Video: OnePlus 6 first look
Last week ZDNet's Sandra Vogel posted the site's full review of the OnePlus 6 and the week before that OnePlus sent along a mirror black one for me to test. After just a couple of days of use, I ordered my own Silk White OnePlus 6 and after more than two weeks with this device I am going to have a tough time paying for a flagship again.
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While I mostly enjoy the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus after several weeks of use the battery life is a bit disappointing I'm not convinced it really is the best Android right now. I was hoping that HTC U12 Plus was going to be the one, but the haptic buttons are a fatal flaw that should convince HTC to pull it from the sales channels and try again. The LG G7 ThinQ, at $750, is back near the top of my list too with all of the flagship specs and a nice form factor.
The OnePlus 6 sold more than one million phones in just three weeks, which is quite a feat considering not a single US carrier has the phone in stores and it is only sold directly from OnePlus. After testing the Mirror Black one, I bought my own Silk White model and it is honestly one of the most gorgeous phones I have ever used with a back that feels more like a marble counter top than glass.
Here are several reasons to consider the OnePlus 6:
There is always something missing from a phone, especially ones that are priced hundreds less than the flagships from Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. There is no wireless charging, but honestly the fast proprietary charging provided by OnePlus is extremely quick at charging up a phone and the battery has easily lasted me a full day of typical usage.
There is no rating for the water resistance, but OnePlus states that it will survive the rain or a dunking. Don't take it swimming or submerge for extended periods, which is something you should not do even with a phone with an IP68 rating. It's nice to know I can use it in Washington State's often overcast drizzly days though.
OnePlus has dual cameras on the back and so far I have been satisfied with their performance. It seems to be a bit of a lost opportunity for the second lens to only help with depth effects rather than optical zoom, wide-angle coverage, or monochrome images, but maybe we'll see more with the next OnePlus device.
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The Silk White OnePlus 6 keeps selling out when OnePlus has a few more available, but it is worth checking the OnePlus Twitter account and keeping an eye out for availability. It is stunning and now that I've tested it out for a few weeks I am off to install the Android P beta since the OnePlus 6 is one of the devices officially supported by this beta program.