Is the OnePlus 6 Worth It?

– Hey guys, this is Austin We are almost halfway through 2018, which means that flagship phones are coming

And to start out this new wave, we have the brand new OnePlus 6 So, in a world of thousand dollar flagships, the idea that you can pick up a phone like the OnePlus 6 for starting at $53000 means that you're really getting a lot of those same specs, a lot of the same features but at a much lower price But, as always, the question is, is it worth it? So, what we have here is the mid spec model So, not only is this going to have eight gigabytes of ram, but it's also gonna have 128 gigs of storage

This is in the Midnight Black color And if we remove the little sticky here, you can see that is, well, not only incredibly shiny, but the last time this will ever be completely perfect until I get my grimey finger prints on it So, if you put the OnePlus 6 side by side with the 5T, one of the main things you'll notice that instead of the metal back that they've had for quite a few years, instead we do have that all Gorilla Glass 5 look Now it is going to be slightly tapered on the back And honestly, it kind of feels nice, sort of similar to what you would find on something like the Galaxy S8, or Galaxy S9

Before we get too far into it though, I want to take a look inside the box And what we're going to find is not only our USB-C to USB-A cable, but also the rather large Dash charger Something that OnePlus has been known for for quite a few years now is the idea that they have some of the fastest charging phones out there Fire up the OnePlus 6, and the first thing you'll see is the notch Yes, my friends, like basically all smartphones of 2018 the OnePlus has gotten onto the notch train

But, I will say they've actually done it a little bit differently here So, the first thing you'll notice is that the notch is actually one of the smallest that you'll see Most of that is because there's really not a whole lot here besides the front facing camera, the light sensor, as well as your ear piece But something else to pay attention to is how small the rest of the bezels are So, there's basically nothing on the sides of the display

And even the chin is going to be really, really minimal Where this is really noticeable is when you put it side by side with the OnePlus 5T Even with the overall footprint of the phones, they're almost identical What you're getting here is going to be a little bit of a larger display because you don't have that forehead, and the chin is going to be smaller And because of that, you're going from a six inch display to a 6

3 in that same size body This guy is rocking a 63 inch, 2280 by 1080 AMOLED display That is going to be a slightly unusual 19 by 9 aspect ratio, but what it does mean is that while its not going to be the most high-res screen in the world, you are going to be something that, again, covers pretty much the entire front of the phone Now generally speaking, I feel like a 1080p resolution is pretty solid on a phone this size, however, because it is AMOLED, if you do look up close you're going to see some slight jaggys, it's not gonna be quite as sharp as something like a Galaxy S9 screen, but as soon as you get it more than a few inches away from your face, I think it's going to be totally solid

And, importantly, the screen quality itself is actually super-high with this guy So, not only is the OnePlus 6 color-calibrated straight from the factory, but you also do have extra modes inside the settings You can set it to the Default mode, which, to my eyes, a little bit oversaturated You also have sRGB, you have DCI-P3, as well as the Adaptive mode But, I like going to the Custom color and just tweaking it to be a little bit more natural

– [Voice On Phone] Now, with the S9, you're really not going to be losing anything They're also– – So, you will see that the screen, even when you do the custom profile, is going to be slightly oversaturated That's almost more of an OLED thing Now, speaking of OLED things, if you do look at it slightly off-axis you're going to see the viewing angles are good but not amazing, however, that's going to be pretty much any AMOLED panel But, what isn't going to be quite so great is the HDR playback

This does support HDR video, however it actually does it at a little bit of a choppy rate, at least on YouTube Don't get me wrong, though, this is an incredibly nice display In a lot of ways, it's right up there with stuff like the Galaxy S9 as well as the iPhone The only thing that really holds it back is going to be the slightly lower resolution But, as long as you're sort of at a normal viewing distance, it's really not going to be an issue

The OnePlus 6 does still have dual SIM card slots, which is definitely appreciated, but you do not have any kind of microSD expandability If you want any more storage, you're going to have to buy it ahead of time But, thankfully, it's actually not going to be that pricey The base model, at $53000 does have 64 gigs of storage, but another $50

