The new OnePlus looks like the iPhone 7 Plus, but can it beat Apple’s best?
They may look similar, but they’re very different.To find out, we’ve put these two flagships head-to-head, comparing all the key aspects, including price, so you’ll be able to decide for yourself which one is better and more suitable for your needs. Without any further delay, let’s get started.
Design: Much the same
The OnePlus 5 has a similar design to the iPhone 7, with both phones sporting a slim metal unibody with antenna bands curving around the top and bottom edges, a camera in the top left corner of the back and a home button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner below the screen. The OnePlus 5 feels a bit skinnier, though, which makes it easier to wield in one hand. It also has a headphone port, which the iPhone ditched.
OnePlus 5 features top-of-the-line specs. Just like its predecessor, it has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution with latest Gorilla Glass 5. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. The smartphone comes in two variants: one with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and the other with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of space. It features a 16 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, and a 20 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. OnePlus 5 packs a 3,300 mAh battery, which is a bit smaller when compared to the one found in its predecessor (3,400 mAh). It also features the company’s Dash Charge technology, which promises to get the battery to 100 percent in just 90 minutes. Unfotunately, the device isn’t waterproof and doesn’t have a microSD card slot.
Although the iPhone 7 Plus is also a high-end device, it doesn’t offer quite as much as its competitor when it comes to specs. Well, at least in certain areas. It sports a 5.5-inch display with the same Full HD resolution and is powered by the A10 Fusion chipset. It only has 3 GB of RAM, which is either 3 or 5 GB less (depending on the model) when compared to the OnePlus 5. When it comes to storage, you can opt for a 32, 128, or 256 GB variant of the device. The smartphone is equipped with a 12 MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture, 1.22μm pixel size, phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, and quad-LED dual-tone flash. It also sports a secondary 12 MP 56 mm telephoto lens that offers 2x optical zoom without reducing quality. The front-facing selfie snapper has a 7 MP sensor.
Camera: Doubled up
One of the best reasons to consider splashing the extra cash for the iPhone 7 Plus over the iPhone 7 is the dual camera array on the back, which provides not only better everyday snapshots, but also impressive portrait images and some handy zooming tricks.
However, the OnePlus 5 has pretty well replicated its capabilities in a device that’s almost ₹40,000 cheaper. OnePlus 5 comes close enough to top-tier Android flagships this time around. It has its own dual-camera setup, with a 16-megapixel (f/1.7) main sensor and 20MP (f/2.6) backup sensor, which work together to pump out pretty fantastic shots.
You’ll get a lot of detail in great lighting, along with excellent colour and contrast, and the HDR mode is plenty speedy. We spotted a bit of softness on the edges of the frame, but you probably won’t notice it on your phone in everyday shots. It also does a bit of electronic video stabilisation, too, as well as portrait photos with blurred backdrops – just like the iPhone.
The OnePlus 5 runs the Android 7.1.1 Nougat with OxygenOS on top. Unlike most skins made by Chinese companies, OxygenOS is very clean and offers almost a stock Android experience with the added bonus of a bunch of customization options.
The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, ships with iOS 10 on board, which is quite different when compared to Android. It doesn’t have an app drawer like the majority of Android devices, so all the apps are placed on the home screen. iOS doesn’t offer nearly as many customization options as the Android version found on the OnePlus 5. But it is simple to use, which has always been Apple’s core philosophy.
The OnePlus 5 isn’t as cheap as its predecessors, but it’s still at the low end of flagship pricing, coming in at $479/ ₹32,999 for a 64GB model or $539/₹37,999 for 128GB.
The iPhone 7 on the other hand is one of the priciest phones you’ll find, starting at $649/₹72,000 for a 32GB handset and rising to $749/₹82,000 for 128GB and $849/₹92,000 for 256GB.
The OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7 Plus are both high-end devices and you can’t go wrong with either one of them. Although they do have a similar design in a way and both feature a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, the two smartphones are quite different from one another.
The OnePlus 5 offers more RAM, has a bigger battery, and runs Android with probably one of the best skins out there. It also has the 3.5 mm headphone jack that you won’t find on the iPhone and is a lot more affordable. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, offers more storage, is waterproof, and ships with iOS 10 on board.