The OnePlus One was a great success when it was announced however the OnePlus 2 came with hell lot of expectations but failed to impress the audience and the OnePlus x is no exception. Enter the OnePlus 3 in June 2016, it was more like a do or die game for the company as they were in situation of losing their customers reliability.
The Rest is history as the OnePlus 3 came on to Storm the market with it’s unparalleled spec sheet and performance. It was truly a game changer not only for the company but also redefined the meaning of a Flagship smartphone. So, here I’m reviewing the device, after one year. Let’s have a look at the device, whether it’s still delivering like a Flagship.
The OnePlus 3 was not an S8 or a mi mix when it comes design. That doesn’t mean it was an ugly looking device. The build is decent and it’s comfortable to hold in the hand. After one year, the back has some minor scratches now. Apart from that, the device feels solid as it was in the beginning.
The display was a 1080p FHD Optic AMOLED and it feels like the display is slightly aged now. The brightness and saturation are okay but the vibrance of the display has slightly declined.That said, it is still one of the best 1080p panels out there and perfectly fine for day to day usage.
If there’s onething that could separate the OnePlus 3 from the flagships like pixel and S7, then that is camera for sure. The 16megapixel rear facing camera had seen a slight increment after the nougat update. The low light performance is slightly better and the shots came out to be okayish though they’re not comparable with pixel and S7. The front camera offers kinda same performance as it did in the beginning.
The Snapdragon 820 had proven it’s prowess in the past and it is still one of the snappier SOCs one can afford. Though oxygen OS4.1 has several bugs , those can be negligible amid, buttery smooth transitions and top notch memory management. Games still run flawlessly with almost zero lags or framedrops and most importantly without heating.
Coming to the battery backup, it has never been a selling point of this device. The device came up with a 3000mAh battery and it delivered almost a day battery life(moderate usage) in the beginning. After the string of updates, the battery life has further been depreciated now with users complaining random battery drain issues overnight. This problem is common in almost every OnePlus 3 handset and personally we did experience it as well.
Coming to the conclusion, the OnePlus 3 is still a good device ( but not a great anymore)with it’s own flaws. Even after a year, OnePlus did manage to cut the price by just a 1000bucks speaks the volume of the success for the device. With OnePlus 5 round the corner , the 3 and the 3t are more like a story of the past as of now.A story filled with Nostalgia😊
Note: The device is being sold via amazon.in for ₹26,999.