6 things that would have made the OnePlus 6 an even better phone

6 things that would have made the OnePlus 6 an even better phone
The new OnePlus 6 is not only an amazing bargain considering the powerful specifications that you get for the price, but it’s also a stylish phone with a very good camera that is a joy to use. For everyone who does not want to spend a fortune on a phone, yet still wants a flagship-grade experience, the OnePlus 6 is one of the first names that comes to mind.

Yet still, the OnePlus 6 is not a perfect phone. We’ve lived with the 6 for about two weeks now and have found some little things that could use an improvement to make this an even better experience.

So here are the 6 things that would make the OnePlus 6 even better.

  1. Better gesture navigation
  2. Wireless charging
  3. Compatibility with Verizon Wireless and Sprint
  4. Fingerprint scanner gestures
  5. Better loudspeaker quality
  6. Telephoto camera for portraits

1. Better gesture navigation

The biggest new feature in the OnePlus 6 software is without a doubt the option to use gestures to navigate your way around. Gestures are not the default option – you have the good old on-screen buttons – but if you want to make the most of that screen and if you are ready to try a new and different approach to navigation, you should head into Settings > Buttons > Navigation bar & gestures, and select the Navigation gestures option.

Currently, here is how gestures work: you swipe up from the bottom to go to the home screen, swipe and pause for multitasking and swipe up from the edge to go back. In reality, this method is far from ideal: the multitasking gesture requires you to pause for too long and is hard to get right, and the back gesture is done at the bottom of the screen where many apps have their own buttons and you can accidentally press that buttons instead of using the gestures. You get used to all of those things, but the experience is never quite smooth and perfectly fluid, and we definitely wish OnePlus refined the gesture navigation in the future. Good idea, but not great implementation.

2. Wireless charging

With most high-end phones in 2018 switching to a glass back, a material that allows for wireless charging technology, we are seeing more and more phones that don’t need to be plugged in to get a charge. And we have just gotten used to that convenience. That’s why we were disappointed to see that the OnePlus 6 – despite featuring a glass back and despite there being no obstacles preventing it from implementing wireless charging – does not have this useful feature.

And yes, the fast charging technology that OnePlus uses is indeed very neat, but nothing beats the convenience of not having to deal with wires, so wireless charging… it would have definitely made the OnePlus 6 better.

3. Compatibility with Verizon Wireless and Sprint

Verizon Wireless and Sprint are two of the four biggest carriers in the United States. Unfortunately, they still rely on CDMA technology and the OnePlus 6 still does not have proper support for these two carriers. And this is a shame: as cool as the OnePlus 6 is and as great of a bargain as it is, half the people in the US would not be able to get it simply because their carrier is not compatible. We wish OnePlus ironed these issues out and added support for these two carriers, but if that happens, it obviously won’t be in the OnePlus 6.

4. Fingerprint scanner gestures

What happened to fingerprint scanner gestures, OnePlus? The features was merrily available before, but is strangely missing from the OnePlus 6. To clarify, when we say fingerprint gestures, we refer to the most common swiping down on the fingerprint scanner that you get on other phones and that brings down the notification shade. Sure, it’s not a deal-breaker in and of itself, but it’s a convenience that you get used to so easily and that you then miss big time. Hopefully, it can be added via a software update in the future and OnePlus listens to our hopes and wishes.

5. Better loudspeaker quality

The OnePlus 6 has a single loudspeaker located on the bottom of the phone and it does a decent job, but yeah… decent, it’s not cutting edge level of performance and definitely not a “never settle” level of performance. While Apple, Samsung, LG and others have pushed the quality of their phone loudspeaker to a new level in 2018, OnePlus does not quite reach that highly raised bar. We don’t necessarily ask for a dual loudspeaker system (although we certainly don’t mind), what we want is better quality: louder, punchier sound with more definition and a richer output.

6. Telephoto camera for portraits

Yes, the OnePlus 6 features a dual camera system and yes again, it has “portrait mode” where it can blur the background and have your object stand out in the foreground. Unfortunately, though, the secondary camera on the OnePlus 6 does not have a “telephoto” lens, like on Apple and Samsung phones. Okay, we don’t want the same camera setup everywhere, but here are the advantages of a telephoto camera: it optically captures the features of a face in a more flattering manner, the nose of the person does not look as big as when you shoot on your typical wide-angle phone camera and the overall look of portrait shots is more appealing. So yes, even though you can shoot portraits with the OnePlus 6, they look best when they are not head shots, but maybe when the distance you took the photo from is a little further. And we do wish we had a telephoto lens. To be honest, in a perfect world, we dream of a triple camera setup with two additional lenses, a super-wide one and a telephoto one, and maybe we’ll get it one day, just not today.

Final words

And this wraps the 6 things that we feel would make the OnePlus 6 an even better phone.

What’s on your list of 6 wishes for OnePlus?

Share in the comments right below!

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1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I want a front FPS, no notch, metal back, IP 67 rating, and a 4000 mAh battery.

17. hopper

Posts: 80; Member since: May 08, 2017

lucky u, get a S7 active ASAP


Posts: 479; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Wireless Charging and an under the screen fingerprint reader are coming to the 6T just wait.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No iphone X design Slot micro sd IP 68 Stereo speakers (dual front ) HDR screen EIS on second camera

14. andrewc31394

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

microsd is much less reliable and slower. screen apparently is hdr and works for youtube

4. maherk

Posts: 7056; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Better performance in lowlight conditions

5. warrenellis93

Posts: 558; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

i wish it was a galaxy s8 or s9 +

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

1.Wireless charging. 2. Wide angle primary lens and telephoto secondary lens on back dual camera. 3. Quad DAC. 4. Under the display fingerprint scanner 5. 120hz hdr display. 6. Stereo speakers or boombox speaker like LG G7 ThinQ. 7. 3800-4000mah battery.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

8. $800+

9. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Yup and they could call it the OP 6 Premium. Instant buy for me with all those features :-)

8. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

My only real complaint on past OP phones, and this one, is the speaker placement. It’s right where my palm covers it in landscape. Oh, and they are physically too big. Like carrying a flip flop.

10. mrochester

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

iOS is easily the top of the list for making the OnePlus 6 a better phone. It’s just a shame for OnePlus they can’t use iOS. I guess that means I’ll have to continue buying iPhones whilst OnePlus keeps on using sub-par OS.

11. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

window iPhone 8.1 had a Flawless UX independent from. hardware with deevices with lees ram slow storage And poor CPU And GPU they dos ir with a dedicares thread un te os something android is missing

12. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I hope just not to see some of those features come to the 6T with an increase price tag of the phone like every model since op 5 came

13. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

YOu sound like pro-american now dear Victor : "Compatibility with Verizon Wireless and Sprint". Which is strangely odd because you are Bulgarian and I am reading this article from UK :) None of this apply to me .

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not to be offending but this site wasn't made to apply to you. It's mostly for US citizens.

20. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Strangely no apart from mostly US citizens which was funny to read .

15. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

maybe liek santa will liek bring demz

16. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018


21. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

Wot ess a apostrofee tard derd

19. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Come from a company that doesn't buy and sell your info w/out your knowledge. yeah, that would be nice

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