OnePlus 6 Review: Should You Buy it?
OnePlus recently announced the OnePlus 6T. This updated model includes a fingerprint sensor on display, a bigger screen and a larger battery than the OnePlus 6. Continue reading for our full OnePlus 6 review below.
Before we go in details, here is a brief overview of OnePlus 6.
- A huge leap in design
- Seriously fast
- Dash Charge is still great, if slightly restrictive
- A well-thought-out version of Android with great extras
- Camera still needs improvement
- Missing a few ‘flagship’ features
This is a beautiful phone with top specs, a good dual camera and a beautiful OLED display. It might be more expensive than previous entries in the series, but considering what you get, we’ll take it. Since its release, OnePlus has unveiled two new OnePlus 6 colors: white and red. The red immediately stands out as the most unique. It’s a deep red with a glossy back and a black front. It looks great. Thanks to a matte finish and contrasting rose gold sides, the white is great too.
A lot of what makes the OnePlus 6 feel special is its new design and construction. It is now almost entirely made of glass that curves around the back and is fantastic. There is a border of sandwiched metal between the glass to add some stiffness. When I first uncovered the phone, the first impression was that it looked and felt like the offspring of a Samsung Galaxy S9 and an iPhone X.
There has also been a switch-up in other classic aspects of OnePlus design. The alert slide is still present, but it sits on the opposite side and the fingerprint sensor is now an oblong shape perched under the dual cameras in a central position. The alert slider allows you to easily jump from silent to loud mode without unlocking your phone. The bottom line is that, despite the lack of IP rating, OnePlus is confident that it will be okay if you leave your phone in the bathroom while you have a shower or the device is caught in the rain. You’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom of the phone–always nice to see and get rarer with every phone launch–next to the USB – C port for charging.
The launch of the 5 T at the end of 2017 seemed to be a quick response from OnePlus to the trend of the time, which reduced the bezel and stretched the display. With the OnePlus 6, the company is jumping to another trend: the notch screen. The cut-out at the top of the 6.3-inch display is all right, but I still can’t understand why it’s here. Inside the clamp, there’s nothing special –just a regular 16-megapixel sensor, speaker and LED–and it just feels like a device trying to imitate the iPhone X. Since the launch of the 6, it appears that most phones have tried to integrate a trick into their designs, but I don’t know why. At least the clash really doesn’t interrupt anything when you use the phone. Apps either blank it or handle it comfortably by changing the UI, while Android P provides additional support and tweaks.
Fortunately, the display itself is excellent and if you really despise the trick, there is a software – based option to cover it. The 2280 x 1080 (FHD+) OLED panel is bright, sharp, and very colorful. It doesn’t seem that much to suffer with the usual shift to yellow, which has ruined many OLED displays over the past year. It would have been nice to see OnePlus increase the overall screen resolution to QHD, given that each OnePlus phone has a 1080p resolution to date. The question is again whether the trade-off in battery life is worth this extra resolution.
It would have been nice to see OnePlus increase the overall screen resolution to QHD, given that each OnePlus phone has a 1080p resolution to date. The question is again whether the trade-off in battery life is worth this extra resolution. If you are not satisfied with the default display colours, the OnePlus 6 allows you to tweak it infinitely. The default setting is a little white and saturated for my taste, while the adaptive mode switches between different settings depending on what you do. My choice is the DCI-P3 mode, which is softer on the eyes and shows a nicer color range.
On the front you have a 16-megapixel camera that also offers a portrait mode thanks to a recent software update. It’s a fine selfie camera, which is similar to the last two OnePlus devices.
Video can be recorded up to 4 K 60fps and uses an electronic image stabilization system to keep it stable. Footage is good, but it struggles to represent colors accurately in some environments. Check the video review for some video samples. Super-slow – motion support is also available here, although it is capped at 480fps unlike the Galaxy S9 or Xperia XZ2. However, you can record a whole minute of 480 fps footage instead of just a few seconds, unlike these two phones.
The life of the OnePlus 6 battery is neither good nor poor–it is very similar to both the OnePlus 5 and the 5T. Given the size of the battery is the same (3300mAh), it should not be too surprising. During much of my time, the OnePlus 6 managed to get it through a busy working day and would normally require a short update at approximately 9 pm. Coming from the Huawei P20 Pro, it’s massively disappointing, but the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the same.
Until the moment on stage it was announced, my biggest question about the OnePlus 6 was about price. It was clear that this would still be the most expensive OnePlus phone, but by what means? I was convinced that it would be £ 499, although it would have seemed fair to consider what is on offer here £ 549.
It’s the best value phone you can buy without a doubt right now. It is still impressive, even if you take the price out of the equation. This is one of the fastest and best looking Android phones with a beautiful screen and perfectly optimized software at all costs. Of course, not all components are from the top drawer for OnePlus to sell at this price. The camera is good but it won’t compete with the Huawei P20 Pro or Pixel 2 cameras. In addition, the battery is all right and there is no official IP or Qi wireless charging.