OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

The latest phone from OnePlus is one step closer to that goal that the manufacturer has marked in its DNA: to offer the best benefits for the lowest possible price. This is the OnePlus 5.

In 2017, the mobile phone market is very different from the one we found in 2010. During those first years of expansion of the concept, the smartphone was mission impossible to enjoy a good experience of use without investing a certain amount of money.

OnePlus 5 4G Phablet - 6GB RAM 64GB ROM GRAY

Price: $489.99

5.5 inch, 1080P Full HD, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB , Battery Capacity (mAh): 3300mAh, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

OnePlus 5 4G Phablet - 6GB RAM 64GB ROM GRAY

Price: $489.99

5.5 inch, 1080P Full HD, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB , Battery Capacity (mAh): 3300mAh, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Now, investing more than 500 euros is totally voluntary. Below that figure, it is possible to make mobile phones whose user experience is more than digestible. In fact, in some cases like OnePlus, it is possible to make mobile phones that are close, and much, to the best smartphones in the sector.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

The OnePlus 5, introduced by the Asian manufacturer less than a week ago, is one more iteration in that philosophy of offering the best of the sector for the lowest possible price. However, this new phone delves a bit more in that objective and is closer than its predecessors to that almost utopian mobile that equates in benefits to the best phones in the sector with a significantly lower price.

One of the keys to this greater proximity is the design and construction that OnePlus has developed for the OnePlus 5. The front has lines that are very similar to its predecessors, but the sides and the back are a completely different story. There the Asian company has completely changed both the product lines and the overall finish, achieving a much more refined and attractive body.

The problem with this redesign is the clear inspiration that OnePlus has had from iPhone 7 Plus, Apple’s main phone. The back of the phone is virtually identical in both the layout of the items and the finish. In fact, anyone who has tried an iPhone 7 Plus will feel very familiar with the OnePlus 5.

However, that’s not bad news for potential buyers of the OnePlus 5. The phone fits in hand like a pair of LEGO pieces, and aesthetically enough to attract attention and be loved.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

The only two negative points of this design are the low friction of the body (which makes it more slippery than usual) and the large frames that cover the vicinity of the screen. That, yes, considering their 499 euros in price, the relevance of these errors is less than in other phones like the Huawei P10 or Sony Xperia XZ Premium, whose price is between 150 and 250 euros higher.

From a technical point of view, the OnePlus 5 equates – and even surpasses – the main movers of the market. Inside the chassis is a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 along with an 8 GB chip of RAM, a figure that no manufacturer has achieved with its high-end smartphones for 2017.

This combination, together with the different modes of operation for the SoC developed by OnePlus, makes the performance of the mobile is almost perfect in any situation. Load times are low, fluid transitions and the most demanding applications (like 3D video games) work perfectly on this platform.

The OnePlus 5 is one of the best performing handsets and use the experience of 2017.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

The slight drops of FPS that all Android present – and even the iPhone, in certain situations – are not absent in the OnePlus 5 but are so sporadic and light that they go unnoticed for the vast majority of people. Only the most perfectionist and demanding will be able to appreciate these tiny incidents.

Special mention deserves the accusations OnePlus has received for cheating on different synthetic performance tests. The company’s own CEO says that OnePlus’s intention is not to score better in performance tests, but to unlock the full potential of the SoC in very specific situations, such as benchmarks or the most demanding applications. Only under these situations activates the maximum performance mode that alters the clock frequencies of the SoC to extract the maximum juice from the phone.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

The problem with this practice, as some Google engineer has publicly acknowledged, is the risk of overheating – and therefore possible damage to the internal circuitry of the phone after spending extended periods operating on this model of maximum performance. The OnePlus solution to this problem is the automatic shutdown of the mobile when certain temperatures are reached inside the device. This ensures the integrity of the phone when an extreme situation is reached.

Fortunately, the reality is not as alarming as the first information seemed to indicate. The OnePlus 5 manages to dissipate the heat in a very effective way, producing a thermal sensation similar to that generated by other phones of similar category (like Galaxy S8 or Huawei P10).

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

In the OnePlus 5, the company has renewed its commitment to DASH technology, developed by the manufacturer in its own headquarters. This technology introduces a higher amperage and voltage than usual, allowing the recharge of the battery to occur at a noticeably higher rate. So much bigger than surprising, in fact.

The DASH system recharges the battery at a surprising pace. The autonomy, in parallel, is almost as commendable as the fast charging system. The “3,300 mAh” single battery is enough to power all the phone’s circuitry for very long periods of time, surpassing previous phones like the OnePlus 3T and reaching the product numbers like the Galaxy S8 +.

The combination of both elements (fast charging and extended autonomy) makes the OnePlus 5 in a phone that is autonomous enough to accompany the user even in the most intense days, in which the connections are more unfavorable and the workload of the SoC is Higher than usual.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

Part of the responsibility for these good results lies with all the software developed by OnePlus, who re-opts for Oxygen OS and, of course, for the cleanliness and efficiency of the system.

