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The Oppo N1 isn't a phone you'd expect to see sold in markets like the United States. It's eccentric and, frankly, kind of weird. A rear touchpad panel? A swiveling camera? A 5.9" display? Official CyanogenMod support from the factory? It has "niche" written all over it (not literally, but that would be kind of funny, I suppose). As such, the N1's appeal in western markets is likely to be limited to the enthusiast audience, an audience Android Police has long entertained.

The Oppo N1 is, indeed, the first smartphone ever to be sold with CyanogenMod pre-installed as an option. The CyanogenMod edition of the N1 went on sale Christmas Eve, and while it looks no different from its skinned counterpart, marks a huge milestone in the custom ROM saga, a veritable "first" in the industry.

For that, I give huge credit to Cyanogen Inc. - what they've accomplished is legitimately impressive. They've passed Google's CTS / CDD testing, and will be shipping not just the first phone with factory support for a custom ROM, but a custom ROM licensed for Google Apps usage, including the Play Store. No one else has done this before, and for that first, the CyanogenMod team deserves a communal pat on the back. It's a big deal, not just for them, but for the custom software community at large. Good job, guys.

But, I'm here to review a phone, not wax poetic about the achievements of Team Douche.

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To be honest, I've had a hard time really liking the N1, as opposed to just being able to live with it. I think CyanogenMod would have been better off debuting on the company's earlier release, the Find 5. From a hardware perspective, it's a simpler, more wide-appeal kind of handset. And given its age, Oppo probably could have given the CM version a fairly steep discount. The N1 just doesn't feel right as the sort of phone I'd want to use every day, and for a multitude of reasons. With that said, let's get down to brass tacks.

Oppo N1: Specifications
  • Price: $599 unlocked in the US ($649 for 32GB model)
  • Processor: 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Network compatibility: Penta-band HSPA+
  • Operating system: CyanogenMod (based on Android 4.3)
  • Display: 5.9" IPS-LCD 1920x1080 (373 DPI)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 16 or 32GB internal storage
  • Cameras: 13MP rear with swivel action
  • Battery: 3610mAh, non-removable
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi A/B/G/N, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports / expandable storage: MicroUSB / none
  • Thickness: 9mm
  • Weight: 213g

The Good
  • CyanogenMod on the N1 is, for me, vastly better than Oppo's own skin. It looks pretty much like stock Android, has a few neat features, and makes using the N1 a lot more bearable.
  • Battery life seems pretty outstanding, by and large.
  • The display is quite nice - great viewing angles, extremely sharp, and solid color reproduction. There seems to have been no expense spared in providing an excellent visual experience on the N1.
  • The rotating camera is legitimately nifty, if you can find a use for it. There really aren't any drawbacks to it, either, aside from needing to rotate it if you want a front-facing shot.
  • It feels like a very solid, well-built phone. I'd hope so, since the thing weighs nearly half a pound.

The Not So Good
  • The amount of time it takes the display to warm up before turning on is regrettable. I've not seen a device with such a bad case of this issue since Samsung's early Super AMOLED displays. It is legitimately annoying.
  • The capacitive touch navigation buttons have extremely slow response time, inadequate haptic feedback, poor backlighting, and small touch targets. They simply suck. There is nothing nice to say about them, and it makes using the phone maddening at times.
  • Latency on the touchscreen seems slightly higher than I'm used to, which can make interacting with the N1 feel awkward, but this may just be software lag - I'm not sure.
  • The rear touchpad is totally useless - inaccurate, lame functionality, difficult to use. I'm not sure what Oppo's engineers were thinking, it's such a half-baked idea.
  • No LTE on a device that costs $600. In winter of 2013. I'm sorry, but being in the US at least, where all 4 big carriers have LTE at this point, buying the N1 just doesn't make sense unless you're a diehard CM fan.

Hardware

Design and build quality

The N1 continues on in Oppo's admittedly still-young design tradition: long, clean lines with little chrome or other visual fuss. If I had to compare it a piece of furniture, the N1 is the white cloth-covered couch with stainless steel legs you'd find at Ikea. It is unapologetically modern and minimalist. While it doesn't have the sharp edges or flashy aluminum of the HTC One, it also doesn't have the flimsy-yet-familiar feel of, say, Samsung's Galaxy S4. It's somewhere right in the middle - which is probably a good thing. The N1 is a decidedly inoffensive object from an aesthetic perspective, and apart from its size, most people I've spoken to like the look of it.

