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…)

OnePlus Releases 3.2.0 Update, Pulls It, Now Slowly Rolling Out 3.2.1

Earlier this week, OnePlus made the update to OxygenOS 3.2.0 available for a little bit, then pulled it rather abruptly. Today, the company is back, stating update 3.2.1 is rolling out slowly to all OnePlus 3 owners.

On top of the original changes, which includes the sRGB display changes, RAM management improvements, as well as GPS performance fixes, OnePlus claims that they also fixed “some notification issues.”  (more…)

Every Time You Check to See if Your OnePlus 3 Has an Update, You Expose Your IMEI

According to users on reddit and the OnePlus forums, every time an owner of a OnePlus 3 checks to see if they have an update via the Settings menu, their IMEI is sent to the OnePlus servers in plain HTTP and not HTTPS. Because of this, OnePlus 3 owners on an unsecured network (a coffee shop with public WiFi access point, for example), potentially expose their device’s specific IMEI number to would-be evil doers.  (more…)

OnePlus 3’s OxygenOS 3.2.0 Update was Ready for Rollout, has Since Been Pulled

A couple of weeks back, OnePlus began issuing a software update to some OnePlus 3 units that included an sRGB mode, better RAM management, and other various bug fixes. At the time, we only knew that the update was arriving on review units and weren’t sure when the general rollout would start. Over the weekend, OnePlus must have decided it was stable enough and went public with it, even stating that it should hit all devices within 48 hours. And then they abruptly halted it.  (more…)

Video: OnePlus 3 Software Overview

The OnePlus 3 is a sweet phone, I can’t deny that. For $400, you are getting a very nice hardware package, but on top of that, OnePlus throws in software tweaks and other functionality to spruce up what’s already a pretty solid Android experience.

For fans of Nexus devices, you undoubtedly like stock Android, and for me, that’s where the OnePlus 3 software shines. Not only does it provide that stock feel and look like on a Nexus phone, but certain OxygenOS features, such as gesture commands and icon pack support, really help get the most out of the possibilities for Android.  (more…)

OnePlus Co-Founder Shows Off Smartwatch Sketch That Will Never Happen

On Twitter, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, showed off a smartwatch design that the company was apparently working on in 2015. However, as mentioned by Carl, the device will likely never see the light of day, reasons unknown.

The design is pretty typical, featuring a round display and possibly detachable body, but beyond that, it’s your standard smartwatch design. We don’t really need to dive into the details, since the device won’t ever be on your wrist. Whether OnePlus doesn’t have the resources or want to get into the Android Wear arena, the true reason why this smartwatch was shelved may never be known.  (more…)

OnePlus 3 Getting Update with sRGB Mode, RAM Adjustments

Since the OnePlus 3 starting arriving on non-privileged media’s doorsteps and additional reviews began rolling out, this narrative over the quality of the phone’s display and RAM management have really come to the forefront. Or maybe better put, people aren’t exactly excited about the direction that OnePlus took the AMOLED panel of the 3 and the way they are dealing with background apps. But because of concerns, OnePlus has already readied an update that aims to address complaints and select media (XDA in this case) have been able to use it for the past day.  (more…)