REVIEW: Oppo N1 in 2020 – Rotating Camera Android Smartphone!
We are taking a fun throwback, look at the Oppo n1 here in 2020, compared to some of our other retro reviews, which are focused on answering whether a phone is still worthwhile to consider as a device to use. This video is more meant as just a fun. Look back at a device that was really unusual and kind of a moment within the mobile electronics industry, just because Oppo phones are still pretty hard to come across in the United States are not super popular, even though it is very popular in China and in Asia. Where they are one of the market leaders, but a subsidiary of Oppo, which is one plus, is quite popular here in this states still, the n1 is a fascinating phone for a number of reasons. First of all, it was one of the first modern day smartphones to come with a swiveling cameras lens. Basically, you could rotate the rear camera and it suddenly becomes a high resolution, selfie cam, which is a pretty interesting design that we’ve also seen in the past. In the early days of the mobile space, with some Nokia phones, but again, this was one of the first times that we saw it on an Android device. Apple claims that this rotating mechanism is sturdy enough to last over a hundred thousand times aside from being camera. Centric and selfie centric, it is a phablet as well it’s, extremely large and that’s. The first thing that really hit me when revisiting this device, it’s a six inch display and then combined with the swiveling lens on the top.
It actually is quite a formidable size and then Oppo has always presented really good construction quality than one of the more premier brands within China for making smart phones and audio equipment. So the phone feels really hefty because they have crafted an aluminium trim on the outside edges, a little reminiscent of the Moto X series, so it feels quite expensive and heavy now if we do a size comparison again, this is a big phone, so even against devices Like a Samsung Galaxy Note, 5, you can see how the Oppo and one is still larger and then again stop O’s and slightly newer Oppo find 7, which is about the same as the oneplus one, another very classic and nostalgic phone for many. You can see that the n1 is also larger by pretty much the swiveling lens on the top. The third interesting point about this phone is the area on the back you’re. What they called Oh touch is essentially a touchpad which, just like on a laptop, allows you to slide between various screens, confirm and select things like a mouse and, more importantly, when you’re capturing images or taking selfies, you can long hold to focus and then capture an Image and made an analogous a little bit easier to use one handed on the very bottom: here we have a loudspeaker there’s, also a microUSB port for charging a standard 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. This is kind of the metal trim that was also painted a white.
The paint is starting to fade a little bit, but you can see the metal underneath definitely contributes the weight it’s a unibody phone, so the back is not removable and we do have kind of embedded antenna bands on the metal, which is what I said reminds me Of the Moto X series at least the second generation model. Now there is a volume rocker and also a power key located towards the middle of the phone, making it easier to hit. Now, as we boot up this phone in terms of other system specifications, we are talking about at the time a top of line. Snapdragon 600, which doesn’t mean the same as it does. Today, 600 series is kind of mid tier processors, but back then it was before. Actually Qualcomm had the Snapdragon 800 line, so this was the top of the line CPU its quad core, clocked at 1.7 gigahertz and then coupled with 2 gigabytes of RAM along with 16 or 32 gigs of built in storage. All pretty good for the time – and these are specs which are pretty similar to other flagship of its age, such as the original HTC one another. Pretty classic and nostalgic phone also has a Snapdragon 600 and two gigs of ram and the N one like the HTC One was among the first phones on the market that came with a full HD 1080p resolution screen, which is also very high resolution and still looks Quite good, although stretched across six inches, the PPI isn’t, quite as pin sharp or razor sharp, has some more modern day devices.
Turning over so the software’s had two things: the Oppo n1 came with color OS, which is a proprietary skin on top of the Android it’s. Pretty far from stock, but this is one area that hasn’t evolved too much and looks pretty familiar. If you’ve used a Oppo phone and then down below here we can access the app. So at least it was a little bit ahead of Huawei and Xiaomi at the time for giving us access to the universal app drawer, which many other Chinese OEMs back in 2014. Didn’T actually give us. There are a handful of bloatware apps if you’re picking up the Chinese version of the phone, but there was also in a locked version that came kind of free from some of these other apps. So here is kind of a side by side. Look next to the aforementioned Oppo find 7, so we have the 5.5 inch screen here. 6 inches. Here we get a rough idea of the difference between the two but still pretty similar, looking as well. The Snapdragon 600, just like in our throwback review of the HTC One, as we said still, is a pretty decent processor it’s, not going to be the most demanding in terms of handling gaming and anything to intensive anymore, but for simple navigation in the UI. It still does a decent job you can still get by and it hurts the bottom of the display. Would you have access to on screen navigational keys which are backlit, but they are quite dim, and that was one of the main cons that’s, that people pointed out at the time.