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Build quality seems to borrow from the Nokia school of industrial design, in that the N1 feels decidedly dense and solid in your hand. Like the Find 5, while the outside of the N1 is matte polycarbonate (plastic), the innards are supported by a steel frame, lending weight that, while not unexpected, is definitely more noticeable than what you'll get in something like the Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Mega 6.3. Oppo definitely did not endeavor to make the N1 light, as the phone weighs in at a hefty 7.5 ounces, nearly half a pound. To put that into perspective, two N1s weigh more than an entire Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, and nearly as much as an iPad Air. And despite having a display a full half-inch smaller, the N1 actually weighs just a hair more than the gargantuan Xperia Z Ultra.

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The N1's mass will not be a concern for some buyers, obviously, but I personally tend to look at very heavy phones as "gravity waiting to happen." I can't recall dropping the N1 since receiving it, but I've had my share of close calls, and momentum makes for a cruel mistress when phone meets pavement.

The quality of the polycarbonate casing on the N1 seems high, though - like my old HTC One X - it does suffer to an extent from discoloration the more time it spends in your hand or your pocket. I suspect a judicious application of Simple Green and a little scrubbing could get it looking pretty good again, though I obviously can't speak to just how the N1 will patina over a period of one or two years as opposed to the month I've had it.

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The hardware buttons on the N1 are pretty typical, with the kind of nice clicky action that I enjoy. The volume rocker could be a bit wider and longer, though, as when I'm taking the phone out of my pocket and attempting to turn on the display without looking, or half-looking, I often end up poking at the volume a few times before I realize the error of my ways.

The speaker, microUSB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack are positioned quite cozily along the bottom of the N1, which makes for a nice visual presentation, though I imagine a headphone with a larger-than-average connector might block the microUSB port enough such that it couldn't be used at the same time (I found this to be the case when plugging in my Grados).

The other piece of hardware that prospective N1 buyers would likely be curious about is the rotating camera module. When I spoke to Oppo about the technology used to allow the camera to rotate freely (a total of 270 degrees), they claimed stress testing had shown the mechanism and cables would endure up to 100,000 complete rotations before failing. That's almost definitely more than enough, assuming you aren't sitting around twisting it all day whenever your hands are free (admittedly, this would be an easy habit to fall into).

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The action on the hinge is pretty stiff, a bit stiffer than I might personally like, but once you get the hang of it it isn't very difficult. To be doubly clear, there is no motor involved here - the hinge is completely manual - so dash any hopes you have of ultra-smooth swiveling videos, as the stiffness of the hinge introduces some inherent jerkiness when you're rotating the camera.

The only other physically noteworthy aspect of the N1 would be the touchpad on the back. The touchpad is very, very vaguely outlined with some dashed lines, and a small touch graphic in the center of the pad, apparently to make it easier to feel out. It doesn't really help in that respect, I found.

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This was the only way I could get the dashed lines to expose - look closely for the border.

Display

The N1's display is excellent. The Find 5 also had a top-notch 1080p LCD, and it seems Oppo is putting a priority on the screen experience in all its high-end phones. Colors are well-balanced, brightness is commendable, viewing angles are as good as anything you'll see, and of course sharpness is on par with any other 1080p display of comparable size.

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All of this is very good news for a very big phone - what's the point of a 5.9" screen if it's got all the vibrant qualities of a concrete bunker?

I will say the display takes too long to power on, though. If the phone has been sitting turned off more than 5 minutes, the warm-up time for the LCD is just long enough to be annoying, sort of like Samsung's old Super AMOLED displays. It's not the end of the world, but it does get aggravating when it causes you to press the power button twice in mistake when the display is actually just taking a moment to turn on.

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My review unit also seems to have something of a quirk, in the form of what looks to be pressure damage on the panel in the lower-right corner of the screen. Press anywhere in the region, and a liquid-like artifact appears on the screen in the affected spot. It's probably just a one-off panel defect, but I figured it was worth pointing out.

Battery life

I've spent quite a lot of time with the N1 using CyanogenMod, and the for the most part battery life has been excellent. One would hope so, however, given that Oppo has managed to stuff 3610mAh worth of lithium ions inside the N1, giving it one of the largest batteries on any smartphone currently available.

