OnePlus 3 review: 15 key takeaways

Nobody was expecting a great new phone to shake up thing in the summer, a season usually known more for its leisurely activities than high-profile launches. Yet, the loud and ambitious start-up OnePlus surprised tech enthusiasts with the OnePlus 3, a $400 phone that runs in the same line as the best, twice-as-expensive phones out there.

What is it that makes the OnePlus 3 special, apart from its price, though?

We have already reviewed the phone in detail, but with a huge update that the company managed to push recently, and with an intention to bring you an easy-to-digest and appealing new review format, let us present you the key takeaways, all that you really need to know about the OnePlus 3. This is not us recapping the specs: these are our impressions after using the device and living with it. Take a look.

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh




Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The battery life is reported as average according to anandtech, and xda reports that it's even better than that, more so with custom ROMs and/or a dark theme; many users on xda report it being better than the OnePlus One and the 2, being able to get 6 and 7 hours of mixed use SoT. If your battery test is Web based, no wonder it's considered low by your standards. Gsmarena states you can talk for almost 33 hours continuously on a full charge, 13+ hours of local video, or a little over 8 hours of Web (using standard white themes and somewhat power hungry chrome browser). And we all know how easy it is to fix Web browsing times on an AMOLED phone. I personally don't see what's "disappointing" about its battery.

5. Furbal unregistered

I was on pace for 8 hours sot a few days. Average is around 4:30. My 6p barely made it to 3 with the same usage, same with my G5. Mate 8 gets ~6 on a normal day, 10 when seeing the same usage as the OP3's 8

10. nooi_c

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I have the same experience as Furbal. I'm happy with my Oneplus 3.

9. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I have the OnePlus 3 and I'm getting terrible battery life. There's no way I can get six hours of SOT out of the phone. After about three hours I'm in red and looking to recharge the phone.

2. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wakelocks contribute a lot to unpredictable battery usage. Oneplus may release proper doze mode in future that put everything to sleep.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

That's why you have apps like greenify. Standby time is easy to correct, and usually is due to how an OEM decides to regulate certain apps, namely the Google crap. What's great is that I calculated the daily drain of three snapdragon 820 devices. The Xiaomi Mi 5, HTC 10, and OnePlus 3. The OnePlus has strong usage times, but barely average standby (likely due to wakelocks and whatnot from Google stuff). HTC is the opposite. Xiaomi is above average in both. With the OnePlus, it'll use 400-ish mAh per day. The Xiaomi and HTC use 220-ish and 260-ish per day, respectively. The Xiaomi uses so little because the Google Apps aren't native to the phone (not system apps), and the HTC just has pretty good standby, but somewhat weak usage times. If you were to use greenify during screen off and regulate pesky apps like Facebook and messenger, then you could drop the OnePlus standby time to nearly 250mAh per day.

3. Radioraheem20

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

A few things 1: that line about the op3 being unable to stay alive through the night at 15% battery being a big problem, to the point that ppl might return the phone, is absurd. How about just PLUGGING IN THE PHONE when you sleep? I get poor battery life could be a prob during the day, but people complaining about how much a phone drops off at night on standby just makes me go huh? 2: the back button should be on the left of the home button. It's human cognitive logic: we've been trained to go left to right, from writing to reading books. Why shouldn't a back button on a phone be on left side of device and point left? Imagine if the back button on the Web browser is on right side of screen and to the right of the reload button... Ridiculous, right? Ain't nobody has ever thought the back button should be on right until Samsung pulled that crap.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I prefer the back button on the right side. I'm used to it, for one thing - all my phones have been that way even ones that aren't Samsungs. But mainly because I use the back button far more frequently than the menu button or app switcher, and it's much easier to reach with my thumb. Especially on a bigass phone like my Nexus 6.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7157; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Nightime a phone uses 1 to max 5% (with dnd my phones are using 0%), so it's a concern when 15% of battery isn't enough to run the alarm in the morning.

6. p51d007

Posts: 702; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

If you want to take your phone, out of the box, and USE IT, without having to have update after update, after update, to fix this or that bug, DON'T get any OnePlus device, until at least THREE months, after it is released. Still can't believe, that this being their FOURTH release (oneplus 1, 2, x, 3) people haven't figured out that the entire OnePlus thing was set up by Oppo, to test THEIR phones before release in China. They skimp on features (no external SD, no removable battery etc) to get the price down, toss em up at a giveaway price, wait for angry people to tell them what is wrong, fix it, sell another batch, wait for fixes for that, and once they think it's good to go, slap in the missing features, charge a higher price, place an Oppo logo on it, and release it to their core Asian market, as an Oppo phone. The OnePlus1, was the Find7, the 2, was suppose to be the Find9, the X, was the A something. It's just a cheap way to test the product, and offer a CHEAP higher spec phone. If you don't mind being a tester, then go for it. Otherwise, wait a few months after release, then get a bang for the buck on one you don't have to put up with the bugs. Just read the comments from their user forums section.

8. nhng80

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

The Find 7 came out before the OnePlus One if I'm not mistaken.....

15. p51d007

Posts: 702; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Nope, about the same time. Find7a/Find7 March 2014, OnePlus One, May 2014.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Uh, no. Those find phones came out at nearly the same time. OnePlus use to use simular construction to the find series in order to use preexisting production to cut costs. Since they have proven they sell big, they no longer have to do that. Thus, we have the OnePlus 3. I bet the next find phone won't look like it!

16. p51d007

Posts: 702; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

The OnePlus2, was SUPPOSE to be released as the Find9, but everyone knows what happened to the 810 processor....Oppo announced in December, that they were delaying the release, until the 820 chip came out. You can bet the 9, or whatever they call it, will come out soon, and, will spec out and look pretty much like the OP3. Hey, it's not a bad get a pretty good spec phone for a really cheap price, but, you need to know going in, that you will most likely, if you get one of the first couple batches off the line, have to put up with the bugs.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

None of the Find 9 leaks look anything like the OP3. You can't turn around and change a design that late in production. You'll find out that your theory isn't really correct. OnePlus delivered the OPO entirely too close to the Find 7 for it to be some kind of "test run." There wouldn't be any time to glean anything meaningful or make the changes.It would be a huge waste of R&D to just not release it at a time where you should have a ton of stock already made for an imminent release just because of the SD810

13. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I thought the oneplus 3 is supposed to be cool with the dash charger?

14. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I thought the oneplus 3 is supposed to be cool with the dash charger?

18. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I'm sure it is a great phone. But i do not think it will sell well. It is not a phone for the masses. It is a phone for technology enthusiasts. 1. Plain and masculine design. Only one color option. The iPhones and galaxies have a unisex design and color options for both sexes. 2. Even though stock Android is superior in terms of performance, it not quite appealing to all people. I personally do not like the white background and some of the icons design. And yes yes you can put a launcher or theme of course. I think people prefer a nice eye candy of the iOS or touchwiz or even sense to a plain vanilla android.

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Battery life has been good for me, 4-6 hours SoT most days. However If I play games a lot it can drop below that but you are talking 3 hours+ of gaming which in itself isn't that bad. Also Pokemon Go is a massive battery killer, high display brightness outdoors, GPS, 3d graphics and data constantly active is not a good combination. :-)

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