Now that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are almost at their one year mark, I’m consistently looking for something new and fresh to get past the staleness of the phone that I’ve been carrying.
I’ve been a fan of Android since Marshmallow and I’m an even greater fan of the direction that Android N is taking — they’re doing the opposite of what Apple has shown in iOS 10 and streamlining everything.
This leads me to where we currently are, which is very few devices that provide you with an unaltered Android experience.
Then steps in the OnePlus 3 — I’d argue it’s the best phone currently available, because I hate skins. I love my S7 but touchwiz is mildly annoying, which I can live with. My true gripe is what Android has done to emoji. I don’t know why they’re so bad but I just can live with them, unfortunately I have a snapdragon 820 device which means there’s no root currently available, therefore it sits in my bag unused.
My Nexus 6P is also a great device, it’s just difficult for me to cope with the 5.7"display in hand for daily usage. One handed operation is a joke at best, but if it weren’t for it’s sheer size it’s excellent. The latest Android N build makes it enjoyable and the size able to be overlooked, but only for so long.
Now we have the OnePlus 3 which is an excellent compromise of the two.
I wanted to give the device a week or so worth of fair run before writing this, I also wanted to see how much nit-picking had passed by the time I did so as well.
Fist topic I’d like to address is the display, the reason other reviewers have issues with the display is because they can’t find anything else about the handset that they dislike. When you can’t find a problem, you create one, and that’s exactly what they have done.
As I said, my daily driver is a 6s but my side goes are my 6P and S7 — I have no issue going from either to the OnePlus and on top of that my OnePlus was my daily driver for the extent of my review of it.
You don’t need a 2k display, you don’t even realize that you didn’t have it until you put the S7 side by side, but we all know the Samsung panel that Samsung uses in their devices is unparalleled to anything any other handset offers.
Camera is a nice median between the over saturation of the S7 and the true to life of the 6s. I was actually surprised by the shots when I first began using it.
I’d see about 5 ½ to 6 hours of screen on time with regular usage. Mind you, I don’t play any of the weird games that a lot of you seem to enjoy for whatever reason. I don’t need to build colonies with friends or whatever the hell it is people are doing these days. Is farming still a thing?
Everything else just works. It’s essentially stock Android with a few modern touches and operates smooth and efficient. I prefer it over my iPhone with one caveat, there’s no Wi-Fi calling for me as a T-Mobile user.
For this reason, I ended up switching back to my iPhone. When I’m in several hotels and my regular gym I don’t have service, therefore I rely on Wi-Fi calling.
If it weren’t for that one caveat, I think it’s the best option on the market currently and the best part about it is the fact that it’s only $400.
Disclaimer: Written while drunk, on a Gulfstream IV, via the OnePlus 3.