As such, I found I could quite reliably get 2 full days (48 hours plus) of moderate usage from the N1 if I was on Wi-Fi for at least a few hours each day. I doubt the N1 will leave all but the true phone addicts wanting for staying power, though obviously it will not satisfy everyone. That said, I've not used a phone with battery life like this since I tested the DROID MAXX. CyanogenMod probably helps out here, too, of course.

Storage, wireless, and call quality

The N1 ships in one of two storage capacities - 16GB and 32GB. Oddly, on my review phone this is partitioned in the rather annoying style that used to be prevalent on Samsung handsets, with an "internal storage" partition and an "SD card" partition. Only the internal storage partition can be used for apps, and that partition is only 3GB in size. I'm uncertain as to what exactly is going on there.

Wireless performance on the N1 has generally been solid, though I am running a pre-release build of CM on this phone so I am hesitant to give too detailed an account of any such troubles I've had, as they may be fixed in the newly-released retail build. That said, I've had a few issues with mobile data connectivity dropping on occasion, but it's been a fairly rare occurrence. Again, this could just be a bug in the build I'm running.

Call quality on the N1 has been OK, though I've found the proximity sensor for the screen is not reliable enough during voice calls - I'm constantly accidentally face-dialing somebody in a conversation, and have accidentally hung up a couple of times.

Audio and speaker

Headphone audio has been typically excellent from the N1, with no issues to report on that front. The bottom-firing external speaker is reasonably loud, but still doesn't really stack up against even the one found in the Galaxy S4 for sheer volume or quality, I found. Being a bottom-firing speaker, it's also inevitable that you'll sometimes muffle it with the palm of your hand or a stray finger. That said, it's a decent speaker that will serve you well enough in most situations.

Camera

Using the N1's camera feels a lot like using the Nexus 5's (at least on this CM build) - auto focus is too slow, and capture times seem awkwardly long. It's kind of a letdown in that regard.

The quality of the images, though, seems entirely respectable. In a world of smartphone cameras that really all sit somewhere between 3 and 5 on a 10-point image quality spectrum, the N1 probably sits pretty close to the middle of the high-end. It's not the best, but it's very far from the worst, either. I see little point in splitting hairs, so I'll stick to the major things I noticed about images.

High-lighting was pretty easy to do in some circumstances, and the N1 was far from eager to try and balance things out when it happened. This, again, sounds more like a software issue, like auto-focus and capture times. The quality, when focus is right, is very good. Sharpness is strong, and I actually think the one of the pizza came out pretty good! Considering one of the N1's major selling points is its selfie-friendly swivel, I think most people will be very satisfied with the self-portraiture possibilities.

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Software

Performance and stability

During the time I've been using the N1 with a pre-release CyanogenMod build, I've had exactly one random reboot. And that's over the course of about 3 weeks. Now a stable build is out, so it's quite likely the phone is now even more stable, not that it's been particularly unstable since I've had it.

I will say going back to a Snapdragon 600 device from a Snapdragon 800 device makes some speed differences pretty apparent. The N1 takes its time with certain tasks, like opening up Google Now, or just returning to the homescreen from an app. It doesn't feel tight and finely-tuned like the Nexus 5 does, which remains the fastest phone I've used to date. Compared to Oppo's Color OS, CM feels somewhat faster, but not by a huge margin.

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The real performance drag, though, is the capacitive buttons. The response time is just awful - I should not feel latency when using capacitive touch buttons. This issue was present on both Color OS and CM, so I have to assume this is a lower-level problem either with the hardware or a driver. It makes using the phone maddening at times. The touch targets on the buttons are also tiny, and the haptic feedback can scarcely claim to be worthy of its own name, it's much too weak to be felt in many situations. The backlights for the buttons are no better, and I often found them too dim in bright sunlight.

This isn't to say the N1 is particularly slow, it's just not the kind of experience - in terms of raw performance - I'd expect after spending $600 on a phone that came out at the end of 2013.

UI and features

OK, let's get this out of the way: you probably don't want me to "review" CyanogenMod. I haven't used CM since 2011 and have not closely tracked the evolution of the ROM, its features, or the many things it does better / worse than <insert other custom ROM here.> I know there are a lot of strong feelings out there about ROMs, about Cyanogen Inc., and various other things in the whole custom software community. With that in mind, I'm going to come at my review of the N1's software more with the change in experience versus Oppo's Color OS in mind.

