OnePlus 8 Pro – A Long Term User Review

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

this is the oneplus 8 pro the company's answer to the premium android flagship market notice i mentioned flagship and the reason for that is back in the day oneplus was known for marketing their smartphones as flagship killers at really good price points but they didn't necessarily excel in every aspect that made a true flagship smartphone i think i said flagship like 50 times but anyways things have turned around this year the 8 pro starts at 900

U.s or 1400 canadian it's the most expensive phone that they've come out with it's meant to compete with the galaxy s20 series the huawei p40 pro maybe even the iphones if you were to consider that as competition in an android space but that's totally up to you it's been about four months since oneplus announced the 8 pro and i've been using it extensively over the course of that time period and as always oneplus did roll out some amazing software updates that addressed

A lot of the issues that users were experiencing but i've still got my beef with the 8 pro so let's discuss that right after we pay some bills it's true what they say about the corsair a100 we've got water cooled hardware for cool temperatures a cool design that stands out with plenty of good io it's whisper quiet with an efficient fan and occupies as much space on my desk as my plant the corsair a100 up to 16 cores with 2080 ti it does not disappoint check it out below alright let's start with the design

It's a subtle improvement over the 7 pro but they've added some tasteful colors to make it stand out from the competition without going too aggressive of course i've got the ultramarine blue model and it looks amazing they've given it a matte texture that's soft to the touch and it doesn't get super reflective the camera bump is tolerable especially when you compare it to the note 20 ultra for instance if it really bothers you i'd recommend picking up the carbon

Bumper case it's pretty slim and gives a nice snug fit for the phone i've been rocking this for a while and i really like it the corners are rounded and the build quality is fantastic the phone is sandwiched in between two sheets of gorilla glass with a solid aluminum frame and it's exactly what you would expect at this price point they ditched the pop-up selfie camera on the seven pro for the classic punch hole style on the left side of the display i personally don't mind that but i'd like to know your thoughts about

That unfortunately you're still getting a curved display which i'm typically not a fan of because i've had numerous issues with palm rejection when i'm browsing through the app drawer or checking mail especially when using the phone in one hand it'll just automatically open another app or select another option when my palm gets in contact with the screen not to mention this is a really big phone it's the screen spans across 6.78 inches

It's about the same size as the note 20 ultra so it's pretty difficult to reach the top spots basically what i'm trying to say is if you're someone with smaller hands you should probably look elsewhere or if you're used to bigger phones and if you're perfectly fine using something like this just be prepared to do a lot of this a lot of shifting you know although you just want to make sure that you don't drop your phone because that's the last thing you want speaking of the display

Oneplus has packed the eight pro with a fast 120 hertz quad hd amoled panel and for those of you wondering it can do both quad hd and 120 hertz at the same time unlike some other phones samsung and guys i really enjoyed my time with this display every animation when it comes to opening or exiting an app the gesture navigation through the operating system is fluid and fast it dynamically adjusts the refresh rate depending on the type of content you stare at

For example if you're watching movies or reading an article online it's circle backs to 60 hertz to preserve battery life the only odd thing i noticed was when browsing youtube scrolling through content felt like using a 60hz display i had no issues with consistency on my pixel 4 xl and the note20 ultra i just thought it was worth mentioning it's also a very bright screen if you enable auto brightness the screen boosts to a whopping 1300 nits when you're in direct sunlight

Of course so outdoor visibility is great it's one of my favorite features of this phone since i've been spending quite a bit of time outdoors during the summer it's got great color accuracy love the different color profiles that you can play around with through the settings i think you're really in for a treat especially if you're used to watching a lot of videos on your smartphone or if you edit photos for instagram or other social media platforms initially i did have some issues with

The display so i was i was experiencing a weird green cast at the lowest brightness setting but thankfully that was addressed through a software update so good job oneplus the in-display fingerprint sensor is still present on the 8 pro if you recall watching my 7 pro review i mentioned how the sensor on that was really fast and accurate my success rate was really really high on that phone but i can't see the same thing about the eight pro because i found myself constantly

Struggling to get past the lock screen even with my left thumb or my right thumb it just errors out every single time so i had to constantly rely on the you know so-called unsecured face unlock system which isn't as advanced or secure as say something like a pixel 4. it was really frustrating i tried to rescan my thumb print it didn't really do a lot so that was really weird not to mention this is something very important if you pull out this phone in pitch

