Price: $ 550
Here's what we like
- Insane value
- Excellent build quality
- Excellent display
- Subpar camera
- No waterproofing
- No wireless charging
If Android – Managers are insane for their money, OnePlus is often at the top of this list. The company's latest mobile phone is the 6T, an iterative update to its predecessor, but still a powerhouse.
I first tested a OnePlus phone – rightly so, given the issues I've had with the company in the past. But like all companies, OnePlus had growing pains (actually many), but it seems like it's "grown up", so to speak. This company is far from starting a campaign asking users to smash their phones just to get a chance to buy a new one. No, OnePlus seems like a mature company with a more mature perspective.
Given the obvious difference in the company, I thought it was finally time to get more involved with the 6T. This is a lot of phone for the money, and now that OnePlus should be on the radar of many people, it only makes sense to answer the question: Should you buy this phone?
Specifications and Performance: Fast, Fast, Fast  This phone starts at $ 550, which is a pretty small price for everything it has to offer. If you are unfamiliar, take a brief look at the action under the hood of the OP6T: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
That's pretty much most of what you need to know, but if you want to itch for all the bloody details, you'll find them on the 6T's Tech Specs page.
With the hottest specifications on the market, this phone is currently flying. My review sample is the Midnight Black model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (which is available for $ 580), and I have something else to wish for in the performance department. It is an absolute beast.
But that's what's expected of a flagship phone these days, right? Smartphones are at a point where we no longer talk about good performance – not because it's not important, but because it's implied. A flagship phone should be a speed demon. It should do what you want and need without a hiccup. It should exceed expectations.
Good performance no longer sells cell phones. It is a requirement.
And the OP6T meets this requirement in spades.
Construction and Hardware: Good, but some important features are missing
You can assume that a phone worth $ 550 is not suitable and finished with a $ 900 phone, but you're wrong – the OP6T feels great. And it looks damn good, too. As I mentioned earlier, my review sample is the Midnight Black model, which is absolutely hellish. Flat black is one of my favorite colors for any hardware. The OP6T delivers a damn good-looking phone with a sleek, matte finish. So clean.
The biggest problem I found in the build is that it's slippery without case. This may not apply to the Mirror Black model. This model is shiny and could be a little stickier. However, this is true for my model. Fortunately, OnePlus has a few first-party killer options, so you're in luck. I'm currently using the "protective cover" (what a name, right?) In Sandstone. It is super super handy and very minimal. I do not like cases, so this case is pretty big for her.
Left: The back of the 6T; Correct: the "protection case" in sandstone
So overall, it's a good build. Everything is solid as a stone, and there is nothing to complain about. However, it lacks a key element that I think should be on all flagships in 2018 (and beyond): waterproofing. The OP6T is not waterproof or waterproof – at least on the OnePlus website. It is never explicitly stated that the phone is not water resistant, but the search for the word "water" does not yield results – which just means that it does not provide protection against water. If that were the case, they would have talked about it.
The sharp-eyed among you have probably noticed that the subsection " Features" – reads like a plural. More than one. There is only one more hardware feature that I think should be even better on the OP6T: wireless charging. But hey, this is a $ 550 phone with the same internals (or better in some cases) like most modern flagships. You have to cut corners to keep costs down. In this case, the corners are waterproof and wirelessly charged. At least it's things that most people still consider "optional" – at least for now.
Anyone who said that the 6T also has some unique hardware features – such as the embedded fingerprint scanner. Although not the first of its kind, it's one of the first we've seen on such a widespread phone. In my experience with the 6T's fingerprint scanner technology, it was just as accurate as other recent fingerprint readers, albeit a bit slower. At the press conference for the phone, OnePlus announced how fast the 6T's in-display scanner is, which is usually the case. It's not as fast as unlocking my Pixel 2 XL with the fingerprint scanner, but it's not that slow that I do not want to use it. My experience with the fingerprint scanner of the 6T was for the most part okay, although I had more cases than it did in the last few years with any other Android device. Take that for what it's worth.
Also, for what it's worth, I'd rather have seen a fingerprint sensor attached to the rear of the 6T when the material costs were so low that impregnation or additional sealing was required. Wireless charging without increasing the Phone Price – just my two cents.
Finally, I would like to briefly comment on the display. There were reports of some funky things with the screen on the 6T, but I have not experienced anything like that with me. The display is probably one of the highlights of the phone. It looks great, but that should also be part of a course on a 2018 flagship.
Software: Android, but slightly different
Android is unique in that it allows manufacturers to make ] almost with it, what they want – that means adapting it to the handle like Samsung or turning it like a pixel leave. OnePlus is somewhere in the middle with its Android version, OxygenOS, which for the most part feels serial but still offers a sizeable set of additional customizations.
