It is an exciting time for the smartphone lover, there are plenty of great phones out there at the minute to splash the cash on, and so to help you decide what the best great phone is for you, here are the 3 most exalted flagships of the year compared for you.
All three phones share the same basic performance as far as hardware is concerned. There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, a quad-core 2500 MHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 graphics behind each of them, making them really very similar devices. There is the same amount of RAM (3GB) present in each also, but the ROM shows some significant differences; with the OnePlus One having 16GB, the Find 7 and the Z7 having 32GB.
MEMORY AND BATTERY
Another big difference is that the only one which is Micro-SD expandable is the Find 7, so this one is the clear winner here. The Z7 does well too, but the OnePlus One falls short, with only half the storage capacity of the others and no means of expanding it. If you store a lot of large files on your phone, the OnePlus One might not be your best bet. The battery is slightly better on the OnePlus One however, being 3100 mAh, compared to the others, which have a 3000 mAh, this may not make much difference, but it all helps and smartphone battery life is a very important factor, nobody likes running out of battery half way through the day.
The display is another area where the Find 7 and the Z7 perform almost identically and the OPO falls short; they all have a 5.5 inch screen but the resolution is much higher on the Find 7 and the Z7 (1440 x 2560) compared to the 1080 x 1920 OnePlus One. The pixel counts are 401 PPI for the OnePlus One, 534 PPI for the Nubia Z7 and 538 PPI for the Find 7. This is a pretty big difference, and if display is an important feature then it makes sense to bypass the OnePlus One and choose one of the others instead. The cameras are equally capable across all three models, 13MP rear and 5MP front, with all three capable of producing some top quality pictures.
OPERATING SYSTEM AND USER INTERFACE
The OnePlus One runs Android 4.4 with CyanogenMod 11s, the Find 7 runs Android 4.3 with Color OS and the Z7 runs Android 4.4 with Nubia 2.0. It depends on your preferred language which is best here, as the CyanogenMod is for native English speakers, whereas the other two are in Chinese. It is easy enough to put CyanogenMod over the other UIs but it is worth comparing these as they are sold. If you require English, then go for the CyanogenMod UI, it is a no-brainer. If you prefer your phone in Chinese, however, you have options. Color OS is considered the better of the two Chinese UIs, so the Find 7 takes the lead if you want a Chinese interface, even though it is based on the Android 4.3 instead of 4.4.
So, after all this, what’s the bottom line? Well there’s really not much between the phones, the overall performance winner is probably the Find 7, it matches the best in every category, the Nubia Z7, is arguably second, let down only by the benchmark score. The OnePlus One is in third place everywhere there is a difference except for the benchmarks where it scores incredibly well. This is of course, before we factor in the price – and this is a pretty game-changing consideration. the OnePlus is almost holding its own here with the specs, made of the same stuff and a true flagship killer according to the benchmarks. The OnePlus is also half the price of the Find 7, saving you $300, and it is $250 less than the Nubia Z7. The question is, then, would you pay $300 for a better display and double the ROM? If yes, then choose the Find 7 or the Nubia Z7, if you aren’t actually that bothered and can think of something else to spend $300 on, go for the OnePlus One.