Oppo N3 review
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
- wall charger
- USB cable
- SIM ejector tool
- O-Click remote control
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.
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.