I’ve been using the OnePlus 6 for about the last week now, and I figured the best way I could review this phone is to answer some of the most popular questions you guys have asked about it.
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One of the first big questions is how’s the display? Now the OnePlus 6 rocks an AMOLED panel but it still retains that’s 1080p resolution. For people who want the absolute best possible display on a smartphone, this isn’t quite it. But it’s certainly the best display for what it is. A vast majority of people aren’t going to notice that it doesn’t have the same resolution as say a Samsung Galaxy S9, but I would argue that it’s just as bright with colors that look just as good. It’s still an excellent viewing experience whether you’re watching videos, browsing social media, playing games or anything else. It’s also quite a bit bigger than what we saw on the 5T due in part thanks to a notch, but that’s just the way of the smartphone world right now and I’m not going to complain about it, I’m used to it and OnePlus goes a good job making sure the notch doesn’t get in the way of the overall viewing experience. All in all, I don’t mind compromising for a 1080p display since it still looks awesome and if it means OnePlus can keep the price in that 500-600 dollar range, they should just keep embracing it.
And that kind of leads me to the next question: is this phone worth the money?
The short answer is yes, absolutely. It’s no secret that OnePlus devices have gotten more expensive, but so has every other smartphone. At the end of the day, at least here in the U.S., you can get a flagship phone with flagship specs for 800 or 900 dollars or even more, or you can snag this for less than 600 bucks and you’re still getting a device that is as good as or in some cases even better than the top flagship smartphones. I will say though that if OnePlus wants to stay competitive, $600 is probably about as expensive as they can go. For a lot of people, the brand isn’t quite in that budget range anymore, and the OnePlus 6 is just a less expensive flagship in a way.
If you have the OnePlus 5T, should you upgrade to the 6?
Probably not, if you’re on the “T” cycle for OnePlus, you may as well stick to it. You know you’ll probably get a 6T in a few months and there aren’t that many changes or upgrades that make it worth the hassle or the extra money. And the OnePlus 6 really only has a couple things over the 5T, obviously a different build with the glass back, a little bigger display, updated processor and better camera capabilities, but beyond those points, the 5T is still an excellent device so hang on to it for now and wait a bit if you can.
Speaking of the cameras, how are they?
In general, I don’t think the OnePlus 6 is the best of the best when it comes to pictures and video. It’s probably a top 7 device behind the usual players like the Google Pixel, S9, iPhone X, some Huawei devices, but you certainly won’t be disappointed. OnePlus didn’t necessarily change the camera hardware from the 5T, but they say that on the software side you should see a noticeable different. The front facing camera still needs work unfortunately, though they did just send out an update for a selfie portrait mode which is cool, but if you’d like to see some picture and a camera comparison, I’ll leave a link on screen and you can make a judgement call for yourself.
One of the most common question I’ve seen asked is what’s missing from this device?
This is the kind of of question that depends on you and your phone habits, but I would say there are 3 features that OnePlus probably needs to address. The first is no water resistance, no IP rating whatsoever. I think this is a must-add for OnePlus, and I’m surprised they haven’t done it yet. Next they need to address the speaker. There’s only one and it’s not that great. They really need to add a dual speaker setup or maybe do what LG did with the G7 ThinQ and go all out with a more unique single speaker design. Third, even though OnePlus went with a glass back, there’s no wireless charging. I think you’ll get 50% of people who really want this added, and 50% of people who don’t care, personally I don’t need wireless charging on my phone and I think OnePlus keeps leaving this out because they want people to embrace the Dash charger. Dash charging still juices this phone up faster than basically any other device, and I think OnePlus just wants to ensure that you appreciate what they did.
One the other end of the spectrum, a lot of people ask what makes this device stand out among the usual flagship phones?
The most obvious thing is the build quality. The all glass design, while not exactly functional, makes this phone look and feel like a $1000 device. This one here is the mirror black color which I absolutely love, and it honestly feels like a device that should cost more than what it does. The other major thing that stands out which I think is what attracts most people to OnePlus is the software. You’re getting a silky smooth, lightning quick Android experience, nearly stock but I think OxygenOS receives mainly positive fanfare, and aside from the Google Pixel you’re just not going to get a user experience like this from any other device, especially in the long term. And that coincides with the last question, which is how is the performance. In a single world, it’s flawless. The OnePlus 6 offers more specs than most people could even utilize, like I mentioned, with the software using the device is unlike pretty much anything else, and overall you’re getting more bang for your buck in regards to performance and specs than any other smartphone on the market
So hopefully you guys enjoyed this video, if you have any more questions about the OnePlus 6 let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them. All be sure to follow TechDaily on Twitter and subscribe to the TechDaily Youtube channel if you haven’t already.