If you have been recently thinking about splurging on a brand new smartphone, you will be quite happy to know that there are so many choices in this respect that you will end up pondering what to buy before you actually land on a potential decision regarding the same.
Smartphones come in all sorts and shapes these days with devices trying to outrun each other in terms of specifications, features offered and even the version of operating system (preferably Android) they are running on.
And with more and more big names such as Karbonn, Micromax and others looking to make the most of the current year, it seems as if any new introduction to the already heavily contested market will instantly feel the pressure just to survive, let alone a healthy financial figure.
However, in this respect, the pressure is not only limited to the smartphone manufacturers. Customers who are also looking to invest on a new handset will also feel the same pressure since there are so many options to choose from. And devices such as the new Oppo N1 and Nokia's Lumia 1520 are just two such handsets among a host of similar smartphones.
While Chinese handset maker Oppo is all set to officially enter the Indian domestic market by end of this month - with its N1 offering - Nokia's Lumia brand of devices have already made a name for themselves in the past few months.
But what happens when these devices face-off against each other in the long run, as far as popularity among the Indian customers is concerned? Let's take a closer look at how and where both of them stand against each other.
This is one of the major areas where the battle can be already won or lost (although the war is still out in the open). And this is mainly due to the fact that while Android has gained massive momentum during the time it has spent with Indian customers, the Windows Phone 8 OS has still some time left before it can gain the same popularity status as that of the Google-based offering.
The N1 from Oppo, which will ship with CyanogenMod, is currently set to offer Color OS which is based on Android Jelly Bean v4.2. For those who are unsure, the approach is somewhat similar to that of Amazon which makes use of an Android based OS on its Kindle tablets. Nonetheless, since the version of OS is not a stock Android is any ways, expect the device to support Google Play based apps.
The Nokia Lumia 1520, on the other hand, runs of Windows Phone 8 Black which offers a number of improvements to the device that include improved Glance Screen that prompts a number of in-device features.
Display and Dimensions
The Oppo N1, in this respect, offers a full HD 5.9 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and delivers 377 pixels per inch pixel density. Device dimensions for the N1 counts up to 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm with the N1 being on the heavier side - weighing in at 213gms.
The Lumia 1520, on the other hand, is Nokia's first 6-inch IPS LCD FHD phablet, offering 1080 x 1920 pixels. Device dimensions for the Lumia 1520 counts up to 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm with the device also being on the heavier side - weighing in at 209gms.
Moving on to the camera section, the N1 boasts a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor camera (from Sony), featuring 6 lenses stacked over one another. The wide Aperture f/2.0 camera is supported by Fujitsu IPS imaging chip with additional Dual LED flash.
Moreover, the camera can be rotated up to over 180 degrees and can be used to take super-high quality selfies. Apart from that, the area under the camera is touch sensitive and thus it has been named as O Touch.
The Lumia 1520, however, boats the upper hand here by offering a 20-megapixel primary rear shooter with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED flash.
Apart from that, it has a 1/2.5'' sensor that's assisted by PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection and panorama. However, the secondary camera for the same just offers a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera that's primarily meant for video chat.
While the Lumia 1520 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC - which is powerful enough to get your everyday job done - the Oppo N1 is powered by 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 quad core processor with Adreno 320 GPU.
Storage and RAM
The Oppo N1 can be bought in two variants: 16 GB and 32 GB models, assisted by 2GB of RAM. However, the option to further expand the device's storage capabilities via external microSD storage is not available.
The Lumia 1520, in this instance, comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded via a micro SD card up to 64GB. Clearly, the Nokia-based device has the upper hand here.
Coming down to the price factor between the devices, again a major battle can be won or lost here. While the best price for the Nokia Lumia 1520 is marked at Rs. 43,680, the Oppo N1 is offered at a slightly lesser price of Rs. 39,990.
As we mentioned earlier, the Lumia 1520 is slightly overpriced compared to the Oppo N1, and although it offers further expandable memory up to 64GB, we are guessing that you will take some time before you run out of that 32GB offering from Oppo. As far as a value for money device is concerned, among both the devices, the Oppo N1 will take the cake since its less costly while offering a host of cool specs.