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OnePlus One vs Apple iPhone 5S


OnePlus One vs Apple iPhone 5S

Vs Michael Grothaus 15:32, 23 Might 2014

The OnePlus One is the brand new child on the block, can it show its mettle towards the nicely-established Apple iPhone 5S?

There’s been loads of buzz concerning the OnePlus One, the primary smartphone from Beijing-based mostly OnePlus that's set to have a large launch within the subsequent few weeks. A lot of that buzz is due OnePlus’s distinctive advertising marketing campaign limiting who might get their palms on a OnePlus One. You both wanted to know somebody or enter a wild contest the place you destroyed your previous smartphone on video. However past the advertising hype, how good is the OnePlus One once you examine it to the market-main iPhone 5s?


First let’s take a look at the uncooked specs of every telephone.

iPhone 5s

  • Display: four inch 640×1136 pixels at 326 ppi
  • Weight: 112 grams
  • Dimensions: 123.eight x fifty eight.6 x 7.6 mm
  • Processors: Apple A7 sixty four-bit 1.3GHz twin-core, M7 movement co-processor
  • RAM: 1GB LP-DDR3
  • OS: iOS 7.1
  • Storage: sixteen, 32, or 64GB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Mild, Fingerprint id sensor
  • Battery: 10 hours speak time
  • Cameras: eight Megapixel rear digital camera, 1.2 Megapixel entrance digital camera
  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

OnePlus One

  • Display measurement: 5.5 inch 1920x1080 pixels at 401 ppi
  • Weight: 162 grams
  • Dimensions: 152.9 x seventy five.9 x eight.9 mm
  • Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs
  • RAM: 3GB LP-DDR3
  • OS: CyanogenMod 11S based mostly on Android four.four
  • Storage: sixteen or 64GB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Mild
  • Battery: unknown
  • Cameras: thirteen Megapixel rear digital camera, 5 Megapixel entrance digital camera
  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Obtained all that? Good. Now lets take a look at how every of these truly examine.

Design, Show & Construct

Let’s get the show speak out of the best way. The iPhone 5s and the OnePlus One have totally different display sizes, which dictate different variations between the 2, like measurement and weight.

The iPhone 5s has a 4 inch display with a 640×1136 pixel decision at 326 ppi. The OnePlus One has a 5.5 inch display with a 1920x1080 decision at 401 ppi. Regardless of being bigger than the iPhone 5s, the OnePlus One truly crams extra pixels per inch into its show, which means its about 20% sharper than the iPhone’s display. That’s a powerful feat.

Nevertheless, provided that OnePlus had extra room to work with, because the One has a bigger show, it’s disappointing that its so thick. The OnePlus One is eight.9mm thick versus the iPhone 5s’ 7.6mm. The iPhone's thinness has all the time been the most effective options of the 5s, to not point out its a reasonably superb engineering feat as Apple’s telephone is about 12% thinner than the One, but due to its display measurement it has much less room to shove inner elements into. A part of the rationale the iPhone could be a lot thinner is due to the standard of the physique supplies Apple makes use of. The stronger metals could be made thinner than the plastic housing used within the One.

If a lighter weight and a thinner telephone is essential to you, the iPhone owns this area. Nevertheless, if the large, lovely show is tops, the OnePlus One kills it.

Processors & RAM

Little question about it, within the RAM division the OnePlus One owns the iPhone. It’s obtained 3GB of RAM in comparison with the iPhone 5s’ 1GB. I'll notice that the quantity of RAM doesn’t all the time translate to extra is essentially higher. Apple spends a whole lot of time refining its software program to benefit from decrease hardware specs. This typically signifies that an Apple product can get by on much less RAM and truly work quicker than a product with extra RAM. However from a pure numbers perspective the OnePlus One does have 3x the RAM.

From a floor perspective its simpler to assume that OnePlus One can be twice as quick since its processor is 2.5Ghz versus the iPhone’s 1.3GHz. That’s as a result of although Apple’s is a twin-core that runs at 1.3Ghz it’s a sixty four-bit chip. The chip contained in the OnePlus One is Qualcomm’s killer quad-core Snapdragon 801 operating at 2.5GHz, nevertheless it’s solely 32-bit. 

A twin-core sixty four-bit chip will trump a quad-core 32-bit chip in a smartphone any day of the week. That’s to not say that the Snapdragon 801 discovered within the OnePlus One isn’t an ideal chip, it’s simply inferior to the A7.

However the sixty four-bit awesomeness of the A7 isn’t the one processor that trumps the OnePlus One. The iPhone 5s additionally has one other chip referred to as the M7 movement co-processor. The M7 movement co-processor’s sole job is to measure movement knowledge from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass--one thing which prior to now would have been the A7’s job.

The instant benefit this co-processor offers is a whopping financial savings on battery life as a result of the A7 doesn’t need to be always engaged anymore to measure movement knowledge. The M7 handles all that within the background rather more effectively.

