OnePlus 6T Review

by birtanpublished on May 5, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and hallelujah a flagship II sort of phone that isn't a thousand dollars in 2018 I mean it's just insane right and oneplus has always been about the affordable flagship or the flagship killer if you will their prices have gone up over the years we started around 350 now we're up to five hundred and forty nine dollars which still is about half the price of some of the competing phones that are out there it's crazy right and you're still getting excellent specs get you're getting a snapdragon 845 CPU by qualcomm that's the fastest cpu available in android land you have an optic AMOLED

That's our fancy name for a high-resolution AMOLED or OLED display widescreen aspect ratio the first in screen fingerprint scanner in a US marketed phone now the huawei mate 20 pro we reviewed also has that feature but technically it's not marketed and sold directly in the US other than by importers we have dual rear cameras we have a high resolution front camera here a very nice design Gorilla Glass 6 and it's available in your choice of glossy black which they call mirror black which you can get the base model 549 in our matte black finish here which is called

Midnight black and that one gets bundled with a bit higher ram 8 gigs instead of 6 gigs which is 579 and now the new Thunder purple which I just want just so I can say I have a thunder purple phone that one starts at 579 as well so you've got 6 gigs gigs of ram in the base model and 128 gigs of storage which is more generous than what you see in a lot of today's much more expensive flagship phones you can go up to that 8 gigs around like I said still with 128 gigs of storage or go for 8 gigs and 256 gigs which is 600 and $29 so on has stuff inside and no knotch

And we have a little teardrop up top instead we're gonna look at it now so for you notch haters out there particularly if you like the Google pixel 3 3 X on that three excel ultra tall notch right there well this one is a nice break from that you do have a little teardrop kind of thing going on for the front camera but it's not the big notch that we're accustomed to seeing it so it reminds me of the essential phone which preceded the notch enos thing that Apple started which had sort of a little pimple up top too the screen is mostly unencumbered

Ah Dennis sticking down into it which is a good thing speaking of the pixel three XL which size-wise this 6 point 4 inch display phone competes with obviously the pixel three XL is going to cost you a lot more and one of the things that you can do with a pixel is fast OS updates and oneplus has been getting quite good at that we have Android 9.0 Pi on this phone which is the latest greatest at this point we're still seeing other mainstream flagship phones with Android 8.0 Oreo Samsung for example at the galaxy and the note line and even the LG v 40 that came out after

PI did well after PI didn't it still ships with Android 8.0 so a thumbs up there for that and we have there oxygen OS it's there overlay in there customizations which are very light unobtrusive and generally speaking helpful I like them a lot and they don't stand in the way of the speed of the phone it's always 1 plus phones are some of the fastest Android phones and they tend not to bog down so much over the months that you own the phone they do a real good job of that clean OS build and optimization for performance and also for battery life so what's the bummer

Here there's no headphone jack anymore well this we can't fight every 2018 unfortunate trend right at least you get a little USB C 2 3.5 millimeter adapter in the box and speaking of in the box you still get creature comforts which is nice you get a little tinted clear TPU case you get their version of a fast charger which is 5 volt 4 amp they don't call it – charger anymore but still their own special charger if you want fast charging the usual red signature USB C cable and also a factory installed screen protector which is really on there pretty well it's not the easiest

Thing to pull off happily it's a pretty decent looking screen protector well that sounds like wonderful stuff doesn't it so what is it lacking here that the flagships would have that cost more there's no ip68 water-resistant so you can't shower with your new best friend here there's no wireless charging which is too bad you know a lot of people do like wireless charging I like it but then again if I'm saving $300 or $500 I can live without that as well the cameras on this are good I mean by most people's standards everyday people probably they'd be like these are

Awesome cameras but as if you're picking about your cameras or you're reading all sorts of reviews and you're looking at things like the pixel 3 family would still have the best cameras and Andrew and and several other competitors Eve the Samsung Galaxy phones are great these are not quite as good as that we'll talk a bit more about the cameras but they're not horrible so it's okay so what does it have that you'd expect to have an Atlanta flagship Android phone again that's Snapdragon 845 CPU lots of RAM and lots of storage often more than flagships have that cost a lot more nice

That it has a wide screen OLED display but it's not quite as high resolution is what you'll see on the gang Samsung Galaxy S 9 and the note 9 and the LG v 40 but honestly I'm okay with that it's still very high resolution and we're at the point of diminishing returns with resolution here anyway so the drawback with higher resolution is actually shorter battery life and goodness I can't tell the difference so again that's something I'm ok with it we're not talking about black we're talking 23:40 by 1080 pixels that's 402 PPI which is really beyond retina resolution

