OnePlus 6 review : The best value smartphone of 2018 ?

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Oneplus 6 review
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OnePlus 6

$529
9.6

Camera

9.3/10

Speed and performance

9.5/10

Software and features

9.5/10

Price

10.0/10

value

9.5/10

Pros

  • One of the best cameras
  • Beautiful screen
  • Blazing fast software
  • Timely software updates
  • Killer Price

Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • No official IP rating
  • Fragile glass back

OnePlus 6 is the evolution of a promise by OnePlus to be the flagship killer. OnePlus has become a cultural phenomenon. This is our brutally honest OnePlus 6 review.

Overview

Design

OnePlus 6 features an all-glass design and features a notch on top. Glass on the OnePlus 6 is gorilla glass 5 and it has a fingerprint sensor on the rear.

It features a USB Type C port on the bottom and a headphone jack too. Also, there’s a bottom firing speaker that produces decently good sound. On the sides, it has the alert slider to choose sound profiles, volume rocker and power button.

The phone comes in 3 colours white, Mirror black and Midnight black.

Oneplus 6 review
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What’s On The Front

The screen on the OnePlus 6 is AMOLED panel and measures 6.28″ diagonally. While the screen has a notch on the top, you can choose to hide it, in case you don’t like it.

The phone has 19:9 aspect ratio which means you get more room to view your content in portrait orientation. Also, this aspect ratio means it’s easy to hold the phone in one hand. All the flagship phones like Pixel 2 and iPhone X feature this.

Colours look crisp and it has an HD display, unlike other phones that feature a Quad HD display like the HTC U12.

We all laughed when iPhone had a notch but the notch is here to stay and OnePlus 6 is no exception to it. While the notch on OnePlus doesn’t do anything fancy like the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X, it’s just there.

OnePlus 6 doesn’t offer any groundbreaking design like the Samsung Galaxy S8 did. All the modern smartphones now feature the notch, AMOLED screen and full-screen display.

Also, the front side of the phone has a 16 MP selfie camera that takes some amazing portrait shots. Apart from taking some great photos the front-facing camera is also used for face unlock that’s really fast.

What’s On The Back

On the rear side, OnePlus 6 features a glass back, a dual camera setup and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Dual camera setup a 16 MP main camera with OIS(Optical Image Stabilisation) and EIS(Electrical Image Stabilisation).

Also, there’s a telephoto lens responsible for some amazing portrait shots. These portrait shots are on par with some expensive phones like Samsung S9 or iPhone X. Read more about the cameras in the camera section.

In order to facilitate the full-screen design, OnePlus moved the fingerprint sensor to the back.

The Good: All-screen design is impressive and OnePlus 6 has over 80% screen to body ratio. The phone holds well in the hand and has perfect ergonomics.

The Bad: This design is very similar to phones like Huawei P20 and LG G7 ThinQ. It doesn’t stand out in the crowd. And the notch is just an Apple design clone without any 3D sensing camera.

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Camera

The Rear dual camera setup has 16 MP with f/1.7 aperture. Also, OnePlus 6 sensor has bigger pixels meaning more light can be captured using the phone.

OnePlus 6 takes some of the best photos on any smartphone. It has both OIS and EIS so your videos and photos can look less shaky. OnePlus 6 can take 4k videos up to 60 fps and it has kinda super-slow motion videos at 720p resolution and 480 fps.

Portrait shots on the OnePlus 6 are amazing and I just love the quality of the photos produced here. And the telephoto lens has 20 MP and it lets more light come in for the portrait blur.

Also, I’d like to point out that the image processing on OnePlus 6 is fantastic and it is clearly obvious by the amount of image blur produced.

The front camera has a 16 MP sensor and takes better portrait shots too. It is also used for face unlock.

The camera has punchy contrast and it takes dramatic and more true to colour photos. Although the aspect ratio(19:9) crops some portion of the image, photos look amazing.

The Good: OnePlus is known for its camera quality and consistency. It takes some really impressive images in any lighting conditions.

The bad: The camera on OnePlus 6 isn’t remarkably different from that of OnePlus 5T.

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Features

OnePlus 6 supports fast charging that can charge up your phone in 30 minutes. It supports Gigabit LTE and is a world phone. However, you may need to check with your carrier if you’re not buying the unlocked version.

Phone’s display has an adaptive mode that chooses the best colour for you based on your preferences. It also has a Reading mode that makes everything grayscale kinda like kindle e-reader and night mode the makes your display warmer to help you sleep better.

And it has NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 along with support for aptX HD for quality Bluetooth audio streaming. We may see better truly wireless earbuds like the AirPods that work seamlessly with OnePlus 6.

