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Now let me come to the topic of this post.
OnePlus 3T Mobile Phone
- CPU: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821 Quad Core processor
- Android Nougat (OxygenOS)
- 6 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage
- Battery: 3400 mAh with quick Dash Charge
- Network: 4G LTE
- Wireless: WiFi (802.11 AC); Bluetooth 4.2; NFC
- Screen: 5.5″ Full HD 1080p ; 401 PPI
- Camera: 16 MP Front & Rear
- With one of the best processors available now and maximum RAM capacity, the performance of this phone is as peak as it can be.
- The phone is both thinner and lighter than most others.
- Both on-screen navigation and navigation using physical buttons are available.
- Call quality is excellent and on-call noise cancellation is very good. Network reception is also great.
- VoLTE is supported by default.
- Video recording and image stabilization capabilities are very good, especially after 7.1.1 update.
- There is a physical alert slider on the side which can be used to quickly change to silent or vibrate mode.
- The fingerprint sensor is fastest we have seen and the phone is encrypted by default.
- The functionality of the Navigation buttons can be swapped.
- The premium AMOLED screen used on this phone provides a better viewing angle and saves power as well.
- The ambient display shows important notifications when the phone is picked up, without one having to press the power button or touching the screen.
- When the app drawer icon is long-pressed, it opens the search bar automatically.
- Some good off-screen gestures supported: Double tap to wake, O for camera, V for torchlight, etc.
- LED notification color can be customized.
- Low-light photography is very good in manual mode; camera images are bright in the night even without flash.
- Since 2 GB of RAM is dedicated to the camera, processing time & quality is better.
- Factory applied screen guard saves time, efforts, bubbles.
- Battery, when fully charged, is sufficient for one day even for normal users. With WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Mobile data all On, we get on-screen time of about 3.15 hours and talktime of about 3.30 hours. Dash charging charges the phone really fast, as advertised.
- Not much bloatware installed.
- Left swipe opens library with widgets which can be customized as per our liking.
- While doing dash charging (quick charging) the phone gets heated up rapidly.
- There is no selfie camera flash – although the front camera is capable of taking good pics in the night as well, for this price one would expect a selfie flash.
- When camera app is used for a long time, the device heats up a bit more.
- It is not possible to change the pixel size in the default camera app. All pictures can be taken at 16 MP only.
- While playing games in full-screen mode, physical navigation buttons become an obstruction as they are placed so close to the screen and it’s easy to accidentally press them.
- Battery life is above-average and the phone doesn’t lose charge within a day, but it may not be sufficient for heavy users.
- Simultaneous dual-active 4G is not available.
- No memory card slot for expandable memory.
- Although the quality of sound is good with the built-in speakers, the volume is not sufficient at times.
- Sometimes, camera app struggles to focus with macro photography (objects that are very near).
- Although the USB-C port/cable is faster, older USB cables cannot be used with this phone. Sometimes, when one forgets the USB cable, this becomes an issue.
- There is some touch latency when we type fast.
- After upgrading to Android 7.1.1, apps go into hibernate mode once closed. Updates don’t automatically happen unless one opens the app!