OnePlus 5 Review

OnePlus 5


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OnePlus 5 Review
OnePlus 5 Review

With the motto of ‘Never Settle’ it’s no surprise to find the OnePlus 5 shipping soon after the OnePlus 3T.

The physical look isn’t too different from the OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 is a great looking slim mobile that has a fingerprint scanner on the front, volume rocker and mute switch on the left and the power button on the right.  It’s light in the hand for a large(ish) mobile and looks great in or out of a case.

Headphone socket, speaker and USB-C port are located on the bottom and you get the amazing Dash Charging technology for super speedy recharging.

So far, so OnePlus 3T.  The main physical difference is found round the back where, instead of the 3Ts central camera, you’ll find a twin camera and flash setup located off centre.

At the time of review the OnePlus 5 was running Android 7.1.1 with OxygenOS 4.5.5.  It runs really smoothly, apps open fast, there’s no lag when scrolling through menus or searching for apps, and there are nice additional features such as gesture shortcuts that allow you to draw a shape on screen and have it activate a function (e.g. draw a V to activate the flash LED as a torch).

Gaming performance is also speedy, the large 5.5″ screen looks great and has enough room to see what you’re doing without covering the screen with your hands while using the on-screen controls.

Unfortunately, as the speaker is located on the bottom it’s very easy to cover when playing games in landscape.

OnePlus 5 Video Review

OnePlus 5 Camera

The much talked about camera offers good day to day performance.  New to the OnePlus 5 is a portrait mode which attempts to add DSLR like depth of field to photos.  It’s a bit hit and miss, you can see in the photo below it has added a blur but it’s done so to the subject as well as the background.

There is also an optical zoom, which is OK but zoom too much and you’ll end up with grainy photos.

Example OnePlus 5 Photos

OnePlus 5 Camera Test 3 OnePlus 5 Camera Test 1 OnePlus 5 Camera Test 2

OnePlus 5 depth test

Example OnePlus 5 Video Footage

Video quality is very good, especially when paired with the excellent DJI OSMO Mobile for silky smooth footage, even when running at speed.  In the following video the rear facing camera was the main camera used to shoot all shots.

Even without the OSMO Mobile for stabilization the OnePlus 5 has proven to be an excellent vlogging camera, the large screen is each to see, the battery life is very good and the front facing camera produces good quality footage as you’ll see in this next example video.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T

For those with a OnePlus 3T the 5 might be a tempting upgrade option, but with it coming out so soon after the 3T is it worth it?

Well the short answer is no, the OnePlus 5 is an excellent mobile, but so too is the 3T.  Yes there are improvements, you’ll see in the 5 vs 3T comparison video below the OnePlus 5 time-lapse delivers more detail compared to the 3T time-lapse. Order viagra pills online visit website.

However, there aren’t enough advancements for this to be that much different to the 3T and so it’d be better to skip the OnePlus 5 and wait for a model that offers great improvements.

Overall the OnePlus 5 is a great mobile, but feels like an incremental update to the OnePlus 3T rather than a major new device.

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Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and