Question OnePlus 9 Pro compared vs Pixel 7 Pro?

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CZ Eddie

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Anyone here coming from the OP 9 Pro?
  • I'd like to know which screen is easier to read under direct extra-bright sunlight.

I just got the Pixel 7 Pro and am comparing it to my OnePlus 9 Pro.
I bought a LUX meter and opened a 50% white pattern.
Looks like this:
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I configured both phones for manual brightness.
I choose "natural" for the color setting since the Pixel didn't have the "vivid" I usually use on the 9 Pro.

The Pixel 7 Pro registered 800 LUX while the 9 Pro absolutely demolished it with 1800 LUX.

There's no comparison. My 9 Pro running an AOSP ROM absolutely destroys the 7 Pro for maximum manual brightness.

I'll test auto-brightness later today.

Edit: See post #44 for updates
 
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I just got the Pixel 7 Pro and am comparing it to my OnePlus 9 Pro.
I bought a LUX meter and opened a 50% white pattern.
Looks like this:
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I configured both phones for manual brightness.
I choose "natural" for the color setting since the Pixel didn't have the "vivid" I usually use on the 9 Pro.

The Pixel 7 Pro registered 800 LUX while the 9 Pro absolutely demolished it with 1800 LUX.

There's no comparison. My 9 Pro running an AOSP ROM absolutely destroys the 7 Pro for maximum manual brightness.

I'll test auto-brightness later today.

I assume you got such results on OnePlus 9 Pro due to HBM mode being enabled by default in a few custom ROMs (when you slide the bar to the maximum), which obviously isn't a fair comparison. Disable HBM on OP9 Prom and do the measurements again.
 

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IMO, it's clearly a rebranded exynos chip... This 64bit only thing is also annoying... There are browsers and apps like discord that run choppy and looks to be worse than 60 fps like they're not optimized....

Sure, I hope fixes come but buying a phone waiting for fixes is not something I support...

The OnePlus 9 pro absolutely is better... But the 7pro is the "hot" item at the moment... Google probably paid a lot for marketing tbh
 

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Okay, this will make the 7 Pro fans happier.

I figured the AOSP ROM on the OnePlus 9 Pro might have had some kernel tweaks for the display even though the developer never advertised this as a feature.
So, I restored the 9 Pro back to stock ROM and updated to the latest version of 13.
Then, I re-ran the LUX tests.

The stock 9 Pro "natural" is very flat, not very bright.
So, I changed it to "vivid/default".
Then on the 7 Pro I noticed that the "adaptive" works like the "vivid" on the 9 Pro does.
Basically, I adjusted both phones for the highest-LUX possible color temperatures.

I tested stock 7 PRO "adaptive" vs stock 9 Pro "vivid" using Google Photos as the app on both.
  • The 7 Pro hit a maximum of 1048 LUX on manual-brightness mode
  • The 9 Pro hit a maximum of 1139 LUX on manual-brightness mod
This is much more comparable. But the 7 Pro is not brighter than the 9 Pro in standard-brightness mode.

I then moved on to testing auto-brightness modes.
Using the same 50% white picture on both phones and using the same Google Photos app.
  • The 7 Pro hit a maximum of 2362 LUX on auto-brightness mode
  • The 9 Pro hit a maximum of 1934 LUX on auto-brightness mode
So, the 7 Pro will have a little more brightness to work with when AOSP or Kernel mods come around.

Bonus info....
The OnePlus 9 Pro has a slider for its "Vivid" color temperature option.
You can adjust from Cool to Default to Warm (and anywhere in between).
I took max manual-brightness measurements of each.
I would have assumed "Cool white" would be the brightest. I was wrong!
  • Cool = 1056
  • Default = 1139
  • Warm = 1069
 
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One downside I've noticed is the Pixel 7 Pro is heavy enough that it pulls my gym shorts down a little on the side where it's in my pocket.
My OP 9 Pro is lighter in weight by just enough that it doesn't have that problem.
 
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Did some more testing.

The Pixel has about a -5dbi WiFi signal difference when I walk next door. It holds onto my WiFi signal a little better than the OnePlus.

Both phones are about the same, just as easy to read under direct sunlight when looking at black text with a white background.
Inside, the OnePlus has easier to read text.
When looking at a black background, both are about the same but the Pixel is easier to read a little more often. Or maybe, a little sooner.

The Pixel has a wider screen, so you get more text information onscreen for each line. But the OnePlus has easier to read text. Might just be a color temp & font tweak that can be adjusted.
The pixel has a better lit display - A little brighter more often than the OnePlus. Good for older eyes needing to read in a less bright environment.
I need to put the OnePlus font and display color temperature on the pixel.

