If you do not know what OnePlus 3 is, then you have been living under a rock for the past few days.
OnePlus is a small Chinese cellphone startup company co-founded by former Oppo vice president Pete Lau. I was one of the lucky ones who received an invite back in 2014 and was able to purchase their very first phone (OnePlus One). That is right, you heard me say “invite”. When OnePlus initially launched they had an invite system. You could not simply go to a store or order their phone online. You had to receive an invite. Fast forward a couple of generations of their phones and we here we are. It is June 2016 and ling gone is the invite system. OnePlus unveiled their latest “Flagship Killer” a couple of days and I was able to order the OnePlus 3 directly from their web site just a few minutes after they started taking orders. The process was painless and the phone arrived in 2 DAYS!!!
If you want to learn more about the specs of this phone and get a more detailed review, you can just do a search on Google for OnePlus 3. I am not going to focus on what this phone is or what it can do. If you are reading this you are probably well aware of the new offering from OnePlus and you have read or watched all major on-line reviewers.
What I want to do is provide you with a few pictures and details about the phone and address some of the main concerns about this device.
- Overall build quality
- How good the pre-installed screen protector is
- How good/bad the rear facing camera is in quick auto mode picture taking
Overall quality: Lets start with the presentation and build quality. As usual the OnePlus is well dressed in their red & white box. Everything is very well packaged and attention to detail is high. The phone is gorgeous. I do not care is it looks a bit like HTC and Apple iPhone. This is a good looking smart phone with one heck of a finger print scanner that sits at the proper location (In the front).
Screen protector: Well…NOT good, but it comes for free and it is pre-installed. It is plastic and it does not cover the entire screen. I am sure it will get replaced pretty soon. See for yourselves
Rear facing camera: There is a lot of talk on the Internet on how the new OnePlus 3 cut corners in the camera department. I have not had the phone for too long but my initial test show me that the camera is not bad at all and the camera app is simple and easy to use for taking pictures in a hurry. Swiping up and down while in the camera app switches between taking photos and video. I want to say that the picture quality is on par with my iPhone 6. Click on the images for full size photos. NOTE: These pictures were taken in my poorly lit office (two of my fluorescent bulbs are dead). I wanted to simulate a real life situation, so I took the phone out of my pocket, started the camera app and snapped the pics in auto mode as quickly as possible.
Comfort: The phone is very comfortable to hold and operate. Some folks are reporting it is slippery, but I personally think it is no worse that my iPhone 6. This is a small price to pay for having a full metal/glass body that is also good looking. I did order one of the official OnePlus cases but it has not arrived yet.
Screen: The 5.5 inch AMOLED is very nice. I know that it is “only” a FHD resolution with 401 pixels, but it is well calibrated. If you plan on using it for Virtual Reality, then it may not be the best option out there, but for day-to-day use it is perfect.
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions about the OnePlus 3. I will be spending more time with it and I have the feeling that it may even replace my iPhone…
Oh…did I say KUDOS to OnePlus for delivering such a nice device for only $399!!! This is crazy considering that the OnePlus checks all the important boxes and it competes (in some cases beats) with flagships that are twice the $$$!!! Stay tuned for more and “Never Settle”.