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OnePlus 3T Review

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The OnePlus 3T has been in house for a good week or so now and it’s bringing back very similar vibes to the OnePlus 3, which makes sense since they are both so similar. Those are good vibes, by the way, as the original OnePlus 3 was already one of our favorite phones of the year. So what’s with the OnePlus 3T? Should you be mad about it’s existence so soon or excited that a company was able to improve a phone this quickly? Maybe a bit of both, but I’d lean towards the latter. Let’s talk about those ideas in this OnePlus 3T review

EDITOR’S Note: Actually, before we get into this, let’s talk about reviews and how we present them. As you can tell, this is a straight up video review, just like with the Moto Z Play, Honor 8, and LeEco LePro 3. While some of you will always prefer a full written review, we just can’t do that for all phones because as a 2-man shop who likes being a 2-man shop, our time is obviously not unlimited and we have to pick and choose where we go H.A.M. That means we may only have time for a video review instead of a written or both. Why video only instead of written? Well, we like our jobs and know that we can further our reach with video reviews that work both on the site and YouTube. A written review obviously doesn’t transition to other platforms. Make sense?

With that said, you should fully expect that the big guys, like the Galaxy S8, G6, HTC’s next phone, Google’s new Pixels, and anything else that is a major flagship, will get both written and video reviews going forward, just like we did with the Pixel and Pixel XL a few weeks back. So why didn’t we here? Because the OnePlus 3T has been reviewed in written form, for the most part. Yes, I’m talking about our OnePlus 3 review. These phones are almost identical, so rather than re-write an entire 3T review, we went video instead.

Also, some of the first phones we’ve done video-only reviews for are of phones we may not have even entertained in the past. If anything, these new approach has allowed us to get even more phone coverage to you.

Hope that helps explain our focus.

Alright, so OnePlus 3T review!

The video will go into great detail on all of this, but if you couldn’t tell from the opening, I’m a big fan of the OnePlus 3T, just like I was the OnePlus 3. The phone comes with almost everything you need in a modern flagship, yet has a price that is extremely hard to ignore.

You get the metal body and premium finishes, like an alert slider. You get the newest Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, an excellent fingerprint reader, nice 1080P AMOLED display, and one of the best Android experiences on the block. I honestly have little to complain about, especially knowing that Nougat will be here in weeks.

My few complaints are the same as they were on the OnePlus 3. The camera isn’t up there with the Pixel or Galaxy S7 (or even G5), plus you don’t have a microSD slot, water resistance, wireless charging, or a QHD display. It’s also only a GSM phone, so Verizon and Sprint folks are out of luck.

Ready for this? The full review is below.

  • Qualitymove13

    Who are you calling a “Wussy?” ha

  • Gf1fanatic

    Imagine the zillions of phones Google could have sold if they priced the Pixel line more reasonably! Not sure what their profit margin is, but surely it could have been priced more competitively. Especially if they wanted it to be an iPhone killer. “Do no evil,” my ass! Their new motto should be “Greed uber alles.”
    I’ve been a Nexus supporter from day one, and always upgraded to the newest phone. Now, I’m holding on to my 6P as long as I can. Still an amazing phone.

  • markwebb

    I don’t need to watch the video: I can intuit I don’t want it.

  • mcdonsco

    Loving my OP3T and really wondering why I returned the OP3, but glad I did.

    For the money, this is easily the best game in town and even at pixel’ish pricing, I still think it’s better than the pixel (aside from the camera), and yes, I’ve had a pixel.

  • wtd2009

    quality video, glad you guys are making these kinds of reviews now! thanks!

  • Just a bit outside

    great review. Excited mine’s on the way. The dimension you guys have always added to reviews and everything else is the idea of the relationship between the consumer, device manufacturers and carriers. Keep it goin’

  • steadymobb

    Grr I hate video reviews I prefer written…because I can’t watch at work -__-

  • Dbdynsty25

    Funny, you mention not going back to the Pixel because of the 3T…well I did just that. Sold the Pixel after I used the 3T for a week.

  • paul_cus

    And maybe one day, just maybe, we’ll see a Sony phone get the DL video review treatment.

  • Ayyy

    Deng son, DL going HAM

  • Richter Atmosphere

    I’m bummed that it’s incompatible with Verizon. If OnePlus wants to scoop up the part of the market that went for low cost Nexus phones before the Nexus program was discontinued, they should support Verizon and Sprint on their next phone.

  • ddevito

    OnePlus…made not one but TWO phones of the year

  • Chad

    I get video vs. written reviews, but if you’re going to do video only, can you at least include a TL;DW portion? Surely that wouldn’t take too much time.

    • James

      I totally agree with this comment.

      I get that you all have to prioritize your time, and that videos give you coverage on two platforms. I’m sure you all have done the math.

      That said, while I (and others like me, I’m sure) will take the time read reviews of phones I have no intention of buying, if I see a video of the same, I’ll skip right over it. I’d rather skim the writing than sit through a video. So you’ve got to be losing some overall impressions (and time of impressions) there.

    • shkrmkr79

      Exactly. When I am visiting droid-life, it’s 9/10 times while I’m at work. I’m not going to watch a video. Even a bullet point list of highlights from the video would be sufficient. It’s the ones with little to no written information and just a video that I totally skip on and never go back to. Skimming through some text to find the information I’m looking for is a lot easier and less time consuming for someone who doesn’t have time or want to skim through a video.

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    • David VanHouse

      Agreed. At least include some indications in the title its a video-only review, that would be helpful that way I can skip it while at work or somewhere i cannot watch the video.

  • Chad

    Did I miss the V20 review…?

  • br_hermon

    I don’t know… I beg to differ on the camera performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rG3HJdeCTY

  • I have a question! “pick and choose where we go H.A.M.” What the heck does H.A.M. stand for?

    • gabe1989
      • Oh my, quite the strong language we have here!

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


      • sc0rch3d

        I prefer BAMF…altho HAM should be HAAMF ?

        • Just a bit outside

          Also had to look this up. Also annoyed by obvious inconsistency in acronym methodology here.

          • sc0rch3d

            It’s impossible to say your username without saying it in Bob Uecker’s voice while imagining Wild Thing make an errant pitch. 🙂

    • mcdonsco

      Was and am still wondering the same thing.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “as a 2-man shop who likes being a 2-man shop” …. hmmm. Remember when you guys were looking for a 3rd member (I ‘member)…

  • jbworldwide1

    So we get a 3T review, but no V20? Shame!(Bell) Shame!(Bell) Shame!(Bell)

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      If LG wasn’t screwing around with their actual review units this wouldn’t be an issue. Blame LG.

      • jbworldwide1

        How do you know?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Because every outlet has the same complaint for late V20 review.

    • Austin

      I heard from Tim and I quote “I know for a fact that Kellen has something in the works!”