OnePlus Unveils the Bullets V2 Earbuds, Not USB Type-C

A couple of days ago, OnePlus fired up the hypetrain, teasing an announcement that would take place today. Well, the announcement has come in the form of a YouTube video and webpage. Today, OnePlus unveiled the Bullets V2 earbuds, a sequel to its previous Bullets earbuds.

As for specifications, potential buyers are looking at a Aryphan Polyarylate diaphragm, 9mm dynamic driver, inline remote, 24Ω impedance, weight of 14g, 107dB of sound pressure, and a 3.5mm standard headphone jack connection. Sadly, we had hoped to see USB Type-C, but that is a no go. (more…)

OnePlus Publishes Teaser for ‘Something Special,’ Scheduled for August 25

OnePlus has another announcement to make for 2016, this time scheduled for August 25. To get the hypetrain choo choo’ing along, OnePlus published a 30-second teaser video to YouTube, featuring a soundtrack that is eerily similar to what you might hear in a 1970’s porno flick. Seriously, listen to that guitar going through the wah-wah pedal, that’s a classic porno riff.

Moving right along, we must determine what OnePlus is going to unveil, so there can be no excitement when the announcement is made. That’s just how we tech bloggers roll. The teaser clip shows a vinyl being spun around, with a V2 symbol in the middle. Also in the middle, a metallic-looking circular object with what appears to be a black cord coming from it. (more…)

Video: 20+ OnePlus 3 Tips and Tricks

The OnePlus 3 is a really good phone, especially for the price OnePlus is asking for it. At $400, you get a solid AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB RAM, 16MP camera, premium metal hardware, a decently sized 3000mAh battery with super fast charging, and one of our favorite software experiences. That type of package makes this phone an easy one to recommend to just about everyone, assuming they are a part of a GSM network like T-Mobile and AT&T.

Should you have taken that recommendation after reading our OnePlus 3 review or looking at 5 reasons to buy one, we now have even more for you because buying is only a small part of the journey with a new smartphone. After you buy a phone, you probably also want to know how to get the most out of it and so this video of OnePlus 3 tips and tricks will do just that today.

During this clip, we’ll talk through the Alert Slider, dark and night modes, utilizing gestures and buttons shortcuts, and even make sure you know how to launch the camera in four different ways.

Enjoy!  (more…)

OnePlus 3 Update to V3.2.2 Incoming That Fixes Doze Issues, Improves Video Recording

OnePlus is pushing yet another update to the OnePlus 3, this time as OxygenOS v3.2.2. This is the second update since launch to address bugs, a trend we hope continues on for the next couple of years. The trend here would be regular updates, something the company hasn’t exactly been known for during its first two years of existence.

In this update, we are getting “improved notification management in Doze,” along with a fix for an issue with the alert slider, disabling of the fingerprint sensor while the phone is pocketed, and improvements to video recording (like an updated 4K codec). OnePlus also tossed in the “latest security patches.”

The full changelog is below.  (more…)

OnePlus 3 in Soft Gold Arrives Tomorrow

On the day OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3, there was a bit of confusion surrounding the available color choices out of the gate. In promo imagery, we saw both silver and gold models, yet only the silver has ever been up for purchase. Tomorrow that changes, as OnePlus will make the “Soft Gold” variant available in the US before rolling it out to other countries.

OnePlus says that Soft Gold is only available in limited quantities, so if you are interested, you may want to be ready the minute it goes live in their store. Tonight at noon Eastern (9AM Pacific) is your time if you live in the States.  (more…)

5 Reasons the OnePlus 3 is Worth Buying

We have been discussing the Moto Z lineup of devices quite heavily, given we just posted our reviews and pre-orders have gone up, but we wanted to take a bit of time to discuss the already-available OnePlus 3. If you’re still on the fence for which phone to possibly pick up in 2016, we would like to offer you five reasons the OnePlus 3 is still worth your hard-earned money.

If you missed our complete review of the device, along with plenty of videos we have shot, we think the OnePlus 3 is a great smartphone. Bringing great specs and design all into an affordable package, this phone is an excellent choice for fans of the Nexus lineup. You’ll get your stock Android experience with custom tweaks baked in, as well as a plain, yet sexy hardware package. For $399, what’s not to like?

Here are 5 reasons the OnePlus 3 is worth buying. (more…)

OnePlus 3 Review

After what I can only describe as a confusing 2015 for OnePlus, the upstart Chinese manufacturer is back for 2016 with another flagship phone. This time, though, the hypetrain has departed, there are no gimmicky feature trollouts per week, promises of it destroying 2017 phones are no where to be found, and that f*cking invite system that stayed around for far too long, might be gone for good. Oh, and that phone is the OnePlus 3, a phone that on paper, stacks up with the best without any major sacrifices and even has NFC. Yes, NFC is here.

I’ve spent the better part of the past three weeks with the OnePlus 3 in hand and can’t help but nod in appreciation or congratulation to OnePlus. There just aren’t any glaring issues with this phone, nor is OnePlus doing and saying a bunch of annoying things to turn us off. They, for lack of a better descriptor, seem to have done a great job. Let’s talk about it all in greater detail.

This is our OnePlus 3 review.  (more…)