Bigger is better.
Oppo somehow became one of the main choices for smartphones after it has released several models that received positive feedback from users. The Oppo N1 revolutionized the way a camera phone is made since it uses a rotating camera lens that would enable one camera to take images at the rear or at the front. They’ve followed it up with the N3 that now features a motorized rotating camera – but is it worth spending money on? Let’s find out.
Design and Specifications
At almost 200 grams, the Oppo N3 is a heavyweight when compared to the iPhone 6, HTC One M9 or the Samsung Galaxy S6. Despite that, the built quality is solid and it feels great on the hands.
The Oppo N3 has ports and buttons kept at a minimum, with the volume rockers and the power button located on the sides along with the micro USB port used for charging and data transfers.
This smartphone also supports dual SIM cards (Nano SIM and Micro SIM) and also includes a fingerprint sensor placed below the camera at the rear part of the device that can be used to unlock the smartphone or be utilized by apps to authenticate purchases.
Inside is where the Oppo N3 shines. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and comes with 2 GB of RAM. It includes a micro SD card slot (maximum 128 GB) to expand the 32 GB internal storage. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC are also present.
The screen on the Oppo N3 comes in at 5.5-inches and supports a full HD 1080p resolution. The screen delivers great colors, with images looking crisp along with text looking sharp on the display.
It runs ColorOS, a customized version of Android based on the 4.4.4 KitKat operating system. No word if and when a Lollipop-based update will arrive.
Probably the main highlight of the Oppo N3 is the motorized rotating camera lens. It comes in at 16 megapixels and supports a dual LED flash. The best bit about the camera is that it can automatically rotate and tilt as you run your finger across the screen. It also includes an automatic panorama function that lets you take panoramic shots automatically with the smartphone.
Images taken with the phone’s camera look great thanks to the Schneider Kreuznach optics inside. The camera shines on daylight shots while macro shots also stand out.
The Oppo N3 blazed through the apps and other stuff that we have installed on the smartphone. Games and other apps ran smoothly without any hiccups.
Calls made though the smartphone are clean and crisp, with the internal speakers also being extra loud, which can be both a good and a bad thing.
The 3000 mAh non-removable battery delivers an all-day performance, at par with most current smartphones on the market. On an average day, I managed to use the smartphone from 8 am to about 7.30 pm before I started looking for the charger.
Speaking of chargers, the Oppo N3 also supports the company’s VOOC Rapid Charging technology that lets you charge the smartphone to 75 percent capacity in only 30 minutes.
The Oppo N3 will set you back 2399 AED, which is still cheaper than current flagships like the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 or the HTC One M9. Still, the Oppo N3 has a lot going on with it: decent camera, fast performance and good battery life. I’m just wary of the motorized camera and how durable it actually is in the long run. Still, Oppo has designed a smartphone that’s not afraid to go head to head with other smartphones on the market.