OnePlus 5 Review: Nagging Issues Mar A High-Quality Phone
Smartphone manufacturer OnePlus was established in 2013. However, despite being a relative newcomer to the smartphone market, the Chinese-based company has already proven their mettle. OnePlus’s line of Android phones is top-tier, although their latest phone – the OnePlus 5 – doesn’t quite continue its reputation for high-quality hardware.
While many competing Androids exist, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 manages to hold its own against them, even surpassing them in certain fields. Unfortunately, it does bear limitations that some of its peers are exempt from. One such let down is that the OnePlus 5 isn’t waterproof.
Two iterations of the phone are available; the cheaper option contains 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, whereas the more expensive option offers 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Neither model can use expandable storage.
However, both are fueled by “the industry-leading Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor,” resulting in a phone that’s well-equipped to run your favorite apps. Furthermore, OnePlus’s internally developed operating system, OxygenOS, exhibits a clean, elegant display free of clutter.
While they’re not perfect, the fifth OnePlus does carry two exceptional built-in cameras. Budding photographers can enjoy a dual-lens camera that works similarly to the iPhone 7’s. However, CNET assessed that the camera in Apple’s product was more reliable than its counterpart in OnePlus’s.
Additionally, while it does offer a 1080p picture through its 5.5-inch screen, some users have noticed an issue arising with its quality; due an error with the device’s internal components, specifically the inverted screen, the visuals may be marred with a “jelly” effect. OnePlus, as BGR reports, is not recognizing the issue as “a software or manufacturing defect.”
While the imperfections are notable, the fifth OnePlus is still a cost-effective alternative to its peers. Slate Gray and Midnight Black colorations are available for both models.