OnePlus 5 Review! Hit or Miss?
Hey what’s happening guys IMSARATHRK and this article is all about the most anticipated smartphone of 2017 which is the OnePlus 5. I have been using the device for about 2 weeks now and I am totally convinced to say that this is pretty much one of the best experience I had with an android device. Fun fact, I went to the OnePlus Pop event in my city just to see the device but I actually ended up in getting one for myself. I premeditated that it would be a blatant copy of the iPhone, of course the dual camera setup but the way it felt in the hand made me to actually buy one.
Starting off with the design as you all know, It looks pretty similar to the iPhone 7 Plus and even more similar to the OPPO R11, but the thing with the design although it looks similar but it feels curvy at the back which is way better the slippery iPhone. First of all the OnePlus 5 is incredibly thin, it just comes in 7.25mm, this is actually the slimmest and also lightest OnePlus phone ever. Though I was skeptical about thin phones as thick phone may feel solid and secure in the hand but I have now realised why iPhones are getting thinner and thinner each year. It feels absolutely premium in the hand. But after spending good time admiring the beauty of the device, I realised there is no innovation at all. It’s just the typical OnePlus phone inspired by every other except the original OnePlus One. Though this time the antenna lines goes along the sides of the device, and the camera bump which was most complained on the 3T is now reduced and then the screen is bit narrower than being wider like the 3T.
Talking about the similarities, it has the same lighting fast fingerprint sensor on the front which unlocks almost instantly, and the alert slider which comes in really handy as you can switch between profiles just by sliding which was really convenient for me. And I wish more android phones should bring this feature.
Now up front there is a 5.5 inch OPTIC AMOLED 1080p display, which is one of the biggest complains for those who are using better resolution display. But the fact is it’s not totally bad, it’s actually fine in my opinion. It’s really crisp, it has got really good viewing angles. And the outdoor visibility was noticeably great. I agree to the fact that every other flagship phones has better resolution display, but you won’t notice it until and unless you compare it side by side.
Some exclusively features OnePlus added are actually you can change the screen calibration and also reading mode which completely turns your phone’s screen into a notebook like look. Night mode and adoptive display features adds to enhance the software experience.
Talking about the software, OnePlus 5 is preloaded with Oxygen Os which is based on Android Nought and this is one of the lightest skins and very close to stock android experience. But it has some nifty little features which overall boosts productivity like you can choose between on screen or off screen buttons and also other features like tweaking the icon packs, display size, font size and also switching between themes, which completely applies throughout the UI.
The OnePlus 5 rocks a Octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor,which can be clocked up to 2.45GHz), Adreno 540 GPU for the best gaming experience. 6/8GB RAM which is surely not necessary. But since you have it there is absolutely no chance of stopping the OnePlus 5 from performing all the task easily without any hiccups or lags. I played some high intensive games, there is no frame drops or whatsoever, From the boot animation to the app opening animation everything is buttery smooth. But what OnePlus does the best is offering the latest hardware and lightest software both well optimized to give closely to Apple’s iOS experience to android users. Really appreciated.This is perhaps the best performing phone in the market. Period!
Now get into most highlighting features of the OnePlus 5, it’s the camera actually the cameras, it sports a 16MP f1.7 primary camera and then a 20MP f2.6 secondary telephoto camera. Which is on paper should perform great, and It is. Actually it’s almost the same setup as the 7 Plus and also it has the exact functionality with the exact camera UI. But it’s just not better than the best out right now. Overall the photos taken with the sensor looks great, Dynamic range is always on point, and you can see much detail in the picture, But the colors are not much saturated, but contrastly colors like red and orange are over saturated sometimes. It also has portrait mode, which blurs out the background gives you a shallow depth of field effect. But overall it’s a great setup and most of the issues will be fixed with future updates. Switching to video, it doesn’t hunt for focus and also its really stable in 1080p, Also it can shoot in 4k but I wish it had optical image stabilisation but it has EIS which does a good job. And also there is a 16MP selfie camera which performs really great at good lighting conditions and also relatively well under low lighting actually because of f2.0 of aperture. There are no complains considering the fact that it would definitely becomes stable and better with lot more software updates and optimisations.
But the most underrated things about the OnePlus 5 is the battery, It has got a 3300mah which is apparently 100mah smaller than the 3T, but in my usage it was even better than the 3T. With moderate usage you can easily go through a full day. But if it die’s better the day, you always have that ridiculously fast charging technology which is dash charge. It gives you juice up to 60% in about 30minutes, it’s insane. And also Screen on time was always above 4 hours.
Other than that it uses latest UFS 2.1 storage for better speeds, it has got NFC, the future proof USB Type C, LED notification at the top , and the call quality was top notch and it has a down firing single speaker at the bottom which is hands on one of the loudest single speaker that’s ever in a smartphone.
Although they have copied from Apple and companies. Overall I feel copying is not bad, as a end consumer you will be benefited. Yeah I know it lacks water proofing, OIS, and dat infinity display but considering the price it sells at it’s still a bang for buck. So yeah that’s my take on the OnePlus 5, if you enjoyed watching do hit that like button and also share this video to whom you feel this would be beneficial. Also don’t forget to hit that subscribe button, thanks for watching I will catch you guys in the next one.