It has a dual nano-SIM slot and a headphone jack too. Most importantly to make the experience more fluid OnePlus got rid of navigation buttons in favour of gestures. Yeah, these are the same gestures you find on iPhone or Pixel 2 but that’s ok.

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Software

On the inside, OnePlus 6 runs on top of Android Oreo. It is powered by Oxygen OS 5.1.2 developed by OnePlus.

The software has several useful features like drawing gestures on the lock screen to open certain apps, parallel apps that let you use multiple instances of the same with different accounts and more.

What I personally love about the software is that it’s consistent across all the devices. OnePlus is one of the few companies that offers lightning-fast android updates to its customers.

To put it in some perspective it made face unlock available to OnePlus 5 customers via a software update when it released the feature for 5T.

Oneplus constantly updates software and software is the primary reason people buy this phone or any other OnePlus phone.

The Good: Oneplus software is amazing and very intuitive. OnePlus offers features that are only necessary hence OnePlus phones are blazing fast.

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Battery Life and Performance

OnePlus 6 has a 3300 mAh battery that has a 5 hours screen on-time. Given Oxygen OS’s efficiency in handling multitasking and more, the phone may last up to 3 hours on graphics-intensive tasks.

And speaking of performance OnePlus 6 is a beast. While it’s not the fastest phone out there, with the help of Snapdragon 845 series with 6/8 GB RAM OnePlus can handle multitasking and gaming with ease.

We can account the speed partly to Oxygen OS as well. OnePlus’s skin doesn’t tweak most of the system, so you get pretty raw performance out of the box.

Geekbench shows 2460 single core score and up to 9030 multi-core core score. Samsung galaxy s9 has single core score of 3395 and multi-core score of 8690.

While the Geekbench scores don’t give the complete picture, you can count on OnePlus 6 to be buttery smooth at all times.

Samsung S9 has a quad HD display whereas OnePlus 6 has an HD display, so it’s easier to preserve battery life on the OnePlus 6 as it has lesser power hungry pixels.

The good: OnePlus phones are consistent with performance and they don’t slow down over the time like Samsung phones.

The bad: Although the performance is great it’s not drastically different from OnePlus 5T. OnePlus 5T was already a great phone. So you won’t see any huge difference here in the daily usage stats.

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Price

OnePlus 6 starts from $529 for a 6GB RAM+ 64 GB storage model and goes all the way up to $629 for an 8GB RAM+256 GB storage model.

While the OnePlus phones keep getting costlier with every iteration that’s ok as long it doesn’t reach way too expensive range. OnePlus is committed to delivering timely software updates and excellent longevity.

It is one of the best Android phones you can buy out there. Perhaps the best value Android phone. In terms of software quality and user experience, it goes toe to toe with iPhone X.

The good: You can’t get anything better than this at this price point or even at a higher price point. We need to agree that OnePlus 6 is one of the best smartphones of 2018.

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Value

Right from the beginning, OnePlus’s philosophy has been all about providing value for money. I think they do deliver on that promise.

OnePlus has a vibrant community and I don’t think any other OEM company like Samsung delivers software updates at the pace that OnePlus does.

Packing all the latest and greatest features into one beautiful piece of hardware is amazing, and I think OnePlus deserves the hype it creates.

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Missing Features

As a modern-day customer, I noticed that there are some missing features in OnePlus 6. Most notable of them is the absence of wireless charging. Wireless charging is slow but you know its better to have it rather than carrying a cable all the time.

Also, there’s no official statement on how water resistant the phone is. The phone has no IP rating which is kinda bummer.

You can read about all the missing features in OnePlus 6.

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Competition

OnePlus’s 6 main competitors are Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, iPhone X and Pixel 2. While the iPhone X distinguishes itself with advanced 3D sensing camera and FaceID authentication, S9 and S9 Plus have nothing huge.

Pixel 2, on the other hand, is just all things Google. So I think OnePlus 6 is the finest smartphone of all, that strikes a perfect balance between usability and features.

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Final Verdict

Oneplus 6If you’re in the market looking a brand new phone you can definitely buy the OnePlus 6. However, if you’re already using OnePlus 5 or 5T or Samsung Galaxy series phones, you may wait for the OnePlus 6T.

You can upgrade to OnePlus 6 even if you’re using a smartphone of any other brand. It’s hard to recommend for people using iPhone to switch to it as its a different platform altogether.

So go buy it if you haven’t upgraded your Android phone for 2-3 years and if you have flagship phones of 2017 or 2018 you may wait or consider that alternatives.

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Additional reading

See what HTC U12 and OnePlus 6 have in common, coolest features in OnePlus 6 and key differences between HTC U12 and OnePlus 6. Visit the official site here.

What do you think of our OnePlus 6 review? Leave a comment below or tell us more about it.

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