Power on the N1 for the first time and it's a lot like any other Android phone, apart from being prompted to create a CyanogenMod account. You go through the standard motions, and once you're logged in, CM's now-trademark Trebuchet launcher pops up to greet you.

What about features specific to the Oppo N1? With the build I'm using, there are very few. CM on the N1 does support integration with Oppo's O-Click accessory (think HTC Fetch, basically), but otherwise it looks like pretty standard stuff. If you're familiar with CM, you know it has a bevy of customizable features, tools, and settings at your disposal, such as CM's built-in profile support. In my particular CM build the integrated rear touchpad on the N1 is non-functional, though I'm not sure if it's active in the release build can apparently be activated if you can find it hiding under Language and Input Settings... because that's a great place to put it (I honestly never would have looked - thanks to our commenters for that one). Anyway, I used the touchpad in Color OS and it was truly, deeply awful. The accuracy of tracking, the unintuitiveness of having a touchpad on the back of your phone (which I accidentally engaged more than once), and the general uselessness of the thing had me happily turning it off after a single day. Good riddance, I say.

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The wonderful thing about using CyanogenMod on the N1 is just that is just feels so much more familiar and uncluttered than Oppo's own Color OS, and this is exactly why enthusiasts have been clamoring for factory-supported CyanogenMod phones for years. Oftentimes, the features, flexibility, and reduced clutter make it a no-brainer over something like Samsung or LG's UI overlay, even if software features end up lost in the process. The addition of CM's own little extras typically weighs in favor of the ROM option, anyway, as the custom OS has been built from the ground up with enthusiasts and power users in mind.

That said, using CyanogenMod on the N1 is just like using it on any other phone, but that's what people want: their OS of choice on their phone of choice, without having to deal with OEM-installed software or carrier bloat. And in that sense, CyanogenMod on the N1 is quite successful. You get the comfort of a phone with a custom OS that still has a warranty and official support from the factory.

I'm not here to tell you whether or not to like CyanogenMod because, let's face it, that's a very dumb argument to have. This phone has CyanogenMod, it works more than reasonable well, and I think it makes for better overall experience on the N1 than the Color OS ROM.

Conclusion

I've had a lot of good things to say about the Oppo N1, so please, do not mistake a lack of enthusiasm for disdain. The thing about the N1 is that, to me, it just doesn't feel like a phone marking CyanogenMod's big commercial debut. I'm not knocking them for that, though - you take the opportunities you're presented with, and the N1 is a perfectly decent phone. But it's one that really hasn't set itself up for much success (for Cyanogen, I mean): it is a niche device targeted to a subculture within that niche. I don't think Oppo expects the CM Edition N1 to sell like hotcakes, but the whole thing still sort of comes off weird. It's like stripping out a small SUV, putting racing slicks and a number decal on it, and taking it to the track. Sure, it's a spectacle - not something you see every day, that's for sure - but it doesn't feel serious. And it definitely isn't something with broad appeal.

As with everything, though, it's about the baby steps. This is the leaping off point for Cyanogen Inc. - I prefer to think of it as a dry run more than a legitimate attempt to disrupt the market. Because of that, though, it makes it rather difficult to endorse buying the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition as anything but a novelty or a show of support. You have to really, really want the first phone ever to run CyanogenMod from the factory with certification from Google. That is one hell of a niche. Otherwise, there's not really a huge reason to buy this device, unless you find yourself unable to resist the swiveling camera. It's neat and all, but it strikes me as far from a reason to go out and buy a specific phone, all other considerations be damned.

The N1 has no LTE, a somewhat dated processor, is exceptionally large and heavy, and frankly, is outclassed by devices like the Galaxy Note 3 or the Xperia Z Ultra in key areas. Its only real ace in the hole is that official CyanogenMod support, and if that's something you must have in your phone from here on out, more power to you - it's the device for you. But for everyone else? I think we're better off waiting and seeing what comes of Cyanogen's new OnePlus partnership, as I have a feeling it will be decidedly more accessible.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Their first phone, and almost 2 months after KitKat was released and it launched with JellyBean... HTC beat them to it with their own skin.

