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Review: OnePlus 3T

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OnePlus managed make an already-compelling handset even better. The OnePlus 3T covers all the necessary bases to be deemed a flagship, and yet it costs hundreds of dollars less than today's leading phones.

The unibody chassis is well-designed and attractive, even if a bit familiar. The phone is glued together tightly, giving it an air of strength. It's big, but the 3T is still easy to carry around and use thanks to the slim and light frame. The screen isn't the absolute best for this class of device, but it's certainly good enough. The 3T delivers better call quality and better signal performance than the 3, and the larger, faster-charging battery packs plenty of power for power users. The 3T ships with a generous 64 GB of storage, but some may complain about the lack of memory card support. The fingerprint sensor is as quick and accurate as any I've tested.

Don't be put off by OnePlus' so-called OxygenOS. The phone practically runs stock Android and, in fact, is more customizable than many of its competitors thanks to a litany of options like Active Display, Shelf, and Dark Mode. The camera app is solid, if simple, and the phone's imaging sensors deliver fine photographs and videos thanks to improved ISP from Qualcomm.

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As far as value is concerned, it's hard to beat the OnePlus 3T. The phone is available online, unlocked for $439. That's just $40 more the Alcatel Idol 4S, ZTE Axon 7, and Huawei Honor 8, and $200-$400 less than iPhone or Galaxy S.

The OnePlus 3T is an excellent option that should excite those seeking freedom from carriers. The 3T is not perfect, but is among the best phones I've tested this year — and that says something when you consider the phones against which it is competing.

Our Ratings

4.5
Overall
4
Reception
5
Battery Life
4.5
Hardware Usability
4.5
Hardware Quality
4
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
4.5
Camera
 

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