The new OnePlus 6 smartphone is being called an “iPhone X” alternative, but only much cheaper. According to Business Insider, people lined up around the block to get a chance to buy the phone on Monday.
“Those at the head of the line started lining up around 6:30 a.m., more than 12 hours before the store opened its doors. Others took days off work and travelled from New Jersey and Long Island to stand in line. There were even some tourists from Italy.”
The cheapest version, which has 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (doesn’t have microSD card slot) only costs $529. It has a 6.28-inch screen (it’s only HD instead of Quad HD), has a dual 16MP camera, and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo). So far, the OnePlus 6 has received excellent reviews.
CNET gives the hot new smartphone four stars.
“The OnePlus 6 is blazing fast, shoots amazing portrait mode photos, has a polished refined design and costs much less than other flagship phones.”
However, they don’t like the fact that the OnePlus 6 lacks waterproofing, wireless charging and has a shorter battery life than the OnePlus 5T. They also note that in the US, the phone doesn’t work on CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint.
Digital Trends gives the OnePlus 6 four-and-a-half stars.
“It doesn’t sacrifice what matters — speed, build quality, design, and features you want to use. If that’s not a reason to hand over your cash, we don’t know what is.”
Critic Andy Boxall likes the camera the most. He notes that there is a slow-motion video mode that has a maximum of 480 fps at 720p.
If you try and search for people who don’t like the OnePlus 6 through Google, you’ll have a hard time finding any negativity. And even my eyes have been glued to the OnePlus 6 for the past couple of days. However, I’m not in a rush to go out and buy it or request a review unit.
As mentioned previously, the OnePlus smartphone only has a 1080p screen. Of course, a 1080p resolution is still okay for a 5.5-inch phone like the iPhone 8 Plus. But that won’t be the case with a 6.28-inch screen, although those who really aren’t smartphone fanatics won’t mind.
But the big elephant in the room is the fact that the OnePlus 6 runs Android, a mobile operating system that has improved a lot over the years. However, it’s still not as good as iOS. You can say a lot about the iPhone and how it’s overpriced. But the fact is that it also runs the most capable operating system.
This isn’t to put a damper on your enthusiasm for the OnePlus 6 if you are considering it. Not everybody has the money for an iPhone. However, although you’ll be saving money, you won’t be getting as much of a deal as the numbers suggest.