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OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Introduction


OnePlus, a company that started making phones just three years ago, has already built a name for itself with the great value-for-money phones that it makes. The OnePlus 5 is its best and its most expensive phone so far, yet it still costs a lot less than a mainstream flagship like the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

The OnePlus 5 looks up to that device (or should we say “copies it”) in a lot of ways: most notably, it has a similar design and it uses a dual camera system with support for Portrait mode, the signature feature of the 7 Plus.

With so many similarities, we just had to directly match up the two in a detailed comparison. We look at the design differences, question ourselves which phone has better performance and battery life, and compare their cameras. Read on.

Design


The OnePlus took a few cues from the iPhone 7 Plus, but its curved back and accents give it its own personality. The iPhone is the original, but it has big bezels and a much biggerfootprint that might be off-putting to some, while the OnePlus is more compact. Unfortunately, there is no water-proofing on the OnePlus.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The big surprise with the OnePlus 5 was just how shockingly similar it looked to the iPhone 7 Plus. At least that’s what unofficial leaked pictures of the phone would have had you believe. After you see the phone in real life, you realize that the similarity is there, but it’s not as shocking and in-your-face as those images might have convinced you.

Both the OnePlus 5 and the iPhone 7 Plus are made out of aluminum, with the buttons also made of metal. Buttons feel clicky on both, with a lot of travel, but it takes a little more effort to press a button on the iPhone than on the OnePlus. The OnePlus also features a slight curve on its back, which makes it fit more comfortably in the hand. Both phones are slippery, but the OnePlus more so. We recommend using a case on both for extra protection.

In terms of physical size, the OnePlus 5 has smaller bezels and a narrower footprint, which makes it more ergonomic. The iPhone, on the other hand, is noticeably bigger than the OnePlus and in fact, one of the largest 5.5-inch phones around, which might inconvenience some people.

OnePlus 5
6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches
154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

OnePlus 5

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.63 oz (188 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


What the OnePlus 5 still lacks is water-protection. The iPhone 7 Plus is officially IP67 water and dust protected, meaning that it is guaranteed to withstand water damage for as much as 30 minutes under 3 feet deep fresh water. Not having water resistance is not a dealbreaker, but it’s definitely a drawback in our books.

Both phones have their fingerprint scanners conveniently located in the front, right below the display. They are both styled to look like physical keys, but you cannot actually press either. Tapping them brings you to the home screen on both and both feature fingerprint readers that are fast and accurate, but it is the OnePlus 5 that feels faster.


Display

Two gorgeous displays: a 5.5” LCD one on the iPhone, and a 5.5” AMOLED one on the OnePlus.

Both the OnePlus 5 and the iPhone 7 Plus have 16:9 displays with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. No bezel-less full screen magic here. A Full HD display is a reasonable choice of resolution: going above that gives very little (if any) real-life improvement, but would take a toll on battery life and performance. The two screens differ in technology, though: we have an AMOLED screen on the OnePlus and an LCD one on the iPhone 7 Plus.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The AMOLED on the OnePlus 5 has a couple of advantages over the LCD one on the iPhone: deeper blacks and better viewing angles being the two major ones, but an LCD screen does not suffer from ghosting artifacts over the years and is usually brighter and easier to see outdoors.

In terms of color reproduction, both phones do a great job. The iPhone 7 Plus is a bit better for one simple reason: Apple’s iOS supports color management and makes full use of the wider DCI-P3 color profile. Put simply, the iPhone knows when a content needs to be shown in wide color and delivers those punchy colors when needed, while Android still lacks system-wide color management. You do get partial color profiles on the OnePlus, though, and colors do look fine on it as well. You can choose between sRGB and DCI-P3 for those punchier colors.

The iPhone also has 3D Touch, a dedicate layer beneath the display that allows it to tell pressure. This comes in handy in most first-party apps and in many third-party ones. It’s particularly useful in the keyboard: 3D Touch it to have it transform into a trackpad that allows very precise positioning of the cursor. The OnePlus lacks such a functionality, instead replacing it partly with the clumsier long press in Android.

Both phones also come with ‘Night’ mode, a built-in blue light filter that helps night birds fall asleep easier and not get distracted by a phone display’s blue light. The effect is customizable on both, but feels a bit more subtle and well made on the iPhone.

