OnePlus Nord – Review

So, let’s take a look at a phone that is definitely not the Oppo Find X2 Lite with a slightly different selfie camera setup (that is £399 by the way). No, this is the OnePlus Nord – a phone which costs £379 if you want the 8GB / 128GB version and £469 for the 12GB / 256GB one.

Now, in all honesty I’ve already brought you a big chunk of this phone, so let’s just catch up. First of all, the unboxing, hands-on and up-close photos…

You can see even more here . The specs, availability and everything else is below and I show off the covers that are available (you get a free one in the box)…

The OnePlus Nord. Hands on and unboxing! – Coolsmartphone

This is the one we’ve all been waiting for, and the handset that could potentially start turning the smartphone world on it’s head. This is a phone which


The price thing
This is important. I’m finding that there’s a couple of growing groups of people.

First, there’s those who’ve got a flagship phone and really don’t want to go “backwards” (or what they perceive as “backwards”). So, when renewal time rolls around, they upgrade to the latest version of the phone they already have. It might be the newer version of the Samsung Galaxy perhaps.

Secondly, there’s those who are searching for a better deal and better value for money. They might be buying a phone out-right and then going SIM-only to get better value-for-money or they’re searching for a phone which suits there needs rather than one which has a bunch of extra bits you might not need or appreciate.

This phone (and the Oppo Find X2 Lite, which I promise not to mention again) are sub-£400. However, the people in that first category are upgrading to phones which are £900 or more. If we sit down and think about what we’re actually getting for the extra £500, it usually boils down to…
– Wireless charging
– A funky curved, bigger screen (higher resolution, maybe a faster refresh rate an slightly higher PPI)
– Stereo speakers
– Quicker CPU
– Better camera setup
But… wait….

OnePlus are going to tell me off…
I was told by the PR people initially not to do this, but I’ve had two coffees already and it seems like a good idea. Right here you can buy the OnePlus 8 Pro . It’s £799 for the 12GB / 256GB model whilst the OnePlus Nord is £469 for the same 12GB / 256GB version.

The OnePlus 8 Pro does better on cameras (but wait – let me get back to that in a minute), on CPU (a Snapdragon 865), screen (higher resolution, bigger, faster refresh and curved) and it comes with stereo speakers. It also has wireless charging.

However, it gets the same OS, the same memory, storage, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass, Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX HD etc), dual-band WiFi, in-screen fingerprint system, GPS, NFC and similar fast charging via the infamous...