We're at the point where you can buy a premium smartphone for as low as $530 and still get a similar high-end experience as you would on a $1,000 smartphone, and the option to go the less expensive route is more alluring than ever.
One of the biggest deciding factors between cheaper and more expensive smartphones — and even between phones that cost around $700 — is camera performance. The endless smartphone camera debate rages on, and it's likely to keep going until smartphone makers can't possibly improve smartphone cameras any further.
This time, I looked at how a $1,000 phone, the iPhone X, compared to one of my favorite Android phones, the $530 OnePlus 6.
With such a massive difference in price tags, you'd image the iPhone X has the better camera. And you'd be right — at least in certain situations. But there were certainly some instances when the OnePlus 6 actually did better than the iPhone X.
Check out how the $530 OnePlus 6 does against a smartphones that's almost twice its price:
Starting off with this view right outside the BI office, the iPhone X's photo is vastly superior. The OnePlus 6 shot captures some glare, and the photo looks far too hazy for my taste compared to the iPhone X.
Without glare, the OnePlus isn't as bad. But the iPhone still takes a better shot with richer colors and contrast.
As for bright colors in bright situations, the OnePlus 6 seems to add too much color saturation, and voids some of the details as a result. The iPhone X takes a great shot here.