An incredible new review by Andi, this time with an exceptional smartphone, one of the most sought-after TOP RANGE of the moment: the Oppo N1!
The Android smartphone market is full of very similar phones that offer the same features or that, in reality, offer nothing compared to the competition. It is understandable then that to achieve something out of the ordinary it is necessary a lot of courage, as it is a big risk, that is the risk that Oppo has body and has paid for the Oppo N1!
Oppo N1 Review - Unique!
I will be honest, when I saw the Oppo N1 during the launch sincerely I thought it was the biggest and strangest smartphone I've ever seen, moreover with a hardware lower than expected and, finally, with a rotating camera. Then I bought one and it was a pleasure from the first day I opened the box!
Oppo N1 Review - Specifications
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Review Oppo N1 - Design
Instead of sticking to a proven formula (Oppo could have just done a bigger version of the FIND 5), Oppo chose a completely new design for the Oppo N1 and it was a big bet but it paid off in the end.
Looking at the phone from the front, the first thing that strikes you is the length of the Oppo N1. It can not be denied that the Oppo N1 is longer than most of the other phablets.
The N1 measures are 170,7 x 82,6 x 9 millimeters, compared to the 151,2 x 79,2 x 8,3 millimeters of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Of course, the 3 Note has a display from 5,7 inches and, therefore, slightly smaller than the Oppo 5.9, but probably the reason why Oppo necessarily had to increase the size of its smartphone was the need to create a solid platform for the large display and rotating camera. Oppo could have created a much more compact design, but then it would have risked breakages, bending, warranty issues and all this would have a negative influence on the brand image that they have so hardly created over the years.
The Oppo N1 is a phone that gives the sensation of using a "premium" smartphone. Made of high quality polycarbonate that looks like almost a metal on a cold day, the large body is free of crunches and danger of bending, very solid in the hand even if a bit 'heavy at the top.
Looking at the phone from the front, a large area of black glass takes up most of the area, giving the impression that the phone has super-thin frames, but that's not because the display from 5.9 inches around it has a wide edge.
The chin of the N1 appears to be larger than necessary. This is where we find backlit capacitive buttons in the usual Android configuration (Option, Home, Back). With all the space available under the screen it is a shame that the capacitive buttons are so close together.
The upper part of the N1 is the one that obviously arouses more curiosity. In fact, at the top we find a rectangular area surrounded by a silver frame that houses the rotating camera panel. In its default position (with the camera on the back), we find a speaker and the proximity sensor facing forward, but by rotating the panel you can place the camera in front and the dual LED flash. The camera / LED combination can be rotated by 206 degrees and fixed in any position between 0 and 206. There is therefore plenty of room for adjustment!
At the back we find a large expanse of white on which stands the silver Oppo logo.
A rectangle can be seen in the central part of the N1 back panel. This is the Oppo O-Touch panel, a touchpad that can be used to take pictures, open specific applications and scroll through menus, web pages and e-mail.
The only places left to explore now are the sides of the phone. A micro SIM tray is located on the left, the power button and the volume keys on the right side, while a 3,5 mm jack for the earphones, the micro USB input and an external speaker on the base of the phone.
As you can see from the photos the Oppo N1 in one hand is very large and even those with hands larger than mine have noticed the size of the phone. With one hand you can use the phone, but you must be extremely careful given the weight of the device. Given the large size it is very strange that Oppo has not entered a one-handed use mode in the ColorOS ROM.
OX N1 display
The display of the Oppo N1 is a 5,9-inch panel with an FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 and, to protect the device from bumps and scratches, Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
the brightness sensor of the Oppo N1 works very well and can also be used with the brightness of the display set to a very low value.
Many people were disappointed with the hardware of the Oppo N1 and, in particular, the processor chosen. Actually the 600Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 1.7 processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM are more than enough to run all your daily applications, games and above all anything else you would like to do with a phone.
It is no surprise that with these specifications the Oppo N1 scores are very high.
The results we were able to achieve during the various benchmarks are as follows
Mark 3D Ice Storm: Maxed Out
3D Mark Ice Strom Extreme: 7312
3D Mark Unlimited Ice Storm: 10677
Oppo N1 camera
The Oppo N1 is unique in the market in terms of camera and App Camera. As already mentioned the rotating camera platform can rotate by 206 degrees and features a 13 megapixel sensor and dual LED flash.
A dedicated ISP (an image processing engine) works with the XMUMX megapixel CMOS sensor, the F13 aperture and 2.0 physical lenses to offer some exciting image capture options. The camera hardware associated with the versatility of the rotating camera gives the possibility to take pictures in really interesting situations.
In addition to the phone hardware, the included Bluetooth O-click remote offers a high degree of flexibility for the Oppo N1. For example, you can place the phone on a flat surface, tilt the camera to better frame the person or object, move away and click away from the distance.
The O-click is also useful when you want to take pictures from the long exposure and believe me you use this function much more than you can imagine. The N1 is able to take shots of 8 seconds for long exposure photos, perfect for photos taken in low light situations or to capture the light streaks of cars passing through at night. Exposure can be set in Auto, 0, 5, 1, 2, 4 and 8 seconds.
