Oppo N1 Review: All about The giant CyanogenMod smartphone

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Chinese manufacturer OPPO’s latest big flagship phone, N1 is the first phone to be available with two types of Android options: Oppo’s Color OS or CyanogenMod.

Oppo has gradually received a reputation among Android fans for delivering high-end specs, software flexibility, and value. Its latest smartphone, the N1 is now available for purchase in the U.S. and Europe at $599 and €449 for the 16GB model – at $649 and €479 for the 32GB model, respectively. Oppo N1 features a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. Powering the handset is a huge 3,610mAh battery. Hopefully, you like White color, as it is the particular color offered. The focus of the device is on theme of “Photography”. Just go ahead to know all about the giant CyanogenMod smartphone – Oppo N1.

Oppo's First Cyanogen-Modded Smartphone

Oppo N1 has two standout features – a 13-megapixel camera on the back, which rotate up to 206 degrees so you can use it as a front camera, and the option to come preinstalled with the well-known Android version CyanogenMod. Users of this smartphone can select between Oppo’s skinned version of Android, CyanogenMod, or both. On this smartphone, you’ll be grateful for the convenience of the scrolling Web pages by sliding your finger down the back touch-enabled rear, or rotating 13-megapixel camera that you can flip over to take a high-res selfie.

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Design and Display:

The Oppo N1 is a big phone, having 5.9-inch display that boasts an extremely competitive 1080×1920 pixel resolution (373 pixels per inch). It sports a wonderful display whether you’re browsing the Web, viewing a movie or playing games, delivering sharp, detailed pictures for your eyeballs to get lost in. With dimensions of 6.72 x 3.25 x 0.35” (170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm), it is taller than phablets like Galaxy Mega 6.3, Lumia 1520 and HTC One max, however it is narrower than Samsung’s phone, so at least holding it is rather possible.

The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 3, the panel is of average brightness and reflectivity, while viewing angles are what we’d imagine from an IPS display, means excellent – both the vertical and horizontal ones. The build is really sturdy, in Oppo’s well-known unibody polycarbonate practice, with a two chanfered metal rims around the sides and the camera swivel. Moreover, the swivel includes the earpiece, ambient light also proximity sensors, so if someone calls you while doing a selfie, you’ve got to turn the earpiece half around and then talk. If you put the highest brightness setting on the phone, then it performs well in a broad range of lighting situations.

On the right side of the phone, there is a volume rocker, which is easy to find and press, with excellent tactile feedback. It is placed just right on the gargantuan body. The power/lock key above it is very small and flush with the surface to be comfortably felt and pushed without seeing; also it feels wobbly under your fingertip. On the other hand (left side), there is a micro SIM card tray that can be ejected with the particular tool available in the box. You are able to navigate the interface with three responsive capacitive keys located in the thick black bezel, below the display part. The rest is put at the bottom including a speaker grill, a microUSB port, an audio jack, and microphone.

Color OS or CyanogenMod

Color OS is OPPO’s unique take on Android, which supports touchscreen gestures like using a 3 finger swipe to open the camera. As well, there is a touch-sensitive area on the back of the device that you can use to control different apps. For instance, you might skip tracks while using a media player by swiping the back of the handset. Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is considered to boost performance and dependability while providing a range of features & enhancements. The CyanogenMod software seems much like the stock version of Android you’d get on a Nexus handset; however it has more customization options, performance tweaks, and some custom apps.

Unlike other smartphones in the market, there will be a limited edition version of the Oppo N1 coming with CyanogenMod installed. Moreover, you can install CyanogenMod on the phones loaded with Color OS if you want.

O-Click accessory

Bundled with the handset is an O-Click Bluetooth remote control accessory. It serves two purposes – when connected to the N1, it acts as a remote shutter button for the camera and secondly, beeps loudly if your handset goes out of the range. You can use these features with the dedicated O-Click app, which even serves as the starting point of contact with the accessory.

Performance and battery

The N1 runs on a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Whether you’re running Color OS or CyanogenMod, the phone is silky smooth, with speedy load times and easy multi-tasking. The handset provides outstanding stamina because of the consistent 3,610 mAh battery hidden inside. Unless you’re actively using this handset for hours on end, this huge power pack will take you through a day – possibly also a weekend at a push – without hitting the red.

Camera

The rotatable F2.0 13-megapixel camera is fabulous. It swivels around to allow you capture self-portraits, even features a built-in image signal processor Oppo calls Pure Image. The dual LED flash is positioned next to the lens, which means its flipped around too and you can even use it to light up your face (if you can stand the glare) for that self-portrait. Images are sharp with natural colors and an appropriate amount of contrast. According to Oppo, the N1 is the first Android phone to feature 6 lenses, just like the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Key features and technical specs of Oppo N1:

Display

  • Size – 5.9-inch
  • Resolution – 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 377 PPI
  • Type – IPS
  • Colors – 16 million colors
  • Touchscreen – Multi-touch, capacitive screen, Gorilla Glass 3

O-Touch

  • Slide up or down, left or right, tap, double tap and long press for different functionality

Basic parameters

  • Dimensions – 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm
  • Weight – 213 g
  • Operating system – Color, based on Android 4.2
  • Processor – 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core
  • GPU – Adreno 320
  • RAM – 2 GB
  • Storage – 16/32 GB
  • Battery capacity – 3610 mAh
  • Color – White
  • Sensors
    • Distance sensor
    • Light sensor
    • G-sensor
    • 4D Gyroscope

Camera

  • Sensor – 13-megapixel sensor with dedicated ISP
  • Flash – Dual-mode LED
  • Aperture – f/2.0
  • Scene modes – Normal, Panorama, High Speed, Rewind, Beautify, and Slow Shutter

Connectivity

  • Frequencies
    • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    • WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
  • Other
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
    • Wi-Fi Direct
    • Wi-Fi Display
    • USB OTG
    • GPS
    • NFC

In the box:

  • OPPO N1
  • Charger
  • O-Click Bluetooth Remote Control
  • In-ear type earphones
  • Micro USB cable
  • SIM ejector tool

Major drawbacks:

  • Non user-replaceable battery
  • Non expandable storage
  • No LTE
  • Snapdragon 600 is no longer flagship-grade
  • Hefty and large device, almost not possible to run single-handedly

Oppo N1 review video from youtube:

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