    • duse

      This is a major problem with CM in general and is one of the main reasons I'm no longer interested in it. They add so much unnecessary stuff to it it takes them longer to stabilize an update than it takes the OEMs!

    • Brayden Reesor

      Yeah, isn't this one of the biggest reasons that people use CM, to get the updates quickly? Yet they're not even launching this with 4.4? What?

      • Crispin Swickard

        I had 4.4.2 on my GNex before my N5 so I would consider it pretty quick. The transition from 2.3 to 4 however was not so quick from what I recall.

      • anon

        This phone is sold to customers, so it needs to run stable software.
        CM 11 (4.4) is still in the early stages, it requires lot of features to be ported from 10.2 and a ton of bug fixes before it becomes stable.

      • Cuvis

        There's no stable CM11 (KitKat) release yet. We're you expecting them to ship a phone with a freaking nightly build?

        • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

          No, but that's the point... they are slower than HTC! slower than HTC... let that sink in.

          • Michael Pahl

            This brand new start up is slower than HTC? Why I wonder?

          • KingofPing

            Brand new startup....you are talking about CM, right? You are aware they've been around since '08?

          • Michael Pahl

            Yes. I was an early adopter of CM.

            It was only recently incorporated and expanded past pure XDA involvement.

          • KingofPing

            The incorporation doesn't mean they started over. It does however mean they are now able to dedicate people to full-time development. If anything, releases should be faster.

            This is the first release so we should probably give them some slack while they work out the kinks, but the "brand new" thing just doesn't hold water...

          • Michael Pahl

            How many of the XDA devs are still willing to "work" for CM unpaid, I wonder?

          • KingofPing

            ...

            Ah. One of those folks.

            Have a nice day. :)

          • Cuvis

            HTC is a Google partner, and thus gets advance access to the code. Cyanogen is not, and does not.

          • Michael Tamayo

            Where were the updates the last 5 years then?

          • Cuvis

            That, you'd have to ask HTC.

    • Adam Lawler

      if only cm had access to the ndk and early access to the code like htc did as well... but i'm not planning on running cm on my nexus. stock is fine for me now.

    • mustbepbs

      Just put a custom ROM on i...

      Oh.

  • Wazzifer

    I didn't read the article. Why? Cause the fact the phone is $600 made me look away in a split second. Whether this succeed or not, it is their planning. I'm pretty sure AP did a phenomenal job with the reviewing as always.

    • Brendan Dillon

      A $600 device with no LTE and an old processor.

      • Wazzifer

        And no gorilla glass.

      • grumpyfuzz

        The Moto X has an 'old processor' yet it performs exceptionally well.

        • nealho

          The Moto X starts at $500 and has unique software thanks to its coprocessors (leaving the X8 branding aside), not to mention that anyone who wanted one in the last month probably got one for $350/$400 with the handful of promotions they ran, or on-contract for even less.

          I'm not knocking APQ8064 variants; it was a great SoC and still is totally competent. That still doesn't justify its existence at the same price point as 8974 phones today, not to mention the Nexus 5.

          I totally understand the OP's attitude, though I of course think reviews are interesting to read even if I have no intention of buying the phone.

          • JasonIvers

            And now it starts at $399.

  • Samvith V Rao

    I wouldn't worry too much about Cyanogen inc. if this device failed and this review tells me that neither will Oppo or Cyanogen themseves.

  • mark01

    Seriously, look at the battery text being not centered.
    Those things may doesn't matter for a custom rom but it's not acceptable when you ship a phone with it and you try to get in business.
    I'm a developer and i know how many bugs are on CM code and how poor it is.
    That's why i laughed hard when i read them go business.
    Yes they're smart, they got money, good for them but who thinks a CM as retail firmware is clueless.
    Even the people who talks and install CM are the clueless ones who just made into modding scene. They feel cool telling friends they have CM.
    But if you really know what you do you avoid it.
    It's like the JackDaniels whiskey.
    It's probably the worst whiskey around but newbies are all about Jack Daniels here and there, they feel theirself cool drinking it.
    Even articles shows how some people are clueless, claiming CM as an OS like Tizen going to beat Android.
    Again i'm not bashing CM, it brought lot of things over Android modding, but it's just it. It's more a kid thing, can't be serious to be used as retail firmware.

    • mlj11

      I flashed CM on an old Nexus S after Google stopped OS support, but haven't installed it on any of my newer devices since.