00 will bump you up to 128, and if you wanna spend another $10000, you're going to be getting 256 gigs of storage Pretty reasonable in my opinion Take a look at the bottom of the phone In addition to the USB-C port, you're also going to find the headphone jack

Yes, my friends, a high-end phone in 2018 that does come standard with a headphone jack ("Hotel California" by Eagles) One thing the OnePlus 6 does not have is a great speaker So, like the previous models, there's only going to be a single mono speaker that fires down It's going to be reasonably loud, but it would be really nice to join the rest of the high-end flagships by adding a front-firing speaker up top that doubles as your speaker grill thing, whatever they call it, headset, what, I always forget what it's called The stupid, uh, ear piece, ear piece

Now, because we do have a glass back, the phone is fairly slippery, but there's actually going to be a fairly hard chamfer on the side, which does kinda give you a little bit of grip And something else the OnePlus really nailed are the buttons This is not something I talk about very often because, well, for the most part, a button is a button, but not only are they going to be pretty raised up, but they're not going to be flush at all, but they're nicely spaced, and they actually feel really good There's this nice tactile click And, especially with the volume rockers and as well as the little OnePlus slider that will turn on and off the mute or the vibrate switch

Everything feels really solid They did a good job here The fingerprint sensor around back works just as you would expect, so it is going to be right below the camera bump, which is a little bit large on the phone, but just kinda helps you find the fingerprint sensor And, on top of that, this does also have an upgraded version of Face Unlock Now, it's not going to be as secure as something like the iPhone X, but it does work pretty well

So, I kinda hold it up here and hit the button, it pretty much immediately unlocks as if I didn't even have a passcode Maybe not the most secure thing in the world, but it is definitely fast This is the first time the OnePlus has gone with an all glass construction for one of their phones And it does look pretty nice and allow them to do multiple colors The Midnight Black is interesting looking even though it is going to be super, super fingerprinty

However, there are going to be some interesting trade-offs So, yes, it feels nice in the hand, especially because it is going to be curved on back, but it's not really going to be all that unique It's very, very common for flagship phones, and even some budget options to go with a glass construction in 2018 Now, the trade-off when you go with glass, even with something high-end like this Gorilla Glass 5, is that you're going to be losing some durability Now, of course, you can get sort of micro-scratches and stuff, but that kinda happen on any phone

The real worry is if you drop it, you could totally shatter not only the front, but also the back of the phone The worst part is, you're really not going to be getting anything besides the aesthetics So, while a metal phone generally will not allow you to wireless charge because the metal will interfere, most of the time a glass phone will However, for some odd reason, OnePlus decided to opt out of adding any kind of wireless charging capabilities to the OnePlus 6 Sure, it's got the super-fast Dash charging, and honestly I end up using sort of normal wire charging a lot more than wireless anyway, but it would be really nice to have that option, especially considering that it's not even that expensive

It's kind of weird that they didn't include it Now, there is going to be some waterproofing inside the phone, however, OnePlus did not opt to do any kind of IP67 or IP68 rating Basically, what that means is that it actually might not be that far off from something like an iPhone or Galaxy as far as being waterproof, but if you actually get it wet and kill it, it's not going to be warranty supported, so you're on your own on that one There are some other nice features, including a full RGB notification light, as well as an ambient display mode So, like something like the Pixel or the Galaxy S9, you can see, at a quick glance, your notifications and the time, and date, however, unlike those phones, it's not going to be always on

You're going to either have to tap the display or actually raise it up for it to trigger Inside, you're going find full flagship level specs So, it's going to be rocking a Snapdragon 845 processor with eight cores, as well as either six or eight gigabytes or RAM, depending on which model you pick up Now, in the Android space, that's about as good as it gets It's right on par with something like the Galaxy S9, and if you look at it side-by-side with other phones like the iPhone as well as the OnePlus 5T, it does do a pretty solid job

The performance, generally speaking, is very good, exactly like you would expect with this level of specs So, the UI is going to be nice and smooth And one of the nice things is is that with that kind of level of performance, you are going to be future-proof to some degree, especially with these kind of graphics A lot of games in the future should run pretty well on the OnePlus 6 The OnePlus 6 is running Android 8

