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…)
Tech outfits like to “teardown” phones and other gadgets for a couple of reasons. For one, we’re all nerds and like looking at cables, batteries, screws, circuits, speakers, ports, boards, and displays in their raw, disconnected form. But the other reason is because we also like to ponder the idea of fixing these things ourselves should something break. After all, who doesn’t like pulling out a 70-piece tool kit made specifically for ripping apart tiny electronics? (more…)
Looking over the spec sheet for the OnePlus 3, the device checks off a whole lotta boxes. From what we can tell, as the technology has improved, many people are relying on their smartphones more than ever to deliver high-grade photography. Not everyone carries around a professional camera, so having a smartphone shooter that can capture all of life’s joys is pretty important. Plus, you don’t want to be posting pixelated photos of that gorgeous dinner you devoured last night, right?
So how does the OnePlus 3 camera stack up to others in the field? For specifications, the camera features a 16MP sensor, as well as OIS (optical image stabilization) and EIS (electronic image stabilization). The stabilization tech works to ensure that your photos come out looking crispy and not a blurry mess. Additionally, the OnePlus 3 supports shooting in RAW, allowing for post-shot advanced editing work. Much like other top-tier smartphones on the market, the OnePlus 3 also features a comprehensive Manual shooting mode, granting users access to more mid-shot adjustment tools.
Below, we go over the OnePlus 3 camera’s software, then take a look at a few example shows to give you an idea of what you can expect if you decide to purchase the OnePlus 3. (more…)
Thanks to OnePlus’ stellar launch of the OnePlus 3, a number of you already have the device in hand and have spent most of the weekend with it. For those of you with your shiny new phone or for those of you with one still on the way, we’ve put together a little video today with 10 tips or suggestions for things you may want to consider doing out of the box.
We do this for all of the major flagship phones, but if you are new to the series, expect to see tips that remind you to setup the fingerprint reader on your phone or show you ways to get the most out of your display (turning on ambient, proximity modes; tweaking color balance). The tips here also talk through choosing between on-screen or capacitive navigation buttons, utilizing gestures, and launching the camera in various ways.
If you need to get your hands on the OnePlus 3 wallpapers, you can grab them straight from the creator himself, over on his website. I can’t say I blame you, as I think that the wallpapers are one of my favorite aspects of the device so far, without ever having touched it. I’m a big fan of abstract. (more…)
Hey, we have a OnePlus 3 in house! No, we don’t have a review yet, but that won’t stop us from diving into this device from the beginning and sharing that journey with you as it unfolds.
As a recap, the OnePlus 3 was announced yesterday and made available moments after that initial announcement. You can buy OnePlus’ latest flagship today for $399 and you may have it within a week (or less). That’s awesome, if you are already blown away by the 3 after reading early reviews. By all means, it ticks a lot of the boxes that smartphone nerds get excited about.
Since we just received our review unit from OnePlus and it came in special packaging, we thought we’d kick this off as we always do with a classic unboxing. During this clip, you’ll see what accessory are available, how the phone is packaged, and hear our initial impressions. Spoiler, they are good.
Last Thursday, I started a 6-day vacation to Victoria, BC that was booked months in advance, partly because the trip involved being on hand to cheer on a family member during her Iron Man, but also because no one launches phones in June and it was thought to be a safe bet to be away. Silly Kellen. Moto(rola) and Lenovo announced the Moto Z and Moto Z Force on Thursday, while OnePlus took some time yesterday to unwrap the OnePlus 3. Yes, my trip managed to not only overlap two major phone announcements, but WWDC was packed in there too, for good measure.
Since I was away for most of the fun and Tim took on all tasks, I was able to watch from a distance and form some opinions on how these two phone launches went. I’ll just say this – there are two blueprints here for launching a phone and only one of them is even close to being right, while the other is about as bad as it gets. (more…)
With the announcement and unveiling out of the way, along with all of the details made public that you might need to make an informed decision, what’s your take on the OnePlus 3? Going to pick one up? Maybe wait for official Moto Z pricing, or maybe new a Nexus later this year?
One could argue quite a few points to either purchase or not purchase this phone, but when it comes down to it, the OnePlus 3 is quite the smartphone package at just $399. The fact that OP decided to skip the invite system completely makes it all the more attractive, too. The company added in NFC, gave us a top-tier applications processor, 6GB of RAM, UFS 2.0, and even that awesome Alert Slider. On the downside, there’s no water resistance, expandable storage, wireless charging, or Verizon/Sprint support.
Our final take is, yes, we will definitely give this phone a shot. How about you?