      I hear comments from time to time about how buggy / poor CM code is, but I don't know the custom ROM scene well enough to conclude if that's true. Do you mind elaborating a bit more on why you said that?

      • Wazzifer

        I don't understand what's so special about CM these days. It was useful when phones were slow as hell due to bloatware and processor limitations. I switched from a Nexus 4 to a Note 3 and still don't see any point of flashing CM for any reason.

        • RTWright

          The ONLY real reason for flashing CM or any other Custom ROM was to get away from OEM / Carrier Bloatware and lack of updates from them. That being said, I'm running 4.4.2 CM 11 on my Galaxy S3 and it is just fine, everything is working but they're taking care of bugs nightly and it's improving. How many Custom ROMs out there do nightly builds? Hmm?? I've done several Custom ROMs over the last three plus years. I can name you only a few that do, you're lucky if some of them update on a weekly basis. That's because they're usually a smaller group of devs working on them and they have lives outside of their programming to tend to.

          CM may not be perfect, who cares, because no one is. But at least they are on top of things with updates. They've even made updating to the latest version ( Including Nightlies ) within the OS itself. Saves me a lot of headache right there. Almost the same as it is when OTA updates from Carrier / OEM. I definitely put CM above ANY stock OS other than maybe the Nexus line since they are the very first to get the updates from Google ( If they only offered a 64GB storage I'd consider one ).

          This phone coming with CM is a breakthrough for the CM Team, congrats to them for being a first Custom ROM to become stock on a released device! I've used so many ROMs that focus too heavily on too much additions of features that really is no better or worse than the OEM / Carrier bloatware that typically comes with stock. While some like PA ( When they supported CDMA Devices ) really were creative and added very useful additions to their ROMs, others are just gimmicky at best. CM is just what it's always been, simplistic and minimalistic as well. They have a few added features, but they do keep it simple and I pretty much like it that way.

          All this being said, I'd not buy the Oppo. I'll wait till I see what the GS5 or Nexus 6 comes out like or maybe even the last HTC One release, since it did offer a microSD with it. I'm just not sold on the need of a flip-camera, which is pretty much the only thing that really is a major difference from other phones on the market aside from CM being on it. I also do not see the huge issue with it's weight either, if you can't hold a 7.5 ounce phone in your hand without dropping it? You have issues and need medical attention for it. I hold a camera in my hands on a daily basis that weighs far more than any phone device, I've never dropped it!

          • Barnassey

            Uh AOKP, OMINROM, and PA does nightlys.

          • RTWright

            Like I said, only a handful does.... Not that many compared to all the ones out there. And I've used most of them.

    • jak_341

      Oh please post a link to the article claiming cm will overtake Android. I need a good laugh.

      • RTWright

        CM is Android, so stop being stupid!

    • Ajanu

      I agree with the bugs, it's what has brought me to running stock on my N4 and using gravity box. The only people I would recommend CM (or PA, or AOKP) to are people who would already know about it. I am not sure I would be happy if I bought a stock phone that worked like the last CM build I used did (CM10 I think).

      Having said that though, Jack Daniels makes one of the best bourbons you can buy. Jack Daniels Single Barrel is hard to find (In Ontario anyway) but is miles ahead of regular Old No7. It is possible CM could manage the same thing, but with the comment above pointing out the battery text is not even centered, it doesn't look like this is the release they made something excelent.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        JD Single Barrel is indeed a great whiskey. No idea what the selection is like in Canada, but in the same price range ($40 US or so) you also have Four Roses Single Barrel, which I personal prefer to JD SB, and Angel's Envy, which I think is a superior sipping whiskey to either, though it is extremely rich, so it's not for everybody.

        Old No. 7 still remains my #1 mixing whiskey - there is no substitute for a Jack and Coke.

        • TheMC4Life

          lol a conversation around alcohol on androidpolice? Can we mark this a first?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      For the record, Jack Daniels is by no means "the worst whiskey."

      • Brendan Dillon

        Definitely not the worst. Possibly the most overrated though.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I guess. Whiskey snobs will turn their nose up at Jack, and while I certainly wouldn't use it as a sipping whiskey ($3-4 more gets you much better stuff if that's your purpose), I think No 7 is the best mixing whiskey on earth. If you have to drink it straight up, it's still far from bad - it's just not very complex (thin, sweet, corn profile). Certainly beats the hell out of Jim Beam, which I find undrinkable.

