Oppo N3 review

Call quality


We had almost no gripes with the call qualities of the N3. The earpiece is loud, clear, and generally has a natural voice reproduction. The microphone, on the other hand, performs fairly well, too, but sometimes it tends to either distort or muffle your voice, which might leave your call partner wondering what you've just said. Then again, this will only happen once in a while.

Battery


The 3,000mAh battery at the back of the Oppo N3 provides a battery life that is mediocre at best. It lasted for 6 hours and 25 minutes in our battery life test, which is sub-par in comparison with similar Snapdragon 801 devices, such as the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5, both of which achieve better results despite donning batteries below 3,000mAh. In stark, yet quite pleasant contrast, the Oppo N3 charges from 0% to 100% in 90 minutes, which is courtesy of Oppo’s VOOC technology.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
OPPO N3 6h 25 min (Average)
LG G3 6h 14 min (Average)
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 8h 43 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
OPPO N3 90
LG G3 120
Google Nexus 6 98
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 95

Conclusion


The Oppo N3 is definitely not a bad phone, but it leaves a prominent “meh” aftertaste in our mouths. While it's certainly an improvement over the Oppo N1 in certain areas, it also proves to be a serious downgrade in some substantial ones. We can't help but feel that Oppo is running in one and the same place with the Oppo N3, and although it has several noteworthy merits, it generally failed to woo us. We tried to get to like it, but it has some serious drawbacks, like the under-performing display and the mediocre battery life, among others.

Considering its flagship price, the Oppo N3 should have been way more refined than it currently is – it can hardly hold a candle to the contenders in the same price range. The sum of money we are dealing with is $649 – that's the same price tag that a Google Nexus 6 or an unlocked Apple iPhone 6 flaunt.

Oppo's track record of making polished and slightly more affordable phones, like the Oppo Find 7a, makes us think that it could have definitely made a better N3 – it's beating us what prevented it from achieving this.


Pros

  • Sturdy build
  • The motorized camera is a zinger
  • The fingerprint sensor is actually useful
  • Charges quite fast

Cons

  • Dim, inaccurate display
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Not enough value for the money

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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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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