OnePlus 6 – Before you buy!


The OnePlus 6 is an awesome smartphone.  It is currently my daily driver, replacing the Samsung Galaxy S9+.  If you are thinking of purchasing the OnePlus 6 – read on – as we go over a few things you should consider before buying the OnePlus 6.

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GSM Network

The OnePlus 6 uses GSM network, which limits its reach in the U.S.  If you choose to buy the OnePlus 6, you will only be able to use it with T-Mobile, AT&T and their prepaid MVNOs (Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS and so on).  Sorry Sprint and Verizon users!  


The battery life on the OnePlus is great and it also has the fastest charging on the market.  However, one feature that is missing is wireless charging.  If you have a wireless charger around – sorry, you will not be able to use it with the OnePlus 6.  On a brighter note, the dash charge will charge your OnePlus 6 faster than a wireless charger.


OnePlus has no physical stores.  You cannot purchase their devices at a brick and mortar store.  With that said, everything is done online, including support.  You can chat with a OnePlus representative online, call them on the phone, interact with them via social media and online forums.

If you have a device issue, you will have to mail the device in for service.  The same thing for a return.  If you choose to return the phone, the process can take up to 10 days, as you have to apply for a return, send pictures, get approved for the return and then mail the package to their partner, Acer Service Return Center in Texas. 


The OnePlus 6 is a great smartphone, especially for the price!  Starting at $529 for a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM (8GB for pricier models), dual rear camera (16MP + 20MP), 16MP selfie camera, 64GB of storage (128GB and 256GB for pricier models).  Considering all of the specs, $529 is a great value.

There are other smartphones out there that also compete at this price range with similar specs.  The recently released LG G7 ThinQ can be purchased online for about $500.  The price drop for the LG G7 ThinQ is due to the recent carrier promotions of Buy 1, Get 1 free, making the LG G7 ThinQ as affordable as the OnePlus 6.  


OnePlus has been known to release its phones with updated colors after the initial sale of the model.  For example, the OnePlus 5T had a Star Wars Edition, it was also released in Red.  If you’re looking to buy a different color, I would hold off.  The OnePlus 6 is currently available in Silk White, Mirror Black and Midnight Black.

These points are just small nuances that may tip the edge for some of you.  Which OnePlus 6 version did you buy?  Comment below!  

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