Is one plus 3 best budget phone for 2016?

One Plus 3

One plus 3 said “it’s about time for a smartphone without compromises. A smartphone conceived and built by tech enthusiasts, hand-in-hand with users. A smartphone born from amazing technology, at design, and innovation”.
It’s about time for the OnePlus 3.

But, you shouldn’t take our word for it. You be the judge.

So their many questions rise but the main is what uniqueness have one plus 3 got that other phones have not………………………???

May company have finally done what’s promising from the beginning launch of one plus one!

Where the previous two generations of one plus had their success and failure stories.

One thing we cannot be overcome that is one plus made ‘affordable flagships’ in this era. (Some people like to say it is flagship killer)

Gives a hard Competition for the ‘Xiaomi Mi5, LeEco Le Max’ and much more.

No matter what your opinion about the company or its controversial invite system, one thing is for sure that you cannot be indifferent towards them.

Now let’s see its overview

Design: –

OnePlus 3

The design is a most important thing then as a subcategory or this modern trend all races for more megapixels, gigabytes, design gets lost in somewhere in the noise. Smartphones compare by the feature and specs they are important but more important is no matter how much specs a phone have if it looks uglier we don’t go for it so about the design one plus 3 looks pretty gorgeous with its metal uni-body construction. The smartphone looks sleek and svelte, especially in the Graphite color,because of Cut from a single slab of aluminum.

The design is nothing new, with echoes of Samsung’s S6/S7, iPhone 6s and the recent wave of Chinese metal smartphones; it looks very classy and sophisticated.

Now compared to the iPhone 6s or the Moto Z, the bulge is not so prominent and doesn’t look that out of place, the only ‘sore’ point of the design has to be the camera that sticks out of the back.

In the front one plus 3 protected by Gorilla Glass 4 with the front camera, a notification LED the proximity and ambient light sensors and the headphone panel on the top and the capacitive key for back and recent apps along with the physical home button underneath the display.

There is a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button, like most of the smartphone have in these days very fast and accurate. The fact is it’s noticeably faster like one plus has officially claimed a recognition time of 0.3 seconds.

The capacitive keys are responsive and they can be customizing through settings menu of the phone enabling you to swap them around or perform certain extra functions with a hold action. They can also be disabled entirely and related with a set of software keys.

Over dimensions, one plus 3 is only 7.35mm and 158 Grams. On the left side of the device have the volume and OnePlus’s extremely useful notification slider which allows you to switch between ‘all notifications’, ‘priority notifications’ and ‘silent’.

The right edge has the power key and the dual nanoSim slot; on the top nothing special but the bottom has the speaker, primary microphone, USB Type-C slot and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Unlike LeEco and Motorola, OnePlus still has some love for the trusty old 3.5mm headphone jack thankfully hasn’t binned it.

With the capability, thumbs are falling perfectly on the power button. The buttons are responsive, clicky, perfectly positioned unlike lots of the recent smartphones they don’t feel mushy.

Overall the OnePlus 3 has a gorgeous design and is built to an exacting standard. The design may not be new, or something revolutionary, but it just simply looks classy and elegant.

Personally, I have not been this excited over how a smartphone looks and feels since Samsung blew me away with the S6 Edge now one plus 3 did.

Display: –

One Plus 3

The OnePlus 3 packs a 5.5-inch full HD ‘Optic’ AMOLED display. Unlike HTC, Samsung, LG, all have moved on to QHD displays. Heck, even the LeEco LeMax 2 comes with a 4K display, with a pixel density of 515 ppi.  OnePlus has decided to stick with the tried and tested full HD resolution.

Now, what is this “Optic” AMOLED technology that OnePlus is talking about? Well, it is an AMOLED panel that OnePlus has tuned for greater emphasis on blacks and reds, which OnePlus believes gives a better viewing experience.

The screen is bright, the colors are punchy and vibrant, and however, the lack of pixels does become clear while watching video and movies. So the lack of pixels doesn’t affect so much.

Comparing say, a Samsung S7 edge and the OnePlus 3 side to side, you can see the benefits of the QHD resolution, but individually, the OnePlus 3’s display is more than sufficient.

