OnePlus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020

published on August 3, 2020

(techno music) – What's up guys? Saf here on SuperSaf TV, and in this video, we're going to be doing a detailed hands-on comparison between the OnePlus Nord and the iPhone SE 2020 Both of these devices are coming in at around

A 400 pound mark Let's see what they offer for that price point and what all the key differences are too So initially, let's look at the differences in size The OnePlus Nord, clearly the larger device It's taller, wider, thicker,

And it also weighs more compared to the iPhone SE So the iPhone SE, definitely the more compact device If you are after something that's a little bit smaller, you want something easy to use in one hand, then you may lean towards the iPhone SE But when we turn the devices around,

You'll notice why the OnePlus Nord is larger, and that's because it's got a much larger display The iPhone SE, it's got a 47 inch LCD display, which has around 326 PPI pixel density And we do also have these very thick top and bottom bezels This is a display that was on the iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 8,

So it is quite an old display that has been refreshed for 2020 And looking at it side-by-side to the OnePlus Nord, it looks very outdated The OnePlus Nord, it lined with 2020 flagship devices actually,

Even though this is coming in at mid range We've got very small bezels with a pill punch out for the front facing cameras It's an AMOLED display as well, so we've got deeper blacks and high contrast ratios We've got a high resolution with a higher pixel density

On the OnePlus Nord, around 408 PPI, which makes things sharper But I'd say one of the most important things is that OnePlus Nord does have a 90 Hertz refresh rate, which is very impressive at this price point And that means animations are much smoother

When you're scrolling through, when you're watching content, the experience is just superior on the OnePlus Nord I think it's safe to say that this is a clear win in this category for the OnePlus Nord compared to the iPhone SE Now, believe it or not,

There are a few advantages that you do get because of these bezels on the iPhone SE compared to the OnePlus Nord Firstly, there is a physical fingerprint scanner in the form of Touch ID on the bottom bezel Because this is a physical fingerprint scanner,

It does make it somewhat easier to unlock the iPhone SE You can have it in your pocket, and you can already have it unlocked as soon as it's out of your pockets With the OnePlus Nord, you've got an in-display fingerprint scanner,

Which works really well It's very, very fast The only thing is it does take an extra step, so you do need to wake the device before you can use it You can do that by tapping the Power button or tapping the display twice to wake it

No big deal by any means, but you do get a slight advantage with a physical fingerprint scanner on the iPhone SE Now another advantage that you have on the iPhone SE is that the earpiece here also doubles up as a speaker So we've got one bottom firing and one here,

And that gives us stereo speakers On the OnePlus Nord, there is just a single bottom firing speaker If we take a look at the build design, the iPhone is actually the more premium overall So we've got a glass back on both of these,

But the iPhone does have a metal frame with a matte finish, whereas OnePlus Nord has a plastic frame with a glossy finish Now the buttons are metal, but the frame itself is plastic The iPhone also has an official IP67 water and dust resistant rating

The OnePlus Nord, OnePlus do say it is watertight and it should be fine for splashes and using in the rain, but it does not have an official IP rating The iPhone is also available in three colors, a red, a black, as well as a white Whereas the OnePlus Nord is available in two colors,

A gray as well as this blue Now a couple of things I do have to mention about the OnePlus Nord is that it does firstly come with a case out of the box, so this is included It's a very simple case, but definitely nice to have

And it also has a pre-applied plastic screen protector These are the things that you're going to have to get separately with the iPhone SE Now in either case, I generally do tend to have a skin on my devices

From our channel sponsor dbrand Personally, my favorite is the Teardown series that's being made in partnership with my friend, Zach, from JerryRigEverything Gives you a nice preview into the internals of the device without actually having to

Open it up yourself And I really do like the blue battery of the OnePlus Nord, which goes in theme with the blue design If you'd like to pick up a skin from dbrand, then there's going to be a link in the description below Now let's move over on to the cameras,

And this is where things are very interesting, because we've got two total cameras on the iPhone SE On the OnePlus Nord, we have a total of six cameras So let's break all of these down So rear facing cameras, the iPhone SE has a 12 megapixel rear facing camera

It's a very good camera at this price point, and along with Apple's processing and the ISP, it does produce really good results And it really did go head-to-head with the iPhone 11 in my comparison, which I'll link in the cards and in the description

The OnePlus Nord has four rear facing cameras The primary camera is a 48 megapixel sensor, although you will be shooting at around 12 megapixels pretty much all of the time And that's going to allow you to get the best out of the sensor, which is the same sensor that you've got

On the OnePlus 8 But in addition to that, you also get an eight megapixel ultra-wide camera, and this gives you a different perspective, which you're just not going to be able to get on the iPhone SE

As well as that, you do get a two megapixel macro camera, which is going to allow you to get in super close to things Now it is just two megapixels, so it's not something that I would personally use much And then you get a five megapixel dedicated depth sensor Now I know, I know you guys want to see

A SuperSaf style camera comparison of the OnePlus Nord versus the iPhone SE I've not got the final software on the OnePlus Nord as yet, so I can't do it as yet, but it is going to be coming in a week's time So if you want to see that detailed camera comparison,

SuperSaf style first, then you guys know what to do, subscribe and hit that bell icon so you don't miss it Now this camera comparison is going to be very exciting because the OnePlus Nord also has nightscape

For low-light photography as well, something that we don't have on the iPhone SE And when it does come down to video, the OnePlus Nord can film at up to 4K 30 frames a second The iPhone SE can film at up to 4K 60 frames a second So you do get this additional frame rate here

On the iPhone SE Now, when we flip things around, things get even more interesting And that is because the iPhone SE just has a single front facing camera, whereas the OnePlus Nord has two front facing cameras

