Hey how’s it going? Shubham here, and this is the One Plus 5, and One Plus is a company which, at this point, doesn’t need an introduction. This is their flagship phone for 2017. I think this is the best-looking One Plus phone to date. It has a double camera on the back and because they placed it in the top left corner, it’s going to look similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.
It’s a very clean and minimal-looking design, super thin phone, it’s coming in at 7.25 millimeters. It’s their thinnest phone yet, and I like how it looks. I think a lot of people will mistake this for an iPhone 7 Plus. I guess depending on who you are or what you want your phone to do that could be a good thing or a bad thing.
I don’t love the antenna lines. I know they have to be somewhere, but these look a little too Apple-y for me. And if you want to hide them, you can just get a skin from the brand, that’ll also protect the finish and make it less slippery. I’ll leave a link for them below. It has great build quality again, and in its naked form it’s comfortable to hold, but it’s really smooth.
I’m not sure if it’s the canonization process or the finish of the metal, but it’s a very slick device. It has the alert slider again, with three positions and an LED notification that has user customizable colors. The display is still 5.5 inches and it’s still 1080p and I think it’s the right choice outside of VR because it’s like the perfect balance between good resolution and good battery life.
It has Dash Charge again, if you’re not familiar with Dash Charge, it’s basically really fast charging for the phone, the One Plus 3 had it, and I got to be honest I think this is the best feature of the entire One Plus line.
If you ever fall asleep and you don’t charge your phone when you wake up in the morning you’re like oh my god I have no battery you plug it in for 20 minutes while you’re getting ready and you’re good to go for most of the day.
Now there’s a few things that haven’t changed that I’m not a fan of they didn’t change the position of the fingerprint sensor and I know this is a subjective thing I would have prefer edit on the back and just prefer them on the back it’s still in the front and it still only has a single speaker on the bottom I know a lot of people don’t care about that but it’s something I care about and it’s also not IP rated it’s probably water-resistant to some degree it’s just not officially certified with any kind of number.
It’s running Oxygen OS again, and a lot of companies put a thick coat of like third-party sauce on their software I’ve always liked the way that Oxygen OS feels, it’s basically stock but with a few extra tweaks to give it some more functionality. So a few things that have changed: It has Bluetooth 5.0 so you get better speeds better range and support for two headphones at once, it’s running a Snapdragon 835 and it uses some speedy UFS 2.1 memory so the combination of a fast processor with fast storage makes it very zippy when doing anything so when you’re unlocking the phone, launching the camera, launching apps, using apps it’s a quick phone.
The battery is 3300 mAh, which is bigger than One Plus 3, but smaller than the One Plus 3T that was 3400 mAh, and there were rumors there would be 4000 mAh, it’s not; it’s3300, but because of the more efficient processor, the One Plus 5 has better battery life than the previous generations. It’s still a full day battery though, it’s not even close to being a two day battery but with Dash Charge on this thing, I’m content with battery life.
There’s another thing I need to mention, One Plus as a company has matured over the years, and one of the issues that had in the beginning was customer service. I had one of the original One Plus Ones and I had a nightmare returning that thing for repairs, it was just, I think was like a 2- or 3-month process and it’s just jumping through hoops and flames was just not a fun process. One Plus 3T, a week and a half, two weeks without a phone, sent it back, no issues and if you go on forums, you look at XDA or just go on reddit their customer service has improved so much over the years, at this point in time I would consider them equal to some of the bigger companies out there.
Now the big upgrade this year is the camera, dual camera system with a lot of buzz about this thing because One Plus announced that they were working with DxO Mark to make something pretty awesome and well I think it is. So right off the rip, the camera launches super fast and that’s step one of any good smart phone camera double-click and you’re in. Photos I took in well-lit environments look great.
The colors look proper nothing feels over saturated or over-processed, photos in low-light look good as well as long as it’s not too dark they’re exposed properly there is obviously some grain but it’s nothing too bad. I did notice though when it’s really dark the camera seems to overcompensate and tries to make it brighter than it needs to and it just ends up looking really grainy. The autofocus is fast and it has portrait modes from the dual cameras for some of that creamy bokeh, but the most impressive thing to me was the dynamic range on this camera. So dynamic range I show well a camera can differentiate between the dark stand brightest areas of a single photo so this is a photo of the Sun and some buildings, this is a very difficult shot to capture.
The Sun is so bright that everything else is going to look dark in comparison. This is how the One Plus 5 captures it, it’s pretty good right? I think the camera on this thing is really solid. Now image quality is subjective and it’s kind a hard to crown one as like the best camera or the winner of the cameras, but I will say this, at this price point, that sub $500 price point, this thing has the best camera right now. Now speaking of price, the One Plus 5 cost $480 for the 64 GB model, which makes it really price competitive.
The One Plus 5 is packed with awesome hardware for the money, it’s like the poster boy of the appropriately priced smart phone. It has a premium aluminum build, it’s a little slippery, get a brand skin for it. It has a 5.5 inch 1080p screen and it’s got a fast fingerprint sensor up front, on the back we have the dual camera system: 16 megapixel main shooter, 20 megapixel telephoto and combined they deliver some very impressive photos especially in regards to dynamic range.
Inside it’s packed with the fast processor, fast storage, and 6GB of RAM for the base model, the upgraded model has 8GB of RAM if you’re interested and then the battery is 3300 mAh and it will comfortably last you a full day of heavy use. There are a lot of phones in the sub $500market and a lot of them are good but If I had to make a recommendation right now in mid-2017 it would be this one, One Plus 5, really impressed with it this year. Hope you guys enjoy this article.