The OnePlus 5 has big shoes to fill and a lot of hype to live up to. As an affordable flagship, it certainly does deliver, giving you the best price to performance ratio currently available. The other extras are just icing on the cake.
NEW DELHI: The OnePlus 5 has big shoes to fill and a lot of hype to live up to. As an affordable flagship, it certainly does deliver, giving you the best price to performance ratio currently available. The other extras are just icing on the cake.
Less than three years ago, OnePlus started setting up big plans for India.At the time, they needed to do everything on a small scale, so you actually had to be invited to buy their first phone. Fast forward to present day and the company has a huge fan following in India -this group is vocal, loyal, informed and passionate. We’ve seen first hand how enthusiasts will readily line up hours in advance for a chance to buy OnePlus phones and it all ties in with the company’s `Never Settle’ mantra.
It’s now the tur n of the OnePlus 5. There are some things that are really great: it continues the OnePlus tradition of offering fantastic (class-leading) performance.Build quality, body colours, materials and attention to detail is stellar. The screen is a pin-shar p amoled panel with deep blacks and colours that pop.
Special mention goes to the new reading mode that de-saturates colour and makes the screen mimic real paper (it has a special sensor for this, which helps the screen dynamically change colour temperature depending on ambient light).You can also set apps, like Kindle or a web browser, to automatically enable reading mode.
The ceramic fingerprint scanner is one of the best around and unlocks in 300 milliseconds (quite literally, the blink of an eye).Oxygen OS has to be one of our favourite Android builds.It’s smooth, fast, unobtrusive, close to stock, has zero bloatware and yet offers loads of customisation. The battery life is great: about 10 hours go by with 40% battery to spare on most days. To fully drain it within a day, the screen would have to be on for about 6 hours. And it also has Dash Charge, the ultra fast charging tech that’s so fast, it will change your phone charging habits.
And there are some things that are not so great: there’s no optical image stabilization puzzling.
(OIS) for the camera, which is The 33T has it and benefits from it greatly. The only explanation we could think of is that this time, the company chose for m over function. The phone is super slim at 7.25mm. Adding OIS would have likely made the camera module thicker. You’ll feel the lack of OIS most while recording video, where phones like the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 Plus will shoot video that is vastly more stable.
The design: it’s very nice but by no means next gen. It still has bezels all around with a sizeable forehead and chin.
The screen is `only’ 1080p while all the other premium flagships have pushed ahead in resolution. Finally, some thing we were so hoping for -any kind of ingress pro tection. This phone is not water or dust resistant so you will have to use with caution. This omission is probably a cost saving measure.
The device is getting a ton of hate for the cam era but we think the hate is not completely justified. To put it down a little clearly, it’s definitely better t h a n t h e 3 T. I f you’ re using the primary camera, the focus speed is really fast. It gives you great results, even in low light. The Pro mode is great, even comes with a live histogram and level. The portrait mode is a little hit or miss -it needs a lot of light and the edges are sometimes not very well defined, but it is improving with updates.
Actually, the camera has been noticeably improving with every update (there have been four updates since we’ve been using it). And given that it’s being compared, across the board, with phones like the Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, HTC U11 and Google Pixel should give you some idea of where it’s hitting.
In it’s current state of tune, the overall camera quality is still not as good as these four top-spec devices. But its in the vicinity, which is a pretty big deal for a device at this price! Compared to the outgoing OnePlus 33T, it’s more refined, slimmer, has an upgraded dual camera and continues the company’s tradition of offering fantastic performance, & high-end specs at a reasonable price. But if you just bought a 3T, there should no rush to upgrade. What about upgrading from other `20 or 30k phones? If you want the best performing Android phone with stock Android, a great amoled screen and loads of useful features at a reasonable price, the OnePlus 5 is hard to beat.