Summary: We’re all for new competitors in the smartphone arms race, but they face an uphill challenge breaking in when the likes of Google and Motorola have gotten so, so good at offering flagship phones at low low prices. As such, it’s hard to justify the high cost of the Oppo N1 when you could pick up a Google Nexus 5 for around £150 less, or a more manageable phablet like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on contract through your network operator.
Summary: The Oppo N1 , that released last year, was quite an interesting device, offering unique features like a swivelling camera and a rear touch panel. Despite its great specs, features, and price tag, what may have been a turn off for some consumers its large size, courtesy and its large 5.9-inch display. To counter that, and in keeping with the trend that most Android OEMs now follow, Oppo released a “mini” version of its device.
Pros: Solid build quality, Great camera, Vivid display, Acceptable battery life, Good performance
Cons: Outdated version of Android, Steep price point
Excerpt: New phones are being released all the time, and though I love tweaking and updating my Android phone, I really don’t need a new one all the time. But buying a new phone is rarely about need… it’s about want, and the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition Android phone is definitely something I want. It’s sleak, it’s sexy, it’s damn fast, and it has an absolutely amazing camera as well.
Summary: While OPPO may be an unfamiliar smartphone brand in the Philippines, they’ve got good brand reputation from China to the US. Ultimately though, it will be the quality, performance and innovation of their handsets that will make up the minds of consumers. The Oppo N1 is definitely a good start in that direction.
Summary: After spending almost 3 weeks with the OPPO N1, I have come to love what OPPO has done to add value to their devices via ColorOS and the good battery life. The rotating camera is also a very big selling point with it being able to take high quality photos at almost any given angle.Despite having apparent problems like limited storage and questionable loudspeaker placement, I think the N1 is well worth the RM1798 price tag; which is on-par with phablets of its class.
Want real smartphone camera innovation? Check out Oppo's N1
24 March 2014
Summary: With its swiveling camera mount and high tech specs, the Oppo N1 is easily today's most innovative smartphone that most people haven't heard of.
Pros: Its matte finish gives the Oppo N1 a more premium feel than its plastic chassis would suggest. The phone also has a great camera and strong battery life, and the swiveling camera is an innovative touch.
Cons: The N1 lacks a microSD card slot, is heavy, and has no LTE. Some will find its dimensions awkwardly large.
Summary: Oppo is one of the ever increasing batch of “nearly there” brands who have some nice hardware, pretty acceptable software. The Oppo N1 is a solid phone which looks great and feels nice in your hand, but can a phone that’s 6 months old with no LTE connectivity at $689 (16GB, Colour OS version of the device) stand up in the current generation of flagship devices?
Pros: Screen is genuinely outstanding, Monster battery, Great quality sound
Cons: Earpiece is too quiet in a noisy environment, Buttons are slim and often need a second press, Don’t sit down with it in your pocket
Excerpt: The Oppo N1 is back in our full review. The N1 packs a giant 5.9-inch full 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. There are actually two different versions of this monster: One running Android 4.2.2 with Oppo's custom Color OS user interface and another version that runs CyanogenMod out of the box.
Summary: Oppo is a Chinese-based handset manufacturer and a relatively new player in the international smartphone arena. While it has been manufacturing and releasing phones in China since 2012, it is only now starting to make waves internationally with the release of the N1, Oppo's 5.9-inch flagship smartphone, which was announced with a RRP of RM1,798 .
Pros: Excellent imaging quality, Swivel camera feature is unique; allows one to take selfie in full resolution, Able to flash different ROMs, Good battery life
Cons: No LTE connectivity, No expandable storage options, Even limited space for apps, Pricey
Summary: This time last year, the term “China Phone” was a deemed a rather derogatory one. The Chinese mobile phone company was a misunderstood underdog, more known for manufacturing the phone rather than producing handsets of their own. With the exception of a Meizu M9 or something from Huawei, China Phones were just not as desirable as a Samsung or a Sony in this day and age.