Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to take a look at OnePlus 5 review. OnePlus has always about delivering a powerful smartphone with an excellent build quality and a great user experience. All at a price that undercuts the competition and all that still holds true for the OnePlus 5. But that price has slowly trickled upwards over the years as the phone has gotten increasingly more popular and more powerful. The base 64 gigabyte model with 6GB of RAM starts at $479 and for an extra $60 that will double the storage and bump you up to 8GB of RAM which is just insane to think about when 4GB of RAM is still standard on the most flagship.
I think this is the best-looking OnePlus phone to date. It has a double camera on the back and because they placed it in the top left corner, it’s going to look similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s a very clean and minimal-looking design, super thin phone, it’s coming in at 7.25 millimeters. It’s their thinnest phone yet, and I like how it looks. I don’t love the antenna lines. I know they have to be somewhere, but these look a little too Apple for me. And If you want to hide them, you just get a skin from DBrand, that also protects the finish and make it less slippery.
It has great build quality again, and in its naked form it’s comfortable to hold, but it’s really smooth. It has the alert slider again, with three positions and a LED notification that has user customizable colors.
The OnePlus 5 still undercuts other big flagships like Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC U11 I terms of price. You don’t have to look very far to figure out the reasons why? There’s no wireless charging, no expandable storage, and the phone lacks any sort of water and dust resistance. Wireless charging and expandable storage are by no means make-or-break features especially since a phone comes with plenty of internal storage and wireless charging while nice-to-have isn’t entirely necessary. But with the so many phones nowadays coming with some sort of Ingress protection. It will be a feature worth thinking about especially it’s really important to you.
OnePlus does make up for this in other ways, the fingerprint sensor on the front is extremely fast. It’s definitely one of the fastest fingerprint sensors I’ve ever used and it’s covered in ceramic. So you don’t have to worry about it getting scratched up.
The display of OnePlus is sticking to 1080p and even though most high-end Android phones have moved up to quad HD. It’s not that big of a deal that OnePlus hasn’t made the switch because the screen looks gorgeous. It’s probably the best 1080p panel you will find on a smartphone. It’s incredibly sharp. The screen size is 5.5-inches which is a good for a big screen that’s still comfortable enough to use one hand. It’s also AMOLED so colors are vibrant, full of contrast and deep dark blacks and it’s plenty bright that reading it outdoors in direct sunlight isn’t an issue.
The biggest change of the OnePlus 5 is the new Dual camera system. Most dual cameras either have the same resolution across both lenses or the secondary sensor is lower resolution. But with the OnePlus 5, it’s the exact opposite. The main sensor is 16-megapixels with F/1.7 aperture and electronic image stabilization. The secondary sensor is a 20-megapixels telephoto lens with a smaller f/2.6 aperture but there’s no electronic stabilization on this lens and neither lens has OIS. Similar to Apple’s implementation on the iPhone 7 Plus, the telephoto lens will let you optically zoom in by 2X without any loss in quality.
OnePlus has included a new portrait mode that simulates that excellent blurry background or bokeh effect that you would normally get from DSLR while keeping the subject in razor-sharp focus. The manual mode has now been replaced with a new Pro-Mode that offers more control and a few nice enhancements. You can control all the usual stuff like ISO, White balance, shutter speed, focus, and exposure but what it really like is the built-in histogram and a horizon leveler to help you gauge when your shot is perfectly straight.
The camera is capable of recording 4K video and EIS does a decent job of something out any unwanted shakes and jitters. You can switch to the secondary sensor while recording to get closer to a subject but because this second sensor lacks any form of stabilization the footage is noticeably shakier. Photos from the OnePlus 5 are greatly detailed, pretty sharp without looking oversharpened and color reproduction is more on the natural side and not overly saturated, have any secondary telephoto lens is great for getting those close up shots without losing any of the detail that you normally would from digital zoom. It’s perfect we’re getting close up on anything you want but found it to be especially great for macro shots.
It does, however, produce slightly different colors from the main lens and is a little more inconsistent with exposure. The portrait mode pretty much works just as advertised as long as you’re following the camera’s guidelines. You can get some very convincing bokeh that creates a nice separation between the subject and the background.
The low-light performance will depend on which camera you decide to use but it wasn’t all that surprising that the second sensor doesn’t do all that well in low light. After all, it has a smaller pixel size, a smaller aperture, and no stabilization. Photos from the telephoto lens are much more washed out, noisy, full of lens flares and overblown highlights and it has a lot more trouble with white balance. The main sensor will give you much better results especially in terms of detail and color accuracy.
I’ve been using the more expensive model with 8 gigs of RAM and with Qualcomm slated Snapdragon 835. This phone is just crazy fast. It performs every bit as well as you would want it to. And It’s probably more powerful than anyone would ever need in a smartphone which is certainly not a bad problem to have apps and games open extremely quickly, scrolling is smooth and moving through the interface is great and fluid. Touch response also feels much improved over previous OnePlus Phone and seems to track my fingers a lot better when I’m typing, scrolling or swiping. Put so much RAM onboard this phone can hold a ton of apps in memory without ever breaking a sweat. And it always felt snappy and responsive no matter how many apps I had open.
It’s running oxygen OS which is basically stock Android but with more customizations than what you would get from Google much of it, we were seeing before on previous versions of Oxygen OS, you can customize the accent colors, switch between a light or dark theme or enable on-screen navigation keys. There’s a variety of off-screen gestures to open the camera, turn on the flash or open up any application of your choice and there are other useful gestures like double tap to wake.
Just like every new version of Oxygen OS OnePlus adds in more features to further enhance the experience. There’s a reading mode now that turns the entire screen to grayscale to give you a similar experience of what you would get on an e-reader and a lot of other nice little touches like a do not disturb mode and the updated app drawer that swipes up from the bottom.
The life only OnePlus 5 is exceptionally good. The 3300 mAh battery left me comfortably through a full day even with heavy use that includes using the camera, playing games, watching YouTube videos, listening music and doing all the other usual stuff like reading email, checking social media on the much lighter day I’ll typically end the day around 50%. And when that happens I won’t charge the phone until the next day. So it is totally possible to get a day and a half out of this phone. It only takes 30 minutes to get a 60% charge and roughly an hour and 20 minutes go from empty to full. It has dash charging, it’s basically really fast charging for the phone.
Overall, There’s no denying that the OnePlus 5 is impressive. The OnePlus 5 is packed with awesome hardware for the money. It has a premium aluminum build, it’s a little slippery, get a DBrand skin for it. It has a 5.5-inches 1080p screen and it’s got a fast fingerprint sensor. Up front, on the back, we have the dual Camera system: 16-MP main shooter, 20-MP telephoto and combined. They deliver some very impressive photos especially in regards to dynamic range. Inside, it’s packed with the fast processor, fast storage, and 6GB RAM for the base model, the upgraded model has 8GB of RAM if you’re interested and then the battery is 3300 mAh and it comfortably lasts you a full day to heavy use.
There are a lot of phones in the sub $500 market and a lot of them are good but if I have to make a recommendation right now in mid-2017 it would be this one, OnePlus 5 really impressed with it this year.
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