Results: the OnePlus 5 - yeah or meh?

The OnePlus 5 has been announced and is even already in the hands of some eager early adopters. The small, one-product company managed to, again, stir up tons of hype around its device and with good reason — it is brim-packed with hardware. Snapdragon 835, 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB / 128 GB of storage, 16 MP + 20 MP dual camera on the back, 16 MP camera on the front, $479 starting price — it may be more than last year's "flagship killer" but certainly well below the competition.

Yes, the handset has some spectacular specs on paper, but it also stirred some controversy. iPhone 7 Plus-inspired looks, benchmark cheating allegations, and actual zoom of the telephoto lens are in the midst of all conversations right now.

But are these things really that bad on a budget phone? We thought we'd ask you what your first impressions of the OnePlus 5 are and here's how that poll went down:

What do you think about the OnePlus 5?

Looks mighty promising!

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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. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

The one plus have really been going down hill lately, prices are going up little by little each gen, while they are slowly loosing their design language too.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

A sub $500 phone with top notch internals is going downhill? Yet its okay for a barely better galaxy and an iphone to be priced at $900+?

6. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Right. Literally every review agrees it performs better than other flagships including the GS8. For $500, it's steal IMO.

14. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The only thing your One PLus 5 performs better than the GS8 is the price. Lets not talk about the GS8+ version either.

17. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

OnePlus 5 literally has better performance than the GS8 and GS8+.

18. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Define performance in what way??

19. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

The S8/S8+ is a laggy mess. The phone literally is a horribly performing phone considering the pricetag. The Pixel, Nexus 6P, Mate 9, iPhone 7, G6, and others ALL outperform the S8 while costing less. 1. Dropped frame rates 2. Stutter 3. Lost frames during games I'm not even trying to joke around here, but the S8 performance is crappy as hell and every consumer should avoid this phone. Look, the exynos version can't even play san andreas. PATHETIC: Lebron is saying the OnePlus 5 beats the Samsung in every aspect of real world performance. On even swipes, the GS8 is prone to heavy lag.

22. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. Anybody who says otherwise is either a fanboy or living in denial.

25. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

You are only nitpicking links and articles like what trolls do, name me any phones and I can to find YouTube and xda links about how bad it performs. After 2 months the same will happen to one plus 5. The GS8 having SD card support, waterproofing, better after sales, higher resolution screen for vr is enough to make it a better phone. Everything else is subjective. Like I said before, the price is the only thing going for one plus 5.

33. royaldragonss

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2016


23. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I must say I do find it quite alarming that PhoneArena seems to be spending time posting articles that are bashing on the OnePlus. Not that I don't think any phone is above any kind of criticism, but the amount of articles I've seen posted I think go beyond what they've posted for other devices. For example, PA posted one article that says "5 phones you should consider other than the OnePlus 5". While that is a legitimate article, I don't remember seeing that same article pop up for every other major phone release. Then there is another whole article saying the OnePlus fails on video stabilization. While I have seen these issues raised in reviews, again I don't remember seeing whole articles dedicated to these issues. It's perfectly fine for them to do so, but I do feel that equal criticism/amount of articles should therefore be spent on other products as well.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 7213; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I have seen a similar article for every major phone released.

35. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That isn't really true. While it is true they have done some in the past, they haven't been consistent on what phones they do it for. The only other time they released an "alternative" list this year was for the Nokia 3310 (which just so happened to be a phone they reviewed as being inadequate).

38. GREATexpectations

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Indeed. Not only is this alarming, it also exhibits the utter lack of journalistic objectivity and professionalism of Phonearena. In fact, I find it rather distasteful.

3. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

about the design- they are Chinese, what did u expect. About the price- components arent getting cheaper either. I also believe they wanna start making a little more profit as they seem to have gathered a customer base

11. GREATexpectations

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

So apparently all Chinese are copycats? Are you denying that Mi Mix or Lenovo's Yoga laptops are innovative designs in their own right? Way to go, generalising a whole nation of people with broad brush strokes, not to mention attributing a particular character trait to a nationality. Such blatant xenophobia and ingnorence sickens me.

27. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

60% dont like. DOA! wow thats a record fail!

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I bought the OnePlus 5. Why? - stock Android with premium specs - every review mentions how fast the phone is and how buttery smooth it is compared to higher priced phones - audio quality is strong - battery life is strong - 1080p is a plus for me - strong build quality and durability - 8gb of RAM. Some say it's overkill, but coming from a 6gb ram phone, I can assure you it's great to have - Only $540 for a Snap 835 Not sure what all the hate is about, but I personally think this is one of the best phones available right now, especially given it runs stock Android.

9. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Oh just stop convincing people to buy that low class copycat counterfeit product. That joke doesn't even come closed to my S8, not to mention the price is also as high as premium flagship. You're a fool if you're taking this garbage.

13. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I found a sick Korean.

21. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Enjoy your laggy phone.

26. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

@LebronJamesFanboy 1. stock android smartphone will perform faster than custom rom. It is a personal choice. Many find stock android boring. 2. Battery life is strong on OP5. But s8+ is not a nexus 5. 3. S8+ has much better screen and breathtaking design. So no comparison with op5. 4. S8+ has better camera, water resistance. 5. S8+ has better customer service. 6. S8+ has higher price but also provides bigger screen. OP5 is a good smartphone. But you can not say that it is better than s8+. I would never spend $500 on a brand like op5 who consider their customers as dispensable. Showering praise on their customer service during presentation is a different thing. In reality as an ex oneplus user, i have seen what happens. But it is just my opinion. It may not matter to you.

28. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

- 1080p is a plus for me thats like saying " I have a POS car but it gets me to where I need" no flagship has a 1080p screen. NONE! all are QHD. ALL! $550 is a ripoff price. seeing as this got 60% meh rate, thats VERY high. the majority thinks its crap.

31. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"no flagship has a 1080p screen. NONE!" Ever heard of the iPhone? Just in case you haven't, it's still using a mediocre 750p display in 2017.

43. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

android... iphone does wtf they want.

39. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The performance is a hoax. The design is an iPhone 7 rip-off. The camera is a lot worse than its rival The price is again increased. You just cannot trust that company. So I'll sit this one out. I'm still happy with my Honor 8 so there is no need to upgrade.

41. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

I thought they said that Android still has no capabilities to utilise 8GB of RAM? Nevertheless, sounds good to have :)

5. surethom

Posts: 1665; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I love every aspect of the Oneplus 5 especially the bigger 6gb ram to stop Android Stutter. But there is 1 major thing stopping me purchasing it, No Stabilization on 4k video there is no reason, will OnePlus add EIS via a software update?

32. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Android stutter due to custom skin and not due to lack of RAM. Even motorola e2 did not stutter which had only 1gb RAM. Stutter will always be there as long as custom skin is not optimized. You can put 10gb RAM, it won't matter.

7. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Choosing ram capacity . What is that for ? Is it laptop . Give us one thing that works the best .

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