Oppo N1 unboxing and first impressions

November 14, 2013
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As soon as we got the Oppo N1 on our test bench, we were eager to put it through its paces and document everything in a review. But an unboxing was in order first, so we did just that. Here are our first impressions.

The N1 comes with a handy little accessory called O-click. If you know the HTC Fetch, the O-click is just like that: a Bluetooth fob you can attach to your keys or even slip into your wallet, that you can use to remotely ring your phone or even as a camera remote. It also works the other way – you can make it ring from a distance, a boon for absent-minded users. Also, for what is worth, the O-Click looks and feels sleek, unlike HTC’s gadget.

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Moving on, popping up the cover of the immaculate retail packaging of the Oppo N1 reveals the great white beast of a phone we’ve been waiting for. Indeed, this is not a phone for one-hand operators, even though Oppo tried to make it a bit more maneuverable with the touchpad on the back. With dimensions rivaling the Xperia Z Ultra, the N1 is squarely a device meant for two-handed usage.

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Adding width to the 5.9-inch display, the bottom bezel hosts three capacitive buttons, while the upper portion of the phone is home to the N1’s unique swiveling camera module. There’s no front camera on this device – instead, selfie lovers can simply rotate the camera to the front and enjoy a much better experience. It’s a neat little trick that will probably come in handy at least occasionally for most users.

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The ceramic-like coating of the N1 gives it a luxurious feeling in hand, matching the overall elegant esthetic of the phone. On the back, in the area where your index finger would rest if you used the phone with one hand, the O-touch touchpad lets you swipe through screens and accomplish other similar tasks without touching the screen.

More about the Oppo N1 and its Color OS operating system in the full review, coming soon here and our YouTube channel. Is there anything in particular you’d like us to focus on? Tell us in the comments.

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