OnePlus 3 Review – It laughs In The Face Of Other FlagshipsNovember 9, 2016
Three years since the first OnePlus debuted and this company has managed to keep the hype around it alive. Although it might not have been a flagship killer in terms of sheer sales number, the fact that it’s popularity has been growing remains true. After its predecessor faced lots of criticism for a number of reasons, OnePlus 3 isn’t making any tall claims.
Not that the design on previous OnePlus was bad. The famous sandstone finish on previous two flagships did make a splash. However, OnePlus 3 is way better in terms of design. It has everything to go head on with other flagships. The industrial design with the premium finish is what you’d expect from a flagship. The sleek profile is a cherry on the cake. There no breaks anywhere on its surface which makes it a pleasure to use the phone. But be warned, it’s slippery as hell. It’s the first phone ever which I put inside a protective case. It’s a sin to keep it inside that case, and I’m guilty of it.
Except for the placement of volume rocker, which is on the left, everything else is right where it should be. There’s a quick notification toggle above the volume rocker. You can quickly put your phone on silent and back into discreet mode. My only qualm is my coworker would take away the phone from my desk and put it on complete silent mode making difficult to trace it.
Bottom of the phone features a loudspeaker, USB Type-C port, and the headphone jack. Two tiny screws are also exposed on the bottom but in no way affect the appearance. The dual SIM tray pops out from the right and below it seats the power button. The fingerprint sensor which also doubles up as home button is perfectly centrally aligned. It isn’t clickable unlike one on Galaxy S7 though it looks like it. Its slim profile makes the camera protruding.
Naturally, the camera has been changed from what we had on OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 3 uses a 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor complete with OIS (optical image stabilization) and EIS (electronic image stabilization). Too much of jargon here, eh? Well, in the simplest terms OnePlus 3 will try its best damp the shakes and produce blur-free shots. The only omission is the laser auto-focus. Did it affect the macro shots? When we (I and Harshal) used it for close-ups, we found it at par with any other smartphone.
The camera, in general, was commendable. If it claims to be the flagship of the Chinese company, then the camera does the total justice to that claim. As Harshal noticed, OnePlus 3’s camera takes a beating in low light photography and close-ups when compared to the Galaxy S7.
OnePlus 3 continues the trend of offering the flagship hardware for the pocket friendly price. Snapdragon 820 takes the role of its engine with 6GB of RAM to put it in the right gear. The gorgeous 5.5 inch AMOLED display has the FullHD resolution which is completely adequate. There’s an advantage too – it sucks less battery juice.
The 3,000 mAh is minimum anyone would expect on a flagship phone. If you use both the SIMs with 4G LTE as I did, expect no longer than 10-12 hours of battery life. And although you would need to charge it at the end of the day, DASH charging makes the whole deal faster and better. Once you are hooked to it, it’s hard to live with anything that’s not as fast as DASH charging.
The OnePlus 2 goofed up with connectivity package last year, but the company has learned its lessons and not dropped any feature that would have raged its buyers. NFC has returned this year. It comes with dual SIM support across the globe. It comes as a carrier unlocked phone, so for $399 that’s a great deal.
As far as calls go, OnePlus 3 proved to be very reliable with its crystal clear earpiece and strong network reception.
If you’re in dilemma over which flagship to choose this year while still saving a great amount of money, OnePlus 3 is the only answer. Not only the company has proven to be reliable, but it has also shown that it can improve and make better phones. Even the toughest of us would not find a reason good enough to deny it. Unlike its predecessors, the OnePlus 3 doesn’t exaggerate about its capabilities. It just kills it with best in class specs with Mercedes build.