OnePlus 6 Review – A Decent Phone At An Affordable Price



OnePlus 6 Cameras:


OnePlus 6 Back


Just like the OnePlus 5, the latest version of the phone also features dual Sony sensors at the back. One of the cameras is a 20-megapixel while the other is a 16-megapixel camera. Both cameras have an aperture of f/1.7.


However, the primary camera has larger pixels and a larger sensor to help the phone take great pictures in low-light conditions. Both cameras also come with OIS which will help you to take better pictures if your hand shakes while taking a picture.


As the OnePlus 6 comes with Advanced HDR. The company has claimed that the pictures, especially the ones taken in a darker setting will be better as a result of this.


Even though the OnePlus 6 takes better photos than that of its predecessor, there’s still room for improvement. The pictures taken with this phone are not bad. However, they’re not as sharp as the photos taken with the Pixel 2, the Galaxy S9 Plus or the iPhone X.


If the lighting is good, the camera can quickly focus on the subject whether the subject is far or near. Pictures taken in a well-lit setting are good. However, when taking pictures in low lit conditions the pictures look a bit distorted due to the amount of noise that’s present.


Even though the camera is definitely not the main selling point for the OnePlus 6 and it’s certainly not the best camera phone on the market.


This phone is an impressive phone that the company can be proud of. When you compare the OnePlus 6 to its predecessor you can see how much progress has been made.


The camera app on this phone is great. It’s not complicated like some of the other camera apps that are currently on the market.


The UI of the camera app in the OnePlus 6 is simple, extremely user-friendly, and there’s no clutter. You won’t get a screen full of confusing settings and options with the OnePlus 6.


Next to the viewfinder, you will find the option to switch between portrait, photo, and video modes. Just slide up and you can find additional shooting modes.


There are seven basic modes which are adequate for the smartphone user who enjoys taking pictures. However, if you’re a photographer you should opt for the pro mode.


Even the video shooting capability of this phone has been improved. With this phone, you can shoot videos in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.


You also have a slow-motion feature which offers amazing results when shooting videos in a well-lit setting. Within the past year, more and more smartphone manufacturers have been adding a slow-motion recording feature to their phones.


Face Unlock Feature Is Fast But It’s Not Secure:


While the OnePlus 6 features a fingerprint sensor at the back for unlocking the device. Most users will probably opt for the Face Unlock feature instead. This feature is extremely quick and works like a charm every single time.


It might sometimes feel like you are unlocking the device without a security feature. It is that quick and accurate! Even if the light is low, Face Unlock feature works pretty well. However, the face unlock feature on this phone can be fooled by a photograph.


This is not good, hopefully, OnePlus will find a way to fix this before the release of their next phone.


OnePlus 6 Software:


The OnePlus 6 runs on the Android 8.1 operating system with the OxygenOS 5.1.3 skin on top. If you buy it now, you’ll also get the recently released security patch.


At I/O 2018, Google announced that the smartphones from OnePlus would be one of the few to test the beta version of its new OS. So, it’s only a matter of time before this new OS will be available on the OnePlus 6.


The OxygenOS is popular for its near-stock Android OS user experience and the OnePlus 6 does an excellent job of keeping things very simple for the users while still managing to add a few handy tweaks.


The new release now has the gestures feature which was first released for iPhone X. With this feature, you can use an interface that is gesture-based or stick to the navigation bar. You can also switch between the two from the Settings menu.


If you select the gestures, simple swipes from the bottom, edge or sides can take you to the Home screen, Recent Apps, or Back.


As I mentioned earlier there is a notch on the display screen, some people like the notches and some people don’t. However, if you don’t like it there’s an option to hide it.


OnePlus has optimized almost all the apps for this notch and you also get the option to individually select the apps in which you want the notch to be hidden.


Another thing worth mentioning is the new “Gaming Mode”. Know that this new mode is not just a way to block the notifications while playing or overclocking the frequency of the GPU. When activated, it can also optimize the background resources to help improve the gaming experience.


The OnePlus 6 also has a new font which is pretty impressive. Apart from these changes, the OS is pretty much the same as the operating system on the OnePlus 5T. Overall, the tweaks have further improved the OS.


OnePlus 6 Hardware And Performance:


The OnePlus 6 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB of RAM to make sure that everything runs smooth. Whether you’re playing a 3D game or a or multi-tasking, this phone does a great job because it’s fast and responsive.


One thing surprising about the OnePlus 6 is the missing stereo speaker. It only features a single, down-firing speaker whose performance is just alright.


Overall, the hardware specs of the phone are great for a phone in its price range.


OnePlus 6 Battery Life:


The OnePlus 6 comes with a 3,300mAh battery which supports Dash Charging (now called Fast Charging). But while the name is changed, it still works amazingly well. It only takes about 75 minutes for the battery to charge from 0 to 100%.


The battery on this phone will last for a day of moderate use on a single charge. Even though this phone has a glass back it does not support wireless charging.


This is a relatively new feature that many smartphone users appreciate. I’m not sure why OnePlus didn’t add wireless charging capabilities to this phone.


My Final Thought:


There is no denying the fact that the OnePlus 6 is an impressive phone. If you have been using a mid-range Android phone for quite some time, and you’re due for an upgrade, you should definitely consider the OnePlus 6.


However, if you’ve been using the OnePlus 5T which was released six months prior to the OnePlus 6, then I would not recommend upgrading to this phone.


OnePlus smartphones offer great value at a reasonable price. Please let me know what you think about this phone and whether or not you’re planning on buying it in the comments section below.


  1. A nice looking phone with al the great features one expects from a modern smart phone. Good for if you want a touch screen without all the over-glorification of features that you get with Samsung and Apple.

    If you’re anything like me then you just want a phone to be a phone with the ability to play a couple of good games. Too many smart phones these days are lttered with too many features that no one uses, just put in there as a selling point. Bit of a shame the camera isn’t too good though.

    Thanks for the review.

    • Thanks for the feedback Michael, the OnePlus 6 is a great phone, however, if you would like to get a phone that has one of the best cameras on the market, then you should probably consider a different phone.

  2. Hey Marvin, thanks for this elaborate review. Very well written. Personally, I’m really into iOS and iPhones therefore, but as a software developer and nerd, I also see the benefits of having a smartphone with an Android OS. When was this phone, in particular, released? Do you know how long OnePlus usually supports there phones with updates? And what country is the company from?


    • You’re welcome Chris, the OnePlus 6 was released on May 22, 2018, I’m not sure how long OnePlus provides support for their phones and OnePlus has never released any official statements about this. The company is from China.


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