The slow shutter is just one of the options available when taking pictures, there is also "normal mode", "HDR", "Panorama" and "embellishment". By rotating the camera towards yourself, the software also modifies the available settings, leaving the possibility to enable the "normal" and "embellishment" modes only. Look at the experiment done on me.
In selfie mode, as you can see, you can even add a little make-up to your photos ...
Although the N1 is a "camera centric" smartphone it probably needs some other optimization. Photos taken in normal mode in low light conditions have much more "noise" than I would have expected from the N1. The HDR is very good, but on very sunny days and I found that the HDR photos made with the Xiaomi Mi2 are better. I discovered that in certain lighting conditions there are strange reflections in the photos. I still have to understand if those reflections are due to the light reflected on the metal ring that surrounds the lens or if the light bounces around the lens itself. However this concerns only some photos.
Oppo N1 - Photo
Despite these little bugs the Oppo N1 is by far the smartphone with the best camera I've ever used. Not only the quality of the image is excellent, but the versatility of the phone is also excellent, allowing surprising shots.
My version of N1 is China Mobile (TD-SCDMA) which comes with the Chinese version of colorOs, which unfortunately lacks all the most important Google applications and services. Fortunately, I was able to easily download and install the international version of the coloros.
As for the transitions, animations and applications, the coloros is very fluid and does its job properly.
The ColorOs is packed with features, including a series of gesture controls to activate the phone when it is locked. The default gestures include, for example, drawing a circle on the lock screen to activate the camera or a V for flash light. You can also customize your gestures to open applications, call contacts and even websites. In addition to using these gestures on the lock screen you can also use them simply by pulling down from the top left side of the display (can be changed in the right side).
Among other interesting features of coloros we find the double tap to unlock the phone and multidita gestures to make a screenshot.
There are also special widgets called "exclusive spaces". There is an exclusive space already set up for the camera, through which you can take photos directly from the home screen and even scroll through the images on a timeline. There is also a musical space that mimics the appearance of an old record player
Coloros is a beautiful ROM, but it's not bug-free. I detected for example some crashes of the App Camera and a bit 'of confusion with the notification area.
If you do not like the look of the colorOs on the N1 it will be possible to install the CyanogenMod
O-features: O-click and O-touch
The rotating camera is not the only "special" feature of the N1, there is also the rear O-touch panel and the O-click remote control.
Both these features seem very good and work very well, but in all honesty I rarely enabled the back panel (also because it creates problems in some other uses, mainly due to unwanted grazing) and I used the O-click mainly for the photos group, for which a timer with self-timer is more than enough.
The O-click can also be used to find your phone, simply double-click the O-click and the phone will start ringing. You can also set a proximity alert that starts an acoustic signal when we move away from the phone.
Oppo N1 - Battery
You may love or hate the N1, but you can not deny it's a big phone and it's also in the battery .. Considering the 5.9 inch display, Oppo preferred to use a large non-removable 3610mAh battery! A larger battery also than that used by many Chinese phablets with even larger dimensions than the Oppo N1.
And it's no surprise then that the N1 battery life is amazing! I quietly passed an entire day of intense use with email, navigation and intensive use of the camera! If you want another opinion on the Oppo N1 battery, take a look at the PhoneArena test, which has crowned the N1 as the phone with the best battery life.
Oppo N1 - Conclusion - One of the funniest phones I've ever tested!
Each user has a different priority when using a smartphone. Some require the most specifications, others an incredible battery life, still others a good camera, but the fundamental thing is always the feeling I feel in using the device.
The Oppo N1 is a fun phone! It's actually so funny that I could not wait for the WCDMA model!
I honestly thought the rotating camera would turn out to be a gimmick poco useful, but it's by far the best feature of any phone I've ever used. I can take pictures in ways that aren't physically or technically possible on other devices, and I find myself thinking of new ways to make using the slow shutter function and O-click to be more creative! For me this is a sign of well thought out and well designed technology!
The Oppo N1, however, requires the acceptance of some compromises. The big battery and amazing battery life also mean that the phone is huge, bigger than most 6 inch devices. The processor is "only" a Snapdragon 600, while other phones with a similar price have an 800 (even if in use you do not notice the difference); It is a centric camera device but there is no SD card expansion slot.
I've been using the N1 for a month and I've enjoyed it very much and I'm absolutely not regretting having bought it! I do not find it too big in some situations even though I sometimes think of going back to my much smaller Xiaomi Mi2, but when it goes somewhere special to spend time with family or during media events, like the last OnePlus event / CyanogenMod on Monday, the Oppo N1 is my device to keep with you.
The Oppo N1 enters the list of phones that I feel I recommend at the moment. It is well designed and built, boasts excellent hardware, screen and battery life, great development, the camera is better than all other smartphones on the market currently! Overall this is a fantastic mobile!
Thanks to Oppo for collaborating on the review!
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