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A cameraphone that puts selfies first

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While most other manufacturers have stuck with the form factor, Oppo has taken the extra effort to craft a high-end swivel cam, instead of just drilling an extra hole for a fixed secondary camera. Sure, there are now many phones with satisfactory front-facing cameras, but the versatility of a swivel camera adds so much more fun to mobile photography. We never thought we'd end up taking so many group selfies using the N1, but the extra clarity and remote shutter make a big difference. And of course, Oppo's build quality and software innovations are just as reassuring.

Still, the N1 seems to have rolled off the production line before the engineers could finish tuning the swivel camera. On the bright side, with the exception of the O-Touch trackpad's awkward position, there's nothing a software update can't fix here: The camera just needs a faster shutter speed, an improved HDR mode, better white balance for red backgrounds and better video quality. Given Oppo's commitment to fixing bugs in the past, we can safely recommend the N1 to anyone who's seeking the best smartphone for the highest-quality selfies; and Android purists will also appreciate the bonus option to switch to CyanogenMod.

Critic reviews

8.2
6 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    6.9
  • Display
    8.3
  • Battery life
    9.2
  • Camera
    8.7
  • Ease of use
    7.1
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.9
  • Media support
    7.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

7.0
2 reviews
8.0
Engadget Feb 21, 2014

The Oppo N1 is a bold, yet fun phone with the noble goal of solving the selfie problem. Unfortunately, its camera is still a few updates away from perfection.

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8.0
CNET Dec 23, 2013

With its swiveling camera mount and high tech specs, the Oppo N1 is easily today's most innovative smartphone that most people haven't heard of.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 17, 2014

From restaurants, to casinos, to conferences - the Oppo N1 caught peoples’ eyes and stood out as the different, alternative phone that it genuinely is. Now that doesn’t make it an instant success, but it goes a step in pointing out how the leftfield can be more interesting than the norm.

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8.0
phoneArena Nov 18, 2013

If you are eyeing a 6-incher like the Oppo N1, you are probably aware how uncomfortable to operate with one hand or even carry around such a phone would be. That being said, it is a very well-made device, with solid build, good looks, and flagship specs.

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8.0
TechRadar Mar 10, 2014

It's a solid, thin and powerful phone with a great camera. And most importantly, the Oppo N1 beats the opposition in terms of price.

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8.0
What Hi-Fi Apr 23, 2014

It’s a shame, because the N1 surprised us as one of the strongest performers in many areas. But when getting hold of one isn’t easy either – you have to go online and buy it SIM-free – we have to dock it a star, despite a valiant effort from a very promising brand.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 23, 2013

Given the brief hands-on time, we couldn't go through every single feature in Oppo's new ColorOS ROM, but it's definitely worth mentioning at least one that caught our attention: you can draw shapes to toggle specific apps or actions (which can be customized, too).

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Pocket-Lint Sep 23, 2013

Realistically this is an Asian phone for the Asian market, in part ColorOS sees to that. But when it does arrive in the UK, dressed in white, this December the one thing that could truly elevate it to the point of serious interest is price.

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PC World Australia Sep 24, 2013

Little-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has just announced its latest flagship Android smartphone, the N1. It features the "world's first rotating smartphone camera", has a full HD, 5.9in display, and comes with an "O-Touch" panel on the rear.

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GSM Arena Sep 23, 2013

One of the most impressive features on the Oppo N1 is actually an old one – the camera can be rotated to point towards the front as well as the back. We haven’t seen such a design in quite a while. The camera has 13MP resolution, a dual-LED flash and a custom ISP.

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Android Authority Sep 26, 2013

The Oppo N1 is an extremely interesting device that stands out in the Android crowd. The swiveling camera, the gesture control, CyanogenMod as an option, they are all unique propositions adding value to an already good Android flagship.

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Phandroid Nov 9, 2013

The N1 from Chinese based Oppo looks to bring innovation back to the mobile phone scene. The N1 boasts a gorgeous display, a high quality and very unique camera, as well as other unique features such as gesture controls.

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Android Police Sep 26, 2013

My overall impression? The N1 is certainly a very interesting phone, though its size and weight definitely puts it in a niche class alongside phones like the Xperia Z Ultra and Galaxy Mega 6.3, phones so large that even big-phone enthusiasts like myself have a hard time pocketing them.

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Geek.com Nov 11, 2013

The Oppo N1 is their flagship phone with a major push towards unique hardware. The two things you’ll notice outside of the sheer height of the device is the touch panel on the back and the rotating camera that offers a single powerful sensor for rear and front facing photos.

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5.0
adityan adityan

It has all the trappings of a cheap Chinese stuff. The box is nice and impressive; not the phone. If you already have a smartphone, there is no reason to switch to switch to a Oppo, whatsoever..

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9.0
alucardnos alucardnos

its a superb phablet (not a phone at this size, not for me at least), that has many innovations. it might not have the latest hardware on the market but that doesn't make it less powerful. i haven't used colorOS much... i just took a look and then flashed cyanogenmod. i really love the camera and...

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