The experience of using Oxygen OS is very similar to that offered by phones like the Google Pixel: simple, clean and free of unnecessary artifacts. Of course: OnePlus adds a series of extremely useful features and settings, such as the ability to use software buttons on the screen, apply themes on the system or native support for icon packs. The possibilities are much greater than in other Android phones; And the best thing is that OnePlus has integrated them without overloading or making difficult the use of the phone.

Unlike other layers of customization, Oxygen OS does not subtract; And also adds without increasing the difficulty of using the phone.

The fingerprint reader, located on the front, is effective and fast in equal parts. It is integrated into a capacitive button that also does the functions of the home button. To unlock, you do not need to press any buttons: just leave your finger briefly on the surface of the home button.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

The phone’s display maintains three properties of its predecessor: OLED technology, 5.5 inches, and Full HD resolution. The virtues are multiple: good contrast, good color representation, good brightness and low reflectivity of the glass. More than enough for the vast majority of the potential audience and, above all, far above the minimum required for terminals of the same price range.

However, the OnePlus 5 does not want to be measured with phones of the same label. He wants to compare with the biggest in the sector. And it is in that desired comparison where the quality of your screen, by a relatively small margin, fails to reach the same level as the Apple iPhone 7 or the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Something very similar happens with the main camera. OnePlus has put great emphasis on that. He has developed a new portrait mode, has opted for new components and has used the DxOMark team to perfect their algorithms and get a little closer to the high end. But, despite more than evident progress, the reality is that the camera OnePlus 5 is one step behind the best.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

The portrait mode of the OnePlus 5 is more realistic than others like Huawei but lower than the iPhone 7 Plus.

For good portrait photography, the iPhone 7 Plus separates the same image into ten layers of depth. Layer number 1 is the subject, with the maximum level of focus. Layer number two and successive layers are those behind the main subject, and their blur increases progressively as the distance from the camera increases. This creates a progressive blur very close to that produced by DSLR cameras.

The OnePlus 5 employs a system very similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, but does not always measure distances well, and therefore does not always apply the appropriate level of blur to all objects in the scene.

In simple portraits, the results are very good. It detects well the borders of the subject and the blur that applies is quite natural. When the scene becomes complicated and the number of objects at different distances increases, it shows some of the difficulties mentioned above. However, OnePlus insists: portrait mode is in beta and will improve with future updates.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros and Cons of Smartphone 2017

In addition to portrait mode, the OnePlus 5 mounts a hybrid zoom system. It’s two lenses have different focal lengths, but the phone also uses digital zoom to offer a wider range of magnification. According to OnePlus, the zoom is optical up to 1.7 magnification. Above this, the phone applies the digital zoom with consequent loss of quality.

The second lens allows for the optical zoom of 1.7 magnification. From there, everything is digital.

Beyond zoom and portrait mode, the OnePlus 5 mounts a fairly solvent camera in good light, with good color representation and a very appropriate dynamic range. The automatic HDR mode also helps to solve the most complex scenes with ease, producing vivid, bright images with good contrast.

When the light begins to disappear, yes, the OnePlus 5 shows some deficiencies in aspects such as noise or color temperature. Samsung and Apple cameras not only seem to capture a little less noise, they also know how to camouflage it better by further processing the image. And that is easily appreciable if it enlarges a night image.

Pros

  • Performance. Perfect. Best of Android 2017.
  • Fast charge. The DASH system is excellent. Very fast loading and very efficient in delivering power.
  • Design. Attractive, comfortable, refined. Despite the clear inspiration of the iPhone, the OnePlus 5 is very good in this regard.

Cons

  • Resistance to dust and water. It begins to be essential, and in the OnePlus 5 is still absent.
  • Camera. For its price range is a formidable camera. But to compete with the best (and it’s just what OnePlus looks for), you have to take a step forward.

Conclusion

The OnePlus 5 can be judged in two very different ways: as an aspirant to the royalty of the sector (which is what OnePlus looks for) or as a simple phone of 499 euros.

As an aspiring industry royalty, this phone is right on the doorstep of the select club made up of Samsung, Apple and the rest of major manufacturers. The lack of originality in the design, the slight inferiority of its screen and the lack of refinement of the camera are some of the biggest reasons why this OnePlus 5 is not ready to compete with the muscle of a Galaxy S8 or an iPhone 7 Plus.

But as a product of 499 euros, the conclusion is quite different: there is a better phone than the OnePlus 5 for less than 500 euros.

OnePlus 5 4G Phablet - 6GB RAM 64GB ROM GRAY

Price: $489.99

5.5 inch, 1080P Full HD, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB , Battery Capacity (mAh): 3300mAh, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

OnePlus 5 4G Phablet - 6GB RAM 64GB ROM GRAY

Price: $489.99

5.5 inch, 1080P Full HD, RAM: 6GB, ROM: 64GB , Battery Capacity (mAh): 3300mAh, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Source: Mobilesyrup