OnePlus Nord | Consumer Review (Is It Worth the $488?)

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

Yo what's good y'all tutorial and today i'm actually doing this a little bit earlier because i gave oneplus an exception but i had this oneplus nord for about three weeks now man that was quick and i'm about to go and give y'all my consumer review on this finally so let's get into it all right so yeah like i was saying i had this oneplus noir since the 17th of august and usually i waited until like a full month until i could do my consumer review but oneplus needed an exception so i just

Kind of gave it to them and they actually sent me this phone for that whole oneplus nord beta program that actually won which it was like 10 000 people out of that signed up and i ended up being one of the 50 people to win so that was pretty dope so here we are with my consumer review for the oneplus nord and if you want to see the unboxing on this i'm going to throw the link in the description or the card above so you can go and click on that all right so now it's review time let's just get straight into

This and the first thing i'm going to go and talk about is the build quality and the design so i gotta say the design of the oneplus nord is really beautiful like i'm loving this onyx blue color that i have right here i think it was like the best color they could have shipped to me and i'm just loving this as you all know with gray and black phones really it's just like a boring color that i just really don't like so i'm really feeling this blue onyx color

I'm pretty sure that's what it's called anyways you get some different shifts of color on the back of the phone and it just looks really nice in my opinion and then for the build quality it's equally as nice especially for this 400 phone so you get a back glass here and then you also get plastic sides which don't really bother me that much i mean i'm glad that we have glass here in the first place to begin with so yeah you get glass in the back glass on the front and then the actual size of the phones is gonna be plastic but yeah it's definitely a rugged phone it feels

Pretty durable and it doesn't feel like it's gonna break if you just drop it on like some i don't know carpet or something now i can't really speak for scratches or anything like that because i kept it in the case in the screen protector that came right out the box but i would say it will probably hold up pretty well so design and build quality that's definitely a goal especially for a phone that's cheap like honestly you just don't find a lot of phones for this build quality and design for this price range

Next up is a speed in the software so for the os you're actually running android 10 with oxygen 10 here as you can see here and for the specs you actually get a snapdragon 765 g with 12 gigs of ram and 256 gigs of storage for the model i have anyways and then i also heard that there's a model with 8 gigs of ram with 128 gigs of storage but even with that that's pretty good for a phone this price but yeah just using the phone overall with this 90 hertz screen because yes it does have a 90 hertz screen as you can see here

It feels really fast and fluid like i haven't had any slow downs or anything like overall i just think it works out pretty well you have that pretty much stock android ui here which by the way oneplus is actually updating so they're kind of going away from stock android and more like one ui but still i think it's gonna run out just fine and then this right now it's just running great so the speed and the software definitely a go on the oneplus nord next up is those cameras so i'm going to

Give you all some camera samples right now so check this out all right so now for the video testing 4k 60 on the front camera it looks dope i really like how it looks like this has got to be my favorite most definitely over at least the pixel 4a and then this is what your 4k 30 is going to look like with the rear camera so i don't really understand why it's only in 4k 30 and not 60 like it is with the front camera but

Not yet down i don't really know what's up with that and that was the camera sample so in my opinion i wasn't really the most impressed with the cameras especially because i have a pixel 4a here in the pixel 4a just pretty much wins out over the oneplus nord now i will say i do got to give it to oneplus for the video quality on the oneplus nord because on the oneplus nord i think the video quality easily wins over this pixel 4 8. and then on top of that you have a variety of cameras versus just one camera on the pixel 4a so on the oneplus nord you actually got

The 48 megapixel wide you have an ultra wide you have a telephoto and then you get a macro lens now let me go and talk about that macro lens real quick so i love that they put three cameras in here but that mako lens like mkbhd said in this video it's like kind of unnecessary i'm not gonna lie to you like taking a picture with the macro lens it's honestly just not that good looking it's not gonna take that many good pictures and to be honest i feel like they put that camera in there just to say that they have four cameras in

