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OnePlus Nord 2 5G Smartphone Review - Verdict

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Nord 2 5G

Value For Money

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is available in two options: 12GB/256GB priced at £469 and 8GB/128GB available for £399. Both options offer excellent value for money and sit the OnePlus Nord 2 5G amongst a very busy mid-range smartphone category. Other smartphones it's comparable to include the iPhone 12 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Google Pixel 5. You can also take a look at the Nord released in 2020. 

For even more options, have a look at our mid-range smartphone recommendations or if you want to spend less money, we have a round-up of budget smartphones that are ideal for photographers. 


OnePlus Nord 2 5G Verdict

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is OnePlus' flagship smartphone without the flagship price and that's what we love about OnePlus - they're always wanting to keep the premium smartphone manufacturers with their big prices on their toes. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G looks great, it has a lovely screen and there are some interesting features built-in that make the camera capable of capturing great photos. The problem is, though, the photos weren't spot-on every time as AI/HDR seems to enjoy overcooking and over-processing images. Having said that, this didn't happen every time we hit the shutter button and we did like the slightly exaggerated look HDR gives shots when capturing neon shop signs, for example, so sometimes the overcooking did work. When the AI worked well, it did help balance scenes giving good dynamic range and allowing detail to stand out. 

2X and 5X zoom aren't that great but the wide and ultra-wide lenses do produce decent shots and panorama mode is great. There are plenty of digital filters built-in and the bokeh captured in images shot with the portrait mode is lovely. You only have to look at the night shots of the lights to see just how beautiful the bokeh can be and talking of night mode, it's impressive, giving more detail and stopping shake spoiling shots. The autofocus works impressively well, too. 

For those who think the inexpensive smartphones that are currently available just don't perform well but, on the other hand, premium smartphones are way too expensive, the Nord 2 5G will be a sensible middle ground as just like the original Nord did, the Nord 2 5G fills a gap between cheap and expensive with a price point that's reasonable and features that are well worth having a look at. Does it give premium flagship smartphones a run for their money? Not quite but that shouldn't stop you from looking at the Nord 2 5G as what it does offer (price, performance & features) make it a good mid-range smartphone option that we're happy to 'Recommend'. 


OnePlus Nord 2 5G Pros

  • Excellent price
  • Good camera capable of capturing some great photos
  • The smartphone looks great
  • Clever and useful AI tech 

OnePlus Nord 2 5G Cons

  • Zoom isn't great 
  • AI and HDR can overcook images 
  • No headphone jack
  • No official IP rating


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