Oppo N3 review

Interface and functionality

The Oppo N3 keeps it simple, little to no gimmicks on board

Android 4.4.4 KitKat is the OS that the N3 runs on, with Oppo's in-house ColorOS 2.0 UI atop. One of its distinct traits is the lack of an app drawer, which is similar to Apple's iOS, Xiaomi's MIUI, and Meizu's Flyme OS. Then again, Oppo's ColorOS is not as streamlined as some of the aforementioned rivals. It's somewhat bland and lacks character, yet the smooth and fluid interface makes it up for that, though. Thankfully, you can customize the OS with a panoply of different themes.

A double-tap-to-wake/sleep feature has also made its way to the Oppo N3, which proves to be quite useful on such a large phone. We have several motion-launch gestures on board, too – when your device is locked, you can draw an “O” sign to launch the camera, “II” to change music tracks, and a few others.

At the rear of the phone, we have a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a wake button. Press it and it wakes the phone; keep your finger on it and the device unlocks. Our real-life tests showed that it works as intended in 9 times out of 10. Interestingly enough, it can also be used to control the motorized swivel camera, which is one of the more “show-stopping” features.

Similar to the Oppo N1, the N3 comes with an O-Click remote control accessory. It connects via Bluetooth and comes with a single large button, which doubles as a notification light. It flashes when you receive a notification and also allows you to either locate the Oppo N3 or control the camera shutter.

Processor and Memory

A perfectly-sufficient hardware setup

Inside the N3, we have a quad-core, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA, paired with 2GB of RAM. That's a potent hardware combo, which proves to be powerful enough for almost any task at hand. Although you might seldom undergo some interface lag and stutter here or there, the N3 generally performs in a decent fashion. We had no gripes with the way Oppo N3's hardware performed – it's not an ultra-spec'd powerhouse, but does the job impeccably.

The amount of native storage is 32GB, roughly 26 of which are available right out of the box. Should that space end up being insufficient for your needs, you can always throw a microSD card in the mix as well.

AnTuTu Higher is better
OPPO N3 40165
LG G3 30634
Google Nexus 6 49480
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
OPPO N3 1620
LG G3 1322
Google Nexus 6 2731
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1230.33
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
OPPO N3 3504.3
Google Nexus 6 3644
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3041
Sunspider Lower is better
OPPO N3 903.3
LG G3 947.2
Google Nexus 6 797.6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1087.87
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
OPPO N3 23.5
LG G3 20.7
Google Nexus 6 27.9
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
OPPO N3 9.9
LG G3 7.5
Google Nexus 6 12
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
Basemark OS II Higher is better
OPPO N3 1282.5
LG G3 951
Google Nexus 6 1470
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1038.67
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
OPPO N3 948
LG G3 950
Google Nexus 6 1062
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1112.67
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
OPPO N3 2811.6
LG G3 2545
Google Nexus 6 3295
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3259.67

Internet and connectivity


Apart from Oppo's own browser, the N3 also ships with the way more popular Google Chrome. Regardless of which one you put your faith in, you'll usually be treated to a smooth, no-frills browsing experience. Text appears sharp enough and try as you might, there's no lag in store.

The Oppo N3 is a dual-SIM phone and has slots for a micro- and a nano-SIM card. Connectivity-wise, we have support for a wide range of both FDD and TDD LTE bands. Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, and ac are all present.



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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: 949; 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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