28 June 2017

Oneplus 5 review; a top notch android smartphone for the price

You might not have heard of OnePlus before. It's a company that hardcore Android enthusiasts love, because it sells high-end Android smartphones that cost hundreds of dollars less than phones like the Galaxy S8.

Let's take a look at what makes it a solid new entry.

The phone looks almost exactly like an iPhone 7 Plus


Seriously — note the dual camera setup, the flash right next to the cameras, the antenna lines along the top border and even the location of the logo. This isn't bad. I like the rounded edges and the sleek matte black color. It just looks awfully similar to my iPhone 7 Plus.

The screen is really crisp and sharp
The OnePlus 5 has a bright and sharp screen. While it's not as good as the screen on the Galaxy S8, it's great for browsing the web or watching a quick TV show.
There's a fantastic new "reading mode" function that turns on gray-scale and lowers the brightness, making it feel like you're reading from an eReader. This function was one of my favorites.

The camera is pretty good
The camera is pretty good at those iPhone 7 Plus style "portrait" shots. It blurs the background so that your subject is the only object in focus, creating a "bokeh" or blurred effect that you typically get from high-end camera lenses.

It didn't work as well as the iPhone 7 Plus camera, though, and seemed a little finicky when I was trying to capture a shot of my dog on the beach. It also didn't work great when my colleague took a couple of pictures of me with a wall in the background — it just blurred my body. When I moved and had more of the newsroom in the background, it worked much better.
It charges really quickly
OnePlus calls its technology "Dash Charge" and you can juice up fully in about an hour or so. This meant I didn't have to worry if my phone was dying before I had to run out the door for lunch on the weekend, for example. 
I just plugged it in for about 15 minutes and had plenty of juice to get me through to the evening. I was usually able to get through a work day and into bed without the battery dying, which is great.

The OnePlus 5 is crazy fast
The phone has the latest Qualcomm processor, and OnePlus optimized the software and hardware so the phone feels really zippy. It feels like one of the fastest I've used all year. OnePlus fans are used to this.

There's enough storage included on the base model (64GB) that you probably won't run out of space quickly, even if you have some movies and large games.

Lots of customization options
You can customize all sorts of features of the OnePlus 5, which is another reason it has so many fans. There's a dark mode that makes the screen black, or you can tweak the accent colors throughout the phone to one of 8 colors. There's also a widget shelf that's always available with a swipe across the home screen. It helps you find your most-opened apps, frequent contacts and more.

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