Stuffed in your shorts, just in the last few weeks, i've seen a half dozen brilliant, mid range mobiles launched and i've been feverishly reviewing those instead of doing my usual topping up my non existent tan down in hearne bay, but in a strange kind of way. It'S all felt like it's been leading up to this moment here. The launch of the oneplus nord, which just happens to be oneplus first mid range smartphone in half a decade, starting at just 379 quid this 5g ready phone packs enough smarts to satisfy most users. Once again begging that question, why would you stump up a ground on one of them, spangly, apple or samsung flagships, but is it really all that in a bag of pork, scratchens well i've been using the oneplus note as my full time, personal smartphone for about a Week now – and here is my in depth review and for more the latest greatest tech. Please do put subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers now. I'Ve got to say right off the bat i kind of half fell in love with the note the moment that i slipped it from that oversized box and clasped it in my fist. For the very first time, the non stop trickles of information and teasers, and everything from oneplus over the last couple of months meant that i was pretty much bored of the nord before it even officially launched. But all of that changed when i actually clasped it.
In my sweaty little mitts that blue mobile finish is an absolute delight, it's, bold and bright in a way that draws the eye and calms the soul, and i could definitely say that my constant murderous rage was subdued. Every time i had a peek at the oneplus node's rear end. It really is a shame that most phone manufacturers tend to shy away from this kind of vibrant design. But don't worry if you are a bit of a boring git, because you can also grab the oneplus node in grey onyx, which is about as exciting as it sounds as well as looking great. The node also feels fantastic at 6.4 inches it's, not exactly compact, but it's, certainly more manageable than most 6.5 inch plus beast from 2020, while those rounded corners and edges make for a comfortable grip it's. A tough weed bugger too, with a good bit of gorilla glass. 5 plate in front and back as well, and you can get a pre installed, screen protector on there for extra insurance and, while sure isn't water resistant. Unlike the oneplus 8 flagship smartphone, i can confirm that the node can happily deal with the standard amount of british summertime rain. One of my favorite parts of oneplus phones is always the excellent oxygen os launcher, which here offers a very similar experience to the flagship oneplus 8 handsets you get that stock android vibe, but with much improved customization for tweaking the ui colors tones, fonts and other elements.
All of the best android 10 elements are present as usual, so for instance, of course, you've got a good bit of dark mode action just to jazz things up a bit and while there's no full on always on display option, you can just give that screen a Little tap and bring up the time the date and any weight and notification icons as well, so they should know whether to bother waking up the handset and having to play around oneplus trademark alert. Slider is back once again as well, so you can silence the node in a jiffy, and i had no issues at all with the in display fingerprint sensor or that excellent face unlock, both of which are quick to work and rarely fail and oneplus definitely also deserves Some kudos for guaranteeing two years of os updates and three years of security updates here on the nord, which almost matches google's pixel, promise, definitely a good bit of extra peace of mind that is but anywho. If you want a more in depth, look at the best oxygen os features and all various little bits hidden away inside. There definitely go check out my full oneplus, 8 and oneplus 8 pro tips and tricks guide, which is live right now. I'Ll, try and remember to put a linky thing up there somewhere, although my memory is more leaky than arsenal's defense, so i can't absolutely guarantee it. Another highlight of the oneplus node is that 6.
44 inch, full hd plus amoled screen, which is one of the most stunning displays you'll clap eyes on around this price point you can fiddle about with the color output in the display settings, but i found it was near Perfect on the default vivid setting, perhaps a little warm for some tastes, but those visuals are punchy and the contrast is sharp. You get some proper black blacks, not just very, very, very, very dark grey. In fact, the node will happily stream it's your 10 video on the likes of netflix too, with gorgeous results, and some people may understandably be put off by the super wide jewel. Selfie orifice thing staring you in the eyes right there in the top left corner. You can at least mask it from view if it really does offend you it's not the most elegant of solutions, but this just puts a mass black bar across the top of the screen, but it's there. If you want it and like many mid range mobiles these days, the oneplus note also has a 90 hertz refresh rate option, and this makes everything feel slicker than marky mark's hair do so smooth. As far as the audio chops, the oneplus node goes well, you might want to give that downwards. Firing mono speaker, a miss it's, not exactly one of the best around you'll definitely get much lusher audio. If you hook up a pair of wireless headphones and yeah. Unfortunately, they will have to be wireless unless you fancy yourself a bit of dongle action because unfortunately there's no headphone jack here on the oneplus note, but you do get bluetooth 5.
