Should you buy the iPhone XR or OnePlus 7 Pro?

At TechnoBuffalo, we’ve used all types of smartphones, from the affordable to the expensive. In fact, we typically have more than one smartphone on us at any given time, because we’re always testing new devices. The latest smartphone to hit the market is the OnePlus 7 Pro, but is it better than Apple’s excellent iPhone XR?

OnePlus 7 Pro

Supreme technology

$669 at OnePlus

Pros

  • Gorgeous, bezel-less design
  • Beautiful display
  • Clean, feature-rich software
  • Triple-camera setup

Cons

  • Pop-up front-facing camera
  • No wireless charging
  • Expensive for OnePlus

The new OnePlus 7 Pro is arguably the most complete Android device we’ve ever seen. From its triple-camera setup to its truly bezel-less display, it features the latest design and technology innovations all in one package. If you want a device with clean software, a futuristic design, and up to 12GB of RAM, look no further than the One Plus 7 Pro.

iPhone XR

High-end affordability

$749 at Apple

Pros

  • High-end design
  • Flagship specs
  • Face ID

Cons

  • Limited Portrait Mode
  • Too large for some

Apple’s iPhone XR is the best iPhone for most people, thanks to its high-end specs and affordable price. It also comes equipped with Face ID, Apple’s terrific facial recognition system, and a class-leading camera, which supports an excellent portrait mode. If you’re looking for an iPhone, the iPhone XR is the one to get.

The OnePlus 7 Pro and iPhone XR are comparable in price depending on what configuration you choose. Outside of that, these two devices are very different, from design philosophies to software to specs. If you don’t have a preference for iOS or Android, choosing the right phone for you can be tough. We’re here to help.

Let’s break it down

When it comes to specs, the iPhone XR comes equipped with the superior A12 Bionic processor, but the OnePlus 7 Pro beats Apple’s smartphone in just about every other category, from the size of its battery to the quality of its display. The OnePlus 7 Pro is the better device on paper and is actually more comparable to some of the most premium Android devices on the market, including the Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro.

OnePlus 7 Pro iPhone XR
Display 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED 6.1-inch Liquid Retina
Camera 48MP, f/1.6
8MP telephoto, f/2.4
12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
12MP, f/1.8
Battery 4000mAh 2942mAh
Processor Snapdragon 855 A12 Bionic
Wireless charging No Yes
RAM 6GB
8GB
12GB
3GB
Storage 128GB
256GB
64GB
128GB
256GB
IPXX rating No IP67
Software Android 9.0 Pie iOS 12
Misc. In-display fingerprint sensor
Warp charge
Face ID
Price $669 $749

Everything you could want

The OnePlus 7 Pro checks off just about every box: design, specs, features, software, and battery life. If you’re looking for the best Android device available right now, OnePlus’ latest flagship is right up there with the best of them.

What makes the OnePlus 7 Pro particularly enticing its relatively affordable price. Starting at $669, it’s cheaper than the iPhone XR, yet it looks like it costs as much as the iPhone XS. OnePlus is famous for offering a high-end experience while undercutting its rivals, and the OnePlus 7 Pro is the pinnacle of that approach.

One of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s standout features is its 6.67-inch full AMOLED display, which offers a QHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate for a buttery smooth experience. The iPhone XR’s 6.1-inch display is inferior because it has a lower resolution and can’t match the OnePlus 7 Pro’s richness of color.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is arguably the most advanced Android device on paper

The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes equipped with a triple-camera setup: a 48-megapixel (MP) main camera, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 16MP wide-angle lens. The iPhone XR only has one 12MP camera, making it a far less flexible camera to shoot with.

While the OnePlus 7 Pro is mostly superior in every single way compared to the iPhone XR, we have concerns about the longevity of its front-facing pop-up camera. OnePlus claims the pop-up camera’s mechanism has been tested over 300,000 times to ensure it holds up after months of use. But there’s always the potential for a mechanism like that to fail, such as if the device were to be dropped or exposed to water.

Apple’s devices are known to last, and there are no extra mechanisms like the pop-up camera that’s found in the OnePlus 7 Pro. Sure, the OnePlus 7 Pro is newer and superior on paper, but history has shown that OnePlus handsets don’t always hold up as well over time. You’ll want to take that into consideration when making your decision.

The best iPhone for most people

The iPhone XR has won people over with its beautiful design, Face ID facial recognition, and affordable price (for an iPhone). Best of all, it features Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, making the iPhone XR one of the most powerful devices on the market right now. It’s still faster than the Snapdragon processor found in the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Although the iPhone XR falls short of the OnePlus 7 Pro when it comes to specs, Apple’s device has an edge when it comes to user experience — something that has set the iPhone apart over the past several years. Nothing beats the smoothness of iOS, especially over months of use. Android devices might be fast out of the gate, but they can sometimes feel unbearably slow after just a few months of use.

The iPhone XR’s Face ID facial recognition still feels like the future.

The iPhone XR also has the edge in the biometrics department. As cool as the OnePlus 7 Pro’s in-display fingerprint sensor is, there’s still something so futuristic about the iPhone XR’s Face ID system, which can unlock your device with just your face. It’s an awesome feature to have in situations when your hands are covered in thick gloves or are sopping wet.

It’s also worth noting that the iPhone XR supports wireless charging while the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t. That makes the OnePlus 7 Pro slightly less convenient to use; with the iPhone XR, you can just place it on a charger and you’re good to go.

The iPhone XR may not look as good as the OnePlus 7 Pro on paper, but its software, Face ID, and support for wireless charging make it a great option for the longterm.

Which one should you buy?

There’s no arguing the OnePlus 7 Pro is the superior device on paper. It features a larger, higher resolution display, a triple-camera system, and support for up to 12GB of RAM. It’s also more affordable than the iPhone XR, which is by now almost seven months old. But Apple’s device is still a solid option.

If you want a reliable, high-end iPhone without the high-end price, then the iPhone XR is the device for you. But if you don’t have any allegiance to iOS or Android, it’s clear that the OnePlus 7 Pro offers better features and technology.

Our pick

OnePlus 7 Pro

One of the most complete Android devices ever

$669 at OnePlus

The OnePlus 7 features the latest specs and innovations the smartphone market has to offer, including a pop-up camera. With a large, bezel-less display, triple-camera setup, and a relatively affordable price, the OnePlus 7 Pro is hard to beat.

Close second

iPhone XR

This is the best iPhone for most people

$749 at Apple

Thanks to its high-end specs and premium design, the iPhone XR is the best iPhone for most people. It doesn’t stack up to the OnePlus 7 Pro on paper, but its camera and software make it a close second.

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