How does the OnePlus 3T measure up after a month of using it?

How does the OnePlus 3T measure up after a month of using it?

I have been using the OnePlus 3T for the last month and the time has come for me to give my verdict: is the device still as good as I initially thought after using it for a month? Did I experience any hardware or software issues? Read on to find out about all the elements that I liked and disliked about the OnePlus 3T.

A design and screen that do not disappoint

Unlike my Honor that began to show signs of weakness after the first month, the OnePlus device stayed the course. Not even a scratch, no marks and no signal issues, it is still flawless today. By default, OnePlus provides a protective screen on the device but I quickly removed it as I found it more annoying than useful. As for screen quality, the device has "simple" Full-HD definition but it still produces fantastic results. More demanding users might be enticed by the sRGB mode for daily use but that wasn’t the case for me.

I already mentioned it in my review of the OnePlus 3T but I take my hat off to OnePlus for including the button for changing notification profiles. I used it a lot and imagine it will be hard to switch back to a smartphone on which these changes have to be done on screen.

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It doesn’t have QHD definition but the result is excellent nonetheless. © ANDROIDPIT

Regarding impacts and scratches, I have no problems to report. There were sometimes a few minor drops but nothing major to report, not even a mark on the back of the device.

The software interface is practical but the Shelf menu is useless

The interface is really interesting. The color customization allows you to adapt the interface to your personal preferences and night mode quickly became essential to me (I even sometimes forget to deactivate it during the day to use WhatsApp).

That being said, the Shelf/Never Settle menu quickly becomes tedious. At first, it might seem useful: quick access to contacts and recently used apps. But as far as I’m concerned, I had no interest in it and I never used it. I only found the integrated weather information useful as you can have a quick look at it without having to open the widget. With that said, it also shows notifications on the weather which, unfortunately, are often inaccurate.

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Original? Yes. Useful? Not really. © ANDROIDPIT

Top-level performance

Let me just remind you, the smartphone has a Snapdragon 821 processor, which runs at a frequency of 2.35 GHz and has 6 GB of working memory. In practice, the smartphone never slows down, particularly in the multitasking facility  -which is excellent. The multitasking facility is exceptional and its overall performance will not disappoint, especially the battery. But are the 6 GB memory and a powerful processor really that crucial for the average user? I’m not convinced but everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

I alternated between using the instant messengers and playing long videos over quite a while and the battery coped really well. Generally, videos tend to drain your battery pretty fast but this wasn’t the case with the OnePlus 3T.

The only problem that I found was the loss of mobile data connection. For some unknown reason, from time to time I was no longer connected to the data. Luckily, this was quite rare (it happened to me 3 or 4 times) and restarting the phone fixed the problem. I still don’t know what caused the problem: perhaps it was a service provider issue? We’ll talk about this in our next article.

To sum up, I’m still very much in love with this device. I’ll have to see if it's still just as good in the long-term (for 3 or 6 months perhaps). However, I’m not sure if I’ll be one to write that article as I will most likely be writing a review on a new phone.

Have you bought this phone? What do you think of it?

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  • don t. Dec 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I was seriously considering the 3T. But like most manufacturers, audiophiles are given the back seat. So after very carefully comparing the 3T with the ZTE axon 7, I went with the Axon 7. Not only does it have hifi dacs and dolby atmos, which are important to me, but a much better superamoled screen, and memory expansion. If the next oneplus incorporates these items, I'll consider. Other than that, the 3T has most other phones, including pixel, beat hands down.

  • You are very.... How do you say it,..... A person that doesnt use your phone that much, so you cant give any reviews because you just dont care about someone elses opinions. So let someone else have a try, idiot.

  • When loosing mobile data, try tapping the mobile data short cut symbol 3 times and the data is back in use again. Did any one notice any automatic change in sound level like me which might result having some missed calls?

  • If you use kodi put the yatse widget on the shelf and it becomes very useful. As far as not having any marks, the gunmetal finish is flaking off on the side of mine. I got in touch with oneplus support who want me to send the phone in for repair but I'd have to go get a new sim for my old phone since I cut this one to fit.

  • Funny how I feel the exact same thing after a week of use :)

  • Excellent review, I know I'm definitely getting this phone, but does anybody know if you can replace the shelf feature with Google Now without having to change to the Google Now launcher because I like the look of Oxygen OS?

    • Yes, tapping and holding on any blank space on the home screen (No apps or anything) brings up a menu (like most Android devices) where there's a setting to disable the shelf completely. Not sure about Google Now, but you can always add a full screen widget.

    • I have OnePlus 3, you can turn off the shelf and select Google Now instead and keep everything else unchanged! That's what I've done. It's Brilliant!

    • Yes you can, just disable the shelf in settings and that's it, for google now just long press in home bottom.

    • Long press on the home button brings up Google now.

  • The loss of mobile data is a software something. I (and a number of people i know with the OnePlus One) have the same issue. Still not resolved.

  • This was the shortest review ever.

  • My son bought the OnePlus 3 just before the 3T came out, and he's very impressed with his phone. I am using a Galaxy Note3 at the moment and, while it is still in excellent condition, I fee like it's time for a new phone. However, I don't think I'll go for the 3T - I think I'll wait for the 4 (or could it be 5, as 4 is an unlucky number in Chinese?)

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