The screen packs all the usual AMOLED goodness, deep and inky blacks and ultra-vivid colors, but I really did not see so much special from OnePlus’s “Optic” terminology,

Drastically one plus reduced the size of the bezels on either side of the screen, which along with the new thin profile, goes a long way in making the device look as good as it does.

Easily discernible in bright sunlight by its dual-polarizing filter and the display has good viewing angles.

Of course, it is hard to view in direct sunlight but all in all, outdoor legibility is more than sufficient.

Another handy feature on the OnePlus 3 is its proximity display. Wave your hand over the front-facing camera when the screen is off and it’ll illuminate, showing you the time, and any notifications you have, in black and white.

Though it’s not an innovation because it’s very similar to Motorola’s Active Display, but it is nice to have, and something I found so much useful.

Hardware/Performance: –

One Plus 3

When it comes to specs one plus get no compromise with that one plus 3 built with powerhouse Qualcomm’s snapdragon 820 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB Internal storage. But there is one problem there is no “MicroCardSlot” so there is no way to expand the internal storage.

This is a big lack for power user’s we hope that it will be fixed by the next one plus models …

One plus 3 claims that the OnePlus 3 performs 35% faster and features a 40% boost in graphical power over the OnePlus 2 – all at a fraction of the power consumption. The technology behind the one plus 3 is UFS 2.0 which sounds new gen technology.

Now how this powerhouse works into real performance world? Well, there is no slowdown or struggling with a daily task like web browsing, taking the occasional picture, using Facebook or WhatsApp, listening to music and even more, it’s really great to use our daily tasks.

Well, there is one question sticking into my head is that extra 2GB of RAM really help?

The one plus 3 is most powerful smartphones in the world today. More so than the S7 or the HTC 10, so is that power efficiently utilized?

One plus 3 is so much faster that can’t be denied. in benchmarks, with a stunning score of 139938 in AnTuTu (higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and the LeEco Le Max 2) and 2398 in Basemark OS 2. It also runs intensive games like Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 and Mortal Combat effortlessly.

However, it does suffer from random lag and stutters, with Chrome crashing occasionally and apps sometimes taking an extra second to load. Now, is even slight lag excusable with 6GB of RAM? I wonder.

Anyway, the OnePlus 3 performs very well, with smooth navigation and swift app load times, but I really can’t say that the additional RAM in the OnePlus 3 is noticeable compared to the OnePlus 2.

Well 6GB of RAM might be useful for future, Users have been complaining of memory management issues and lag while multitasking and OnePlus have promised an update to fix the same.

Maybe there is optimization problem with android for quite some time, Android has been lagging behind iOS on one aspect, and that is optimization. Androids historically tend to slow down over time and suffer from memory management issues. While Google is taking steps to address this issue, I feel this is the main issue holding back the operating system back at the moment.

Software: –

One plus runs on oxygen os after the ill-fated partnership with Cyanogen on the OnePlus One crashed and burned. Oxygen OS developed in-house by OnePlus. It’s run like highly developed marshmallow stock android os. Oxygen OS comes with its own set of tweaks and customizations, add to the Android experience, and don’t take away anything all the tinkering done by OnePlus.

Handsets running extremely customized and skewed skins atop Android, like Samsung’s Touch Wiz or LeEco’s EUI. So many smartphones with such distorted versions of Android that they fail to feel like Android smartphones altogether, Oxygen OS comes off as a relief.

In the proximity display a feature called ‘Shelf’, which you can access by swiping to the leftmost homepage panel. Shelf displays your recent used apps, the weather, and frequent contacts as well as allows you to put widgets and write a memo instantly. Oxygen OS also has support for certain gestures, like double tap to wake, the ability to draw an ‘O’ on the display to turn on the camera, a ‘V’ for the flashlight and more. All the gestures are working smoothly and will actually help increase your productivity.

What is disappointing is that unlike HTC, OnePlus still chooses to bundle its own Gallery and Music applications along with Google’s Photos and Play Music. This just causes redundancy, as the Google alternatives offer a better experience. Unlike LeEco, OnePlus hasn’t included its own browser and stuck to Chrome.

The multi-tasking panel has a ‘clear all’ option at the bottom, which not only closes all running applications but also stops all background processes, freeing up RAM in the process. There is also a link to app management and a ‘clean all’ button next to ‘clear all’ OnePlus also allows users to legally unlock the bootloader, making the OnePlus 3 an attractive proposition for modders and tinkerers.

