OnePlus 6 – 1 month later – Review

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I have been using the OnePlus 6 for a month now, which is I think a perfect amount of time to provide a full review.  The things we love and the things we don’t love as much.  

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OnePlus 6

The not so great.

The OnePlus 6 has so many things going for it, but its not quite perfect.  Here are a few things that are not so great about the OnePlus 6:

  1. No IP rated water resistance.  According to OnePlus, “OnePlus 6 is well-equipped to survive a drop in the sink or a spilled glass of water. Just don’t take it for a swim.”  
  2. No support for Verizon or Sprint users.  This is a GSM phone and will work on T-Mobile, AT&T and their prepaid components (Cricket Wireless, etc.)
  3. Thumb Drive support.  I use a thumb drive to move files from phone to PC and no issues with other android devices out there, but can’t get it to work with the OnePlus 6.  UPDATE: Per YouTube comments, this can be enabled in the settings – will update! 
  4. No expandable storage.  Personally, this isn’t a big deal for me, I tend to delete photos, video and files that have been backed up.  However, if you are one to have a lot of apps and files, just get the 128GB or 256GB version and you don’t have to worry about running out of space.

Awesome things.

Now about the awesome things with the OnePlus 6 – pretty much everything else.  For me the main things that make this phone awesome are: camera, battery life and performance.

Camera

The camera on the OnePlus 6 takes awesome pictures.  Outdoor shots are great and capture a lot of detail.  Selfie camera works just as well.  For video recording your options are resolution, shooting at 720P, 1080P, 1080P 60FPS, 4K, 4K and 4K at 60FPS (which will take up a lot of space). The camera options are timer (3, 5 and 10 seconds), HDR, aspect ratio and flash.  You can also take portrait photos in bokeh mode.  

The only other smartphone that can take better pictures is the Huawei P20 Pro.

Battery Life

I am averaging about 1.5 days on my OnePlus 6, I am not a heavy user, most of my in phone use is mostly replying to test messages and WhatsApp messages.  I also use it when I am running or cycling for tracking and music playing, which would be the most intense use I get from the phone.  One awesome thing I do like is the dash charger, I am able to get a lot of juice in a short amount time.  If I had one minor complaint is that the cable isn’t long enough and other cables don’t support the dash charge.

Performance

Our unit is the 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage version, and haven’t had any issues.  Multitasking is great and switching apps is quite fast.  The Oxygen OS (version 5.1.8) that runs with Android 8.1 Oreo doesn’t slow down the device.  The skin is minimal adding the community application and a shelf to access recent apps, contacts and the dashboard.

The OnePlus 6 is a solid top of the line smartphone for a price that is affordable.  

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