OnePlus sent me their latest OnePlus 3T for review and while I skipped the regular OnePlus 3(mainly because there are way too many Android phones to cover these days), it was great to actually try their latest and best Android smartphone in person.
I did get to try out the regular OnePlus 3 before and the OnePlus 3T hasn’t really changed much other than better specs like 16MP front camera(instead of 8MP) along with bigger 3400mAh battery(instead of 3000mAh) and latest Snapdragon 821 processor. If you already own OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T isn’t much of an upgrade but if you are thinking about getting a dual-sim smartphone that costs less than $500, you may want to give this a try.
First, I am very impressed at the build quality of the OnePlus 3T, it very well built with all-metal unibody design which seems to be the trend for premium phones these days. There is also a dedicated mute button that actually has 3 functions: silent, do-not-disturb, and normal. Also fingerprint sensor is on the front and it is much faster/better than Galaxy S7 Edge.
While I love everything about the phone, I am a bit disappointed that it comes with a 1080P screen instead of 1440P, which is the norm for flagships of that size these days (like Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG G5, etc…). But really OnePlus has its advantages in being like a Nexus/Pixel phone that it runs a slightly-modified version of pure Android dubbed Oxygen OS. Best of all, OnePlus phones in general are one of the easiest to root and install custom ROMs. In fact, the company encourages you to root and install custom ROMs along with a vibrant forum to help you out.
Overall, this is an exciting update to the OnePlus 3T and while this isn’t the perfect phone for me personally, it may be one of the better phones you can buy under $500 this year. I should have a full review but for right now, I am very impressed at the build quality and openness of its software.
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