OnePlus launched the next iteration of their flagship on 20th June for the global market and on 22nd June for the Indian market. There were lots of controversies before and after the launch. They were caught cheating on benchmark apps. The design resembled the iPhone 7 Plus which left many fans dejected. Despite of all these controversies, OnePlus 5 is a great phone. In this article, we will list down 5 reasons why you should and shouldn’t purchase the OnePlus 5.
Lets first start with the reasons why you should get the OnePlus 5.
Flagship Spec Sheet.
The spec sheet of OnePlus 5 is similar to what you will find on most flagships of 2017. The device runs on the latest chipset from the Qualcomm i.e. Snapdragon 835. It is an octa-core chipset with clock speed of up to 2.45 GHz. The device comes with either 6GB or 8GB RAM variant which in my opinion is an overkill. You get two storage options depending on which RAM variant you choose. The display is still 1080p but is an AMOLED display. The battery is 3300mAh with the Dash Charge technology which can give you a whole day’s charge in just half an hour. This time OnePlus has upgraded their camera game and gone with a dual camera setup for the rear camera. The primary camera is of 16 MP at f/1.7 aperture and secondary camera is of 20 MP with f/2.6 aperture. The camera on OnePlus was the weakest part but this time OnePlus is marketing the OnePlus 5 based on their camera so it will be interesting to see how the camera performs. They have also teamed up with DXOmark this time to up their camera game.
When it comes to OEMs skins, Oxygen OS is our favorite. It is very close to stock Android and has many extra features that come very handy. Due to its closeness to stock Android, it is one of the first OEM skins that gets an update to newer Android versions very fast. OnePlus 3 was one of the first Android phones to get Nougat after Pixel and Nexus. We can expect same to happen in the future. One feature that we like the most about Oxygen OS is the dark theme. Using the Dark Theme on OnePlus 5 AMOLED panel will not only look good but will also save battery. Other features include app priority, DND gaming mode, extra long screenshots, option to select between on-screen and hardware keys, on-screen gestures etc. The ROM comes with minimum bloatware with just necessary Google applications.
Support For Custom ROMs.
If you are a flasholic like us then this should be the decider point for you. OnePlus is one of the few companies that encourages you to root and try different ROMs on your phone. You do not void the warranty of your phone if you root it. Another plus point is that if OnePlus stops the software support for your phone, the community always has your back. You get tons of ROMs to try and get updates and bug fixes frequently.
Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.
The camera wasn’t the strongest selling point when it came to OnePlus. But this time it is about to change. OnePlus has opted for dual camera setup for the OnePlus 5. The primary camera is 16MP Sony IMX398 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and the secondary camera is 20MP Sony IMX350 telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. OnePlus has included a Pro mode in the camera settings which lets you control everything from ISO, manual focus, exposure etc. To get the best out of the camera, we suggest you play with the Pro Mode. Also, it comes with a Portraid Mode feature just like the iPhone. The Portraid Mode blurs the background and focuses on the subject just like the photos from DSLRs. The front camera is 16MP Sony IMX371 sensor which can take pretty great selfies. The rear camera is capable of recording 4K at 30fps, up to 60fps at 1080p resolution, and up to 120fps slow-motion video at 720p resolution. The front camera, on the other hand, can record 1080p videos. The area where OnePlus 5 kind of disappointed is that it does not have Optical Image Stabilization. It does have Electronic Stabilization, but that doesn’t seem to help much.
Dash Charge. Much Wow.
Dash Charge is a fast charging technology which charges your phone from 0 to a 60% charge in just 30 minutes. The Dash Charge is licensed from OPPO, the parent company of OnePlus, and is different from the majority of quick charging options available today, The main difference between other fast charging technology and dash charging is its ability to keep temperatures low while charging.
Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Purchase The OnePlus 5
The most disappointing thing of the OnePlus 5 is its design. It is a replica of the iPhone 7 Plus. All previous phones from OnePlus were known for their stand out industrial design. The sandstone back on the original OnePlus One was liked by everyone. OnePlus is a sister company of Oppo Electronics and Oppo also has a phone which is similar in design to OnePlus 5. The phone colors are also limited. You get an option to choose Slate Gray for the 64/6GB variant or Midnight Black for the 128/8GB variant.
OnePlus were under a lot of negative press before the launch. They denied the promised Nougat update for the OnePlus 2. A OnePlus 3 customer in India was asked to pay 48k for the water damage to his phone. The phone, on the other hand, cost 27k. After the launch, they were caught cheating on benchmark apps. This is not the first time they have done this. A similar incident was reported after the launch of OnePlus 3T. But they didn’t learn from their mistake. Why would you need to cheat if the performance of your phone is top notch? Also, who cares about the benchmark scores and purchasing the device.
Lack of Water Resistance and QuadHD Display.
The rumors and leak suggested that OnePlus will finally move from FullHD display to QuadHD display. But I think we might have wait for another year till we will see a QuadHD display on a OnePlus phone. For me, the upgrade to QuadHD is not a deal breaker but if you are someone who is planning or want to experience VR in high quality then this might be a deal breaker point for you. If you are a regular user like me, you might not notice the difference between a QuadHD and FullHD display with a naked eye. Also, the lack of water resistant adds to the reasons why you shouldn’t purchase the OnePlus 5.
OnePlus 5 runs on the OxygenOS and it is a pretty good ROM. OnePlus hired the popular Paranoid Android custom ROM makers to make the ROM after things went wrong with Cyanogen OS team. Whenever a new update comes to the OxygenOS it contains more bugs than features. And fixing those bugs some time takes a lot of time. If you are a person who doesn’t mind having some minor software bugs in his phone, OnePlus 5 might be the phone for you. If you are the opposite person, you should better avoid purchasing it.
When OnePlus One first came into the market it offered flagship specs at half the price of its competitors. From there we witnessed OnePlus increase the prices of its phone. It is safe to assume that one-day OnePlus flagships will be sold at the same rate as iPhones and Samsung flagships. We are not saying that OnePlus 5 is a costly phone but the pricing could have been better. Also, you shouldn’t expect OnePlus to provide after sale service just like the iPhone or Samsung.
These are top 5 reasons we think you should consider before purchasing a OnePlus 5. Let us know in the comment section below what you think of the OnePlus 5. If you like the article, show us some love by sharing it on social media. If you would like to help the blog, purchase the OnePlus 5 from our affiliate link below.
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