As a owner of both OnePlus One and OnePlus 2, I had a hard decision to make this year, “should I buy the OnePlus 3? Is it worth buying the hype?”
After pondering about it, I’ve decided to not buy the OnePlus 3 this year and here are my Top 5 reasons.
First, OnePlus 3 does NOT have 1440P screen like all flagship phones these days. All my flagship phones like Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10, LG G5, and Nexus 6P all have 2560×1440 resolution, which allows me to enjoy higher resolution video playback for YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc…etc… If you’ve never used a 1440P smartphone you probably won’t care but as someone who uses large smartphones between 5.5 to 6-inches on a daily basis, 1080P is simply not acceptable. That is one of the main reasons why my 4K Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is collecting dust as it can only play back videos stored in the phone in 4K and everything else/all apps are in 1080P. For smaller 5.2-inch devices, 1080P is more than sufficient but for 5.5-inches and bigger, 1440P is the gold standard these days.
And if you want to enjoy OnePlus 3’s new Virtual Reality, the 1080P screen will make your VR look very pixelated. Trying to use 1080P VR is going back a few years back in time. If you like to buy outdated technology go ahead but 1080P is simply not acceptable if you want a “flagship killer”.
Second, OnePlus 3 has hardware mismatch. It comes with features you don’t need such as 6GB of RAM. On a 1080P screen with latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB is a waste of resources and will not make things run faster. OnePlus should have instead put in a higher resolution screen or at least have 1440P screen along with 6GB of memory. There’s also 64gigs of internal storage with UFS2.0 instead of EMMC which is great but that’s another tech copied over from Samsung Galaxy phones which have had it for a few years now. To top it off, OnePlus 3 has NO microSD card slot, you will be stuck with 64GB while every other flagship has microSD card slot (except Nexus 6P).
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