1 Oreo, with OxygenOS on top Now, it's going to be a fairly light skin so, generally speaking, OnePlus doesn't add a lot of bloat, and they add actually legitimately useful features And, one of which has to do with the notch Now, if for some reason you hate the look of a notch, you can actually turn it off in the settings All you need to do is go into the Notch display option and hit Hide the notch area

What that will mean is that any kind of app cannot actually take advantage of that top area Although, thankfully you are still going to able to use stuff like your status bar, and everything that's going to be tucked up in the corner There's also going to be a built-in reading mode So, you can turn this on for the entire OS or just for specific apps, but, once you turn it on, it turns everything full grayscale, and it warms up the display just a little bit It kind of looks like you're reading off of a newspaper

Now, this is going to be a little bit of a niche option, but especially where you're sitting in bed late at night and you don't wanna sort of sear your eyes with super bright colors, it actually is pretty calming, although you probably wanna use this for text and not video There's not a lot to complain about with the software on this guy Sure, you're not going to be getting Android updates quite as fast as on a Pixel, but OnePlus does have a good track record for keeping things up-to-date in a reasonable time frame And, on top of that, you're also going to be getting a pretty bloat-free experience As far as the cameras go, while on paper it looks very similar, the OnePlus 6 has seen some major upgrades

So, around back you're still going to be getting a 16 megapixel main sensor as well as a 20 megapixel telephoto option, but that main sensor's been upgraded with not only optical image stabilization, but it also is now going to be a little bit larger than it was before So, if we line up a shot here of Ken, we're gonna see that not only does the HDR immediately pop up, but something that's really impressive is that it takes pictures fast Feel like I've been using a lot of budget Android phones that take a while This one's pretty much instant This shot's actually pretty nice, too

Does a really good job of keeping in all of those highlights with HDR There's really not anything that we're missing So, with the telephoto camera, we're going to be losing a little bit of sharpness, but I'm actually not that disappointed A lot of times with smartphones that do have dual cameras, while the main camera might look great, a lot of times when you switch over to the 2X zoom, it doesn't look so great But, this is not bad at all

So, something else that the OnePlus 6 has now is going to be a portrait mode So, if we switch over to it, it's going to turn on the depth effect, although, interestingly, it's actually using it on the wide-angle camera Okay, let's give this a try Oh, perfect, there we go A wonderful shot of lots of hearts behind Ken

That's, man, that's a special one right there If we look at the standard portrait mode, though, what we're getting here is something that looks okay, but you know it's not really that great First of all, I like it when a portrait mode will use the telephoto camera It's a little bit more of a compressed focal length I guess would be the correct phrase, but this, man, the edges are all just blurry Nah, this is not great

Get some good light and you can actually get a ton of detail out of these photos If you look up close to the little fibers on the leaf, they're super clear, and super crispy Something else I'm really appreciating with shooting with this camera is that there's very little latency when it comes to taking a shot, or especially when it comes to viewing your images, everything is pretty much instant So, if you wanna take a couple shots, quickly make sure you got the thing, and then move on right back into the camera, there's really no lag We're also going to be getting some pretty decent slow motion options

So, the OnePlus 6 will shoot up to 4k at 60 frames per second, and when you slow that down it looks pretty nice But, if you really want some proper slow motion, you're going to be getting either 720p at 480, or my personal favorite is 1080p at 240 frames per second You're still getting decent quality, but it's going to slow down and still give you that cool look I mean, this is cool, right? Switching up cameras for a second, this is what 4k video looks like on the OnePlus 6 Now, importantly, we do have that optical image stabilization, which especially when you're shooting 4k is super helpful, but it's pretty much useful for any kind of smartphone video

You guys can see as we move around a little bit, it should be reasonably smooth So, is the OnePlus 6 worth it? At a little bit over $50000, you're getting the entire flagship experience Now, yes, there are going to be a couple things missing, such as the lack of wireless charging, but when you consider that this is going to cost a lot less than a lot of other flagships that perform very, very similarly, it's kinda hard to argue that this is not the definition of being worth it

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