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OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T

from  $549+
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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

OnePlus continues to deliver great hardware and software features with the 6T. However,a sluggish in-display fingerprint reader and the controversial decision to remove the headphone jack might give you pause. The 6T would have otherwise been a fitting successor to the highly praised 6.

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Pros
  • Usual solid build quality
  • Slick software performance
  • Great rear cameras
Cons
  • Sluggish in-display fingerprint reader
  • Removal of the headphone jack
  • Weak haptic vibration
  • Sometimes blurry selfies
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

90
Al
Fantastic battery life. Fast phone. Bright screen. Miss wireless charging and...read more
90
John
I own a tricked out OnePlus 6, (8GB RAM, 256GB disk, headphone jack) not a 6t,...read more
30
Nicholas
Nowadays, as the feature gap between one mobile device and another narrows to...read more
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Average user Score
 
90
Al
Fantastic battery life. Fast phone. Bright screen. Miss wireless charging and extra storage for SD card.
 
90
John
I own a tricked out OnePlus 6, (8GB RAM, 256GB disk, headphone jack) not a 6t, as the fingerprint gimmick wasn't for me, though the teardrop cutout looks nice. The software experience of the OP6 however is flawless. the CPU cuts through everything, and apparently I'm using it wrong, I should leave my apps open longer to make use of the RAM. The only quibble I have is the gesture controls, which you need to use or suffer one screen controls. I mourned the loss of the front fingerprint sensor of the 3t. But the face unlock is just as good. that and the data is only being sent to China rather than to a western company that can be forced to give up data to Western Governments, etc. the great thing is the software updates, almost Google speed, and the XDA community is by far the most vibrant if you want external ROM's My OP6 cost 510 Euro from Amazon. It still has headphone jack, but I don't use it as I use a USB DAC. The only other standout is the Charging. Plug it in before getting into the shower in the morning and by the time you've started breakfast the phone is charged. Ludicrous speed, in all ways. A truly fantastic phone.
 
30
Nicholas
Nowadays, as the feature gap between one mobile device and another narrows to the point of nuance, one previously secondary feature becomes increasingly influential in the purchasing decision: customer service and support reliability. An investment of $450-1000 needs to be securely backed up by commensurate customer support infrastructure. The 6T is worth more than its price tag, when you compare it to other smartphones, but that value becomes untenably compromised and corrupted by possibly the poorest customer service of any smartphone manufacturer in the market today. QoS now extends beyond the device technical specifications, and any company falling to note and address this reality will fail to realize its full sales and CRM potential. There will always be a demographic of shoppers for whom cost trumps value, but these consumers have no brand loyalty whatsoever. This forces some manufacturers to either enslave themselves to the toil of constant - and sometimes pointless - reinvention, or throw themselves into the ultimately suicidal race to the bottom of price competition. Apple understood the futility of these practices long ago, and secured themselves an almost illogical loyal user base, as a result. Samsung (Galaxy) and Google Pixel have likewise secured devoted followers, despite a ridiculous OS augmentation, and lackluster form factor, respectively.
 
90
Neelotpal
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Noah
So as many of us know, the current "flagship" devices are reaching outrageously high prices (exceeding the thousand dollar mark). It's absurd. And what do you get for the price? Well, they certainly do offer unique features and great quality, but the price. The price. OnePlus has fulfilled their marketing on this phone as being a "flagship killer." I spent 15 hours researching this specific phone before purchasing it, and I can confidently say that it is exactly what I wanted and expected. For the price you pay, you get phenomenal quality all around (arguably better than some of the top trending phones). Sure, one complaint is the camera quality in comparison to the best available currently, but remember, this camera is still better than any phone camera you had two or three years ago. It's great, and I've absolutely loved it. Definite upgrade from my previous (droid turbo 2... a phone I was not happy with). I even had a lifelong Apple user try it out for almost an entire day, and afterwards they decided that this would be their next phone. Why? Because of all the features, customization options, and speed. Yes, it really is fast and reliable. I 100% recommend this phone. You won't find any others that give you as much bang for your buck!
 
