Costly foray

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Chi­nese smart­phone play­ers are ag­gres­sively eye­ing the In­dian mar­ket. The lat­est to do so is Oppo, with its flag­ship smart­phone, the N1. This ph­ablet comes with a price tag or 39,999. The Oppo N1 has a 5.9inch dis­play em­bed­ded in a white body. On top is the 13 MP cam­era, which can be ro­tated up to 206 de­grees. There isn’t any front fac­ing cam­era as the rear one can be used to cap­ture good qual­ity self­ies. The im­ages cap­tured had good colour re­pro­duc­tion. There is a dual LED flash for low light imag­ing. How­ever, there is a dis­tinct shut­ter lag. Be­low the dis­play are the three touch keys. The back has a touch panel that comes in handy while cap­tur­ing im­ages. I also re­ceived a small, cir­cu­lar ac­ces­sory with the phone which can be used as a re­mote to cap­ture im­ages from a dis­tance. It comes pre-in­stalled with the app that helps in pair­ing the ac­ces­sory over Blue­tooth. Run­ning An­droid 4.2.2, it comes loaded with the Color OS by de­fault. The user in­ter­face has cir­cu­lar icons. The Oppo N1 is pow­ered by a 1.7Ghz quad core Snap­dragon pro­ces­sor with 2GB of RAM. It scored well on syn­thetic bench­marks. I could eas­ily play games on it and switch be­tween the run­ning apps. Over­all, the Oppo N1 seems to be a good ef­fort at a com­pletely wrong price. At this price, I would rather buy a Sony, Sam­sung, Nokia or even an Ap­ple flag­ship. For one, I know the hard­ware will be good and in case any is­sue crops up I know where to take it for re­pair

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A costly ph­ablet. but has good fea­tures

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