That term that Apple started and it supports the DC DC ip3 color gamut as well which is a wide color gamut used for a cinematic kind of stuff filmed you know and your choice of a couple of different color tunings there srgb adaptive the usual stuff experientially it's a very nice looking display I like it I look and I go that's pleasant enjoyable we have 2.5 D Gorilla Glass 6 this has been one of the first phones with Gorilla Glass 6 on board we have NFC you have Google pay support you have bluetooth 5.0 the usual dual band Wi-Fi

LTE cat 16 that's gigabit LTE and again it supports a lot of bands so compatible with most major US carriers except for again sorry Sprint not that the rear camera even now has optical image stabilization the main one oh I asked which is something that oneplus phones used to lack speaking of the cameras we have a 16 megapixel primary main camera and that's an F 1.7 lens on there oh is and it's a Sony sensor you can see the sensor information on screen so they're still going with Sony sensors mostly what they've changed here is the image processor which has improved the

Secondary camera is 20 megapixels and you can see like I said the specs are on the screen there does 4k video 60 frames per second slow motion video 240 frames per second at 1080p which is good a lot of phones only do it at 7 20p HDR RAW format dual LED flash Google in support the usual panorama different photo modes so what does that all mean the camera is pretty darn good it's very nice it does it beat the pixel 3xl no it doesn't does it beat the iPhone 10s max for video quality because the iPhone is really good when it comes to video quality not so much but honestly

Generally speaking exposure is good colors are good on this I don't have any major complaints with it the portrait mode is reasonable it's you know that usual economy has a software interpolated look where it might be a little artificial with that background blurring but it does the job passively enough dark shots with this not as strong point never has been with oneplus phone so again if you're looking for like SuperDuper wonderful night mode not so much here the front 16 megapixel camera well that's very high resolution obviously it does a good job and it can

Shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second – it's a good enough camera it doesn't do too much of that beauty effect thing thank goodness performance on this is a one plus phone you know it's gonna be among the best we have fast low-power DDR 4x RAM onboard ufs 2.1 fast two-lane storage all these geeky terms what does it mean this is a very fast phone it's fun it's great for gaming and handles multitasking well you've got a good amount of RAM there awesome to support multitasking nobody's going to complain about it one plus it's always the bee's knees when it comes to

Performance so how about battery life again oneplus is usually pretty good with that they do a good job of optimizing for battery life and the fact that the screen resolution isn't crazy high does help as well 3,700 milliamp battery is a very large battery again that helps too and comes with their own charger like I said it's the one that's going to give you the fastest charging if you use that one you could use other USB C based chargers if you wanted as well battery life is really very good on this most flagships I averaged about four maybe four and a

Half hours of screen on time this one is like four and a half to five hours of actual use time with the screen on that's very good it translates easily for most people I'd say to a full workday and all the way to the night when you go to bed very good so how about the biometrics thing right that in display a fingerprint scanner it's yeah I'll tell you one thing if you're wondering you if you're gonna find that when the screen is off before you even turn the phone on you can do the double tap to wake and all that certainly you'll see that place

Where there's extra fingerprint oil where you've been pressing it's kind of funny anyway it does a kind of illumination thing with the screen when you put your finger on it and I found that it works well even in colder temperature when fingers tend to shrink and get more pruney and all that sort of thing it has worked well for me some people say they find the may 20 pros faster they've been equally as strong for me it also has face facial recognition it's not the super secure type it's not the 3d facial thing where you have to do this so it sees your face

From all sides when you're training it like the the iPhone 10 family has and like again the may 20 Pro but if it's so it's not something you would want to use like for mobile payment systems and all that kind of thing but it is a very quick certainly and recognizing your face if not the most secure thing but I figure print scanner definitely go so once again this is one of my favorite phones I mean not just because I was in the play didn't display a fingerprint scanner woohoo it's just gotten a very nice look to it feels premium it feels good in the hand the materials are very

Nice on this display is lovely on the cameras are pretty darn good and the price is just wonderful so what are you giving up versus the pixel 3xl well obviously with Google's phones you're gonna get Android OS updates the very fastest and you're gonna get the best camera that's available on the market right now among Android phones and versus the Samsung Galaxy phones now that depends on you some people have gotten used to the Samsung Galaxy software and user interface which I have to admit it does do some musical things even I enjoy parts of it so if you like

The Samsung experience better a clean phone like this my knob floats your boat the cameras are gonna be a little bit better on the Samsung phone still for sure but beyond that you're not getting that curved glass at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the s9 family has you know and the wider accessory ecosystem could change for one plus but right now everybody makes cases for Samsung's for example and lastly you're giving up ip68 water resistance and wireless charging only you know how important those are to you I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be sure

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