OnePlus 5 Long Term Review | 4 Months Later!

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Hey Whats Happening guys my name is Kashif and in this video I'm going to review OnePlus 5 and this Review video is for those who will buy this phone for long terms So, What is the OnePlus 5? With the OnePlus 3T, the Chinese ‘start-up’ finally made a phone that was nearly perfect

There’s no OnePlus 4 this year, but instead the OnePlus 5 takes things up another level with a seriously packed spec sheet – and a higher price The headline feature here is an interesting dual-camera setup on the back, but in typical OnePlus fashion there’s a serious amount of power and the option of a frankly ridiculous 8GB of RAM OnePlus 5 – Design Just like the OnePlus 3 and 3T before it, OnePlus’ latest flagship offers a metallic body, though it’s much thinner this time around Not only is the handset just 725 mm thin, it also features an aggressive taper around the sides that makes the phone feel even thinner

The antenna lines have also been redesigned to go around the perimeter of the phone instead of cutting across the back, making them a lot less noticeable Thanks to the rounded corners and edges, the OnePlus 5 looks great and is comfortable to hold Still, it is worth noting that the thin sides make the phone a bit on the slippery side OnePlus offers a much more limited selection of color options compared to many other modern flagships out there If you pick up the base model (64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM), you’ll get it in Slate Gray

The more expensive model (128 GB storage, 8 GB RAM) comes in Midnight Black The new design changes are going to be a bit polarizing for some of you While I’m certainly a fan of most of these changes, it is hard to deny that the OnePlus 5 heavily resembles an iPhone 7 Plus, especially with the addition of a dual camera system that’s similarly shaped and sits in the same location I am happy to report that, unlike the iPhone, the OnePlus 5 does retain its headphone jack though For those familiar with the OnePlus 3T, you’ll find the button placement here hasn’t really changed; the 5’s volume and alert slider are found on the left, the power button the right, the headphone jack on the bottom right, the USB Type-C port in the bottom center, and the speaker on the bottom left

Turning towards the front, the OnePlus 5 has a home button that functions as a fingerprint scanner, flanked by capacitive back and Recent Apps keys The back key is on the left and the Recent Apps key is on the right by default, but you can flip the orientation if you prefer, via the Settings Overall, this still feels like a OnePlus Phones even if the inspiration for its design improvements are pretty obvious OnePlus 5 – Screen OnePlus has stepped up the game in the vast majority of areas this year, but on paper at least the screen feels very much the same

It’s still a 55-inch AMOLED panel, which is still 1080p as opposed to the more common quad-HD resolution The OnePlus 3 (and 3T) suffered from a few annoying screen issues, including poor calibration and laggy scrolling, but the OnePlus 5 sorts these out So that’s a bonus straight away The display now covers the wide DCI-P3 colour gamut, like the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, and this is my preferred colour profile

It gives colours more of a punch, without oversaturating, and there’s more variety in the shades There’s an sRGB mode too that removes a bit of the punch, and a Default mode that feels to me a bit too colourful I would have liked to see a resolution bump, but in all honestly it’s tough to pick out individual pixels unless you get really close It’s not as sharp as the HTC U11, nor is it as sharp as a 5-inch 1080p device, but colours are nice and because it’s AMOLED there’s that extra depth to blacks that you don’t get with LCD Gorilla Glass 5 covers the panel and that should help prevent scratches

OnePlus 5 – Performance Latest Snapdragon 835 chipset with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM Highest benchmark scores, but questions raised OnePlus has managed to pack in the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-a-chip here, which we’ve seen in the Pixel 2, Galaxy NOte 8, Xiaomi Mi 6 and some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 This is processing power at the top of its game Whether you’ll notice the difference between last-generation processing power and what’s in the OnePlus 5 on a daily basis remains to be seen, but make no mistake: this is a very powerful phone Any game you want to run on this device will work smoothly, and most importantly fast I ran some demanding apps, including, as mentioned, Real Racing 3, and the OnePlus 5 handled them with ease Depending on what model you buy you’ll either get 6GB or 8GB of RAM

