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OPPO is a lesser-known phone brand in Singapore but it is growing in popularity. With the launch of the OPPO N3 last December, its presence is still rather insignificant and OPPO has a long way to go before it can win over the hearts of Android consumers who are pretty attached to branded names like Samsung, Sony, LG, and HTC.

A few weeks ago, we were given the opportunity to review the OPPO N3 and here is a summary of our user-experience with the OPPO N3.

Our Personal Opinion/Review about the OPPO N3

Featuring a powerful motorised rotation 16-Megapixel Schneider Optic Camera, there is everything to love about the OPPO N3 except the hefty price tag of SGD$849 and it is honestly very hard for us to determine if the OPPO N3 is going to be a worthy buy because there are many other comparable Android phones which is of a similar price range. For us, the one and only reason why we would even consider buying the OPPO N3 is the functionality of its camera.

With the automated rotatable camera, the OPPO N3’s camera has the ability to rotate 206 degrees and it is capable of taking pictures using its free-stop and multi-angle shooting features, a unique experience in mobile technology and mobile photography. The camera can also take impressive, wide-angle panoramic shots, such as cityscapes and the process of taking selfies is rather hassle-free.

Here are some photos which Jacqueline took with the OPPO N3.

Aesthetically, the OPPO N3 is pleasing to the eye though we have to admit that it can be quite a handful. The hollow underside design of the OPPO N3 houses the OPPO Skyline Notification Light 2.0 and we appreciate the gentle pulsating white illumination that notifies us of messages.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU, the OPPO N3 is packed with 32GB ROM, 2GB RAM, and it runs on the Color OS 2.0 platform.

Now, here’s the kick.

Though launching applications and playing games on the OPPO N3 is responsive and zippy, we dislike the fact that it runs on the Color OS 2.0 platform. Sure, there are a lot of useful features that allows for customisation but switching between applications is a nightmare because the application switcher can be quite sluggish at times!

Other than the sluggish switch of applications, the OPPO N3 is able to handle most tasks smoothly without any real cause for concern.

As for the battery life, we are quite satisfied that the OPPO N3 is able to handle our very demanding heavy usage which includes tons of web-browsing, snapping of photos, and multiple video streaming. It also helps with the fact that fast-charging is available on the OPPO N3 and it takes about half an hour to charge the phone to 70% battery level.

To buy or not to buy?

Seriously, this is quite a tough decision to make because if you are finding a good substitute for a portable compact camera that allows you to take high quality photos and yet have the functionality of a smartphone, the OPPO N3 might be the right choice for you but then again, for the price of SGD$849, there are other choices which may be better and more value-for-money.

We were invited to the media launch of the OPPO N1 sometime back and we were so mightily impressed with the innovative features of the smartphone that we even purchased it for our own personal usage.

With revolutionary features such as the world’s first rotatable in-phone camera, a unique O-touch rear panel, and the O-Click remote control; the OPPO N1 truly reminded all whom were present at the launch event, that innovation is not lost in the mobile smartphone industry.

Improving on current functional limitations, the main innovative feature of the OPPO N1 is the swivel camera that has a rotation range of 206°. As such, this will allow users to lock in position at any angle for the best selfie experience.

The OPPO N1 also comes with a special O-Touch panel at the back of the phone that offers the user a convenient one-handed operation. The panel allows the user to scroll, tap, or snap photos; without having the fingers blocking the screen. However, the O-Touch panel is sometimes not so intuitive and we feel that its responsiveness can be further improved upon.

Answering the common wish of mobile phone owners who always misplace their phones, the OPPO N1 introduces the first of its kind O-Click remote. With it, users will always be able to find their mobile phone with a simple touch of the O-Click where they can activate an alarm on their phone. The keychain-friendly device supports a range of up to 15 meters, staying connected with the phone via Bluetooth. The O-Click also allows the user to remotely operate the N1 camera.

What We Think Of The OPPO N1?

Needless to say, we really like the high quality photographs that the onboard 13-megapixels rotatable camera is able to capture and coupled with the O-Click remote, capturing group photos from a distance is no longer an issue and you can just snap photos with just a simple touch of the O-click.

Selfie taken using the OPPO N1 with the help of O Click

Selfie taken using the OPPO N1 with the help of O Click

Image taken using the OPPO N1

The OPPO N1 has no problems taking jump-shots too

Even when on the move, the picture that the OPPO N1 takes is still quite good.

The battery life of the OPPO N1 is pretty impressive as it was able to last us for 2 days on normal usage conditions which includes checking our Facebook Newsfeed, sending text messages, making phone calls, and browsing the Internet.

However, with all honesty, we feel that for the price of SGD$769, the OPPO N1 is quite a pricey smartphone; considering the fact that it has a small storage capacity of 16GB, no LTE connectivity, and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor.

If you are a photography buff, you might want to consider getting the OPPO N1. However, if you are expecting the smartphone to have the power and the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, you will definitely be in for a disappointment. Otherwise, we reckon that the OPPO N1 will be quite a popular choice with the ladies whom are contented with a phone that allows them to take nice selfies!