Last December, Oppo Electronics released the Oppo N1, a high-end android smartphone. Most consumers are probably thinking, “We don’t really need a new smartphone to add to the ever-growing list of smartphones in the market,” but maybe we shouldn’t write off the Oppo N1 just yet. While it is true that most Android devices lack variety, the Oppo N1 has showcased some unique features that set in apart from your average Android smartphone.
While most smartphones nowadays come with two cameras, one with high specs at the back and one with a lower megapixel in front, the Oppo N1 just features on 13-megapixel rotating camera with a dual LED flash. No longer will you have to worry about looking dark and pixelated in your next selfie or skype call. Oppo Electronics claims the swivel camera has been tested for 100,000 rotations allowing you to capture some pictures at interesting perspectives.
Another interesting innovation of the Oppo N1 is the rear touchpad called the O-touch, which allows you to scroll, capture photos with one hand, and performs similar gestures. The O-Touch touchpad is a 12-square-centimer located just below the Oppo logo at the back of the phone.
The Oppo N1 also comes with a small device called the O-Click, which functions like a remote for the phone. The O-Click connects to the phone over Bluetooth 4.0 and acts as a remote camera shutter button, a phone locator, and an alarm to tell you if your phone has gone of range. If your camera is open, you can use the O-Click to snap a group selfie easily. When you move too far away from the phone, the O-Click will begin to beep loudly alerting you that you have perhaps left your phone behind or someone has taken it. It is advertised to work from up to 15 meters.
Although the Oppo N1 OS is based Android 4.2, it features its own new OS called Color OS, which has a new overlay and intuitive gestures. For those who do not want to use Color US, they have the option of loading an Oppo N1 compatible version of CyanogenMod, the open source custom version of Android. Google has approved the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod phone after it passed Google’s compatibility test suite gauntlet, meaning it will get the Google Play Store to install apps. Aside from the downloadable apps, Color OS comes with its own set of essential apps such as Calendar, Compass, Email, Gallery, Files, Music, Notes, Recorder, Weather, and a user manual. Some interesting extras were a Data Monitor and Data Saving app, which allows you to keep track of your data usage, an App Encryption and Holiday Mode, which only alerts you of calls and messages from a list of selected contacts, and a Guest Mode for when you lend your phone to your friends momentarily. The O-Cloud app also proved you with 5GB of cloud storage backup.
The Oppo N1’s specs include a 1.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, quad-band #G, Wi-Fi Display and Direct, NFC FLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 32GB of internal Storage, a 2GB RAM, and an impressive 3,610mAh battery. The screen size is 5.9 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. In product tests and reviews, performance of the N1 was smooth and the battery lasted a day and a half with moderate to heavy use.
Despite those features, many reviewers and initial users have reported quite a lot of bugs. Oppo Electronics however has taken note of the bugs and has committed to fixing it with simple updates in the new future. The Oppo N1 has proved itself as unique and innovative, but perhaps the least attractive feature of the Oppo N1 is the price tag, set at a retail price of $599 in the US. It’s hard to justify the large price tag when Oppo Electronics is a relatively new company to the smartphone game especially when you can get a phone/tablet like the Galaxy Note 3 from an established company such as Samsung for just a slightly larger price tag.