OnePlus 7 Pro Sounds Better On Paper

OnePlus 7 Pro

When I first heard about the OnePlus 7 Pro, which CNET called the best Android phone value of 2019, I was excited. After all, for $700, you get a phone that has a pop-up camera in front, a triple-lens camera in back, and a UHD 6.7-inch screen. Is the excitement worth it? Here are my first-impression thoughts.

  • This thing is heavy. Almost massively so (in terms of the smartphone world).
  • If I had this, I could use it to do some bicep curls (exaggerating just a little bit, of course).
  • Yes, the screen is beautiful. Is it the best display on the smartphone? I don’t think so. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ may not have as many dots per inch, but it’s still more crisp.
  • I really like the idea of the pop-up camera on front. That way, there is no notch or cut-out on the front edge of the screen. Still, this engineering decision might have led to the  extra weight.
  • Typing on the keyboard isn’t exactly that easy. One could probably get used to it, but….
  • The volume rocker is a little bit difficult to press.
  • The design of the screen is cool, but curvy screens often don’t do well outside, since the edges easily reflect sunlight.
  • I like that the screen has a 90Hz display. It really makes things buttery-smooth when scrolling. It reminds me of the iPad Pro.
  • The 90HZ display would be great for gaming, but would anyone really feel comfortable gaming on this device?
  • I wasn’t able to test the fingerprint reader with my own finger. But the guy who showed it to me was able to log on instantly with his fingerprint — faster than I can with my Galaxy S10+.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a strong build.

  • Though it feels heavy, the OnePlus 7 Pro also feels premium. Just don’t drop it!
  • This phone begs for a digital stylus.
  • The stereo speakers are very good. There isn’t as much sound separation as there is with the Galaxy S10 and S10+, but the sound is still very good.
  • It allegedly records with stereo sound, but I wasn’t able to test it.
  • Videos looked slightly shaky, but that could possibly be changed in the settings.
In general, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a good value. However, it doesn’t quite blow me away like I expected. Unfortunately, I think the weight is the Achilles heel of the smartphone. Still, others may disagree. But to be honest, I really don’t have an interest in pursuing a review unit in order to do a full review. And that should say something. 

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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