The oneplus nord because it's pretty unnecessary and if i'm being 100 real here you would just be better off taking a picture with that 48 megapixel camera or using the telephoto lens and then just zooming in instead of using the macro lens so the macro lens and the oneplus nord is pretty unnecessary and i feel like they just put that there just for the looks and just so they can say that they did it i just really don't get why the front-facing camera has 4k 60 but the rear camera don't like just what's up with that and apparently

According to them these cameras actually came from the oneplus 8 so if that's true yeah that's that's not really that good one plus next up we gotta talk about this beautiful 1080p 90hz amoled display so oneplus has always been one of those companies that really put you on these high refresh rate displays and in my opinion i never even really cared about them like i even turned it off like during the whole duration of this phone pretty much of me having it like i had the galaxy s20 ultra and

Everything with 120 hertz i had the 2018 ipad pro that returned a while ago and i just really wasn't that impressed in my opinion people's acting like it's the next amoled display or something like that but it's really not it's not that big of a deal if you don't got 90 hertz or 120 hertz on your phone so if we actually go to the youtube resolution settings here you can actually see that we get 1080p 60 and hdr so we do got an hdr display which looks really nice and honestly it just reminds me of a samsung screen and i'm really glad that

They put amoled in this thing because i just don't really like lcd anymore after having these amoled displays like i just can't really go back and on top of all that we do have a pretty modern bezel-less display here with a hole punch here which looks exactly like the galaxy s10 plus by the way so as you can see here yeah i think it's pretty safe to say and then inside of the display you actually got an optical in display fingerprint scanner so as you can see there it works just fine there but like in most cases it doesn't really even work

That well for me if i'm being honest i don't know how many times i'm going to say that but yeah like i just don't really feel the in display fingerprint scanner right here and that really sucks because i heard a lot of great things about oneplus and display fingerprint scanners like it just doesn't really recognize me a lot of times and it doesn't really matter how many times i re-register it it just doesn't really work that well so yeah and display fingerprint scanner on the oneplus nord not really a go but i will say that the face unlock on the

Oneplus nord it's like crazy fast like i didn't expect it to be that fast now sometimes it is a little bit too fast but i think you can't go ahead and change it in the settings where it'll stay on the lock screen if it recognizes your face and it's a 6.4 inch screen at that which is really dope because that's really my main beat for the pixel 4a is this 5.8 inch screen like it's just kind of small for me and i'm not really feeling it so overall i'm really feeling the screen out here next up is the battery life and the fast

Charge and the oneplus nord now i do want to say first off that when i got my oneplus nord i wasn't expecting the charger i got so as you can see here i got the american adapter here in like this is only a european model which i'll talk about more in a minute but i was surprised that i got this but battery life on the oneplus nord has actually been pretty average and i'm actually surprised that it's better than i thought it was going to be but at the same exact time it's still pretty average and it's not going to be anything amazing so we'll get you

Throughout the day and i think i end the day around like 30 or 20 percent but besides that like it's just really nothing that special but y'all let me tell you all about this warp charge real quick because the warp charge on the oneplus nord is like ridiculous so with this oneplus nord i even forget at times that it's actually plugged in for a split second and then after i remember after that split second it's already full i get a notification on one of my phones telling me that the battery's full off of this app that i

Use and it's actually called battery monitor so i can actually see all the battery percentages on my devices but yeah as you can see here like it's crazy fast so you can see the specs right there but just trust me it's a 30 watt charger and it's ridiculous all right like i can't believe how fast this thing charges now with this phone you're not going to get wireless charging on this so that's one of my main beats with the oneplus nord is that you can't wireless charge

With it because i would have really liked that because with all my devices all i really do is just wirelessly charge everything and that's pretty much it but with the oneplus nord i just gotta kind of resort to plugging it in all the time so yeah that's kind of what and then i got some beef with the charger which is actually the size of it so it takes up like two outlets here on my power strip and then when you look at something like this pixel charger or my galaxy charger it's

Pretty like slim here so it only takes up one outlet so oneplus he should really shrink this down or something next up is the speaker on the oneplus nord so i'm about to go and do a quick sound test so i would recommend you putting in your headphones so you can hear it out the best so this was going to sound like right here on max volume so with the oneplus note you only get a single firing mono speaker here and i really really don't like that because i love my stereo speakers ever since my

