OnePlus 5: 7 things that would've made it better

It's here, folks — the OnePlus 5 has been unveiled and officially launched. Almost anyone who's into smartphones has heard of the company — the relatively young brand that split away from Oppo some 3 years ago and has since become famous for two things: affordable flagship-grade smartphones and sometimes questionable guerilla marketing tactics.

Last year, the OnePlus 3 really upped the manufacturer's overall game, with an ergonomic fully metallic body, a very notable camera improvement, and top-notch hardware. Of course, keeping with the OnePlus trend, its price was a fraction of the cost of a big-name flagship phone, too.

So, now, we have the new “flagship killer”. Since the number 4 is said to be bad luck, OnePlus skipped it and called the new handset OnePlus 5. It looks awesome, sure, and you can read all about it in the articles linked below. But we have a few gripes with the new metallic beast and would like to share them. Here goes:

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh



1. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I agree. Stereo speakers ftw. And it should be compatible with all carriers.

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

There is actually another prototype that they shown in the Verge video, it looks like the LG G2 and G Flex, with a glossy arc curved rear. It was interesting but, I still prefer metal to glass. It would not slide off the table though.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

First 8gb RAM smartphone, and PA complain about the price that cheaper than most flagship?

10. NoAllegiance unregistered

Nope, that award goes to Asus Zenfone AR.

4. Mellow

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

XDA reveals that OnePlus cheated once again in benchmarks with OnePlus 5 review units. Retarded OnePlus

16. skyline88

Posts: 699; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

just like you

5. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I would love to try out/get any of the Oneplus phones. Unfortunately, none of them are compatible with Verizon/CDMA networks. That seems like a huge missed market considering Verizon has one of the largest subscriber bases here in the US...

6. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

A mute switch. Whether it's a one step or Two step manuever... Is something I would never use.. I've never used a mute switch. I'm sure it's good for people that do. But I don't talk on the phone to begin with

8. Povea

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

You don't make phone calls?

15. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree... I mean I see when sometimes having that switch is a bit convenient, however my Sony device has automatic rules for "Do Not Disturb" such as calendar events, time at night and so on... And I rather personalize that...

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don't find the Oneplus 5 as appealing as the 3, when that was released. It's no longer a handset worth buying for me, in comparison to the Mi 6. The Xiaomi is not only cheaper in my country, it has optical zoom+bokeh like the iPhone 7 Plus (haven't heard the OP 5 having any optical zoom), splash-resistance, stereo speakers, and a more compact design. Sure the Oneplus has a metal body, DCI-P3 OLED display, 4k video recording option, mute switch, and a headphone jack; all the features that I really adore. But with that steep price over the Mi, I doubt it will be in my consideration.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Edit: 1080p@60fps video recording option*, not 4k

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

1 - Needs a new design - But you all love the iPhone. So my not copy it? If Apple doesnt see it as a copy, they wont say nothing. Why is'tt Apple suing OnePlus for a phone that is 99.9% identical vs they sued Samsung for a phone that was; not even close. I do agree they need a new design and we don't need any Android running iPhone's. 2 - IP rating against dust and water? Would be nice. I guess hey will use that on the next model, so the fans have a reason to upgrade. Just like Apple 3 - More colors? Black isn't enough now? Maybe a Product (RED) would have been awesome? 4 - A 128GB phone for under $600. Who else had this? But you're complaining the price is too high? Nothing stays cheap forever. Better parts cost more money. Or does PA not know this?! 5 - Stereo speakers on a smartphone is dumb. There simply isn't enough separation of the speakers to have stereo clarity. Its dumb. The phone comes with headphones. Phone tweeters sound like crap in all phones, I don't care how loud it is, because basically all 2 speakers does is give you more volume for their size. 6 - Better slow motion? Slow motion is gimmicky and pretty much useless. How about, record everything at normal speed and slow it down later if need be. 7 - A mute key? NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Just Noooooooo! I am very happy with the quick toggle, which I already don't use. I can't even recall the last time I used the mute button on my iPhone.

12. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Too many articles about one phone alone within a few hours. You sure like clutters, PA.

13. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I am dissapointed there are only 2 color options.

14. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Irrelevent! You prove OP5 is a very good phone. Does it have WiFi calling?

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