Put both phones to max manual-brightness and set them on top of my trashcan out in the 75 degree F* sun.
After about 30 minutes (?) the Pixel had changed to a dark theme for the map.
And the OnePlus was still very bright but while I was looking at it, it killed the Map and killed the WiFi and gave me a message that it had overheated and would reduce functionality.
The OnePlus recovered quickly and still had a nice bright screen.
The Pixel said "FU" to the manual-brightness and non-dark mode. It decreased the screen brightness and turned on dark mode all by itself. But it kept functioning!

I then changed both to auto-brightness and the Pixel was noticeably brighter than the OnePlus with that configuration. I came back out 10 minutes later and they were both the same brightness.

The OnePlus got 38 satellites compared to just 24 for the Pixel (per GPU Status app):

At this point I got a message that the OnePlus battery was down to only 16%.
The Pixel is at 68%. Both phones started out at 100%, though the OnePlus did have three major software upgrades it had to perform before I started testing.

Put both phones on the charger.
The OnePlus is already at 100%. The pixel is charging a lot slower.
 
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CZ Eddie

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Cellular strength at my desk inside my house

  • OnePlus 9 Pro was -108 average
  • Pixel 7 Pro was -114 average (not as good)

Neither number is good but my desk has always been a cellular black hole.
 

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Honestly I picked up my OnePlus 9 today while my Pixel 7 Pro has been on the charger and it's both running hotter and lagging more in OOS13 than my 7 Pro does doing the same things.

Also what the heck was OnePlus thinking with this new way to dismiss notifications!? You have to swipe twice or swipe and hit the trash can to remove each notification unless you hit the X and clear everything at once. Very poor choice.

Definitely can't go back to this thing.
 

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Cellular strength at my desk inside my house

  • OnePlus 9 Pro was -108 average
  • Pixel 7 Pro was -114 average (not as good)

Neither number is good but my desk has always been a cellular black hole.
last year i have tested many flagships from every brand and i can only say, for me is P7P best what is in market right now, but its every subject opinion as mine, comparing to famous S22U or OP10Pro is P7P destroyer. Most wanted for me is battery life(8-9h SOT on P7P) and cameras. and also customization without any complications.
 

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Tested audio SPL using test tones.
Same files on both phones. Volume maxed out.

The 7 Pro has the most "full" sound.
It takes a three dB change to make an audible difference in sound level. So, anything less than 3dB is not likely to be noticed.


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I had a OnePlus 9t i believe and it's the worse phone I've ever came across, it feels extremely cheap in my hands and camera quality isn't good at all
 

CZ Eddie

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Tested 9 Pro vs 7 Pro screen usability while wet.

With water from my sink running over the 9 Pro, I can kind of, almost control a few things. You know. If I tried hard enough for three minutes, I could probably send a text message.

The 7 Pro was useless under water. When the water wasn't controlling the screen, the display was ignoring my finger presses. An hour wouldn't be enough time to do anything on the phone. It just pretended my fingers didn't exist.

------AND IN THE END--------

I've decided to stick with the 7 Pro.
But that's more out of boredom from the 9 Pro and another reason that I'd rather not bring up for discussion in an open forum.
The 9 Pro is a really, really good piece of hardware if you don't care about all-out vibration strength or sound quality from the built-in speakers. Practically speaking, I should have stayed with it.

The 7 Pro is a very good phone. I'll seriously miss the notification slider. That was an amazing feature. But it's only an annoyance once in the morning and once in the late night.
The lack of charging speed might bite me in the ass once or twice a year. The added weight is going to be a consistent reminder that I should have stayed with the 9 Pro.

I'm just an end user who did a few non-pro scientific tests.
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    I have both and frequently switch between the two.... Gaming is better on the 9pro obviously... The fit in hand is better on the 9pro and this is a big deal to me... I also like the build better as the screen doesn't feel so hollow... Speakers edge out to the 9pro... Standby drain edge out to the 9pro as well... I shoot RAW when I can, so the camera isnt that big of a factor for me but the 7pro is great for dim, quick shots...

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    The screen on the Pixel is comparable to the 9 Pro. It's got a peak of 1500 nits when on auto. I have zero issues seeing it in the sun.

    I didn't have a 9 Pro, I had a 9, but the speakers on the 7 Pro are way better. The 9 had basically no bass to speak of and the 7 Pro has a moderate bass response. It travels through the back of the phone and makes it vibrate in your hands a bit which was unnerving for me at first but the quality is definitely excellent as that was a chief complaint I had about my 9.