The iPhone SE has a seven megapixel front facing camera This can film at up to 1080p HD, so you don't have 4K from the front facing camera of the iPhone SE The OnePlus Nord has this pill cutout The primary camera is 32 megapixels,

But then you also get an ultra wide camera, which is going to be very useful for group selfies and even situations where you want to get more of your background into your shots from the front facing camera There's also some software here at play,

Which is going to prevent distortion so you don't get too much distortion on the sides And what's really interesting is that the OnePlus Nord can film at up to 4K from the primary front facing camera And not only that, it can also film at up to 4K 60 frames a second

From that front facing camera You can't do 4K 60 from the rear facing cameras, but you can do 4K 60 from the front facing cameras What's even more interesting is the fact that the OnePlus 8 Pro does not have 4K from the front facing camera

It's something that I fedback in my review It looks like OnePlus has taken that feedback onboard, and then given us 4K at this price range from the front facing camera I cannot wait to put these two head-to-head for that detailed camera comparison,

But just straight off the bat, you can see that the OnePlus Nord does have a lot more versatility for the cameras compared to the iPhone SE Now, one of the things that will be interesting to see in that camera comparison

Will be how everything is processed And one of the things that goes into processing images is the image signal processor that is linked to the chip set The iPhone SE is powered by Apple's A13 bionic chip This is the same chip set

That we've got in the likes of the iPhone 11 as well as the iPhone 11 Pros The OnePlus Nord is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 G chip set Now this isn't the 8 series, the flagship series, but it's still a very capable chip set,

And it does come with a base of eight gigabytes of RAM compared to three gigabytes of RAM on the iPhone SE Now in terms of actual performance, obviously a lot of factors are going to come into play, but generally speaking, the A13 is going to be more superior when it comes to intense gaming

And things like that Whereas although the 765 is a very capable chip set, it is not at that flagship level So this is an advantage that we get on the iPhone SE, but the OnePlus Nord does have support for 5G This is something that we don't have

On any Apple device as yet So if you are in a 5G enabled area, then this is going to be something very useful, again, at that very competitive price point 5G at this price point, very, very impressive

Now a lot of the performance is also going to come down the software We do have two completely different operating systems I think this is going to be a deciding factor for a lot of people The iPhone SE, of course, is running iOS

It's the latest version of iOS The OnePlus Nord is running Android with Oxygen OS on top Now oxygen OS, I've said this many times before, but it's one of my favorite skins on Android It's very clean, it's very smooth, and OnePlus is also really good with updates

They have also promised two years of updates on the OnePlus Nord, and three years of security updates The iPhone SE, well Apple is very much known for how long they support their devices for many, many years,

So the iPhone SE looks like it will be getting software updates and support longer than the OnePlus Nord And, obviously, if you are tied into that Apple ecosystem, if you use things like iMessage, AirDrop, then these things are going to work very well

Here on the iPhone SE along with all of your other Apple devices Now let's move on to the batteries The OnePlus Nord has a much, much larger battery compared to the iPhone SE It's actually more than twice as large

Now battery life is obviously going to vary and depend on your personal usage, and you do have different operating systems here The iPhone SE is pushing out less pixels, it's a smaller display, and the OnePlus Nord also has that higher refresh rate

The iPhone SE, in my experience so far, has been okay, but it's not brilliant in terms of battery life The OnePlus Nord, again, I am going to have to wait for those software updates to give you something a little bit more conclusive, but much, much bigger battery here on the OnePlus Nord

Both devices do support fast charging as well However, the iPhone SE does not come with a fast charger out of the box You do have to buy that separately It comes with a five watt charger out of the box The OnePlus Nord comes with a 30 watt charger

Out of the box, so you are getting that fast charger straight away included in that experience, which is really, really good However, the iPhone SE does support wireless charging This is something that the OnePlus Nord does not support

Wireless charging, it's more about convenience than speed You can just drop your smartphone on a wireless charger whenever you need it to top up And it's something that I personally do use a lot Now, finally, let's look at the price The iPhone SE does start at around 420 pounds

That is for the 64 gigabyte version If you do want the 128 gigabyte version, you are going to be paying around 470 pounds The OnePlus Nord is coming in at a very, very competitive 380 pounds That is for the 128 gigabyte version

If you do want the 256 gigabyte version, you will be looking at around 470 pounds So if we do a compare the like-for-like, 128 gig versus 128 gig, then the OnePlus Nord is coming in around about 90 pounds cheaper

Compared to the iPhone SE, and that's a very, very competitive pricing strategy here from OnePlus I'm genuinely impressed at how much OnePlus has been able to pack into the Nord for this price And if you are a OnePlus fan, especially from day one,

Then this does bring OnePlus kind of back to its roots of providing really impressive smartphones at very, very competitive price points So to conclude, the OnePlus Nord, obviously the more feature-packed device with all of those cameras, that superior display

The iPhone SE, still a very good device in my opinion for this price point, especially if you're within the Apple ecosystem, you are getting the flagship A13 bionic chip in here, which means this is going to last you a good amount of time

And you do get certain features on the iPhone SE which you do not get on the OnePlus Nord such as the more premium build, the stereo speakers, as well as wireless charging What do you think of the OnePlus Nord and the iPhone SE? Which one would you pick up?

Definitely let me know in the comments below As mentioned, there is going to be more coverage with the OnePlus Nord, including a SuperSaf style camera comparison If you do want to see that first, then be sure to subscribe and hit that bell icon

So you don't miss it I hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful, if you did, then do hit that thumbs up arm for me Thanks for watching, this is Saf on SuperSaf TV, and I'll see you next time (mellow techno music)

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