For this review I’ve only used the 6GB version, 6GB should be more than enough RAM to power your phone Most smartphones at the moment pack 4GB of RAM, and achieve similar benchmarking scores to this phone So, turning to those all-important benchmarking scores, how does the OnePlus 5 compare to the competition? In Geekbench 4 benchmarking we found the OnePlus 5 to be the fastest phone we’ve tested, with an average multi-core score of 6716 it's hard to see a difference in real-world speed between the new OnePlus and Samsung’s flagship device OnePlus has previously struggled with optimizing its processor for top-notch performance, but it seems that with the OnePlus 5 it’s finally managed to do it

Whether that 6GB of RAM is the thing helping, I don’t actually know It does still feel like 6GB is overkill for this kind of device, but I’ve yet to see whether the 8GB version of the OnePlus 5 performs anywhere near as well OnePlus 5 – Software The best thing manufacturers can do with decent hardware is integrate excellent software Thankfully OnePlus understands this, and OxygenOS is the best Android skin around This is not change for the sake of change as every little tweak to Google’s stock Android interface is well thought out and worthy of use

The notification shade is easily customisable, the app tray is a smart swipe up (like on the Google Pixel) and the smaller options deep in the OS will be a tad confusing at first but if they are your style then you’ll love it You can program off-screen shortcuts to actions by drawing on the blank locked screen in an O, V, S, M or W, do a three finger screenshot, and even control music with gestures You can set onscreen hardware buttons, but I prefer the physical capacitive keys here with theirs subtle blue-tint lights lying beneath the chin These can be swapped over and even long- and double press functions added There are other thoughtful additions like the clumsily named but nonetheless does-what-it-says Gaming Do Not Disturb mode

Tap this setting on from the notification shade and your gaming sessions will no longer be disturbed by notifications from other apps Coupled with the insanely fast hardware, Oxygen OS is almost to the point where it feels one step ahead The App Priority software inclusion seemed to silently kick into effect and positively affected battery performance As mentioned, the latency is so much better than it was on the 3 and 3T It feels as responsive as the best phones out there

It all adds up to an Android phone that excels in customisation Technically they all should but sometimes it isn't the case The phone makes it easy for you to make it your own OnePlus 5 – Camera There are quite a few improvements found within the OnePlus 5, the biggest of which is easily the new dual camera system Dual cameras are nearly a setup for the majority of flagships nowadays, and every dual setup I’ve seen has had its own set of features that help it stand out from the crowd

Thankfully the OnePlus 5 is no exception Most dual cameras either have the same resolution across both lenses or the secondary sensor is lower resolution With the OnePlus 5 however, it’s the exact opposite The main sensor is 16 megapixels with an f/17 aperture and electronic image stabilization

The secondary sensor is a 20 megapixel telephoto lens with a smaller f/26 aperture, though this lens doesn’t offer OIS or electronic stabilization Similar to Apple’s implementation on the iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus, the telephoto lens will let you optically zoom in by 20x without any loss in quality Carl Pei has now clarified that the telephoto zoom on the OnePlus 5 is actually a combination of optical zoom and software: “Optical zoom is at 1

6x, the remaining 04x is realized through SmartCapture multiframe technology”) So how does this dual setup perform? Photos taken with the OnePlus 5 are well detailed, sharp without looking over sharpened, and color reproduction is more on the natural side and not overly saturated The secondary telephoto lens is great for getting those closer up shots without losing as much detail as you normally would from purely digital zoom It’s perfect for getting closer on anything you want, but I found it to be especially great for macro shots

It is important to mention that it does produce slightly different colors from the main lens and is a little more inconsistent with exposure Low-light performance will depend on which camera you decide to use, with the second sensor being the weaker of the two due to a smaller pixel size, smaller aperture, and no stabilization Photos from the telephoto lens are much more washed out, noisy, and full of lens flares and overblown highlights White balance is the biggest issue of them all, though The main sensor will give you much better results especially in terms of detail and color accuracy