    I'm loving the fact that apps don't just randomly refresh for no reason. I can swipe away from Chrome and do something without worrying about the page refreshing when I come back. RAM management was always really annoying on OOS12 and would often result in me being unable to log into my accounts because I would swipe away to get my 2FA code and the page would reload. Happy to say that I can actually play games on this thing and come back to what I was doing hours later and it's still there.

    The camera is way better on the Pixel side if you like the point and shoot idea. The OnePlus is better if you like to tweak things although I think eventually we will get a nice GCam port that adds all that functionality back to the Pixel as well. I have not been disappointed with a single picture I have just randomly snapped with the Pixel whereas the OnePlus I never trusted it to get it right on the first so I took 3 or 4 and checked them out later.

    Battery life for me has been better than my 9 but this seems to really vary for people and comes down to how you use the phone. I thought I would miss the rapid charging of the 9 but in reality I only have to charge once every 19-26 hours so it's a moot point and I can get 50% in 30 minutes which will get me through whatever I need to do where I won't have access to a charger easily.
    FYI, fully functional GCAM is already there since the phone came out. Check the Gcam from BSG, there is even a "dedicated" group for the Pixel 7 series and Gcam including a few people who made config and lib. Of course, Gcam already performs FAR better than the stock Google camera.

    Also, I got the 9 Pro too, and the camera doesn't even come close to Pixel 7 Pro's.
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    Anyone here coming from the OP 9 Pro?
    • I'd like to know which screen is easier to read under direct extra-bright sunlight.
    • And which has louder, fuller sounding speakers?
    • Anything else you think is interesting to note as a difference.
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    The screen on the Pixel is comparable to the 9 Pro. It's got a peak of 1500 nits when on auto. I have zero issues seeing it in the sun.

    I didn't have a 9 Pro, I had a 9, but the speakers on the 7 Pro are way better. The 9 had basically no bass to speak of and the 7 Pro has a moderate bass response. It travels through the back of the phone and makes it vibrate in your hands a bit which was unnerving for me at first but the quality is definitely excellent as that was a chief complaint I had about my 9.

    I'm loving the fact that apps don't just randomly refresh for no reason. I can swipe away from Chrome and do something without worrying about the page refreshing when I come back. RAM management was always really annoying on OOS12 and would often result in me being unable to log into my accounts because I would swipe away to get my 2FA code and the page would reload. Happy to say that I can actually play games on this thing and come back to what I was doing hours later and it's still there.

    The camera is way better on the Pixel side if you like the point and shoot idea. The OnePlus is better if you like to tweak things although I think eventually we will get a nice GCam port that adds all that functionality back to the Pixel as well. I have not been disappointed with a single picture I have just randomly snapped with the Pixel whereas the OnePlus I never trusted it to get it right on the first so I took 3 or 4 and checked them out later.

    Battery life for me has been better than my 9 but this seems to really vary for people and comes down to how you use the phone. I thought I would miss the rapid charging of the 9 but in reality I only have to charge once every 19-26 hours so it's a moot point and I can get 50% in 30 minutes which will get me through whatever I need to do where I won't have access to a charger easily.

    EDIT: Actually, from looking up display tests, the Pixel should be much better than the 9 Pro. Without auto brightness the 9 Pro maxed at 500 nits. The Pixel achieves 1000 nits full scene brightness without auto.
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    Tested 9 Pro vs 7 Pro screen usability while wet.

    With water from my sink running over the 9 Pro, I can kind of, almost control a few things. You know. If I tried hard enough for three minutes, I could probably send a text message.

    The 7 Pro was useless under water. When the water wasn't controlling the screen, the display was ignoring my finger presses. An hour wouldn't be enough time to do anything on the phone. It just pretended my fingers didn't exist.

    ------AND IN THE END--------

    I've decided to stick with the 7 Pro.
    But that's more out of boredom from the 9 Pro and another reason that I'd rather not bring up for discussion in an open forum.
    The 9 Pro is a really, really good piece of hardware if you don't care about all-out vibration strength or sound quality from the built-in speakers. Practically speaking, I should have stayed with it.

    The 7 Pro is a very good phone. I'll seriously miss the notification slider. That was an amazing feature. But it's only an annoyance once in the morning and once in the late night.
    The lack of charging speed might bite me in the ass once or twice a year. The added weight is going to be a consistent reminder that I should have stayed with the 9 Pro.

    I'm just an end user who did a few non-pro scientific tests.
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