camera... etc...
N3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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