Galaxy s9 plus like ever since i got the s9 plus i really couldn't go back to like no mono audio or anything but then i got this and i'm like hey bro what's up with this i'm not really feeling that so i know the phone costs what it costs and everything but look at phones like the pixel 4a here which actually has some really good sounding stereo speakers so check this out now i will say that the oneplus note actually sounds a little bit louder than the pixel 4a

With some bass in it but in my opinion like it's just not really all that great without no stereo speakers so oneplus you should really up your game and lastly we gotta talk about the biggest problem with this oneplus nord which is where you can buy it and what support it has with your carrier so i did hear that they're going to be selling it in the us after all which is like really good news but right now they don't got it in the us so you just got to import it and these are the bands that the oneplus newer doesn't support

So you may have carrier incompatibility issues so you may want to check with your carrier first to make sure everything will work out fine but for me anyways with the oneplus noise supporting the sub 5 gigahertz 5g wi-fi on t-mobile it works out just fine for me at kenosha wisconsin now i will say that the speed tests were considerably slower than the ones that i got on my galaxy s20 ultra earlier this year it may just be my area but that's what i got it was pretty slow in my opinion so if you want to get your oneplus nord

On your carrier you need to check up with them first and now i'm about to go and tell y'all some things that i like and dislike about this one plus north that i didn't really cover in this review so one of the things i like about the oneplus nord is that it come with a screen protector and a case right out the box so i may like the feel of my phone and everything but i really hate scratches more so i just stick with this you get full protection right out the box so

That's really cold next up is that it has nfc so you can use google pay and bring it to a store if you want to so that's really a go i'm really feeling that and the last thing i like is that it's water resistant but it's not like let me talk about this real quick so this one plus nor does have water resistance but they didn't put any type of rating on it because that would drive the price up so that's what you got there so if you accidentally drop this in some water or something you should be fine i don't recommend you going ahead and

Dunking it into some water like i wouldn't even do that especially because i don't even know if this is going to be my phone here or not but when i go in the shower to play some music with my ue mega boom 3 this is the phone i bring with me and it works out pretty fine but the things i don't like about this is no wireless charge in the in-display fingerprint scanner but i guess i already covered that so is the oneplus nord worth the asking price and does it get the jenny stamper for profile

Yes and no so if you actually want the model with eight gigs of ram and 128 gigs of storage that's actually going to run you 488 bucks but if you want the bottle that i got right here with 12 gigs of ram and 256 gigs of storage that's really gonna run up the price like by a hundred bucks so i don't really know about all that so i'll say the 488 bucks that's cool but for the 256 gig model yeah no like i don't know about all day so does this phone get the jenny stamp of approval so for the model that i have

Right here with the 12 gigs of ram i don't think so but for the 8 gigs of ram version yes aka i recommend you picking up the oneplus nord assuming that works out with your carrier now i know a lot of people is going to be saying should i just wait for the us version to come out if one does come out or should i just get this one now and my answer to that is i recommend you waiting a couple months to see if they come out with the us version and like to see what they bring to the us but if they don't got nothing in the

Next couple of months then yeah i think you should pick this up and y'all that was my consumer review for the oneplus nord so let me know in the comments below what did you think about this and what do you think about the oneplus nord so there's been a bunch of hype around the oneplus nord and i know they even made a documentary series for it on prime video and even youtube so if you want to check that out i guess i'll leave a link down below but does it live up to the hype yeah kinda but let me go and get out of

Here y'all so thanks for watching if you like this video go and give this video a like and if you really liked it go and subscribe but go and follow me my social media edison tech on instagram and twitter and facebook but instagram and twitter is the most active and if you're wondering why i said kinda it's because i think that this is a really good value phone but it's not amazing or anything but i still recommend you picking this up so thanks for watching y'all i'll see you on the next one then peace out i will have a dedicated video comparing

This to the pixel 4a so stay tuned for that and also i do have my pixel 4a consumer review coming up soon so stay tuned for that but for right now peace out you

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