In the realm of smartphones, most people prefer either Android devices or Apple’s iPhone. Both smartphones are packed with features and capabilities that make them outstanding. The dilemma arises when you have used both devices or you’re new and you need to choose one if you can’t have both. Below is a comparison of the beasts in this smartphone arena that seems to tie.
Hardware: design overview
One plus 3
Molded out of aluminum, this device has a combination of strength and elegance. Measuring at 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm with a weight of 158g, it is thin and light. At the back, it’s very clean with only a camera bump and a LED flash. There’s also a secondary noise-cancellation mic. Like any Android device, it has a few controls, on the left side, it rocks the standard volume key with the alert slider right above it which is used to toggle ‘All, Silent and Priority’ notification states. On the right, there’s a power button and next to it is the dual SIM tray. There’s a microphone, USB Type-C connector, main microphone, a single speaker grille and the 3.5mm jack on the bottom part. On the front, there’s a home key that recognizes a tap gesture and also houses a fingerprint reader.
Measuring at 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm with a weight of 138g, the iPhone7 is smaller, thinner and lighter than the OnePlus 3. At the back, there’s a camera lens which is bigger and less protruding. There’s also a quad-LED for a true-tone flash. Just like the OnePlus 3, it also has a small hole which houses the third microphone for noise cancellation during calls. Like every other iPhone, it has controls. There are a mute switch and volume keys on the left side. The right side has the power/lock key. This side also houses the eject-able slot for the Nano SIM. The bottom side has the lightning jack, two grilles for mic and speaker. It has no the 3.5mm audio jack. On the front below the screen, is the Home button equipped with a tactic engine and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Display, connectivity, and battery
One plus 3
The OnePlus 3 has an Optic AMOLED 5.5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution. The AMOLED panel offers a 401ppi and it’s bright enough at 433 nits at full blast. In the phone’s display settings, there’s a color tone slider for a rich color experience.
The OnePlus 3 supports Dual-SIM capabilities but with a none- hybrid slot. With the LTE network technology, it can cruise up to 300 Mbps downstream. It also combines HSPDA and LTE bands. On both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, there’s a full set of a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standards. Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, and DLNA media sharing on supported devices are also present. There is also Bluetooth 4.2 and a USB Type-C port for charging, data sharing and also for USB host scenarios.
A non-removable 3000mAh Li-Ion battery with a dash charging tech powers the OnePlus 3. The battery supports 66 hours of endurance rating and calls time of almost 32 hours.
It has a 4.7″ multi-touch IPS display technology. The screen has a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels with a typical contrast ratio of 1400:1 and 326ppi. The screen supports the 3D Touch. Its maximum brightness is about 560nits. But on auto, and in bright light, it will shoot to 660 units. The Retina HD display is also 25% brighter. It’s equipped with the Night Shift mode for adjusting colors in the screen display to reduce blue light exposure to the eyes.
The iPhone 7 supports faster LTE Cat. 9 and depending on the model, the LTE band coverage is generally wider. It also supports all 2G (GSM/EDGE) and 3G (UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA) connectivity network bands. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support the dual Sim functionality. To cover for that, it supports WI-FI calling, HD voice and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) protocols. These features are carrier dependent. For wired data transfers, audio and charging, a Lightning connector is used. It also has Bluetooth 4.2, WI-FI with full set standards (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and NFC support.
Compared to the OnePlus, the built-in Li-Ion 1960mAh battery powering the iPhone 7 is of a smaller capacity. It has an endurance rating of 61hrs with almost 11hrs of talk time.
One plus 3
The OnePlus 3 runs on Oxygen 3.1.2 on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It’s backed up by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at speeds of (2×2.15 GHz & 2×1.6 GHz both Kryo) and 6GB of RAM. For graphics, there’s Adreno 530 GPU.
iPhone 7 runs on Apples iOS 10.0.1. It’s backed up by the A10 Fusion quad core processor clocked at 2.34 GHz (2x Zephyr + 2x Hurricane) and a 2GB RAM. It has a six core graphics PowerVR Series7XT plus GPU.
To measure their performance, a series of tests(benchmarks) were carried out and the results compare on the table as shown below.
The tests measure the overall processors’ power, memory performance, and 3D graphics.
|Benchmarks (higher is better)||OnePlus 3||iPhone 7|
|Geek Bench 4 (single-core)||1719||3488|
|Geek Bench 4 (multi-core)||4045||5654|
|GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p off-screen)||46||61|
|Base mark OS 2.0||2365||3416|
|Base mark ES 3.1 / Metal||625||1547|
It has a primary camera of 16 MP with an aperture of f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, geotagging, LED flash, OIS, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, touch focus, panorama, face detection and HDR.
It’s capable of recording 2160p videos at 30 frames per second, 1080p@30/60 frames per second and 720p@120fps with Auto HDR.
The secondary camera has 8 MP with f/2.0, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1/3.2″ sensor size and can record 1080p videos.
It has a primary camera of 12 MP with an aperture of f/1.8, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, geotagging, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, OIS, 1/3″ sensor size, recording 4K video and 8MP image simultaneous, face/smile detection, touch focus and HDR (photo/panorama).
It’s capable of recording 4K videos @30 frames per second, 1080p videos @30/60 fps and 720p videos @240 frames per second.
The secondary camera has 7 MP with f/2.2 aperture, face detection, HDR, panorama and can record 1080p@30fps and 720p@240fps videos.
Both devices are well matched with their performance power and aesthetics they offer. From the benchmarks, iPhone 7 is a beast.