first_imgIf you’ve ever wondered what a massive phone with a touch panel on the back and a quirky rotating camera looks like, Chinese manufacturer Oppo has you covered with their N1 smartphone.Huge. Gigantic. Monstrous. These are just a few of the words you’ll hear people use when they see you pull an Oppo N1 out of your pocket. Oppo has been making slow progress in getting the attention of a US audience, helped recently by a partnership with the CyanogenMod team and a very active social networking team.The Oppo N1 is their flagship phone with a major push towards unique hardware. The two things you’ll notice outside of the sheer height of the device is the touch panel on the back and the rotating camera that offers a single powerful sensor for rear and front facing photos.Oppo has done an amazing job making the phone feel nice and solid. It’s got a bit of weight to it, but it feels quite sturdy. The outer shell is coated so it grips just enough that you can try to hold it with one hand. This material is softer where the touch panels is on the back of the phone, making it possible to feel for the square as you try to navigate with one hand. The camera feels sturdy as well, it only moves when you really try to push it out of its standard position, and when you push it back it snaps into place with a satisfying click.Compared to the plastic feel of the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Oppo has certainly achieved the nicest overall feel in this category of humongous smartphones.We’ll be spending some more time with this phone in the coming weeks, as well as the limited edition CyanogenMod variant of the handset. So far there’s very little not to like, outside of the lack of LTE due to this being a phone made for a country where LTE isn’t widely offered yet.[Image credit: Chris Sewell] VIEW PHOTO GALLERY OppoOppoOppoCameraOppo MotoN1last_img read more