The new OnePlus 5 looks just like an iPhone 7 Plus running Android -- see for yourself

If you love the design of the iPhone 7 but you prefer Android to iOS, consider the new OnePlus 5.

It looks almost identical to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus from the outside, even though it’s running a slightly modified version of Android on the inside.

If you’re not familiar with OnePlus, the Chinese phone maker has been offering premium Android phones that are much more affordable than the most popular flagships from Apple and Samsung for the past several years.

The newest OnePlus phone continues this tradition, but the biggest takeaway is how similar it looks and feels to Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone.

Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.

This is the back of the OnePlus 5, in matte 'midnight' black.


And here is the iPhone 7 Plus, also in matte black.

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Notice how both phones have identical antenna lines, even shaped around the top and bottom of the shell in the same way.

The similarities are even more clear when you put the two phones side by side.

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In addition to the identical antenna lines, note the identical dual-lens cameras, microphone hole, and flash cutout. There are other similarities too, like the placement of the physical buttons on the side of the phone and the location of the logo.

From the front, the OnePlus 5 (right) also looks strikingly similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.

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There are some differences here, but not many. The iPhone and OnePlus phones have different home button shapes, but the front-facing camera and speaker look nearly identical, as does the camera interface. The OnePlus even has an identical 'portrait mode' to take advantage of the rear dual-lens camera, like the iPhone 7 Plus.

The verdict?

The iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5 are two very powerful, beautiful, top-of-the-line smartphones. Their chips and cameras, though a bit different, provide similarly excellent experiences. That said, the iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5 are still different in several notable ways. For one, the iPhone 7 Plus is water-resistant; the OnePlus 5 is not. The iPhone 7 Plus doesn't have a headphone jack; the OnePlus 5 does.

Android and iOS are also very different ecosystems: With the iPhone, you'll always get the latest updates straight from Apple, whereas it takes OnePlus a little bit longer to roll out Android updates to its phones. Keep in mind, though, the OnePlus is more affordable than the iPhone: The baseline OnePlus 5 is $US165 cheaper than the baseline iPhone 7.

If you love the design of the iPhone 7 but you're still not sure which phone to buy, check out our full review of the OnePlus 5 here, and our review of the iPhone 7 here.

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