Google’s Nexus smartphones were known to be the flagships of the Android operating system. Although they’ve been made by different manufacturers over the years, Google has closely monitored the entire process to ensure you get a pure Android experience.
Things changed last year, however, when Google decided to launch the Pixel line of smartphones. The introduction of the Pixel and Pixel XL marked the end of the Nexus line, and the higher price of the Pixels meant that the Android experience was no longer affordable.
This means that if you’re a Nexus user, you only had two options for an upgrade: stay on your existing phone as long as Google supports it, or switch to another brand and live with their version of Android. But if you are a Nexus user, well, September 2017 is when the company stops offering Android updates other than security patches for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
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If you have one of these phones, there aren’t too many options available if it’s time to upgrade to a new mid-range flagship. With the launch of the OnePlus 5, there is now another option.
The OnePlus 5 is priced at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB/64GB version, and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB/128GB version, making it cheaper than the current Pixels and in all likelihood less expensive than the next Pixel 2 as well. For that price, you get pretty good hardware with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is by far the most powerful processor in Qualcomm’s stable at the moment.
But as a Nexus user, the Android experience and regular updates have been a big part of the package, aside from performance, which is one area the OnePlus 5 delivers. So, as a Nexus user, what is the experience of switching to the OnePlus 5?
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The good news is that with Oxygen OS, you get a pretty stock-like user interface. You will also feel comfortable using the OnePlus launcher, which is very similar to the Pixel launcher. Google Assistant is also immediately available by long-pressing the fingerprint reader. In that way, it’s pretty close to the stock experience, but if you’re one of those people who tinker with their phones, the support from the developer community for OnePlus devices is huge. You will find several custom ROMs and tweaks for the OnePlus 5.
In terms of updates, Google would still be the fastest at pushing Android updates to its smartphones, but OnePlus isn’t far behind. We saw that the company could ship Android updates for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T faster than other manufacturers in the market. So you really won’t miss much if you think of the OnePlus 5.
For these reasons – aside from overall performance and other things discussed in our review – if you’re a Nexus user looking for a Switch, the OnePlus 5 seems like a likely option.
We’ve discussed everything you need to know about the OnePlus 5, its price in India, and how it stacks up against the competition on Orbital, Gadgets 360’s weekly tech podcast. You can subscribe to Orbital through Apple Podcasts or RSS or just listen to this episode by hitting the play button below.