When I tell someone that I am reviewing a smartphone, the most common question I get is “how do you differentiate one phone from another?” and “ has it become boring?”.
To most people, almost all Android phones nowadays are basically the same. They all claim to be different and the best, but most are playing with the same deck of cards but shuffled differently.
By that I mean most Android in the same price range l have the same basic components and features, just marketed differently.
That’s the same feeling I got when I reviewed the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G. It’s a good device with outstanding features, but not in the ways that you’d expect.
A Stacked Deck
The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G stumbles right out of the gate by being an incremental upgrade to last year’s Nord2 5G. The only difference is the design (and colours), a new chipset (the latest MediaTek Dimensity 13000), and 80W fast charging.
The model that I have for this review is in Jade Fog (read as shiny light blue). It has 128GB storage and 8GB of memory.
The higher spec version, the one with 256GB of storage and 12GB of memory only comes in Grey Shadow (read as textured black).
You can check out my initial impressions of the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G here.
I Can See The Appeal
Fans of OnePlus devices swear by it and the main reason is its (almost) stock Android. Oxygen 12.1 is clean, simple, and has almost no extraneous features. It occasionally has those annoying alerts that I don’t need to know, but they are few and far between.
I commend it for only having one third-party app and very few duplicate Google services-like apps as well.
I also give it extra points for making logging into the OnePlus account optional and does not nag me to log in all the time.
This means I would recommend the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G to most people, especially those who are not tech savvy or do not want to get confused by all the bells and whistles that they won’t use anyway.
Also as long as it fits their budget which is RM1,899 for the Jade Fog version and RM2,099 for the better Grey Shadow version.
But I Can’t See The Screen
Looking a little closer at the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G 6.43-inch, 2400×1800 resolution AMOLED display, I found that it is average at best.
It looks alright in the shade but is not great under the bright noon sun. All that shininess doesn’t help either.
The display supports 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates and a handful of HDR modes, however, it lacks support for colour management. This is a non-issue for most casual users, but if you want full control of your colour accuracy, you won’t find them here (right now, maybe in the next update).
To my eyes, photos taken using the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G are alright. It’s more than good enough for sharing on social media and in most cases.
Look a little closer and you’ll see that although the dynamic range is there, it could be better. Also, the digitally zoomed-in photos look better than the wide photos which use a lower resolution camera.
Basically, for the casual phone photographer, I got no complaints with the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G.
To Buy Or Not To Buy
You should consider getting a OnePlus Nord 2T 5G if it fits your budget, you want a focused Android phone with few gimmicks and the fact that everything you need comes in the box.
The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G has a screen protector pre-installed, a nice case in the accessories box, and included both the OnePlus signature high-quality red charging cable and 80W fast charger.
Sure it’s not “top of the line” but no flagship (and even some mid-range phones) don’t have this much value in a box.
It may not be perfect, but it is a complete package.