70
Samuel
The 6T provides a phenomenal near-stock Android experience and combines powerful speed with a very low price point. Since owning this device on launch date, I have been impressed with the speed of OnePlus's OS updates (typically released within a month of Google's release dates). The speakers are loud and do not vibrate the phone itself and the call quality is excellent (although this is more dependent on T-Mobile than OnePlus, but the speaker sounds good!). The display is pretty much the best you can expect sans Samsung and Apple. My only gripes are the fingerprint reader and the camera. The fingerprint reader is hit or miss depending on whether your fingers are dry or the screen is clean, so I use the face unlock in tandem with the fingerprint reader and the unlock speeds are much, much faster. The camera - well, it's not the best to say the least. I switched from a Google Pixel 2XL (which I also began using on launch day), and the drop in camera quality was noticeable. I remedied this by using the XDA Google Camera port, and my picture quality improved dramatically. Snapchat also took forever to get updated, but that's just what you would expect from the company focusing on iOS more than Android. Now that the app is updated, camera quality is much better and I would say certainly rivals the performance of a Google Pixel 2XL with much faster processing power, more RAM, and a smoother snappier user experience. I would definitely recommend this phone.
 
90
Andrew
A very solid phone, and worthy of the OnePlus name. Pros: Amazing screen, good battery life and solid construction make this phone feel good in your hands. Teardrop is not very noticeable. Gesture system is easy to use. It comes with a screen protector already applied and a case in the box. That is the kind of service I like! Cons: Fingerprint sensor is a pain sometimes. Coming from a Pixel the accuracy and ease of use of the fingerprint sensor is a step down. Camera is good, but the Pixel software is better. Thankfully that can be loaded in. Sounds slider is a neat feature, but not really used, I wish it could be set to a different function of my choice.
 
80
Gus
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
Tyson
I was weary of the phone when it was around $300 cheaper than competitive phones in Samsung and LG. And don't even bring up apple products. ? This phone has been great and the camera has been fun. I've had this phone for roughly 4 months. I am kind of sad that one plus is already coming out with the 7t pro after this phone has only been out for 6 months. I felt like I was buying the next best thing just to now feel obsolete and out of the loop. Especially after opening the box and reading that one plus would be dedicated to making a phone for the user and that there would be constant updates to the phone. I think I've had 2 updates since purchasing the phone. But in all honesty, that hasn't been a problem for me. I'm constantly finding new things that I like about the phone and discovering things I didn't know I could do with this phone. I am not disappointed in this phone one bit.
 
100
Yitz
Value to price ratio: 10/10 As a 6t user, I will address the points of critique: 1) I leave the adapter that came with the phone on my headphones. I only use my headphones and when I do, it is very infrequently. I reality, there have not been many situations where I needed to plug an auxiliary cord into my phone (considering my car has Bluetooth). 2) the fingerprint scanner is significantly faster than Samsung s10, and is shown to unlock faster than some iPhones with fingerprint readers (which also fail to work with wet fingers). It seems, the alternatives are not much better. Secondly, after some muscle memory you will be able to place your finger on the right spot just as fast as a fingerprint reader. 3) camera: quality is underrated and pretty good. Many comparisons to iPhone pixel and Samsung are available online, and in my opinion they do not have an significantly objective advantage. Especially in terms of reliability, 6t stock camera always works, and hasn't lagged for me while taking pictures. You can also get the gcam (Google cam) from xda which may be more pleasant to you, and you can take advantage of the portrait and night modes (also many comparisons online with the gcam on 6t). You have nothing to lose here, considering the gcam option. 4) wireless charging: do you own a wireless charger? I don't, and I don't feel the need to get one even if it was capable, due to amazing battery life, and charging speed (which OnePlus is faster than iPhone, Samsung & pixel... - see video comparisons online). And for those of you that do own wireless charger, please, share with us the speed at which they deliver charge, for those of us that are missing out.. 5) IP rating: watch some videos of people doing water test (following the IP rating guidelines) on the 6t, you will be comforted. Watch "jerryrig -it -all" take apart the 6t and compare the sealings to IP rated Phones and you will be reassured. Also, phones with IP rating don't provide warranty coverage for water damage anyways. OnePlus saved you some bucks from going to the IP rating business. Now for some pros: Speed, with latest processor, and 6-8gb ram (in reality it's not about the amount, it's about the ram management, see online. This is something that among Android, OnePlus is actually doing great. There is a reason why iPhones work great with only 4gb ram). Software: clean and smooth UI, latest updates (I'm not a beta user), customizable and useful features (I use night mode, and the flashlight gesture), no bloat ware or 3rd party apps. Fast charging... Really fast. Battery life, really great, at 3700mah (which in reality is an outcome of OnePlus optimized software, this phone does better than Samsung note 9 battery which much larger, due to lower screen resolution and software optimization i.e. less background processing) . OLED FHD display, deep blacks, strong brightness, and color calibration options. Phone service, works great, coverage and data speeds. For USA, 6T only works on Att, TMobile (GSM networks) and Verizon. Not Sprint. I guess that a real con right there.

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