Turning to video, the camera is capable of recording 4K video, and EIS (electronic image stabilization) does a decent job at smoothing out any unwanted shakes and jitters You can switch to the secondary sensor while recording to get closer on a subject, but because the second sensor lacks any form of stabilization the footage is noticeably more shaky It’s not just the camera hardware that receives an upgrade with the OnePlus 5, as the software also has added a few improvements First up, there’s a new portrait mode that simulates that nice blurry background or bokeh effect that you would normally get from a DSLR, while keeping the subject in razor sharp focus Portrait mode pretty much works just as advertised

As long as you’re following the camera’s guidelines you can get some very convincing bokeh that creates a nice separation between the subject and the background For those that like as much control over the camera as possible, you’ll be happy to learn that the manual mode from the OnePlus 3 family has been replaced with a new pro mode that offers more control and a few nice enhancements You can control all of the usual settings like ISO, white balance, shutter speed, focus, and exposure But what I really like is the built-in histogram, the toggle to enable RAW directly on the viewfinder, and a horizon leveler to help you gauge when your shot is perfectly straight On the front of the OnePlus 5 is a 16MP selfie shooter

A lot of the features of the rear camera are available here, although you won’t be able to use the Portrait mode This phone will be capable of giving you some of the sharpest selfie shots on the market, and it can also record video in 1080p, which is a big benefit if you plan to record your face often OnePlus 5 – Battery Life 3,300mAh battery plus greater optimization gives solid battery life Can last around a day with auto brightness on Battery life is one of the few areas where a flagship phone can stand out, and the OnePlus 5 needs to be able to survive at least a full day on a single charge On paper, compared to the OnePlus 3T the OnePlus 5 looks like a downgrade, with the former sporting a 3,400mAh battery while the latter features a 3,300mAh battery The processing tech used inside this phone is newer though, and much more efficient in terms of power consumption, and I think you’ll notice that in day to day battery life

The OnePlus 5 will keep pace with a lot of the devices you’ll find on the market today I typically found it lasting the full day, maybe dying at around 10pm with hard use if you stick to auto brightness you’re a lot more likely to make it to the end of the day with some charge left in the tank There’s fast-charging tech here – OnePlus’s version is called Dash Charge – which means you’ll be able to pump some juice into your phone very quickly if you need to OnePlus continues to claim that it's fast enough to get you a full charge in the time it takes you to get a shower, but that’s not strictly true

Unless you're taking a long and relaxing bubble bath, you’ll likely only get enough charge for a few hours – but it’s certainly better than your phone dying on you when you need it For those times when you really are gasping for battery life the OnePlus 5 also comes with a battery-saving mode; I found that this really restricted what apps we could open, but it will prolong battery life on the phone and that’s all you need when you’re clinging onto the last dregs of power OnePlus isn’t offering the best battery life on the market here, but it’s a similar level to most of the flagship competition, and unless you’re a power user you’ll probably get through a whole day of using the OnePlus 5 and still have a little leftover before you plug in overnight Should You buy the OnePlus 5? Sure, the OnePlus 5 has gone up in price from its predecessors, but there’s more packed into this phone than ever before and that makes it completely worth the price hike Even better, it’s still cheaper than most other flagships offered on the market today

Yes, it’s missing a few key extras like expandable storage and water resistance, and the design sure isn’t going to please everyone But at under $550, you’re going to have a hard time finding a flagship that offers a better experience without charging the premium that brands like HTC, Samsung, and Apple expect you to pay In fact, in many ways the downsides to the OnePlus 5 are the same as found with the Pixel family – an Apple-inspired design, no wireless charging, no expandable storage, and no waterproofing — but you get a faster processing package and a lower starting price At the end of the day, I feel that the OnePlus 5 is a no-brainer and I whole heartedly recommend it

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