OnePlus 5: What Experts Say About This Phone

OnePlus devices have always created a lot of hype around it, however these devices have had their share of problems too. Recently the Chinese smartphone maker brought out its latest installment, the OnePlus 5.

Let’s see what experts of the industry think about this phone.

Design
Almost all the experts are united in their opinion that OnePlus 5 looks like iPhone 7, however that doesn’t take away from the fact that the device looks premium and does get some of the traits unique to OnePlus.

Gizbot comments “While we cannot rule out the fact that the handset does resemble the Apple’s last year flagship, especially the matte-black iPhone 7 Plus when seen from the rear, it also maintains certain design characteristics of previous OnePlus devices”. CNet is not impressed either, it comments “its design isn’t anything special”.

In the design department it seems to get a mixed response, but as users we think you will not be really bothered as it will give you premium feel and good to hold device. For some it might be even an iPhone on a budget.

Build Quality
For build quality reports JerryRigEverything, is the go to person, His report for OnePlus 5 in one line is “durable but not invincible”. In his youtube video he is seen scratching the phone with a coin and key which initially left a mark but were easy to get rid of. In the video, the OnePlus 5 was however seen having severe scratches at the back with sharp objects like knife and razor. While his fire test did cause some damage, device passed the bend test with flying colors. Overall One Plus 5 looks like a pretty durable device.

Performance
In the performance area Engadget has very flattery things to say.

“Not once did I see the phone flinch, stutter or even drop a frame — it was almost weird how effortlessly the OnePlus 5 seemed to handle everything I threw at it”. It goes on to add “Based on my experience and the big, big numbers the phone put up in our suite of synthetic benchmarks, I have no doubt that this more expensive version of the OnePlus 5 will be overkill for most people”.

The Verge seems to be equally impressed. They write “This phone’s responsiveness is so impressive that I’m looking for an explanation beyond simple software optimizations. Other phones with the same Snapdragon 835 processor, like the Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, don’t scream speed and swiftness in the same way.”

In the performance department the phone seems to have impressed everyone. So no worries for buyers here. Even though the phone is on the expensive side you will get performance similar to even more expensive phones.

Camera
Camera is the main highlight of this phone and therefore needs special attention. Going though the reviews in International press, we get mixed reactions. Engadget writes “OnePlus should be proud of its work. It’s not perfect, but the dual camera here is well executed and raises the bar for a company that has struggled to get photography right”.

CNET was all praise for the camera and wrote “Many of the OnePlus’ photos were clearer and sharper (with less digital artifacting) than the Pixel. White balance was also more accurate. The OnePlus 5 has a superb camera (and its 16-megapixel front-facing shooter takes sharp selfies as well), if not one of the best camera phones around.”

Verge however has a very different take, it writes “On paper and in OnePlus’ marketing materials, this dual camera is the OnePlus 5’s big differentiator. In reality, it’s a major letdown”. However it does talk about its high expectation from the camera and also praises the speed of the camera.

All in all looking at various reviews, our feeling is that of a good camera with some niftly touches but one that requires more work to be perfected. Thankfully mostly the work required is in software department which can be done though software upgrades.

Camera is definatley feature rich with features a histogram for adjusting ISO levels and white balance, and a leveler, time-lapse, slow-motion and panoramic shooting. It also gets electronic image stabilization for video only and 2x telephoto zoom and 8X digital zoom.

Battery Life
According to Engadget, in their test OnePlus 5 stuck around for fifteen hours and three minutes, which they say “is better than any other flagship phone I’ve tested this year”.

In CNET test phones battery clocked an excellent 17 hours, 50 minutes on average. Others also mostly praised the battery back up of the phone. Dash charger which is a fast charger was able to completly charge the phone in 1.5 hours which is good and at par with most fast chargers in the market.

User Interface
OnePlus follows minimalist approach in operating system and this phone is no different. Engadget calls it “Think of it as “stock Android plus” — it’s built atop a clean version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and loaded with a host of helpful tweaks and options to give power users more control”.

CNET commented “One of my favorite things about OnePlus phones is how simple the software and interface looks. Except for its Community forum app, which keeps you updated on OnePlus news and can be uninstalled, there’s no excess bloatware. It runs a relatively clean version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat that’s easy to use and navigate, too”.

There are many nifty features in the phone and most reviewers liked them and found it easy to use and helpful. One of the highlights of these tweaks is the ‘Reading mode’ about which Verge writes “This can be enabled per app or via a quick toggle. It de-saturates the screen and adjusts the sharpness and brightness to your environment so it essentially emulates a Kindle (which in itself tries to emulate real paper). It’s a huge relief from eye strain and really makes reading much easier”.

Verdict
Overall verdict of the tech community seems to be in favor of OnePlus 5. Almost all have praised the performance as top notch, user interface as simple yet easy to use and helpful and have also praised battery back up and build quality.

However OnePlus 5 does get fair share of criticism though, most have talked about slightly higher price (only because company has a history of lower price), camera has got mixed response and some have not liked it at all as a flagship phone camera. Lack of water resistance is another area which has been criticized.

But overall we have a feeling that the phone is good and most of the criticism are because of the high expectations from the device and does not necessarily indicate failure of the same.

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