But you are able to access things like long holding for the multitasking and bring up clear up and ran things like that. You can also open up additional settings and we can see some of again the color OS optimizations, such as various transition effects. We can also choose different types of wallpapers. There are a few kind of classic ones from the manufacturer here, overall it’s, pretty simple and straight forwards. I can swipe down from the left side of the notification tray to access additional gestures, so you can use it to draw different things like, for instance, a square or a circle used to open various applications like the camera, for instance, and other apps, that you can Assign by using various different gestures over on the right side, if you drag down, you could also access some more typical things like notifications, turning on or off things like NFC there’s built in GPS, typical Wi, Fi, typical built in Bluetooth, so on so forth, we can Also turn on or off the O touch, which is that a for mention touch pad area so with it activated. I can now kind of swipe around the main screens using the back of the phone, which is a neat little trick and doesn’t make it less obtrusive. On the screen itself, so speaking of that camera system again, this one comes at 13 megapixels in 2020 standards, it’s, not really a standout anymore. It is a very much average.
In fact, lots of entry level mid. Tier phones will have very similar camera performance, but it’s really that rotating action that was unique. I would say that the n3 definitely has better camera performance, thanks about Schneider cruise, like optics that they have partnered with with. This is pretty simple and straightforward, although it does have HDR, and it does have pretty aggressive beauty modes that you can go through as a for mention taking image by saying various commands, video could be recorded up to full HD resolution and again it is a pretty Attractive looking overall UI, you can also change between the auto there’s, a night mode, a landscape portrait and a smart automatic mode. So you can see that as we do this there’s an animation as it pops up on screen of the camera, also flipping over since it’s. The same autofocus enabled camera. Of course, the quality in terms of the detail, as well as its software enhancements, are definitely more advanced than many phones even on the market today, especially compared to devices from 2014, although I believe the camera lacks. Oh is because of this functionality: you can definitely set it onto a stable spot, regardless of, if you’re indoors or outdoors and then kind of use, the oak click he instead to capture a shot or use the countdown timer. Some other benefits of having rotating camera system is it’s a little easier to capture panorama shots, so you can kind of rotate it slowly without kind of shaking your hand, you’re just using the motor here, basically to flip around and then capture a smoother panoramic stitch, which Is kind of cool as far as more specialty apps are concerned, we have a separate folder here just for security things like power management, there’s, also, a virus detection app which is kind of neat which scans, if there’s any kind of malicious files.
In terms of extension, name and whatnot, and tries to warn you a theme store that you can use to change the look of the phone, a pretty standard, mp3 player, the audio quality by the way off the Oppo n1 is very good. That is a tradition from pop. Oh, they used to be a audio manufacturer, but then they were very smart to try and expand their business going then into smart phones. Customization to this phone has been pretty intensive, including things like the clock, as you can see here, have all been updated and basically our proprietary versions of their stand utilities from Oppo now under tools. We are able to access things like a calculator which again has been changed from Oppo. That gives it a more slightly more kind of smartisan or iOS vibe. We also have things like accessing a flashlight, a torch for the LED lights. There is a built in compass, a backup to store tool as well. So all of these are pretty nice little additions to the software. As for other elements of the performance, including web browsing, we can see that it is slowed in the mobile version of the site and it’s awfully taking a little bit longer compared to say a flagship phone from today with a Snapdragon 800 series. For example, there is a bit of a difference here. Certain elements are still not fully loaded. However, the verge is a pretty complex site, so there’s lots of elements to low like videos and ads, and you can see here that for the most part that would still quite smooth in terms of scrolling, it does feel pretty responsive and after waiting a split.
Second longer everything is slowly coming on let’s, try something like Amazon and see how it fares, something with slightly less ads and videos. It actually loads still pretty quickly so definitely very much usable performance here I think it’s still going to be in line with certain entry level chipsets from snap dragon, like the 400 series or certain media tech ships we’re still getting decent enough experience just for casual use. As you can see here, web browsing not too many problems. Surprisingly, we can also jump into say YouTube. Video playback. Is this also going to be a good opportunity to take a closer look at what these speakers sound, like Music, Music, pretty loud and for a mono unit, it’s again that doesn’t distort too much either mids and treble Zeus on alright basis a little bit lacking before Our phone speaker, especially considering its age, I definitely think it’s above average and perfectly usable you can always plug in headphones for a better listening experience or use wireless Bluetooth. So that’s Marlys it as far as our revisited review of the Oppo n1. Again, a pretty interesting phone from Oppo at the time they were kind of just starting out. It was one of their first devices that took photography more seriously, giving us a pretty novel, swiveling camera form factor, swiveling lenses and different ways of implementing the camera is again something that has become important. As manufacturers tried to shrink the bezels on their devices closer and closer to being truly fullscreen, and it was interesting to see an early implementation of that, but primarily serving as giving better selfie quality because of the use of the rear camera lens the system.