Pros:Excellent battery life and fast charging, stylish design, great performance and value for money.
Cons:No microSD, some delay for new versions of Android, most phone networks don't stock it.
MAVERICK OF THE SMARTPHONE WORLD OnePlus has bucked industry trends once again by releasing an improved version of its super-popular OnePlus 3 just five months later in the form of the OnePlus 3T.
As the geek's own tech brand, it has a strong and committed fanbase (possibly even more devoted than Apple's) and the firm took pains to listen to what those fans wanted to change about the OnePlus 3. Then they went away and did it, and now we have the OnePlus 3T.
As you might expect, given that we awarded the original OnePlus 3 a full five-star rating, we've been very impressed with its successor. It's essentially the same phone with some incremental upgrades, most significantly in the performance, power and selfie sectors.
Folks who bought the original OP3 might be vexed that the new version has essentially made theirs obsolete (OnePlus stopped selling the older device pretty much immediately), but for everyone else, the subtle tweaks have perfected what was already a very strong contender.
Indeed, this phone makes it hard to justify the price of competitors like the Google Pixel - to find out why, read on for our full OnePlus 3T review.
OnePlus phones have a recognisable look, to the point that you can usually distinguish one by sight (proof: all the people who come up to me on public transport excitedly asking "is that a OnePlus?"). This is mostly down to the range of official cases, which have been offering a stylish wooden look since all the way back to the OnePlus One.
The cases available for the OnePlus 3 also fit the 3T, as the shape and size of the phone is identical at 153x74x7.35mm and 158g. This means in addition to the Gunmetal Grey and Soft Gold handset colours, you can style up your 3T with a Sandstone, Bamboo, Black Apricot, Ebony Wood, Rosewood or 'Karbon' (carbon fibre pattern) aesthetic. Cases snap on and off easily, and add a little extra protection to the edges of the phone.
The default Gunmetal shade of the OnePlus 3T is a little darker than the Graphite of the 3, but they're otherwise different souls in the same body. The back of the phone reminds us very much of an HTC, with the clean curves of the aluminium unibody combining with darker antenna lines and a rounded square camera lens (how has no one made a Minion case for this yet?).
Button-wise, you'll find the etched iPhone-like Do Not Disturb switch on the top left with the volume rocker below. The right side holds the dual SIM tray (no microSD) and the power key. The bottom edge houses the six drilled speaker holes, 3.5mm headphone jack (take that, Apple/HTC/Motorola) and a USB-C port for the included Dash charger.
On the fairly spacious bottom bezel below the screen sits the oval recessed fingerprint sensor. Like the ones found on current HTC phones, it doesn't press in like a button, but it does vibrate. On either side of that are capacitive ‘soft' back and apps keys, with the fingerprint sensor doubling as a home key.
Fingerprint unlocking is hyper-fast and the phone remembers up to five different digits. The speaker offers decent sound quality but it's nothing special, with the holes easily muffled by the heel of your hand when holding the phone. Sound does go decently loud but loses clarity at higher volumes. Still, it's plenty good enough for most people's needs - cat videos aren't particularly bass-heavy.