OnePlus 3 Q&A: Your questions answered!

Kept you waiting, huh?

Well, we did take our time in order to answer your obscure and niche questions about the OnePlus 3! You asked a lot, we answered a lot, and the results are right below.

PA: Oh, no, not at all, it's too narrow! There's an infuriating 3.5mm gap between the edges of the pre-applied screen protector and the frames of the phone. Needless to say, that was driving us crazy. You'd probably want to peel it off as soon as possible and go bare and put a slightly larger one yourself.

Check out how narrow the screen protector is in the two images below:

PA: The OnePlus 3 definitely delivers in terms of image quality. It's as good as any flagship out there, be it the Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, the LG G5, or the latest iPhones. There are certain minor flaws, such as oversaturation and unrealistic color reproduction in some scenes, but overall, we are content with it. Good job, OnePlus, you surprised us in a most pleasant manner this time! However, if you're regularly shooting videos, have in mind that you will be a bit disappointed with OnePlus 3's video-recording capabilities — the stabilization is almost non-existent when you're shooting and moving. Detail reproduction also left us wanting more. 

PA: A lot of ink got spilled on OnePlus 3's display already, but here goes. No, although the display of the phone is far from perfect and acceptable even, we generally did not observe any game-breaking artifacts. The pixel density is far from the best we've been treated to, but it's acceptable and text appears rather readable. True, the current color calibration of the display is horrible at best, but we know for a fact OnePlus will be fixing that with a software update pretty soon. The bottom line: the display is not perfect, but let's not forget we are talking about a $400 phone.

PA: Here's what one of the OnePlus ROM developers revealed on the matter during a recent Reddit IAmA session: "Data is only every active on one sim card at a time, so the network of the second card doesn't matter. If your second sim's carrier does not support 2g you will still be able to make calls and send text with the second sim while using data on the primary or whatever combination works for you". 

So, no.

PA: The two are quite similar spec-wise, though it should be mentioned the Zenfone 3 Deluxe throws in a microSD card slot, a 5.7-inch display, and USB 3.0 to the mix, making it a slightly better-spec'd device. Chances are the Zenfone 3 Deluxe will be priced at $499 for the 64GB version, so the OnePlus 3 should be your pick if you're on a tight budget. 

PA: To each his own, but we kind of feel that the OnePlus 3 has the upper hand here. Although we hate to use that one word here, the OnePlus 3 feels a bit more "premium" than the Xiaomi offering. With its aluminum body, which feels pleasantly solid in the palm, the OnePlus 3 will remain in pristine condition even after you handle it with your greasy fingers, while the Mi 5 will quickly score lots if unsightly smudges in the same scenario.  

PA: Apart from instilling exclusivity, it was initially used to micro-manage the supply and demand. Luckily, it's gone for good. Well, to each his own, JGuinan007, no one's pointing a gun to your head!

PA: We bet it will! Rooting does not void warranty, unlocking the bootloader is easy-peasy, and OnePlus is actually encouraging savvy users to tinker with the device!

PA: There is no one-handed mode. Yes, you can set quick shortcuts to open particular actions when you double press or long press the home, recents, and back button.

PA: Yes, OxygenOS is quite user-friendly. It's very similar to stock but has a nice array of added customizability features and functionalities that improve the user experience. To answer your next question - the phone's RAM management is pretty aggressive and using it feels like you're using a 4GB OnePlus 2, for example. That's easily fixable with a simple tweak that requires a rooted device. And finally, yes, you can snap RAW photos with the OnePlus 3.

PA: True, OnePlus is lagging behind in the numbers game, but we won't be judging too hard. Actually, we won't be judging at all - a Quad HD display, an accurately calibrated one, would have made the OnePlus 3 more appealing. Still, its price would have increased, too. The 1080p one we got is decently sharp - we are pretty content with it at this point. 

PA: Well, we know for a fact that there's a standard 12-month warranty for the OnePlus 3. However, customers can opt for three extended warranty options that also cover accidental damage to the device, which is nice: 

— On-Guard 12 for $20 - Coverage in the event of mechanical/electrical breakdown, after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.
— On-Guard Plus 18 for $65 - Accidental damage coverage (drops, spills and cracks) from day one, for a total of 18 months after the day of purchase.
— On-Guard Plus 24 for $80 - Accidental damage coverage (drops, spills and cracks) from day one, for a total of 24 months after the day of purchase.

You probably won't damage the phone if you use it in a light drizzle, but we wouldn't take it out when it's raining cats and dogs, that's for sure!

PA: Yes, it does, the option is right there in the Settings menu. We suppose that once you plug your USB drive in the OnePlus 3... magic will happen! Jokes aside, it should function as expected.

PA: We don't know if OnePlus will release weekly updates to further polish OxygenOS. Still, there's a silver lining: we are certain that the modding community will take the matter in its own hands, one way or another!

PA: We'd call it "great". It's pretty fast and unlocks the phone immediately after we place our fingers on it. We are yet to experience a hiccup or a delay during the process.