At first glance, it looks and works much like Android. The launcher is one of OnePlus' own variety and is not that bad in terms of manufacturer launcher, with a range of standard features and adjustments for the ride. For example, you can set custom icon packages or switch notification points. The left side of the launcher is what OP calls a "shelf" and serves as a kind of catchall for your digital life. Memos, quick access to contacts, preferred apps, device usage, membership cards, and other widgets can be added here. It's a bit like Apple's today's screen mixed with Android flare. It's a nice idea, but I did not find it particularly useful. Personally, I prefer Google's Discover page there, like on the Pixel Launcher.
Left: The "Shelf"; Middle: notch "activated"; Right: Notch "disabled"
In the Settings menu you will find most changes and optimizations of OxygenOS. There are no overwhelming options here. For example, you can customize the battery status bar to suit your needs, with both bar and circle options available. Other customization examples include the option to disable the notch if you want (which is very cool) as well as change the menu and accent colors. I think the visual options for OxygenOS are just enough – . This allows you to customize the larger visual options in the operating system without being too strong. It's a good balance between stock and personal.
But it's not just about appearance. OnePlus offers three three different navigation options for the 6T: traditional back-home recents navigation, Google's [terrible] gesture navigation (as seen on Pixel 3), and OnePlus' gestures, one of the better options currently available on Android. You are free to use what you want, and the transition between the three is pretty much seamless.
There is also a section in the settings for "utilities" where you can find the remaining features of OP that do not fit anywhere else. Game Mode, Parallel Apps, Scheduled Power, Pocket Mode and Quick Start are all here and can be interesting. Again, many of these features are features that we expect from non-Google mobile phones, but they are not available if you do not want . As I mentioned, OnePlus does a great job of offering customizations that are out of the way – use them if you want, and ignore them if you do not. The balance in OxygenOS is almost perfect for Android purists and anyone looking for a bit more operating system pizzas.
Before we deal with software anymore, I would like to mention the function "Face Unlock" of the 6T. It's kind of an angle like a FaceID clone, and although it's the fastest face lift I've ever used on an Android phone (seriously, it's mad fast), it's worth noting that It is not a real biometric size option and does not work with secure apps like Banking or Google Pay. Apple uses IR point projection for FaceID, and Samsung combines its face-unlocking option with iris scanning, both of which check the biometric data for better security. Face Unlock on the 6T is nothing more than a better version of Android's generally dreadful "Trusted Face" feature and should not be used as an exclusive means of securing your phone.
] Do you remember earlier when I said that a $ 550 phone will have some shortcomings? Well, the camera is another on the 6T. Do not get me wrong – it's an excellent camera for the phone cost . Compared to high-end phones, such as a new pixel or iPhone, this is not snuff. And although I would normally not consider comparing a phone to a phone that costs almost twice as much, the 6T positions itself as a flagship phone. I think it's a fair comparison.
When I used the phone, the camera performance was just fine . It was washed out at times and saturated too much in others. If you're using the front camera, the portrait mode is weaker than any other phone I've tried (better if you use the rear cameras since there are two).
: Without portrait mode; Law; With portrait mode. Note the blur of my shirt and otherwise the generally weak Bokkeh.
Overall, this is not a large camera . It's not terrible at all – it will do the job when you need it, but you just have to know that you can get a better camera in your phone (but it costs you a lot more). Like I said, it's a good camera for the money.
Battery life: Great, but not the best
After a fresh month of using the iPhone XR, I was spoiled by the camera's crazy battery life. I had to return to Earth for some time with the 6T and get used to the not so good battery of Android.
Well, let me clarify: "Not so good" does not mean "bad." The OnePlus 6T probably has the best battery life in that pixel size (which I've used anyway) – I did not even have to use it most nights The occasional disruption of the connection to Android Auto on each launch was enough to get me through most of the days, and I just had to throw it on a charger overnight a week or more a week.
At that very moment, my 6T review unit sits at 53 percent with over four hours of screen time since the last full charge.The last piece must be noted because the phone was slightly charged in the car last night – again, not enough to fill it up – maybe a 10 percent or so beat.
In other words, battery life is not something you worry about with the 6T If you do not use the absolute snot out of your phone everyday, you'll be fine.
Conclusion: flagship performance for half the price
When it comes down to it, it's pretty easy to call: This is the best phone you can buy for the money . For $ 550, you do not talk so well, fast or attractive. Sure, it does have some downsides – like the meh camera and the lack of waterproofing – but for that amount of money that's not a big deal.
The bottom line is this: if you spend less than $ 600 and want a new product phone, just buy this one. You will not regret it.
What we want
- Insane value
- Excellent build quality
- Excellent display
And what we do not
- Subpar camera
- No seal  No wireless loading