Oppo N1 – (Return to Innovation) Review

In year 2013 CyanogenMod debut as a company with its own employees, ideas and its own product and OPPO N1 is the result of its first real partnership with the company called Oppo. This is very big phone which comes with something you will not expect in smartphones. I t is very interesting device with all quirks and that’s what we like to look through. Let’s start with its design

Hardware and Design

First thing that is noticed about Cyanogenmod is its huge size. It’s really difficult to give you idea how exactly it take a space in your hand but telling you exactly it is 6.75inches tall, 3.25 inches wide, 9 mm thick with 5.9 inches display. It is all around bezel from top to bottom which make it looks bigger than the mobiles of same screen size. Talking about its weight this is slightly heavy. It weighs 213 grams and if you are going to use it with one hand it will feel bit heavy.
One of the stunning design feature of OPPO N1 is its rotating camera. You just have to rotate it to make it front face or back face cam. The dual LED flash is located next to the lens which means it flipped around as well so you can use it to light up your view.

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The full metal aluminum alloy frame makes it ultimate craftsmanship device. The phone body is made with a smooth, delicate material for a ceramic like elegance, designed to keep your device free of fingerprints and eternally soft to touch.

Buttons and Ports: As the phone is so big that all the song buttons and ports are place on the right hand side and bottom. Power button is on the right hand side in the middle and the volume rocker is just below it which makes it easy to use. On the bottom it has headphone jack, USB port (for charging and data) and speakers which are very strong.

Battery: Battery capacity is 3610 m AH. It longs for very really long time. You can go to weekends without taking charger.


Looking to the specs inside it is trucking a 1.7 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core processor, adreno 320  GPU, 2 GB RAM and 4 sensors (Distance sensor, Light sensor,G-sensor,4D Gyroscope)


Touch screen with 5.9 inch display of 1080p Full HD display will obviously give you enjoyable view. Colors were vivid and there were no color shift issues even when using the phone at awkward angles.

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Manufacturers of OPPO N1 come with the slogan “return to innovation” and it suits well as it comes with some unique hardware features that were never introduced in smartphones before.

1) Camera

Oppo is the first one in the world to release a 13-megapixel camera of this kind in smartphones. It is a manually rotating back facing shooter or you can flip around to become front facing selfie cam. Like any camera, the N1 is equipped with a flash to light up dark scenes and one of the exciting feature is that it is the fastest starting camera as it boot in 0.6 seconds so that you can never miss a beat.
Everything about this camera is good except its moving part because moving parts in any device tends to be breaking point. But not to worry! Manufacturer’s gives guarantee for 100,000 rotations which means a lot of years.
With this camera you can take high quality pictures of 4128×3096 pixels and make 1080p videos of your loved ones @30fps.

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O Touch Panel

O touch is entirely a new way of using smartphone. Actually there is a small square sensitive area at back of 1.5 inches called O touch. It acts as a mini touch pad on the back and let you scroll through Apps, browser, snap photos, tap and click things like this. Though right now it has limited capabilities but it is all round a new feature.

2) o Click Control

O-Click lets you remotely operate the N1 camera even when you’re away from the device. Simply position the N1 and step back to include everything you want to capture. If you misplace your device, find it by setting off an alarm on the phone. O-Click fits on your keychain and supports a range of up to 15 meters, staying connected to your OPPO N1 via Bluetooth (BLE).

Oppo N1 in Use

Few features in CyanogenMod settings are specifically made for this device which make it easier to use like the notification pull down feature. There is left side swipe for notifications, right side swipe for quick settings. Also there are settings to control the capacitive menu. Other features as home and back buttons are on the bottom of the phone, how long back lights stay on etc and just things like that make its use enjoyable


It is certainly the best phone for people who loves big screen smart phones, Its special features like camera flexibility which enables to take pictures and make videos of selfie in HD quality without flipping the sides of your phone, O Click Control makes it even more attractive for users.

Only down side of this phone is its little high price which is 599 USD in United States but if you are the fan of CyanogenMod and can afford this phone then definitely give it a try.

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