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Review: OnePlus 5

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OnePlus has done a commendable effort with its fifth-generation flagship. The handset carries over fan favorites from earlier OnePlus models while taking some of the right steps forward.

The OnePlus 5 features a clean metal-and-glass design that is assembled tightly. The ringer switch is a great tool to have on board, and I appreciate the speed and accuracy of the fingerprint reader. Some will be happy about the 3.5mm headset jack. The screen is good for this class of device, though I would have prefered to see a higher resolution display. Data performance, call quality, and battery life are all where they need to be. It's too bad it's not waterproof.

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OxygenOS takes the core Android Nougat platform and adds tons of useful tools for customizing the experience. I like that everything about the software is straightforward and simple to adjust. The camera application, in particular, is a step up from the OnePlus 3/3T and makes the new portrait and zoom modes a cinch to put to work. I only wish the camera produced better results.

The OnePlus 5 is available unlocked online for between $480 and $540, depending on the RAM/storage option you pick. It's significantly pricier than earlier OnePlus models, and that's a shame, and yet there aren't many phones that fill the $500 space. If you want an affordable flagship handset that delivers an experience that's almost as good as today's best, the OnePlus 5 is a solid option. If you want the best-possible camera, however, you're going to have to pony up the extra cash for a U11, G6, or S8.

Our Ratings

3
Overall
4
Reception
4.5
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
4
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
3
Camera
 

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