Oreo. , via OnePlus 5 Midnight Black , Aug 13, 2020 : I got hands-on experience of OnePlus Nord a week ago when my friend bought it. We went to the OnePlus Experience Store, Ahmedabad to collect the unit. Unboxing: First thing that I observed was the packaging and the box. OnePlus Nord comes in a Black Box with Nord written on it. The box itself adds uniqueness to the unboxing experience, among all other OnePlus box designs Nord looks fabulous. Box opens at the perfect pace, that is neither too fast to bang the device on table nor too slow to make it feel boring. You just hold the box and lift it up, it slides down at the classic OnePlus pace and voila! You have unboxed your OnePlus Nord. Nord is wrapped in a matte plastic with “This way Nord” written on it. In-hand feel: As soon as I took the Nord out of plastic, my fingers hit the camera bump. I am a OP5 user, so I wasn’t prepared for it but I felt the bump initially. Nord has a glossy glass back and god it is a fingerprint magnet. Within 5 minutes of use, I could see smudges all over the back. I booted up the phone, did the regular setup and yes Nord has got the same feel like any other OnePlus device. 90Hz display can be noticed right away, as @Carl said “I am sure when they use it for the first time, they won’t really be able to tell that it is not an 800 series chipset”. I was looking forward to notice that one lag that could make me criticize Nord but I didn’t. I was obsessed with the smoothness Nord is offering (I was worried it will become hard to go back to OP5 XD). Overall smoothness was great but, I was bit disappointed with the glossy back and weird camera bump (but both can be covered up with the clear case provided in the box). Camera: I heard many reviewers saying Nord has a mediocre camera and I was hoping that isn’t true. Umm, it was partially true though. Primary camera of Nord is similar to OP8 and it clicks some amazing shots, I did not have any complaints with the primary lens. Pictures were crisp, vibrant and had good details. I did notice warm hue in the images. Disappointment began with the ultra-wide and macro lens. Ultra-wide did its job by capturing more of the surroundings but it lacked details and macro lens was totally unnecessary, as images were just ehh. Not much about camera, let’s move further. Battery: Nord packs in with 4115mAh battery. You just cannot be disappointed in terms of battery backup and charging speed if you are using an OnePlus device. Nord easily lasts for entire day. My friend charged it at 100% at morning 9AM and the device ended up with 1% at 10PM (with quarantine usage i.e. heavily). Nord takes about 1 hour to fully charge from 1-100%. Final words: As Nord is a budget concerned device, few corners were cut to bring out the best of the device. I would not be buying Nord for myself as I am concerned with the performance (and I am quite addicted to 800 series SoC). But does that make Nord worthless? No. The experience Nord is delivering is still on par, 90 Hz smoothness, 2 years of software updates, glass back, amazing battery life, warp charge and clean UI of Oxygen OS is worth buying. I would highly recommend anyone who might be using a smartphone from budget segment to upgrade to Nord. In fact I am planning to gift one to my mom because I am confident with experience of the device.