Call quality


There’s nothing special to say about call quality with Galaxy S8+. There may be just a bit of getting used to, due to the earpiece being situated on such a thin piece of bezel, but it’s by no means an issue. Voices through the earpiece tend to sound OK.

Call quality on the OnePlus 5 is solid. We had no issues on both ends: voices in the earpiece are sufficiently loud and clear, easy to recognize with their natural tonality, and the mic output is also crisp and clear, so callers on the other end will not have any problems hearing you.

Battery



There's a 3,300mAh battery running the show on the OnePlus 5, which is a bit of a step back from the 3,400mAh cell on the OnePlus 3T. However, since the new phone is powered by the Snapdragon 835, which wastes less energy than the 821, it holds big promise for battery longevity. There is also no extra battery strain from the display – the OP5 runs on Full HD, not Quad HD resolution.

The OnePlus 5 scored one of the best results of any flagship in our tests: 9 hours and 18 minutes of screen on time, trumping devices like the iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel XL, LG G6, and the Galaxy S8+.

The S8+ is powered by a larger, 3500 mAh battery, but due to its bigger, more energy-hungry display, it doesn't do as good in our battery tests.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
OnePlus 5 99
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99

Conclusion



If you're not willing to pay extra for Samsung's ultra flashy phone, then it should be a no-brainer – the OnePlus 5 is the one for you. And even if you're willing to pay more, but you're not a fan of the curved screen on the S8+, or the new aspect ratio, the OnePlus 5 is still one of the best options out there, considering the price point.

At $539 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option, the OnePlus 5 is sure to appeal to many, but its shortcomings should be kept in mind. Although it delivers on the hardware front, offering stellar performance and lots, and lots of RAM (because where would we be without 8 gigs of RAM in our pockets?), its camera is a mixed bag, even when compared to that of its predecessor. Further, OnePlus' decision to mount the display of the OP5 upside down, thus causing the whole "jelly" scrolling debacle, just boggles the mind.

The Galaxy S8+, on the other hand, is a top-of-the-line device with ambitions (and price) to match. It does have its own issues as well, such as the occasionally iffy performance while interacting with the UI, but it is an all-around more polished package as a whole. And at its asking price, we would expect no less of it.

OnePlus 5

Pros

  • Great price-performance ratio
  • Dash charging is very fast
  • Lots of storage
  • Solid battery life
  • Very loud loudspeaker

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Display is very bright and sharp
  • Best in class camera
  • IP68 rated


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