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Best overall:

OnePlus 7 Pro

RRP: £649 / $669


smartphone buyer's guide - OnePlus 7 Pro

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The OnePlus seven professional contains a huge, beautiful screen, is that the fastest-feeling phone by
miles and contains a competition-beating in-display fingerprint scanner. Photograph: Samuel
Gibbs/The Guardian

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The latest superphone undercuts the competition on worth whereas giving higher expertise in
virtually each meaningful means. The OnePlus seven professional is that the firm’s biggest
nonetheless with a monster half-dozen.67in QHD+ AMOLED screen, which is arguably the best on
any phone. It runs at a refresh rate of 90Hz – compared with 60Hz for the competition – that makes
everything from scrolling through lists to smashing through games super slick.


The screen is edge-to-edge in each direction too, lacking any intrusions by the notches plaguing rivals
because the selfie camera has been rapt to a bimotored module that pops out of the top of the
phone when needed.

Speed is the name of the game. The OnePlus 7 Pro is the fastest-feeling smartphone by miles. Part of
that's the firm’s wonderful version of automaton nine Pie referred to as OxygenOS, which is on-par
with Google’s on the Pixels, and the other is the top-of-the-line hardware.

It has Qualcomm’s latest flower 855 processor, a minimum of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. But
that storage is additionally abundant quicker than rivals victimization the new UFS3.0 standard, and
therefore the distinction in regular usage is palpable.

Even the optical in-display fingerprint scanner is that the best within the business, beating that on
the Huawei P30 professional and matching ancient electrical phenomenon sensors for speed.

The triple camera system on the back matches rivals combining a 48MP main, a 16MP ultra-wide
angle and an 8MP telephoto camera. It can’t beat the P30 professional, but it matches or beats the
rest on detail and utility.

Battery life is good, but not Huawei-beating. It charges really fast using OnePlus’s WarpCharge
system, but there’s no wireless charging, which is a shame. It is waterproof to some extent, however,
it doesn’t have AN information processing rating. It has dual-sim support in most markets too.
The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes in a 5G version too, which is single-sim only but is the same size,
weight and performance as the 4G-only version and is available exclusively from technology within
Britain beginning at £170 with a 24-month £59/month arrange.


Why should you buy it?

The uncomparable screen, sheer speed, and in-display fingerprint scanner, combined with the slick
OxygenOS, make even mundane tasks a joy. The massive OnePlus seven professional is most
undoubtedly a stretch to use, however, it’s a stretch value creating

Buy if: you would like the most effective and quickest superphone expertise

Don’t get if: you don’t need to stretch to such an enormous phone

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OnePlus seven professional reviews: AN absolute beast in each means

Best iOS:

Apple iPhone XS

RRP: £999 / $999


smartphone buyer's guide - iPhone xs

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Apple’s smallest new iPhone is additionally the most effective combination of power, size, screen,
and camera. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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The best iPhone isn't the most important or costliest. The iPhone XS combines a shocking, good-size
five.8in screen, svelte body and top-notch performance into the foremost appealing package from
Apple up to now.

Apple’s Face ID is the best face recognition system in the business, the dual-camera system on the
back is excellent, as is the performance of the A12 Bionic processor and the class-leading gesture
navigation system of iOS, which has replaced the home button of iPhones of yore.

You’re conjointly in line for concerning 5 years of software system updates, which is likely at least
two more than any other brand of phone. The iPhone XS is a metal and glass sandwich and will
smash just like the competition when dropped, but the stainless steel sides and glass back exude a
luxury feel not matched by other phones. Sadly most will put it in a case.

The biggest downsides area unit the value, which at £1,000 is likely significantly more than the
competition, and battery life, which only manages about a day of medium usage. The iPhone XS has
wireless charging and supports fast charging via a USB-C to Lightning cable, but only ships with a slow
charger in the box. Its cellular electronic equipment performance is additionally not pretty much as
good as competitors, struggling more to keep a working 4G data connection in congested areas,
particularly compared with the Mate 20 Pro.

Why should you buy it?

If you’re locked into iOS or want the longest software update coverage, then the iPhone XS is the
best Apple smartphone you can buy (and not very far behind the Mate 20 Pro overall), thanks to its
combination of size, camera, capability, and luxurious feel.

Buy if: you want the best iPhone

Don’t get if: you don’t need to pay £999 or need to use the automaton