An O2 Guru meets the OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T has just hit the market. O2 Guru Chris Tweed’s been checking it out and it’s safe to say he’s pretty impressed. Here’s his take on the new phone on the block…

It’s really refreshing to see how a relatively small new company can generate so much hype around the release of their latest phone, it’s even better to see that it’s not even really OnePlus that’s creating the hype, it’s the consumers.

We’ve seen brands become popular due to their marketing campaigns and budgets being astronomical, they sell because they talk about themselves, a lot! OnePlus have started to become the phone of choice for more reasons than one but a big one is that recommendations from friends and family go a long way; it’s people talking about their OnePlus that’s giving this company the boost they deserve.

OnePlus are also very community-driven and like to make their phones for the people who have bought them, as it’s those people who will shape what the next phone looks like – which has led us onto this latest iteration, the 3T.

OnePlus 3T

The 3T is an incremental update as opposed to a totally new model; OnePlus were extremely proud of the OnePlus 3 – a device that’s still very much up to date – but as a company you can’t stand still, the technology is there to improve what they had, so why not?

Hardware advances at a very rapid rate, what’s brand new today is old hat in just a few months, so when is the right time to add that latest tech to your phone? 6 months? A year? For me the answer is simple: as soon as you can.

The main goal and driving force behind OnePlus is to make the best phone. Hardware is important, so the latest SnapDragon 821 processor is being used along with 6GB of RAM, front and rear 16megapixel cameras, Dash Charging that gets you 60% in just 30 minutes and a 1080p Super AMOLED display.

There’s also some really strong examples of craftsmanship in the hardware of the OnePlus 3T, like the hardware button for the Do Not Disturb mode which is handmade to fit each device, so it’s a perfect fit with no wiggle room or looseness to it. This button gives you a normal mode, priority mode and silent mode. It takes a handy software feature and brings it to the front of the phone so it’s simple to access and use. Speaking of call functions, it’s worth mentioning that the OnePlus 3T is dual-sim and unlocked, so if you have a work sim on a different network, or are travelling abroad, it’s easy to use two sims at the same time without the need for two phones.

Even if the OnePlus 3T didn’t boast an impressive set of hardware specs, the software alone could carry it. Operating software is important – done right it’s slick and speedy, doesn’t take up too much room and is simple and intuitive. That’s exactly what OnePlus’s Android overlay called ‘OxygenOS’ delivers and, combined with the impressive specs, it’s a winning combination.

Some really simple gestures on the standby screen – like drawing a ‘V’ to activate the flashlight and drawing a circle to start the camera app – demonstrate how the OS gives a great experience and show OnePlus’s commitment to creating the best phone. (Top tip: to turn these on or off, simply go to Settings > Gestures and tick the boxes for the gestures you want on, its that easy!)

OnePlus have announced that software versions on both the 3 and 3T will be the same and they’ll be treated as two versions of the same phone, it’s reasons like this that OnePlus is becoming a strong market contender and people appreciate their vision.

It’s very easy for me to say that the 3T is probably one of the best handsets on the market at the moment and offers unrivalled value for money, so if you’re looking for a well-built, easy to use and customisable handset this Christmas, the OnePlus 3T could be right up your street.

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