          Under $30 gets you the Costco-sized 1.75L bottle, too, which provides a damn versatile base if you're mixing up drinks for a crowd. Jack and coke, whiskey sweet n' sour, sidecar, Jack and ginger ale. You can even use it as an eggnog base around the holidays on the cheap. I still say there's no brown liquor that's a better value than good 'ol Jack No. 7.

          • smeddy

            Sounds like you're ready for New Years!

    • X

      > Seriously, look at the battery text being not centered.
      > Those things
      may doesn't matter for a custom rom but it's not acceptable when you
      ship a phone with it and you try to get in business.

      Have you ever seen TouchWiz?

    • SetiroN

      How is this illiterate nonsense getting upvoted?
      This website's audience has really gone down the crapper.

  • Fonsi

    on the Oppo site it says:

    Screen5.9 inch
    1080x1920 FULL HD
    377 PPI
    Multi-touch, capacitive screen, Gorilla Glass 3

    so it does have Gorilla Glass or why do you write?

    Oh, and the N1 does not have Gorilla Glass, so be careful with stuff in your pocket.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Interesting, that wasn't referenced anywhere I looked. Corrected.

  • Paul Taylor

    Capacitive navigation buttons are, like, so 2011.

    • Chris P

      Capacitive buttons have their place, I'll admit, but the menu-home-back layout needs to die. It's a shame that Sony, HTC, and Motorola are the only OEMs to have ditched it.

  • smirkis

    PASS! take what you can get i guess, but this will not put you where you want to be. HSPA+, capacitive buttons, 4.3. HAHA

  • Stanley Chan

    Its simple, the hear touchpad .is for one hand use.
    Since this giant screen is for both hands use.

    Thats why giant screens are not usefull for smartphones. The 5inch is the limit.

    Youll never see a more than 5inch iphone. I can assure you.

    • RTWright

      iPhones suck so it doesn't matter. They're dinky, and made by a company that doesn't even build them on their own but would like you to think they do. And I'm certain there are some of us that can use a screen larger than 5" pretty well with one hand, you must have tiny hands to be making comments like this. Go back to using the mini-phones known as Apple iSucks!

      • Brendan Dillon

        1. Who said anything about iPhones?
        2. Everyone outsources manufacturing to some degree or another. Who cares?

        • JasonIvers

          The person to whom RTWright was replying specifically mentioned the iPhone... "You'll never see a more than 5inch iphone"

          • Brendan Dillon

            Derp. My bad. RTWright is still a dingus though.

          • RTWright

            I am? Who are you to call me anything when it is you that didn't read who I was responding to? Who's a dingus now? Makes you look very much the idiot responding like that. Also, Apple claims to be this and that like they own everything and designed it all first. We all know this, so my stance on Apple still stands.

          • Brendan Dillon

            Based on the content of your post, anyone can see you're pretty clearly an a-hole. "iPhones suck so it doesn't matter... Go back to using the mini-phones known as Apple iSucks!"
            I'm no iOS fan, but you clearly have some insecurity issues to get so hostile about a phone you don't use. The iPhone is a great device for some people. It's certainly not for me, but at least they're not charging $600 for old hardware.

          • RTWright

            Heh, again, you don't read or comprehend well. You don't seem to get I'm not for this phone, or any other. I use what I use, as for insecurities? I have none, I just dislike Apple that much, they're crap, end of story. You? Hmmm, you just seem to love to take what people post out of context to bend it how you wish, a-typical troll!

          • Brendan Dillon

            Called a troll by the infamous RTWright? Ooh, I MUST be doing something right! And while he trolls and rants away to boot... This must be my lucky day! Why not step it up a notch and call me a Nazi or fascist next, make yourself even more of a stereotype.
            There's nothing out of context about your hostile attitudes towards Apple (or generally anyone other than Samsung on most days) or your ridiculous out-of-left-field rant about them not building their own stuff, which has nothing to do with anything and can be said of almost every major manufacturer out there.
            But you just go on and continue your insane rants. I'll just sit back and learn from the master.

          • RTWright

            You must be from TalkAndroid.com, because only ones who get this upset are pretty much people from there. I do not back up Samsung, I use a GS3, but it was better than the other offerings out there so that's who I went with. But go on, enjoy yourself, you're good at it.

