OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus selfie comparison: Battle of the doppelgängers

Now that the OnePlus 5 has been out for some time, and many of the big questions have been answered, it's time for those of you out here debating whether to buy one to get a bit more into the specific and the personal. And what could be more personal than the selfie — possibly the best way to expose oneself to the world in nitty-gritty detail, for better or worse.

But to answer the question "Will I look good when taking a selfie with the OnePlus 5?" (barring the obvious answer that yes, you will, provided you take said selfie from a good angle and in the right lighting conditions), we need to take a look at the resulting photos not just by themselves, but also by comparing them to another device; one that people will be familiar with. And what better choice than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the very same smartphone often accused of copying the OnePlus 5's unique visual design?

And to do just that, I took both of these babies out for a spin and am now back here with the results — so strap on and get ready to take a couple of very thorough looks at my ugly mug.

Scene 1: At the office

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus

Right off the bat we start with a somewhat difficult photo: the combination of a gloomy day outside and my seat being the furthest away from the window resulted in a shot in which my face was illuminated mostly from one side, a problem somewhat compensated for by both devices. The end result, however, is that neither of the two photos looks particularly good; passable yes, but the colors are just too dull and uninteresting.

In fact, the colors are a particular problem for the iPhone across the board — while it's debatable whether the yellowish tint looks better or worse, it sure isn't even close to what the scene was like in real life. My hair, which I make sure to maintain a bright, pearly white (and which desperately needs redyeing, but that is an entirely different matter) looks off and brassy, which in this case is unforgivable.

However, credit where credit's due: the OnePlus 5 pic is both more overexposed than its rival and also blurrier and less detailed (check out the eyelashes on my left eye). So the winner here is indisputably the iPhone, even if its color profile hurts my ego.

Scene 2: Outside

Winner: Tie

Ugly, abandoned buildings usually make for terrible scenery, but are actually pretty good when used as a background for, say, your latest Instagram shot — put anything in front of them, and it instantly becomes better looking in contrast with its surroundings. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway.

But it also means that you'll most probably get some decent lighting out of the environment, which is good if you want the photo to be at least a passable representation of what you look like. Or to put things in concrete terms, both the iPhone 7 Plus and the OnePlus 5 did pretty well, but each one's quirks are on full display nonetheless.

Namely, the iPhone's yellowish tint gives my face a more lifelike (but a little sunburnt, which is not the case) look than the OP5's ghostly hues. However, looking at the polka dot pattern on my shirt, or the wall texture to the right of my chin reveals the iPhone went a little too hard on the sharpening, resulting in some noticeable and unpleasant artifacts. On the other hand, the iPhone shows much better detail, both on my face and the wall behind me. And since there isn't a clear winner here, I'm calling this one a tie.

Scene 3: Not outside

Winner: OnePlus 5

I have a confession to make: this photo wasn't actually taken at the beach. Shocking, I know, but if you look hard enough you'll notice the frame of the painting sneakily positioned behind me. Though you'd have a somewhat harder time noticing it on the iPhone shot, thanks to its front camera's narrower field of view. In practice, this is both a blessing and a curse, as it means you'll get less face distortion, but you'll often find yourself struggling to take selfies with multiple people in frame.

As for the actual shot in question, rather than unseen, theoretical ones: the setup is a pretty difficult one, thanks to the combination of so-so lighting and fairly high-contrast background. And while both phones suffer in terms of up-close details, the iPhone's colors make the photo simply bad to look at: the exaggerated lighting on my forehead makes me look like some sort of grease monster, while the painting itself looks like the end result of someone cranking up the saturation slider to the max.

Scene 4: In the studio

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus

Forget for a moment that the iPhone pic even exists and take a look at the OnePlus' instead. Or to be more precise, look at its background, and try to notice all of the surroundings. Done? Good.

Now, if one of the things you noticed was a (fake) bonsai tree next to my left shoulder, then congrats! — you have better eyesight than I do. In fact, the OnePlus did a spectacularly bad job in this shot (of which there are four other copies, each one blurrier than the last), or at least it did in comparison with the iPhone, which brought out the details in the background while also not overexposing my face.

Scene 5: In the studio, but I was tired so I laid down

Winner: OnePlus 5

Look, it was a long day, okay? I don't want you judging me about this shot, especially considering that it's arguably the best possible indicator of the differences between the two cameras. Field of view? Check. Color tint? Check. Sharpness? Also check.

In fact, sharpness is once again the deciding factor here, but this time its absence is what gives the OnePlus 5 the crown. Take a look at my face in the iPhone 7 Plus picture (if you dare): the device's sharpening algorithm took the unpleasant shadows on and next to my cheekbones and then accentuated them — an effect that, ironically, actually serves to make the picture look mildly blurrier than the OnePlus'.


Calling a winner here is a bit hard, and the reason isn't just the fact that the score is a tie. You see, while in these particular scenarios the iPhone's sharpening and color profile did it no favors, they still do their job pretty well in most situations. Meanwhile, the OnePlus' camera has problems with details and dynamic range (and no, HDR was explicitly disabled on both devices), but offers much better color accuracy than its rival.

Also, if the iPhone 7 Plus isn't really your thing, there's also a second selfie comparison, this time between the OnePlus 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, so make sure to check it out as well!

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 454; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

No! Iphone wins!!! - Iphunearina

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If that's Kaloyan, he looks like an Apple person. And if you look closely, OP5 takes down IP7 on both comparisons 2 & 4. 2: IF you pick iP7 on here, it just confirms you're an Apple person. Check the zoomed in shot of your dotted shirt. You must be crazy to pick iP7. 4: Check the BGN, OP5 has better details. Conclusion: Fail.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2177; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Both did a good job taking realistic selfies, without the beauty face blur that is the Achilles heel of Samsung phones.

3. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Ok the iPhone is tie with OP5 but all we know that S8 is much better than iPhone and after that you make winner the OP5 over S8! In your conclusion iPhone = OP5 and OP5>S8? So the iPhone>S8? THERE IS NO WAY .

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

exclusive... only in iPhonearena...

9. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Now with allnew name "iOPArena"

4. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

i am not sure how good or bad is the selfie of OP5, but if there's an award for The Worst Front Cam on a phone, it gotta be the the IP7. simply horrible! ps: speaking as a user of OP3 and Redmi Note 4

6. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Why do.people love the yellowish selfies from i7+?

8. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I don't do selfies but the iPhone won this one for me. The one+ made everything look black and white...

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012


14. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Over paid endorsement

11. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

It's definitely a kid rat lol

12. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

>gets on phonearena >iphone arena haha >6,000 posts later >iphone arena haha >....................................

13. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Wow the butt hurt whining is rampant in the comments. More comments from ppl upset that the iPhone didn't lose than there is Apple fans. Seriously ppl, if you hate the iPhone that much or think this site is so unfair because they didn't conclude the iPhone lost, don't read the article or go to another site. This is all subjective, and the conclusions in each scene is dependent on the authors opinion, it doesn't make him wrong just because you have a different opinion. Like a bunch of immature kids fighting over who's toy is better. You Apple haters aren't gonna buy the iPhone so what the heck does it matter who wins or loses? Use what suits you and be happy, and leave everyone else to have their own opinion and use what suits them.

15. Roegge

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 11, 2017

Great model! But a a little overpriced this days ; even for a rugged! I have seen some AGM models around with a better PPR: now the x1 18k gold edition have been released! … i have such fond memories of this phone, tho … it started my passion for rugged phones :)

16. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Great job, hipster Ifanatic doing a vs article, rofl.

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