Smartphones are getting better and better cameras all the time. This doesn’t mean, of course, that there are other features that perhaps you should put first, but if you use your smartphone primarily to take snapshots, you might want to take a look at the Oppo N1. Even if you do have to import it from China.
A Camera With A Smartphone Attached
Let’s start with what’s clearly the centerpiece of the Oppo N1; the camera. First of all, it’s a 13 megapixel sensor, which is a pretty high amount of pixels even with constantly improving smartphone technology. And that’s both for the front and for the back; yep, you get two. But there’s more to it than just that: The camera, on top of the phablet, has a 206 degree range of motion, so you can take flawless selfies with fewer awkward angles. It even offers a clever touch that you don’t generally get right out of the box, a long exposure feature that lets you mess around a little bit.
And The Rest
Beyond that, it’s fairly standard, although it is impressively high end relative to the size of the company. There’s a 5.9 inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, and, alas, a proprietary OS in the form of ColorOS, although CyanogenMod is supported as well.
Worth The Shipping?
This will be roughly $570 or so at launch in October, but should you have one shipped over? That’s a tough call. It’s undeniably a pretty neat system, at least in terms of on-the-go imaging, but it might also be cheaper and more convenient to either buy a good point-and-shoot or just get a camera with a better sensor. Also, Apple has a pretty compelling argument for buying the iPhone 5S in terms of imaging toys with its slow motion feature. But if you like cameras and phablets, this might be your chocolate and peanut butter.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.