OnePlus 6 Impressions! Still The Best Budget Smartphone

Yes, once again I’m a little late to the game here, but I finally have the opportunity to check out the new OnePlus 6 and this is a device I’m pretty excited about. I’m a big fan of OnePlus, if I’m not using an iPhone my android device of choice is going to be something from OnePlus and this time around we once again get a really solid flagship phone at a pretty reasonable price compared to some other devices on the market and that’s still one of the biggest selling points here once again. The model I picked up is the higher spec’d Mirror Black color which comes in at $579 here in the US, you can opt for a cheaper variation if you don’t need the higher RAM and storage capacity and there’s also a midnight black and an exclude silk white color available starting today as well. 

OnePlus 6 6GB/64GB (GearBest Link) 
OnePlus 6 8GB/128GB (GearBest Link) 
Exclusive Silk White (GearBest Link)

As far as what all comes inside the package, you get much of the same from previous unboxings including this sort of smoke colored silicon case to protect your fancy new device which is pretty generous. There’s a handful of booklet and paperwork and some stickers along with a SIM ejector tool and of course the usual dash charger and USB C cable that once again charges this device faster than anything else. 

So on the surface here with the OnePlus 6, you’re getting a very familiar device and that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all. I thought that the OnePlus 5 and 5T were super solid phones and ObePlus didn’t need to do a whole lot of upgrading or changing, they more or less made some refinements that brought this device into 2018. It’s still a OnePlus device so like I said earlier you’re getting a flagship device at cheaper price but that doesn’t mean the phone feels any less premium. The mirror black color way that I chose looks fantastic and the all glass design of the phone is premium to say the least. Granted, this is also where you’ll find the first sort of compromise or missing feature so to speak, there’s no wireless charging with the OnePlus 6. Not a huge deal for me personally but I think it’s something I still would have liked to see added. 

The front of the phone is also very familiar in the sense that we still retain a 1080p display but it’s AMOLED and it’s easily the best display at that resolution on the market. It’s bright, colors look sharp, blacks are deep and most people aren’t really going to know that it’s a lower resolution that some other devices. 

The screen is also a little bigger than the 5T coming in at 6.28 inches and it also includes a notch like basically every new device nowadays. I’m not going to complain about it, I’m used to it, it’s also very small and OnePlus does a nice job on the software side disguising it while ensuring that it doesn’t get in the way of what you’re viewing. It’s not totally perfect, but I think it’s implemented better than what I experience in the iPhone and it’s certainly something I can live with. 

OnePlus like always has held nothing back when it comes to the specs. The model I gave ships with 8GB of RAM and a snapdragon 845 processor along with 128GB of storage. That means that Android 8.1 Oreo and Oxygen OS run flawlessly on the device and its experience that’s really only bested by the Google Pixel. You’re getting a near stock Android experience and everything is smooth, fluid, and responsive no matter what you’re doing. 

The other noticeable compromise with the OnePlus 6 is no IP rating, so it’s not water resistant like most lines nowadays but OnePlus says it could handle an accidental splash anyway. 

As far as all the other important bits, you’re getting dual 16mp and 20mp cameras around back with f1.7 apertures that can record 4K at 60fps  along with some super slow mo options and things like that, and OnePlus isn’t necessarily known to wow people with its camera capabilities but Im looking forward to putting it to the test against some other flagship devices and seeing what it’s capable of. 

With the OnePlus 6, there also wasn’t anything taken away from the device. Even though you can use Face Unlock, you still get the option of the rear fingerprint sensor, though it is a little smaller this time around, and you also still get a headphone jack even though OnePlus technically didn’t even need to include it since they’re pushing their new Bullets wireless headphones, but good on them or keeping it anyway. 

And OnePlus in my opinion is still the king when it comes to the battery. 3300mah with a nearly stock Android experience means I that I expect a full day and then some, and even if I do need to charge up the phone, with Dash charging you’re once again getting lightning fast speeds – a 60% charge in 35 minutes – and that’s still one of the major selling points of this phone. 

All in all, I’m really interested to try this phone out over the next few days. I’m going to do a camera comparison and I also want to do a Q and A style review like I did with the 5T, so let me know what questions you guys might have about this phone and I will be sure to answer them in my full review. And let me know what you think of the new OnePlus 6 in the comments below.


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