OnePlus Nord Review: The OnePlus Nord returns to the aesthetic, functionality, and pricing that made the OnePlus One stand out in 2014. In our OnePlus Nord review, we’ll talk about how it combines high-end design, quick performance, and great cameras to make a smartphone that’s hard to beat.
There are newer OnePlus phones than this one. The Nord N10, 5G, and N100 are cheaper versions of the Nord. The Nord CE and Nord 2 smartphones are their 2021 successors.
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Design of OnePlus Nord
- Design betrays the cost-effectiveness
- Comparable in size to the OnePlus 8, suitable for one-handed usage
- Slippery surface, however packaging includes a case
OnePlus Nord Review: Design belies the OnePlus Nord’s low pricing. You receive the same high construction and finish as on the OnePlus 8 series, including Gorilla Glass on the front and back.
It’s a comparable size as the OnePlus 8, so the OnePlus Nord can be used one-handed, but individuals with tiny hands may struggle to reach the top of the display.
Between the glass and metal frame is a thin, raised plastic frame. Run your finger down the phone’s edge to feel the angular ridge.
This breaks up the otherwise flawless look and reminds us that this is a cheaper phone.
Display of OnePlus Nord
- 6.44-inch AMOLED display that is vivid and vibrant
- Full HD+ resolution, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a 90 Hz refresh rate
- Selfie camera punch-hole restricts notification icons
OnePlus Nord Review: The OnePlus Nord boasts a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, Full HD+ (2400 x 1080), and a 90Hz refresh rate.
Screen occupies front of phone, with thickest bezel at bottom. The top-left punch-hole houses the twin selfie cameras.
These cameras don’t get in the way, but they restrict the amount of notification icons on the top bar.
The Nord’s screen protector helps prevent scratches. Those with an eye for consistent design may not appreciate the added ridge surrounding the screen and camera punch-hole, although it can be easily peeled off.
You’ll reduce the display’s strength, but it’s your option.
The display is bright and crisp, however unlike the 8-series phones, the Nord’s is flat. Without these curves, the Nord seems chunkier in the hand.
OnePlus Nord Review: Camera
- The most cameras ever on a OnePlus phone: 6 total, 4 rear and 2 front.
- The primary back camera provides clear, detailed pictures.
- Although Nightscape works well, it is not the finest night mode available.
OnePlus Nord’s ‘flagship’ camera is its main feature. It boasts four back cameras and two front cameras, the most OnePlus has ever placed on a phone.
The back camera is from the OnePlus 8. It has a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor (with EIS and OIS) and an f/1.57 lens, which can shoot 48MP photographs but is set to 12MP by default.
Because 48MP photographs are three times larger than 12MP shots, your storage would fill up faster if you took just high-resolution photos.
12MP is good for social media, while 48MP is excellent for printing or editing photos.
There’s also a 5MP depth sensor, 2MP macro camera, and 8MP, 119-degree ultra-wide-angle camera.
Portrait, nightscape, super macro, and pro shooting modes, plus Full HD, 240fps slow-motion, and 4K at 30fps.
The rear camera works nicely inside and outdoors in decent light. The 12MP default photos have excellent quality, and auto HDR prevents overexposed or dark shots.
OnePlus Nord Review: Performance and Software
- 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB variants with the Snapdragon 765G
- include support for 5G
- software upgrades every two years, and security updates every three years
Purchase it if..
- You want an affordable, all-but-flagship phone: OnePlus broke into the smartphone market in 2014 claiming to have a ‘flagship killer’ with the OnePlus One, but its prices have climbed over the years to the point where they are now expensive alternatives. The OnePlus Nord returns the brand to its inexpensive beginnings, offering a near-flagship experience for less.
- You want a 5G phone which doesn’t break the bank: Even if 5G isn’t available in your region now, the OnePlus Nord will be ready when it is. Two years of Android upgrades and three years of security updates offer future-proofing.
- You want photography flexibility: The OnePlus Nord has six cameras, including ultra-wide sensors on the front and back, a dedicated macro camera, and a new night mode, as well as slow-motion recording and 4K, 30fps video capture on the rear and front cameras.
don’t purchase it If…
- You want water-resistance reassurance: The OnePlus Nord lacks an IP classification, so its dust- and water-resistance isn’t guaranteed. OnePlus claims it dipped the phone in 30cm of water for 30 minutes without incident.
- You get a lot of notifications: Dual front-facing cameras on the OnePlus Nord are lovely, but they take up space. As they are in a display punch-hole, screen real estate is wasted, especially along the notifications bar. Only a few icons can fit in the remaining area if you’re popular or have many game notifications turned on.
- You want a long-lasting battery: The OnePlus Nord’s battery life is average. With moderate usage, a full charge should last a day. This phone has to be charged every night, and there’s no wireless charging.
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