With 16M pixels for both front and rear cameras, OnePlus 3T is really good tool to capture your life moments.
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Appearance

With most smartphones being white, OnePlus 3T ‘s black shell looks really delicate.
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Except the handset and front camera, sensors have been hidden inside, showing a sense of simplicity.

AMOLED screen is actually less blue that the picture.
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The home button can’t be pressed down, just as any of their smartphones.

But the button and screen used different materials (glass for screen and porcelain for home button), so the home button seems a little bit inconsistent.

The home button of iPhone 7 Plus can’t be presses down, either. But with an in-built TAPTIC ENGINE, its home button would react with different levels of vibration according to your strength.
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But the linear motor of OnePlus 3T only provides one level of vibration.

But it recognize finger prints really fast.
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The screen uses 2.5D glass. The dispensing layer (to absorb shakings) is really thick—it seems the company is afraid it may fall apart if user drops it.
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The color of shell is gunmetal (darker than normal grey) and really smooth to touch.
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It also has clear lines and an edgy look, guys may prefer a smartphone like this.
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The colors of OnePlus 3T looks really eye-pleasing.
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Although the metal shell is not very comfortable to hold.

The button in picture above is very special: you can switch between Mute/Silent/Ring. Innovative design like this is pretty nice.
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Unfortunately, the rear camera sticks out a little bit, making the smartphone very unstable when put on table.
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HydrogenOS

The desktop of HydrogenOS looks quite good.
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Great color schemes, cool layout. HydrogenOS 2.5 provides multiple choices, desktop mode has also been optimized.
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There is nothing really surprising except the Hydrogen Desktop.
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Slide to the right, you will access to Hydrogen Window (looks similar to iOS)

The UI seems simple. There is no Cloud access nor screenshots, using dual-system or using dual apps simultaneously is also not applicable.
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In conclusion, HydrogenOS 2.5 seems a half-finished system to me.

Now let’s look at its camera.

Camera
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This camera would be a flagship smartphone camera in early 2016 (like Xiaomi 5)

But this year, iPhone 7 Plus have obviously become the leader.

OnePlus 3T’s camera is fine, but not advancing.

Now let’s see photo samples.

First sample group: (shot in a cloudy day)
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From left to right:

Xiaomi Note2 > OnePlus 3T > iPhone 7 Plus

The white balance of 3T is terrible. Except that, the photo looks OK.

Xiaomi Note2 had trouble focusing on the flowers, but presented vivid colors.

The photo shot by iPhone 7 Plus was a little overexposed, the saturation was low, too.

Second sample group
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Xiaomi Note2 > OnePlus 3T > iPhone 7 Plus

Three pictures were quite similar.
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There is a HQ (High Quality) feature in 3T’s camera.

When you use this function, the camera would shot several pictures quickly, then generate one photo of higher definition. Is it really useful? Let’s have a look:
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The difference between HQ and Non-HQ photo of 3T is quite clear.

Despite its 16M pixels, 3T has a much lower resolution than iPhone 7 Plus and Xiaomi Note 2 (22.4M pixels).

Photos processed by 3T’s software is still not satisfying, which means hardware is much more important.
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3T’s official photo sample
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Charging

OnePlus 3T’s Dash Charge uses a 5V/4A standard (while that of Qualcomm is 9V/2A), it increases the current while decreasing the voltage.
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Picture above shows charging process of 3T, Samsung S7 Edge and Google Pixel XL. You can get 3T charged to 80% in 60 minutes while playing game. That’s impressive.

Anyway, if you want to want to use Dash Charge, you will need stick with OnePlus’s  Dash Power Bundle.

If you use other chargers, the charging speed of 3T will be much slower.
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Just like any other smartphone, OnePlus 3T is not perfect. It has a nice appearance and innovative Hydrogen OS system. But the camera is hardly satisfying.

With a few flaws, it can still be a cool choice for some consumers.

 

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