System and applications
OnePlus Nord, the first model in the series, has two system updates and three years of security updates promised. Unfortunately, the cheaper models with Nord in the name, i.e. N10 and N100, are in a worse situation from the start - here the manufacturer announced only one system update (i.e. support will end with Android 11) and security patches delivered for two years. After the first launch, Nord N10 5G ran on Android 10 and the OxygenOS 10.5 overlay, with security patches from November 5, 2020. In the meantime, update 10.5.8 came, which added December fixes and made some improvements to the system, camera and network settings, but broke 5G (this is confirmed by reports of other users on the OnePlus forum).
The interface itself is clear, friendly, aesthetic and intuitive. After all, Oxygen OS is considered one of the best overlays. It adds handy tools without overwhelming the original system and has tons of useful personalization options. There are a handful of company applications here, as well as gesture support, parallel applications and an Ambient display. The latter is a function to compensate for the lack of a notification LED - it consists in waking the display after picking up the phone, which displays the time, battery status and notifications. It can be said that it is such a substitute for the Always on Display function.
There's also an app for gamers - Game Center - with advanced Fnatic mode, night mode, and reading mode - but you won't find one-handed mode here, for example. There were also elements that translate into a lower rating of the device - first, its certification is at the Widevine L3 level (according to the DRM Info application), which means no streaming from Netflix and other platforms in high quality. Secondly, the company's Gallery app was crashing all the time.