What’s extra, nevertheless, is that the M7 is so delicate it could possibly inform the distinction between if you end up strolling, operating, sitting, or driving. This implies apps that help the M7--like many health apps--may give you extra correct studying of what number of energy you're burning since they will now inform what exercise you're doing whereas shifting. Health apps additionally not must be actively engaged to report your movement. Because the M7 is all the time recording movement knowledge within the background, you possibly can launch a health app after you began shifting and it'll take a look at the info from the M7 and replace your stats appropriately.

In case you are a health fanatic the M7 makes clear that the iPhone 5s is the one telephone for you--sorry OnePlus One.

Working System

The iPhone 5s runs iOS 7.1, usually probably the most nicely-regarded cellular OS on the planet. It’s received over one million apps and is universally praised for its velocity, design, safety, and stability.

The OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod 11S, which is predicated on Android four.four. It’s a customized construct of CyanogenMod that does have some good design refinements to it, but nonetheless provides the complete flexibility and customization of Android.

There’s little cause to take a seat right here evaluating the 2 OSes. When you like iOS the reply is to get the iPhone 5s. In case you like Android, the OnePlus One is your telephone.

Storage & Battery

The iPhone 5s is available in in three storage flavours--16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The OnePlus One solely presents two sizes: 16GB or 64GB. That’s truly a little bit of a let down because the candy spot for most individuals is 32GB. 16GB is shortly turning into too little area for any smartphone, so its a bit disappointing that customers of the OnePlus One might want to purchase the highest of the road one in the event that they need to ensure they've sufficient storage. In contrast to many Android telephones the OnePlus One doesn't supply a microSD slot for enlargement.

As for the battery, the iPhone 5s has a 1,560 mAh capability. Apple says that provides you with 10 hours of speak time on 3G and eight hours on 4G. Nevertheless, we not often ever solely use our iPhones only for speaking, so battery life is tough to gauge. As for the OnePlus One, OnePlus says the One has a three,one hundred mAh battery, which is nearly twice nearly as good because the iPhone’s. Nevertheless, the One has a bigger show which suggests it wants extra battery energy. Additionally the CyanogenMod OS isn’t recognized for being optimized for greatest battery use. Maybe that’s why OnePlus doesn’t state how lengthy the One’s battery will final earlier than you'll want to recharge it.

Distinctive Options: Contact ID vs NFC

Every telephone gives one main function the opposite doesn’t have. For the iPhone it’s the Contact ID. That is the fingerprint scanner that lets you unlock your iPhone and approve purchases within the App Retailer and iTunes Retailer. It’s a fantastic function (particularly for unlocking your telephone shortly and securely), however in addition to that it has little use. The Contact ID can't presently be accessed in third-celebration apps or used to make safe funds. 

The distinctive function the OnePlus One provides is NFC. Whereas not distinctive to different Android handsets it's a function that the iPhone doesn't have. However simply as with Apple’s Contact ID, NFC on the OnePlus One is restricted primarily as a result of there’s not a number of locations that settle for cellular funds by way of NFC. It additionally doesn’t have too many advantages over brief-vary file transfers that Bluetooth doesn’t supply and it is important use is fast-pairing with suitable equipment similar to headsets and audio system, assuming you employ this stuff, in fact.

Sensors & Connectivity

Each telephones are packed together with your commonplace sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, and Ambient Mild. As mentioned above, the iPhone presents one other one, the Contact ID, whereas the OnePlus One additionally presents NFC.

As for connectivity, each telephones just about supply the identical stuff. The 5s gives Wi-Fi 802.eleven a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth, together with full help for Apple’s AirPlay and AirDrop shoppers, whereas the OnePlus One gives Wi-Fi 802.eleven a/b/g/n, twin-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth, together with help for display casting by way of Miracast.

All the standard 2G, 3G, 4G, GPS, and GLONASS requirements are in each telephones.


One place the OnePlus One kicks the iPhone 5s’ ass is within the digital camera division. The iPhone 5s function an 8MP rear digital camera that shoots full 1080p video and a 1.2MP entrance digital camera that shoots 720p video. That is an space the place Apple actually must up its recreation. That’s as a result of most Android telephones supply a lot better cameras. The OnePlus One provides a whopping 13MP rear digital camera with 4k video recording and a 5MP entrance digital camera.

Sure, the iPhone’s rear digital camera has a barely higher aperture at f/2.2 versus the OnePlus One’s f/, however the sheer variety of megapixels provided within the OnePlus One’s cameras put the iPhone’s cameras to disgrace.

Worth & Conclusion

An unlocked 16GB iPhone 5s will value you £549 whereas the 64GB mannequin will value you £709. These iPhone costs look positively costly in comparison with the OnePlus One’s value of £239 for the 16GB mannequin and £269 for the 64GB.

Provided that the OnePlus One is as much as 3 times inexpensive than the iPhone 5s, which may determine your selection proper there. Nevertheless, the iPhone does supply a whole lot of options the OnePlus One can’t match. These embrace a tremendous design with a skinny physique, the superior sixty four-bit A7 processors and M7 movement co-processor, and the facility of iOS. Then once more, the OnePlus One gives a a lot, a lot better digital camera and a bigger, higher show.

Finally which telephone is greatest for you comes down to at least one query: are you an iOS or an Android man/gal?


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