1 support along with some proper audio codec action as well, so streaming high fidelity tracks. To my ldac, headphones was definitely a joy and no issues at all with connectivity plus the dirac audio tuner can suddenly enhance your sound based on what you'd be doing, be it enjoying a flick or mushing at some metalcore. Now. Are you fed up of paying 300 or even 400 pounds on a new smartphone and still having to put up with crap performance? Well, no more thanks to qualcomm's mighty snapdragon 765g chipset stuffed inside the oneplus node. You can happily game on this thing all afternoon, long while ignoring friends, family and other annoying people who are desperately craving your attention. You can basically game on the likes of call of duty and pubg mobile into your thumbs, a little more than bloody little nubs. Even the cheaper skew of the oneplus note still comes packing, a rather generous eight gigs of ddr4 ram, while upgrading the level gives you a frankly barmy, 12 gigs of memory. My review model was that 12 giga and it absolutely pissed through call of duty and pubg mobile, no problem. You get a perfectly smooth frame rate at all times, no dips at all, no matter how intense things get. I stuck call of duty straight on the very high graphics and frame rate settings and the oneplus note handled it with gusto, although sadly pubg mobile does currently top out at the hd graphics and the high frame rate.
So you can't take full advantage of the snapdragon 765 g's grunt. An everyday performance was, of course, predictably good on the oneplus note as well. I did have one little issue where youtube basically completely crashed and had to be put down like a mangy dog, but apart from that, all good plus, of course, you've got that reliable hot 5g support as well, which will come in handy if the cave dwelling conspiracy, Theorists don't hack down all of the towers first also crammed inside of this sleek blue shell is a 415 milliamp battery, and this, unfortunately, is one area where the oneplus nord doesn't impress quite as much as some rivals. You see the likes of the realme x55g, and especially the moto g5 g, plus, with this whopping 5000 milliamp cell will happily breeze through even a really intensive day and usually end up with about a quarter power remaining when you're all tucked up with teddy with oneplus Node, however, if you stream a lot of audio, you have a lot of screen on time. Then you'll definitely have one eye locked on that battery meter come that sort of early evening time and i usually scraped it through to bedtime no problem even on an intensive day, but it was very, very close on a couple of occasions. Still, the node certainly charges up again in a jiffy thanks to the nippy warp charge. 30T tech bananarama and, like many mid ranges, you get 128 gigs of storage as standard, although if you throw a bit of extra cash at one plus you'll get double that and that's definitely worth doing.
If you shoot a lot of video download, a lot of movies, etc as there's no micro sd memory card support here now, let's have a gander at that rear, camera tech and what you get slapped on. The back of the oneplus note is a quad lens camera setup, which is pretty standard for any budget to mid range smartphones in 2020., and that primary lens is a 48 megapixel effect using sony's imx 586 sensor, as dependable as ever so it's pretty much the same Camera setup right there as the oneplus 8 flagship. So once again the results are good. If not quite industry leading you get 12 megapixel photos by default. You can boost that to 48 megapixels with a tap and though those 12 meg snaps, look nice and sharp on a laptop or a telescreen. Colors are accurately captured unless you're in particularly testing conditions, especially indoors with the added pitfall. Any motion results in blurry picks. More often than not and oneplus has improved its hdr smarts these past few months. So while those darker areas are still lacking in detail, it is rare to see any serious over saturation. An 8 megapixel ultrawide angle lens can also be called on when needed. Although images are slightly distorted here and colours appear warmer compared with the main lens and just real life in general and you've also got a two megapixel macro lens slapped on the back of the oneplus 0 as well. So you can shoot grainy picks of things up close hooray portrait.
Shots are aided along by the dedicated 5 megapixel depth sensor, and the edge detection is usually on point. Although the bucket style effect, can't be controlled and can be quite subtle at times and you've also got a pretty bloody good pro mode here on the oneplus nord, which can be called up if you actually want to have a tweak of the likes, the iso levels, The white balance the shutter speed stuff, like that you've got a sexy bit of histogram action and this can shoot jpeg images at either 12 or 48. Megapixel and you've also got a raw format option as well, and then there's that nightscape mode too, which helps to balance out your low light shots. Now it doesn't work wonders like the google or huawei alternatives and colors do generally still look a bit warm, but it is good for when you need it swap to video, and you can record respectable, looking full hd footage or sharper 4k res movies, with the option Of 21×9 for a more cinematic vibe color reproduction is again perfectly natural, although you'll want to avoid dodgy light and indoor footage can typically look rather grainy audio comes through clear from all directions, though, and image stabilization gets a thumbs up, even at ultra hd, around fun. You'Ve got a 32 megapixel main selfie cam using sony's imx616 sensor, and this is decent in most conditions, although it can struggle with strong light. You'Ve once again got portrait mode smarts as well.
Although again, the edge detection can be a bit shonky without a proper depth. Sensor and that secondary selfie lens is an eight megapixel ultra wide angle, alternative good. If you want to fit in a bit more background action or a few minutes and that right there is my full oneplus nord review after using it as my personal handset for a week. So, as you can see, it's not quite perfect, but it's – definitely very strong proposition indeed, and a strong bit of competition for likes the real me x55g, which does of course boast better battery life, but the nor definitely wins it for me on the software front, especially Because of course, you've got those guaranteed updates and then you've got that gorgeous oled screen as well, which is an absolute beauty. So what do you reckon on the oneplus northern? Are you tempted be great to your thoughts down below if you've pre ordered it as well? Let us know uh if you're regretting that or if you're very, very happy indeed certainly i'd be happy to have this as my full time, personal handset, it's a great bit of kit, and if you haven't already, please do put subscribe ding. That notifications bell.