5 reasons why you should buy iPhone 7 Plus over OnePlus 5
We all know that the current premium flagships OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7 Plus are comparable to each other. However, there are certain factors which result in one smartphone gaining momentum over the other. Just yesterday, we had a look into 6 reasons which should propel you into buying OnePlus 5 over iPhone 7 Plus. And today we are moving in the other direction. Today we are going to look at 5 reasons why you should buy an iPhone 7 Plus over a OnePlus 5. And here they are.
1. Dual stereo speakers
Apple for the first time introduced dual speaker system with the iPhone 7 series of smartphones whereas OnePlus 5 only has a single bottom firing loudspeaker. Though OnePlus 5 speaker is loud and clear yet it is nowhere close to the quality of sound produced by 7 Plus. The dual speakers on iPhone 7 Plus induce a sense of a more immersive experience. Other than being louder, the dual speakers add a notion of surround sound and you tend to enjoy your media content and games much more whether you are in portrait mode or landscape mode.
2. Water resistance
This is where the iPhone takes lead over the OnePlus 5. Though the makers of OnePlus 5 have used seals and gels in the internal frame as per leaked reports, yet the company never announced or confirmed any water resistance capability in the phone. Whereas iPhone 7 Plus boasts of IP67 water resistance certification which allows it to be immersed in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes. Though even OnePlus 5 would manage to survive a scattered sprinkle of rain, yet a certification gives more confidence to the end user. It adds to the care free attitude one would like to feel while using a smartphone.
3. OIS in rear camera
The iPhone 7 Plus has inbuilt Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in the rear camera for video while the OnePlus 5 has Electronic Image stabilisation (EIS). OIS is a hardware solution of stabilisation while EIS is a software solution just as their names suggest. Though videos recorded with EIS equipped cameras also handle stutters and shakes well, yet EIS can't match the stability that OIS provides. We are firm believers of the fact that software alone can never match the capability hardware can provide.
4. Better portrait photography
OnePlus 5 has completely copied the portrait mode developed by Apple specifically for the iPhone 7 Plus. OnePlus didn't even change the terminology and openly calls it Depth Effect inside the camera app. But it cannot match the quality of portrait images captured by 7 Plus. Portrait images clicked by OnePlus 5 are sometimes amazing while at other times make the pictures look very weird blurring the parts of the subject that shouldn't actually be blurred. Though even Apple has a lot of work to do in improving the portrait mode, still we feel as of now portrait photography on iPhone 7 Plus is more realistic and more beautiful than that on OnePlus 5.
5. Longer battery life
In terms of raw capacity, OnePlus 5 battery outruns the 7 Plus. OnePlus 5 has a 3300 mAh battery while the iPhone has a 2900 mAh battery. However, due to better optimisation as well as lower consumption by the operating system, the 7 Plus manages to outdo the OnePlus 5 battery in times of run time and standby time. When we use both the devices in similar real world scenarios, the OnePlus 5 manages to survive for just about a day or slightly longer while the iPhone 7 Plus manages to run for 1.5 days or more on a continuous basis. The longer battery life clearly shows that in the long run, the end experience matters much more than the numbers on paper.
These were our top 5 reasons why we think you should buy an iPhone 7 Plus instead of a OnePlus 5. Do let us know in the comments which phone would you choose out of the two and why.
You can find our full review of OnePlus 5 here.
You can buy iPhone 7 Plus with 128 GB internal storage in Jet Black color on Amazon India here.
You can buy OnePlus 5 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage in Midnight Black color on Amazon India here.
You can buy OnePlus 5 with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage in Slate Gray color on Amazon India here.
Anant is a technology blogger and a software engineer. He loves playing with gadgets. Right from earphones to smartphones to laptops, anything and everything that's tech keeps him motivated. He is also an ardent fan of Apple products. You can contact him at his email address firstname.lastname@example.org