Oppo N3 Review: Motor Head: Conclusion

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Final words

It's clear the Oppo N3 is more than just a robust cameraphone with a quirky motorized lens - it's Oppo's current flagship. The Oppo Find 7 may have something to say about that with its 5.5" QHD display, 3GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and stereo speakers but it can't compete on capturing camera skills and doesn't feel half as premium.

The Oppo N3 isn't just another remarkable deal from the East - it has flagship innards, premium looks and a matching price tag. At the moment the Oppo N3 will cost you a prettier penny than some accurate international droid flagships would.

So what has the N3 done to deserve its hefty price tag? Well for one, it can stand up to most premium smartphones out there and not feel ashamed. Oppo has made one of the best-feeling smartphones ever - the soft, matte plastic and its perfect bldiscontinue with the high-grade aluminum frame see and feel great, despite the fact that the Oppo N3 isn't the easiest 5.5" device to handle.

Here's the summary of all the things we've found during our run with it.

Key test findings:

  • The body is made of premium matte plastic and aluminum
  • The arch at the bottom looks classy with the catchy notification LED
  • The motorized capturing camera lens moves effortlessly and seems convenient
  • The fingerprint scanner is easy and quick to use, practical too
  • Display has punchy colors and remarkable viewing angles, does well outdoors; the 5.5" panel offers remarkable brightness and fine contrast
  • Battery life is unimpressive considering the ample battery capacity
  • Color Operating System (OS) 2.0 is fluid and responsive and offers value-adding proprietary features as well as a stock Android theme
  • Synthetic benchmarks performance is average for this hardware bracket
  • Loudspeaker performance got a Good score, but with some tinkering of the Wave Maxx Audio sound setup, you can even acquire it to Excellent
  • Good video player codec support (no AC3 sound), pop-up play is remarkable on the gigantic display, subtitle support is a plus
  • Audio output quality is good
  • Camera takes sharp detailed images with fine colors
  • The current lack of 4K video is a bummer but 1080p videos are okay, a small oversharpened to the point where we see artefacts
  • What many are looking for in the Oppo N3 is a capable shooter - a motorized lens is nothing more than a gimmick that gets in the way if the stills and video don't back it up. The Oppo N3 may not be the best cameraphone we've tested but is quite fine and would suit the majority of users.

The software combines nicely with the hardware and you can go the motorized lens around for the correct shot with either the touchclassy screen or the O-Click Bluetooth remote while panoramas seamlessly capture themselves and that's a first for the mobile world.

Video is not terrific but could acquire better if Oppo gets around to releasing an update that will enable 4K video. 1080p clips aren't too poor but don't strike us as anything special either.

If the capturing camera is the piece de resistance, the trimmings aren't half poor either. The Snapdragon 801 doesn't command the same respect now that the Snapdragon 805 is around but it can still pack a formidable punch.

QHD screens may be on the rise but 1080p at around 400ppi is sharp enough in our eyes.

Currently the Oppo N3 is priced at $649. That's a relatively high price and puts the N3 at a disadvantage compared to its peers, especially the China-based ones.

The Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro duo both cost less than the Oppo N3 and have a similar sized screens, 20.7MP Sony-made cameras and clever software with some neat gestures.

Meizu MX4 • Meizu MX4 Pro

Oppo's own Find 7 is a cheaper than the N3 at the moment and ups the ante with the same display size but of a much higher 1440 x 2560px resolution, resulting in 534ppi of sharpness. The Find 7 also has 3GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) but poorer battery performance. The Find 7a is almost the same beast but with a more conventional 1080p display resolution. It's cheaper and does 4K video out of the box.

Oppo Find 7 • Oppo Find 7a

A popular Chinese-made option is the OnePlus One. It's harder to purchase but it has most of the N3's hardware advancements, except the swivel camera, in a more compact, more customizable body. The OnePlus One offers a cleaner, stock Android CyanogenMod 11S software platform and costs almost twice as less compared to the Oppo N3.

OnePlus One

Finally, we come to the LG G3, which also costs less at the moment. The G3 has the benefit of being available globally and it is featured in most walk-in stores with local warranties. You can also probably acquire the G3 for close to nothing on a carrier contract and it will offer you the same 5.5" classy screen diagonal but with a higher QHD resolution. It's capturing camera doesn't rotate but can still capture nicely those all-vital shots.


The Oppo N3 consistently performed very well throughout this review but it was not the best in any department. Still, it didn't let us down anywhere and we'll be excited to see it gain more market share than the N1, which hardly made it outside China.

There's small doubt a more competitive price will certainly assist the N3 create the splash it deserves. As for Oppo, the company is trying to distance itself from the discounter image. They have been delivering quality and innovation consistently enough but users' expectations won't change overnight.



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