Black it's gonna blind you literally because it has to shine a bright light to analyze your fingerprint and it just gets super annoying even if you have a night mode or the blue screen filter enabled it won't actually show up on the lock screen in fact it'll only trigger itself when you get past that home screen or the lock screen uh to get to your home screen which is just it's weird but it's also really it's annoying the built-in speakers are

Fantastic just like the 7 pro the 8 pro features a dual speaker setup with the earpiece acting as your left channel and the bottom facing as your right so there's excellent stereo imaging it gets really loud and i never missed any alarms so i guess that's a good thing i also appreciate oneplus for keeping the alert slider on the side this thing has come in clutch so many times and i really hope other brands implement this on their smartphones the haptic motor underneath

Is all right it's certainly not as strong as uncle sammy glancing over the rest of the specs well as always oneplus never disappoints you're getting a really fast snapdragon 865 soc it's not the plus chip but it's not really a big deal ram is plenty sufficient with 8 gigabytes base or 12 gigabytes if you really want to push it and storage is either 128 or 256 gigabytes and this phone just flies through applications i didn't

Experience any slowdowns or any stutters from my general day-to-day usage apps install really fast on this phone thanks to the ufs 3.0 storage i think i can't really complain about the performance on the oneplus 8 pro it all comes down to the amazing software integration and support that oneplus has for their devices speaking of software well there isn't anything new here if you're familiar with oxygen os you get plenty of customization options and i really like the stock look

That being said oneplus is shifting the direction away from this ux design to something that's a little bit more user-friendly in fact i made a separate video going over the beta build that oneplus is currently working on which is based on android 11 and if you're interested in checking it out link will be right over here i also want to mention the amazing software support that you get with oneplus devices not just the 8 pro but the 7 series the 6 series pack even the 5 series early adopters

Just get to share their experience and if they encounter any issues they'll post it on the forums and oneplus as they're constantly listening to user feedback they address those issues through software updates now before i get into camera performance i do want to talk about battery life oneplus gave the 8 pro an extra 500 million powers compared to the 7 pro so now you're looking at roughly 4 500 million powers i think they did this to compensate for the 120 hertz display

My phone usage is obviously going to be different from everyone out there but i'm happy to report that i've been getting really good battery life out of this smartphone i was easily able to get two days worth of use with light usage now keep in mind that i've enabled dark mode full time on this phone so that definitely helps extend battery life also my light usage consists of casually checking twitter browsing through instagram i don't really watch a lot of videos it's mostly messaging and just casual stuff and

I did test a smartphone during the covet lockdown season so i never really got a chance to travel and put this to the real test but hey if you want rog phone 3 or phone 2 level battery life this won't cut it i mean it's 4500 milliamp hours 120 hertz it's good it's pretty good but if you need to top it up quickly don't you worry because oneplus has got your back with their blistering fast warp charge 30t simply plug in the phone and it'll charge the device from 0 to 50 in just 20 minutes and if you want to

Take things a bit further you can wirelessly charge the 8 pro using the warp charge 30 wireless dock which is sold separately by the way and that charges the phone from 0 to 50 in 30 minutes this charger is really a unique piece of tech it comes with a fan to help dissipate the heat because it's charging at a rapid pace and it gets as loud as 30 decibels which on paper might not seem quiet but it's really not ideal when you have it beside your bed

Luckily there is a setting on the phone that can turn off the fan but that will obviously reduce charging speeds i mean look you don't have to spend seventy dollars on a fancy piece of charger in fact you can actually buy one right now because it's out of stock at the moment you can still experience wireless charging omni-8 pro because this still uses the qi protocol so it'll work with basically any qi enabled wireless chargers that you

May have lying around so that's welcoming this one also supports reverse wireless charging but oddly it won't charge my pixel buds i did look this up online it seems like this phone is a little bit picky when it comes to charging devices it did charge my note 20 ultra so yeah it's weird but hey it's definitely a feature that i personally won't take advantage of all right last but not least let's talk about the camera performance

The 8 pro features a quad camera setup so there's a 48 megapixel ultra wide angle lens a 48 megapixel standard wide angle lens and an 8 megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and up to 30x digital zoom there is a color filter camera which offers different filters and other gimmicky tricks remember photochrome there was a huge buzz about that mode being able to see through certain plastic materials and certain clothing material people were really concerned about it but