      • MindFever

        You really need to calm down. Opinions can't hurt you.

  • Jobayer

    The rear touch plane works in cm , go to language and input settings :3

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Oh snap, you're right. Well that's a pretty shitty place to put it.

      • Jobayer

        Ahahaha , that's where the word "input" comes into play :D

        • Craig M

          I remember the first time I used Android.

      • Björn Lundén

        That's where stock Android puts stylus and touch input too.

  • Brendan Dillon

    I just don't get this device. Midrange specs (at best) for flagship prices... just get a Moto G and save yourself $400.

    • Andrew Dodd

      Um, there is NOTHING midrange about this device's display.

      • Brendan Dillon

        So? Is that the only measure of a device? You've got an old processor and no LTE. A year ago not having LTE would make this device the butt of criticism. Now, it's a joke.

        • Andrew Dodd

          You must be a Verizon user... Verizon users are so used to CDMA2000 sucking that LTE is the Second Coming for them.

          Meanwhile, AT&T and T-Mobile users have 21 Mbps HSPA+ support which is more than enough. (Actually, T-Mo does 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+, and the N1 supports that). The only benefit of LTE in many of AT&T's service areas is reduced latency - their backhaul (such as in the Binghamton, NY area) is so poor that you can't even saturate HSPA+.

          Let's not forget that all this extra speed just lets you hit your cap faster. Wasting money on LTE when it has negligible benefits for the majority of users is a joke.

          The 8064T is not that old - and it is more than fast enough. The Xperia Z Ultra is $50 more and has a worse display - the MSM8974 doesn't make up for that. (And yes, I HAVE used both. I've had an N1 since a month before release to do Omni bringup with, and I have a GPe Z Ultra. I prefer the N1.)

          • Brendan Dillon

            I've used Sprint , TMobile, ATT, andcurrently StraightTalk (ATT). I've never used Verizon but I can tell you from my experience with ATT/Tmo, LTE is 100℅ worth it. The assertion that it makes you hit your cap faster is beyond absurd. To not have LTE in a $600 phone is simply embarrassing. There isn't a worse phone available at that price point and there are several better at lower prices. The CM fanboyism on this phone is just silly, blinding folks to the simple fact that the phone simply isn't worth the price.

  • Andrew Dodd

    "I will say the display takes too long to power on, though. If the phone
    has been sitting turned off more than 5 minutes, the warm-up time for
    the LCD is just long enough to be annoying, sort of like Samsung's old
    Super AMOLED displays." - This is completely inaccurate. The turn-on time has NOTHING to do with the display. It is due to the fact that Exynos4 devices take on the order of 400-600 milliseconds to resume from suspend (compared to around 25-30 for the APQ8064 in the Nexus 4 - I have not measured the N1's resume time recently.)

    It occurs on all Samsung Exynos4 handsets, whether they have AMOLED or LCD displays (an example of an LCD Exynos4 is the Note 10.1 - it also suffers from slow suspend/resume like other Exynos4 devices.)

    • Michał Ostrowski

      Umm... N1 does not have an Exynos SoC...

      • Andrew Dodd

        I never said anything of the sort (although looking at my wording, it could be interpreted like that) - I was referring to the fact that the slow turn-on of Samsungs had nothing to do with the AMOLED display and everything to do with Exynos4.

        I have both a Samsung Exynos4 device and an N1. The display resume time does seem a bit long (despite the CPU resume time being only 30 ms just like nearly all other 8064s), but it's nowhere near as long as an Exynos4 - the N1's display is fully up and running in less time than an exynos4 takes for just the kernel to resume basic functions from suspend (without resuming the display)

  • kumar

    I just bought an oppo, the screen opens but i cant slide, can someone help

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  • A Shukor Asura

    I have been using the N1 for a month now with its Color OS and I have to say that I have no complaints at all. It is what I expect it to be with its much reduced price compared to the other premium smartphones and I find the rotating camera pretty useful too. It may lack the sd card slot..no LTE etc..but averybody should know that even before they purchase it. It has options that no other smartphone has at the moment ie. options to prevent apps from running in the background,the O touch..it may be restrictive but it still has it uses compared to the other brands which doesn't have it at all and much more.

  • nick

    Now a smaller version and without physical keys.

    ( http://goo.gl/ZDTX1N )