The OnePlus also ships with a new ‘Reading’ mode that turns the screen black and white, and makes it sharper. It’s easier on the eyes and emulates an e-book look, and we appreciate having it.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
OnePlus 5 435
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8014
(Poor)
2.13
6.63
(Average)
6.29
(Average)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 672
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:1431
(Excellent)
6981
(Excellent)
2.2
3.11
(Good)
2.63
(Good)
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posted on 14 Jul 2017, 09:42

1. Ticklemyfancy (Posts: 203; Member since: 09 Oct 2016)


OnePlus for me . I held and saw the device in person. It looks nothing like an iPhone 7+. The renders make it look like an exact copy.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:19

4. Guaire (Posts: 731; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


You can't be serious.

Of course it isn't an exact copy, nonetheless it's a copycat for sure. It obviously designed to be look like an iPhone 7 Plus, but only different in small details.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 14:29

15. Ticklemyfancy (Posts: 203; Member since: 09 Oct 2016)


You could argue about the camera placement but as a whole , it doesn't look like an iPhone 7 plus on the back

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 12:26

12. Lumbergh (Posts: 232; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


Barely looks similar to me

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 09:51 1

2. ahmuzencab (Posts: 173; Member since: 12 May 2017)


What a crappy screen the 1+5 has.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:53

9. sgodsell (Posts: 4737; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Oh, is that why Apple is going to AMOLED as well with their newer iPhone's. I always laugh at iPhonearenas minimum brightness. Oh look everyone it has the same minimum brightness as the one plus AMOLED display. Especially when AMOLED displays have a minimum brightness of off. What a joke.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 12:07 1

11. ahmuzencab (Posts: 173; Member since: 12 May 2017)


Listen, child. I never said I am a fan of amoled on mobile phones. There are pros to amoled and there are cons. My ideal flagship? MicroLED screen, like the next gen Apple Watch supposedly.

If I’m going to buy a “flagship killer (LOL as if this could ever replace my current phone or a future Note), it’s brightness will not be dogs**t like that of the One+

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 12:31

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4280; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You're taking about something that hasn't arrived on phones yet. How can that be your ideal flagship?
Cettaily not the best screen a phone has, but by all means, not crappy at all.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:17

3. bucknassty (Posts: 137; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


clumsier long press.... hahaha oh man.... are you still not holding down the "3D" touch when navigating on the iphone?

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:35 1

5. cnour (Posts: 1397; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Kia vs Lamborghini!!!!!!!

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:39

6. Rishi17 (Posts: 38; Member since: 22 Sep 2016)


Brainwashed iSheep spotted ...

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:46

7. Hama22 (Posts: 52; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


U cant be serious lol

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 12:32

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4280; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You mean iKia Vs. LamPlusghini?

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 10:49 1

8. slim3bdo (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jun 2017)


Although I know it's iphonearena article and they always biased despite so many time being exposed about it .
I'll do my part and list the stupidity in this article
1- design , although op5 copied iPhone 7 plus , yet no body is talking about the 3 years old design of the iPhone , where if you look for similar incidents with recycled design like the HTC m9 you read about how it's old and stupid to repeat the same design for 3 years , keep in mind that you can differntiate between m7 , m8 and m9 . While you can't do the same for the 6 , 6s and 7 .

2- the screen on both is 1080p , while in all other articles about op5 in iphonearena the screen is down side unless you are taking about iPhone , when it becomes a not big deal , and it's better for performance , STRANGE IS NOT IT . I wish a can hear about the 4.7 iPhone with it's s**tty display from the author .
3- no way in hell the iPhone user experience is better than op5 , I got the 4.7 iPhone 7 and op5 , while the iPhone stutter from while to while and crash some apps , the op5 runs everything just like a pixel ( which is smoother than any iPhone ) and some times even better .
And op5 uses stock material design for transition , so it's more smoother and consist as ui than any ui out there .
4- display is far better on op5 than iPhone cause of it being amoled display , and the next iPhone is gonna change to amoled as well , so you should know by know any amoled display is better PERIOD
5-op5 battery life is better by your test than iPhone , and the iPhone full with same apps loaded and account synced with op5 will drain bettery faster with the same usage . And here comes the dash charging advance over the iPhone , I literally charge my op5 for 30 minutes max a day and never charge it over 75% and it lasts more than the iPhone
5- you never mentioned the op5 comes with dual SIM which is big advantage for frequent travelers . This is an intended omission which reflect the personality of the author as deciving lier .
6 - camera test , the best true judge of this is ppl them selves , and you can check Android police for the blind test , spoiler alert : op5 came second and the iPhone was not 1st or 3rd . So in the end op5 manage to deliver better photos than the iPhone , despite it's camera software is not mature yet .