Oneplus did roll out an update eventually uh to address that issue so it yeah you can't really see through plastic anymore at least i tried and i can't so it's good news but also bad news for people who thought it was cool but then also it was really weird so yeah but either way let's start with the ultra wide i'm just going to say this right now guys the 8 pro has one of the best if not the best ultra wide angle camera period it's way way better than the galaxy s20 series the dynamic range is incredible

The detail is spot on and it performs extremely well in low light scenarios as well the field of view is perfect to get creative and i really really enjoyed my time using this lens switching over to the standard wide angle camera and things get even better oneplus is using sony's highest end imx 689 sensor and it nails white balance perfectly i absolutely fell in love with the colors being captured by the sensor hdr processing works really well without

Being too aggressive there's a good balance between saturation and contrast and the detail is astounding you can really take advantage of the 48 megapixel sensor for larger prints if that's something that you're into and given that it's a larger sensor with a wider aperture the depth of field is natural so you don't have to rely on portrait mode in low light the sensor does bin itself to produce 12 megapixel images and that's done to reduce noise and the

Results look great i wouldn't say it's pixel level good but i'll tell you this it definitely puts samsung's highest end s20 ultra to shame the telephoto lens wow just wow this phone continues to surprise me guys i'm a huge fan of playing around with higher focal lengths because you can end up with some really cool compositions especially if you want to get into product photography i didn't notice any shutter lag with all three sensors so that helped with capturing the right moment the macro mode on this camera is

Just nuts i had a lot of fun with this mode though i didn't use it that much but hey it won't disappoint you if you're really into it the selfie camera is mediocre i wasn't impressed with the results if you're patient enough you can get away with some good shots if you really like taking a lot of selfies you should probably look elsewhere alright so this is the video test on the oneplus 8 pro i'm going to start with the front-facing camera one of the things i'm not a fan of is

The fact that you're not getting a wide-angle sensor so it's pretty cropped and i'm actually stretching my hands all the way to make sure that i'm in frame so that's kind of unfortunate the dynamic range is alright it's not really that great but under good lighting conditions you can get some pretty decent results what's really cool with the rear facing cameras is that you can use all three sensors to shoot 4k video whether if it's using the wide angle ultra wide or even the telephoto

Stabilization is also really really nice and surprised by the footage coming out of this camera it's definitely an improvement over the oneplus 7 pro and i want to know your thoughts about that in the comments so did oneplus deliver a true flagship android smartphone this year that's worthy enough to compete with the thousand plus dollar smartphones that are currently in the market absolutely the eight pro features an amazing build quality and design the screen is one of the best the

Battery life is also really good even with 120 hertz mode enabled full time uh the specs are top of the line you now have support for wireless charging finally on a oneplus device i'm sure a lot of oneplus fans would love that and it's also got an official ip68 water resistant rating not to mention the camera performance it's incredible uh honestly i would legit put this right underneath the pixel 4 and way above the galaxy s20 series because the results really do speak for themselves with that

Being said i've still got my issues with this phone the first thing is of course that curved display it doesn't really do any justice when you're using the phone palm detection is really really bad it gets super frustrating also the fingerprint sensor it just didn't work for me and honestly the fact that it blinds you in pitch black is just super annoying i honestly at this point wished if you know oneplus was able to just go back to the traditional standard rear-facing fingerprint sensor

I mean i would hands-down get that over something like an in-display fingerprint sensor because it's physical it's easy to reach it's practical i also can't ignore some of the quality control issues that some users have been experiencing with the 8 pro specifically when it comes to the display also some users have been experiencing wi-fi problems as well connectivity problems to be more precise oneplus is constantly working on addressing that through software updates so

I guess that's a good thing finally i want to talk about the price 900 it's a lot of money but i think for that price you are getting a lot in terms of features uh i think you know it's priced aggressively and compared to the competition this thing it stands out it really does now generally oneplus phones don't go on sale that often but when they do it's worth picking up so that note thank you so much for watching if you are an existing oneplus 8 user i want to know your experience using the

Phone has it been great or has it been not so great looking forward to your thoughts and i'll talk to you guys in the next one

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