PA: Well, depends. If you can afford a OnePlus 3, a Galaxy S7, an HTC 10, or an LG G5, you will probably want to get as much bang for the buck as possible. We think the one that does this will be either the Galaxy S7 or the HTC 10, as they perform better in a few key areas. That'd be display quality and battery life, which are weak aspects of the OnePlus 3.

However, if you are on a more limited budget, then the OnePlus 3 is definitely the one to pick. 

PA: Nope.

PA: Yes, it currently has some issues. The RAM management is easily fixable, while the display calibration will be tweaked to the sRGB color standard by OnePlus with an upcoming software update soon

Well, on a scale of 1-10 we'd give the iPhone 6s Plus display a 9, while the OnePlus 3 gets a... 3!

PA: You probably could, but you'd have to go through a third-party reseller. We would generally advise you against that, but if you are firm you about your decision, at least look for a reputable online store!

PA: We're still #TeamDeutschland, BobLawblaw! 



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'm not trying to butter PA, but I like this Q\A "Sessions"... No other tech site or blog would go into such troubles! Hats off!

2. bigboss

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

As for the display calibration I want to say something here. I understand that the display is not accurate and everything. But I feel it is still not the worst display among the flagships in the last two years. That is specifically because of the fact that most of the AMOLED screens look that saturated by default on most devices, and people tend to love AMOLED for that saturation in spite of being inaccurate. I feel that OnePlus understands that people like that saturated color (like default Samsung Adaptive mode) and that is why it was done in that way. What I am trying to say here is that while the display is not accurate and bad for photographers it is not "terrible", "unusable" for most people. I rather feel that people will love the color as they tend to love Samsung Adaptive mode. I also feel that the colors can be calibrated to sRGB mode as the display probably already supports the full sRGB spectrum. Now why I am saying this here ? The original review thread has become inactive. I want people to respond to my post.

6. lionking80

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 13, 2015

In my opinion you are absolutely right. I have a Galaxy Note 2, and even if now i am not using the saturated colors mode, I was using it in the past just because I liked it more. I totally agree with you that the screen is probably the same as the one in Galaxy A7 (2016) and by software it probably can be tuned to sRGB. We will see if that is the case in the next update.

7. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Well , I had asked about the display having the very same reason in mind as you do . But after the reply I received above from PhoneArena and reading about OP3 at Anandtech, it seems they have used an AMOLED display that has lot of issues (which Samsung has managed to fix in their latest iteration of displays). Perhaps they are using an older generation display? I don't know .. Also , they seem to be adhering to NTSC instead of sRGB which is unacceptable to me and most people I know ( oversaturated sRGB would be fine , but not this). I will consider the phone again once the update to correct this issue is out and the phone is re-reviewed.

9. bigboss

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This is what that needs to be confirmed. According to PhoneArena measurements, it seems that the display hardware can display the srgb spectrum quite well. Calibration to sRGB should not be too much of a problem unless they are using a really bad AMOLED panel. According to Carl Pei it is the "best Full HD AMOLED panel" available. Time is going to tell whether it is true or not. One thing to say here though, it seems from the "beta sRGB images" released by OnePlus, that the whites are a lot warmer and closer to natural if you look at the windmills in the test image. Let's just hope that this really is a software issue, and gets sorted out soon.

10. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Reason of OP3 display criticism is their past performance - OP1 had near perfect display calibration. OP2 display degraded a little. OP3 display just went down the drain. Expectation is to improve with every generation instead of going worse. Note: I fully support OnePlus decision to stick with 1080p display...just make it RGB instead of pentile.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Thanks! Come to daddy op3!

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

OH PhoneArena.. You didn't answer my question... :P

11. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Aaaaah! Well, we will be putting it in the blender this afternoon, so...

5. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Great job phonearena We appreciate this kind of work We hope you continue this for atleast the major releases Keep up the good work!

8. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Thank you PhoneArena for this excellent Q&A session ! I will hold off buying OP3 until I see that software/ firmware update for the display. I hope to see a revised review for you all once the update is out ?

12. BobLawblaw unregistered

COYBIG!! We'll beat the French in the last 16!!!

14. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

15. c.y.a.n.i.d.e

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

1.Is the interface easy to use or to get apps from other devices?! 2.What does it mean to have "Oxygen OS"?is it just its UI's name or is it an OS?!

16. FishCZ

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 07, 2016

Hi, regarding question "Senthilg: "Do both nano sim slots supports 4G/LTE one at a time or only one supports LTE and other regular 2G?" Maybe its by my misunderstanding of english but I have a feeling that the PA answer to that question is bit inaccurate. Yes you cant have LTE on both sims at the same time, but the questioneer has asked a bit differently i guess. OP3 supports LTE in both simslots slots, they just dont work simultaneously. So while you have 2 sims inserted one has LTE, calls, messages, the other one has calls messages and 2G only, but in order to switch the second sim from 2G to LTE, for examplet while crossing borders, you dont need to swap your sim cards in the slots physically. you can simply go to the settings SIM cards menu and select which SIM should be used for data transfer. Source: OP3 tech support

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