I've now spent a month with the OnePlus 6T -- see my full review -- and I can't put it down. It offers a flagship experience at a price $300 to $400, or more, less than Android flagships and even has features that those more expensive devices don't.
If you are looking for an affordable Android smartphone, I can't say enough good things about the OnePlus 6T. T-Mobile sells the OnePlus 6T in retail stores so you can even go see one in person before you purchase it. It earned its way into the top five of my 10 best smartphones list and every day it confirms this status.
After purchasing my own Mirror Black one at T-Mobile, OnePlus sent along a Thunder Purple one to test out and it is stunning. The Silk White OnePlus 6 was my favorite material design of a smartphone ever, but that has been replaced by the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T. Unfortunately, I no longer see this model available on the OnePlus site, but the Midnight Black one also offers a matte finish glass back so feels much like the Thunder Purple model.
Also: OnePlus 6T review: Outstanding reception, solid battery life, and extremely fast performance make this one to buy
No phone is perfect and for $579 (the 8GB/128GB model I bought) there are some compromises. The OnePlus 6T doesn't support wireless charging, it doesn't have an official dust/water resistant rating, and the second rear camera doesn't provide wide-angle or zoom capability. However, there are a lot more features provided than missing and a few of these are minor features that many may not care about.
As I look back over the last month of use and towards the future, here are several reasons I love the OnePlus 6T:
The OnePlus 6T is also one of the first phones to launch with an in-display fingerprint scanner. It works well, but is honestly not as fast as a rear fingerprint scanner. However, it has performed well and in combination with face unlock does let you access your phone quickly.
CNET: OnePlus 6T review: A hero phone without the sky-high price
While I find the OnePlus 6T to be nearly perfect and the folks at CNET gave it an 8.9/10 rating, it is universally lauded by the press. The Verge wrote that the OnePlus 6T is the best Android phone to buy, Mashable stated that nobody builds a phone with so much bang for the buck, and a Business Insider writer switched from being a long-time iPhone user to Android thanks in large part to the OnePlus 6T.
The OnePlus 6T is fantastic and with my wife's Galaxy S8 randomly hanging up calls, changing sounds, and acting up, I am about to switch her over to the T-Mobile variant of the OnePlus 6T. If you are looking for an affordable Android phone with better than flagship performance then go get one now.
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