Camera: –

One Plus 3

The camera feature of one plus 3 more advanced from the previous 16MP rear camera with a Sony PDAF sensor and an 8MP front camera, superior 16MP sensor, pictures, and videos taken on the OnePlus 3 indicates incredible detail and clarity. With Smart Capture technology which is EIS (electronic image stabilization) and OIS (optical image stabilization) you can take the perfect photo easier and more worry-free, pictures and videos are crisp and smooth, Phase Detection Autofocus, HDR, HD Mode and Dynamic De-Noise.

Capture the ideal shot, no matter the environment. In difficult lighting conditions, High-Dynamic Range (HDR) automatically produces well-balanced photos. Grainy pictures are a thing of the past with Dynamic De-noise, which takes several photos and compares them to reduce noise and improve clarity.

The front camera is simply fantastic and is a huge step up from most smartphones which offer a mediocre front shooter. The images are crisp and detailed, with hardly any noise.

In low light situations, the sensor struggles a bit but still, produces decent results.

The Front flash is missing which is disappointing a bit the rear 16MP sensor is good but not good as the camera on the S7 or the iPhone 6s, it still produced superb results. In well-lit situations, the images are sharp, clear, vibrant and full of detail. Obviously with the help of the AMOLED panel, making images look very saturated and vibrant, but even when transferred to a computer; the images looked nice and crisp.

Even In low light camera takes every last bit of detail it can have to produce extremely stunning results.

Noise does creep in, but not to an extent that renders the image muddy. The shutter speed is very fast, but I found the focus struggled to keep up at times.

The OnePlus 3 can shoot 4K videos, and the end results are good, if not great. OIS helps stabilize videos very well, and the OnePlus is great for capturing the occasional video footage.

Battery Life: –

One Plus 3

One plus 3 has a 3000mAH non-removable battery in previous versions one plus one 3100mAH and one plus two had 3300mAH so battery conception seems pretty low.

One plus promises a realistic one day’s use on a single charge. With the new dash-charging company promises’ that it will cover 60% charges in just 30 min.

Now many companies use Qualcomm’s Quick Charging 3.0 technology, one plus claimed that dash charging is better and it’s proved with the 3rd generation of one plus.

The Device charged up to 100% in little over an hour, with a 63% of charge in 30 minutes. A smartphone charge lasts barely one-day thanks to dash charging it is very helpful for us.

One plus reduces the heat generating issue while charging by shifting the main power regulator to the plug block.

That means performance isn’t throttled during fast charging, allowing you to continue playing Real Racing 3 without excessive heat generation or lag.

You have to the Dash charger with you to make use of these quick charging times. With a normal charging block, the OnePlus takes its own sweet time to refuel.

The problem is it uses USB Type C which is not so popular so if you forget to be with you there is less chance your mates can lend you one.

OnePlus has opted for a thinner deign at the cost of a larger battery pack. The Dash Charge is genuinely useful, but for the one-day battery life, overall battery performance needs more improvement.

Verdicts: –

The company, which has been promising a flagship killer for three years now, might have come extremely close with the OnePlus 3. It looks very classy and sophisticated. With stunning, sleek and svelte design It has a bright and vivid display, closer stock Android experience with Oxygen OS, top of the line specifications and a fantastic camera setup.

One plus 3 can truly stand tall with the flagships of the world. Though the battery life is mediocre and it lacks a QHD display, but then it is quite a bit cheaper than the top-end flagships as well.

The memory management issues are a downer and the 6GB of RAM for now not much useful, but we have to give the benefit of doubt to OnePlus, who promise they will fix this issue in through an OTA. Anyway, the internal storage issue is something that OnePlus cannot do much about.

OnePlus finally did it. They finally have a device that can live up to the claims by them two years ago, a device that blurs the line between mid-rangers and flagships. What seals the deal is the fact that OnePlus has finally ditched the inane Invite system, and the device can be bought ‘normally’.

This lets us hopeful for the OnePlus 4, if it eliminates the few issues of the OnePlus 3, it will be extraordinary.


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Souvik is a Digital Marketing Strategist|Entrepreneur & a passionate blogger. He is the founder of SvdTechTalk.

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