And when any one reads your conclusion we see that even op5 best point you made them better in the iPhone , like performance, battery and display

I have the both phones and the op5 is by far better in overall usage without a shred of doubt .

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 11:57

10. IT-Engineer (Posts: 147; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


You are talking to izombiearena, they won't understand a single word. #sheeple

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 15:56 1

16. Victor.H (Posts: 762; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Contrary to your thoughts, we value and read most comments, I know I do with my articles.

1. What should we say, it's a 3-year-old design? It's good, but it's not particularly exciting.

2. The reason you cannot hear that it's s**tty, is that it is not. Resolution has not been a relevant topic since the iPhone 4 and its Retina displays. We have performed multiple tests with people, they cannot tell the difference unless we glue the phone to their eyes. Even then, they often cannot tell the difference between Quad HD and Full HD.

3. You are wrong. Both are much more fluid than the OnePlus. If you own a Pixel, run the charts in GPU testing from Dev options, and you will see how the OnePlus regularly drops frames, while the Pixel does not. It's the facts.

4. AMOLED is not a panacea. In fact, AMOLED displays have been badly calibrated for years until about the S6. The S5 was a glaring example of a terrible AMOLED display. Again, see the display charts in our comparisons. Its whites are green.

5. Our battery test is a reference point, not the end of a discussion. It does not take into account stand-by time. We also add our real-life experience to that.

6. A blind test can be done in a million ways. The OnePlus does better with portrait mode than the iPhone, but its regular camera is just so noisy it's shocking. It's not as good as the iPhone. And there are even better cameras out there like the Pixel and the S8.

It's friday night so I am checking out, best wishes!

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 23:36

17. slim3bdo (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jun 2017)


Thanks for replying in the beginning

1- no you should mok them both , one for a 3 years old design and the second for copying it .

2- I know that HD and full HD are the same and you can't tell the difference .
Im talking about the hepocracy when talking about op5 display not being qhd is it main downside in any of your reviews yet you make it a plus side when it's about the iPhone .
3- please I'm telling you from a personal experience that my iPhone is getting worse by every update , stutters and slow downs and even freezing for a second .
For the pixel it might keep a better frame rate , but because of the speed of op5 you might feel it smother , also I believe the frame rate difference is minimal , I don't have pixel now so you can run the tests your self and post them .
4- and I know that in the beginning that amoled panel was not great but I'm talking about recent years , why do I have to go back to the s5 , since 2015 most amoled devises where great display , while you can't say the same about LCD , while all amoled flagship had better display than iPhones .
So basically the iphone is better cause it has good whites and the op5 is greenish ( which I think it could be improved by an update ) .
5 - my personal experience by using almost the same apps and games on any device I use , the iPhone is the worst in the case of my 7 and when I tried the 7 plus for couple of weeks it was good at best , barly lasting the whole day ( Im heavy user ) , now with op5 I get the whole day easily starting with only 75% , go check XDA forum about op5 battery life and you will see insane sot , which I never get with any device due to my usage hapit . But it's clear to me that op5 has far better battery system ( indurance, charging speed ) than the iPhone.
6- reading your review you would get than the iPhone camera is far superior camera over op5 .
My point was the op5 camera can do very well , for me both the op5 and iPhone 7 are both garbage compared to the S7 , there are great camera phones and there is the rest , both are in the rest group and the only determinating factor is personal taste ,
No matter how many blind tests , there is a group that's always in top position and the rest group where they come in randome positions ) . Both should get equal degree for camera.
op5 is better in performance and bettery , equal in the rest areas , plus I give extra one for op5 cause it's running Android which for my personal opinion is by far the best is out there .

posted on 15 Jul 2017, 08:53

19. Spyro (Posts: 238; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)


They're both good phones, can we just come to that conclusion. It all comes to preference.

posted on 19 Jul 2017, 07:35

21. ColinW (Posts: 238; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


I think the real point or conclusion from this comparison is they are both great but not class leading phones, but the One plus is better than its price point, whereas the iPhone is much worse.

posted on 15 Jul 2017, 05:32

18. whatev (Posts: 376; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


Where is Notofanboys when his services are needed? The author had to defend himself against a troll and he did nothing

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 06:26

20. harry190 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jan 2017)


I think OnePlus 5 is the better than iPhone 7 Plus.
Thanks for a great review like always. I always follow your site for great reviews.
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