If you know who OnePlus is , you probably know a lot about OnePlus phones. They come loaded with high-end specs and premium build quality. They’re sold online for pretty aggressive prices and they give the best phones from Samsung Apple and Google a good run for their money. Now what you might not know about is one pluses newest phone , OnePlus 5. The five carries a lot of the same traits as its predecessor the 3T. It’s got an all aluminum premium quality build, the fastest processor you can get from Qualcomm and the most ram you can get inside a smart phone. But it’s also got a couple of new tricks like a new dual lens camera and it does have a new price that’s a little bit higher than before.
The OnePlus 5 cost 479 dollars for the 64 gigabyte model or 539 dollars for the 128 version. That’s 40 to a 100 dollars more than the 3T and it’s priced a lot closer is the premium flagships from those other companies. That means that the OnePlus 5 has to do a little more to stand out. It has the same 5.5 inch 16:9 1080p AMOLED display as last year. This way is fine, it’s bright and sharp and colorful and you can see it outdoors, which is good. But it’s not nearly as impressive as those edge to edge screens that we see on Samsung’s Galaxy s8 or LG’s g6.
OnePlus 5 Design
The design of the OnePlus 5 is more rounded and curved than the squarish 3T was. And it’s going to be instantly recognizable most people. It’s basically a slightly smaller iPhone 7 plus. The dual camera is in the exact same spot as the iPhones and so are these curved antenna lines. It also has a super fast fingerprint scanner right on the front below the screen. But it does have some unique OnePlus touches , like this bringer switch which makes it really easy to turn the ringer on and off.
Inside the OnePlus 5 has either 6 gigabytes bytes or 8 gigabytes of RAM depending on whether you choose a 64 gigabyte model or the 128 gigabyte version. Now I’ve been using the 8 gigabyte model and it’s super fast. Everything opens really quickly, everything happens very quickly and even app installs which always seem to take forever on Android happen really fast on this phone. Now I have noticed a little bit of jelly-like scrolling from time to time, but it’s not always apparent and for most of the time the OnePlus 5 is really with fast. But here’s the thing about being fast, it’s not always better. The one plus five is faster than the Galaxy s8 for example, because it doesn’t have the S8’s animations or fluidity. It kind of feels like the OnePlus 5 is running on fast-forward which isn’t always the best experience.
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Inside is also a 3300 milliamp hour battery which in my experience is enough to last a full day with medium to heavy use(18 hours approx). I’m typically able to get about four hours of screen time using it which is good but a little bit better than average, not mind-blowing.
For software the OnePlus 5 runs Android 7.1.1 nougat, with one pluses modifications on top of it. OnePlus’ the software is really light and easy. It’s basically like the same thing that Google ships on the pixel phones and it’s very easy to use. They did add a couple of things, one of them is a new reading mode which Tunes the screen to a grayscale and makes it almost look like you’re reading on a Kindle, which is really easy on the eyes. If you do a lot of reading on your phone you’re probably going to appreciate this.
The Best @ 16MP
So the one plus five is a faster F 1.7 lends, a more capable sensor and a new camera that’s right next to it that has a longer focal distance. This let’s you do a couple of things, you can zoom in closer to your subject or you can do unique blurring effects like a DSLR might be able to do. But unfortunately all of that new camera tech doesn’t produce amazing images.
The 16 megapixel camera doesn’t have optical stabilization which leads to softer images in low light. And the 20 megapixel camera with the longer lens has smaller pixels and not as bright of a lens. All of this adds up to lower quality images in low light, especially compared to what you can get from an S8, a pixel and HTC U11 or even an iPhone. To make matters worse the portrait mode that’s supposed to mimic a DSLR is more miss than hit. Far too often it blurs too aggressively or doesn’t blur all of the areas that a real camera would. Most the time it looks pretty fake. Then there are other disappointing things about the OnePlus 5 such as its complete lack of water resistance or if you’re in the US, the fact that you still can’t use an on Verizon or Sprint.
OnePlus 5 pricing
|Gray (64GB/6GB RAM)||$479||£449||AU$636||€499|
|Black (128GB/8GB RAM)||$539||£499||AU$715||559|
The Game Changer
So this is a OnePlus 5. It’s faster and better looking than ever, but it’s got a failed camera gimmick and a less attractive price tag. That pricing really makes this calculus change, for just a little bit more you can get a phone with waterproofing a better camera and more forward-looking designs. Now that isn’t to say the OnePlus 5 is a bad phone. Most people will be able to look right past its iPhone like design and mediocre camera and just enjoy its speed and responsiveness. But it does mean that the OnePlus 5 is a little less impressive than before.