Review: One Plus 3

Recently I  ditched all of my IOS devices and my Moto360. I really just wanted to lean out my tech and gadget collection. I decided to pick up the One Plus 3, the latest flagship phone from One Plus.

First, let’s take a look at the specs on this baby:

Anodized aluminum
Color: Graphite / Soft Gold
Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android™ Marshmallow
CPU: Qualcomm®  Snapdragon™ 820 Quad Core, Kryo™: 2x 2.2 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz
GPU: Adreno™ 530
Storage: 64GB UFS 2.0
Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, Accelerometor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and Electronic Compass

USB 2.0, Type-C
Dual nano-SIM slot
3.5 mm audio jack

3,000 mAh (non-removable)
Dash Charge (5V 4A)

Buttons and Features
Hardware keys and on-screen navigation support
Alert Slider
Custom icon packs
Gesture Control (Display On + Display Off)
OnePlus Shelf
Vibration motor
RGB LED notification light

GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/12/17/30
4G LTE (Cat. 6)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth® 4.2
NFC Enabled

Bottom-facing speaker
Dual-microphone with noise cancellation

OnePlus Music
Dirac Power Sound® technology for speaker optimization

Display Size: 5.5”
Resolution: 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 ppi
Cover Glass: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4

With the specifications out of the way. Let me say I am totally blown by this phone. One Plus has really upped their game with this 4th generation device. The 6GB of RAM really let this phone shine.

There is ample onboard storage amount of 64GB. Sadly there is not an option for expandable storage but this is OK as it is becoming the industry norm.

This all metal phone has an antenna line on the back and a camera bulge that I can live with. It also has a dedicated notification switch, which is highly textured and I find it quite useful. It lets you switch off notifications as well as select priority notifications. On the bottom of the phone you’ll find a bottom firing speaker, and a USB-C port – which seems to only operate at USB 2.0 speeds, again – I can live with that.

The phone itself is a little slippery, so you’ll want to pick up one of the organic cases on the One Plus site for $24.95. I chose the carbon fiber case.

The display is a 1080p Corning Gorilla Glass 4, running at 401ppi. When comparing to more costly flagship phones, there is a noticeable pixilation but it is so insignificant that you have to look for it to see it. One Plus switched over to a Super AMOLED for this generation, so you get excellent high contrast images and a great viewing experience.

The One Plus 3 supports ATT and T-Mobile bands. It does not have the correct radios for Verizon and Sprint.

Voice quality is awesome and the speaker is very loud with no distortion.

Performance, Software, and Battery
If you put a powerful engine on something light, it’ll scream. That’s what OnePlus does by pairing a Snapdragon 820 processor with 6GB of RAM and UFS 2.0 flash memory, then fronting them with a mere 1080p display. While there are some other phones available with a Snapdragon 820 and a 1080p screen, this is the first one we’ve seen in the US, and it’s startling what all that horsepower does to performance. Because of the lower-resolution screen and fast flash memory, the OnePlus 3 outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, and other $600-750 phones on benchmarks.

For a $400 phone, you certainly get an incredible bang for your buck. In my opinion, it completely blows the more expensive flagship devices out of the water.

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