Can We Compare Apple iPhones with Brands Like Oppo and Vivo?

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Meta description: iPhones have become the gold standard for smartphones. So, can we compare iPhones with those offered by Oppo and Vivo? We take a look.


Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Oppo and Vivo came along and effectively carved out a place for themselves in a market that previously had far less reasonable, much less competitive pricing. 

But do these brands actually deserve to be compared with Apple? Especially considering the fact that most Oppo and Vivo phones are available for sometimes half, sometimes a quarter and on occasion, a fifth of the price of an iPhone that offers the same advertised specs? 

Tech experts globally seem to suggest that Vivo and Oppo brazenly copy the iPhone specs including hardware and software, and also their design. However, they protect themselves against any copyright infringement cases by simply selling in non-US markets. Vivo has been praised and criticized in equal measures for its iPhone look-alikes. Here in India, where discerning buyers will be happy to pay less for something that can look and play the part of a more expensive version of the same product, such a situation bodes very well! 

In addition, over the past two years specifically, Vivo and Oppo also raced ahead of Apple-provided features, introducing never-seen-before specs. For example, when the VivoNex came out in 2018, it became the first phone to have a pop-up camera among other firsts. 

Online forums and discussion boards echo the sentiment that Oppo and Vivo are legit forces to reckon with. Even when prices are nearly comparable — or perhaps especially so — Vivo and Oppo mobiles seem to be seen as beating the iPhone with regards to specs. Priced at nearly Rs. 10,000 to less than the iPhone X, the Oppo Find X calls to buyers with its screen that takes up nearly 94% of its body, whereas the iPhone equivalent takes up about 81% of its body. The price contrast gets even wider where specs of an Oppo mobile are the same as a given iPhone, or even better. 

A comparison is often drawn between the iPhone 11 and the Vivo V15. Where the iPhone 11 has a 3110 mAh batter, the Vivo V15 comes with a 3700 mAh battery. Where the iPhone 11 comes with 6GB RAM, the Vivo V15 comes with 8GB RAM; where the iPhone 11 comes with a 12MP selfie camera, the Vivo V15 comes with a 32MP front camera. The iPhone 11 has a double rear camera set-up, while the Vivo V15 has a triple-rear camera set-up. The V15 is also larger, reportedly boots up faster and boasts some minor extras like a fingerprint sensor. All in all, can one blame buyers for choosing the V15 over the iPhone 11? Not really, especially because it is half the price of its counterpart. 

Moreover, users can get fairly amazing specs from mid-range smartphones, with prices hovering around the Rs. 20,000 mark, by Vivo and Oppo such as the Oppo Reno 3 Pro which is priced a little above Rs. 20,000, or the Vivo S1 Pro, priced a little below Rs. 20,000. The Rs 30,000+ Oppo Reno 4’s features far exceed the iPhone 11’s features despite being half its price. 

If a user is looking for an excellent phone with up-to-date features at a justifiable price, Vivo or Oppo mobiles (not to mention other Chinese brands) are the way to go. If a buyer wants to make a big statement by the phone brand he or she is using, they might want to go with an iPhone. 

Especially if you fall in the latter category, you might need to save up substantially to get that iPhone. But now, you can pay via EMIs by using your Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, and get the phone of your dreams right away! You can find smartphones from all the top brands on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. So choose the model you like, and bring home your new smartphone today.

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