Today the Oppo N1 was delivered to us from Hong Kong and of course, we couldn’t wait to unwrap the CyanogenMod smartphone. With its 5.9-inch display, the first thing on everyone’s minds was that it’s a behemoth! Once we recovered from our initial impression, we tried it out and have for you now a short and sweet review of the Oppo N1 to give you a first taste.
Within the usually formed flat and square Oppo box, we uncovered a USB cable, a power cord, earbuds, the obligatory quick start guide and a SIM card eject. But that's not all: Oppo donated to every buyer the small Bluetooth remote control O-Click and Easy Cover protective casing.
Taking a look at the packaging, it quickly becomes clear that Oppo wants to give a premium feel to their customer. The white plastic box, in which the N1 and accessories is packed, is extremely stable and has silver accents. All cardboard boxes and cases in the package have a leather embossing and the silvery imprinted Oppo logo that shimmers as well. Unboxing aside, lets take a look at the Oppo N1.
The unit is very well made and is on par with the HTC One or Sony Xperia Z1. On the right side, you’ll find the buttons for power and volume which have precise pressure points and do not wobble. The combination of the matte white housing and aluminum frame gives the N1 a very high-class look and feel, but at the same time also somewhat cold and sterile.
A highlight is the rear camera with dual-LED flash. It triggers with 13 megapixels and can turn over to the front and therefore be used as a front camera as well. Initial fears that the camera would wobble and not be well made vanished after briefly trying it out. The rotation mechanism could be a bit heavier though. If the N1 is on the table and one grabs the phone from the top, the camera moves as a result.
With a size of 5.9 inches, the screen is huge for a smartphone. Colors are crisp, but not oversaturated. With a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 373 ppi), individual pixels cannot be made out with the naked eye. The IPS panel provides a stable viewing angle, no matter from which perspective, and the display is bright enough for comfortable viewing even outdoors.
The Oppo N1 runs Android 4.2.2 and the manufacturer UI ColorOS. Since the N1 is also known as the CyanogenMod smartphone, the popular custom ROM should be easy to install, but this has not been tested by us yet as we got the ColorOS version. ColorOS supports various themes which can be downloaded easily from the Internet and activated via the built-in theme manager. A Jelly Bean theme is already installed alongside the default theme.
The rotating camera on the Oppo N1 is not the only peculiarity. The back has a touch-sensitive area of 12 cm square. The technology, baptized "O-Touch", ensures that you can operate the N1 comfortably without having to touch the display. In a short test, the O-Touch was quite imprecise and operation was slightly cumbersome.
|Display||5.9-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 373 ppi, LCD, IPS Panel|
|System||Android 4.2.2 with ColorOS|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-Core, 1.7 GHz|
|Internal storage||16/32 GB|
|Connectivity||HSPA, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Camera||13 MP (back and front), Dual LED|
|Dimensions||170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm|
|Price||$599 (16 GB), $649 (32 GB) Availabe at the Oppo web store.|
Our first impression of the Oppo N1 has been very positive and due to its size alone it is immediately noticeable. Whether it can make the cut for everyday life will be shown later on in our more profound hands-on test.