One Plus 3: The One Who Never Settles
With the launch of the OnePlus 3, Conchita Fernandes puts it to the test and finds out if the phone lives up to its popular lineage.
Since the beginning, OnePlus has sought to give users the best quality and design at a pocketfriendly price point. No wonder their phones are so eagerly anticipated and often sold out. This time though, the OnePlus 3 was available on a non-invite basis. So as soon as I received the phone, I was not curious, but eager to see what the latest iteration had in store.
What’s New in the Phone
The OnePlus 3 has been upgraded to a 16MP f/2 rear camera with OIS and EIS, and an 8MP front camera. But, the phone misses the dual LED flash and laser AF present in the OP 2, and features an LED flash instead. Also, the company has brought back RAW shooting, only that you cannot shoot in RAW when using the burst mode (20 images) and the Manual mode in the camera.
Otherwise, the phone more or less retains the same features as the OP 2, with a 5.5-inch display (which performed well on extremely bright days), 4k video recording at 30fps and the inclusion of NFC. The only downgrade appears to be in the battery, which has been reduced from 3300mAh to 3000mAh.
The Good and the Bad
The OnePlus provides the usual modes— Time Lapse, Slow Motion, Photo, Video, Manual and Panorama. There is also an HD and HDR option, which can be accessed only one at a time. The HD option is said to produce sharper images, but I did not find much of a difference. As for my shooting experience, the OnePlus 3 was an absolute delight. It was fast with no lag in AF. However, I wasn’t too kicked about the quality of the JPEGs. There was noise reduction, with very visible smearing. The RAW files on the other hand, were very good. Nevertheless, the camera did a good job in capturing quite a lot of details and textures in the photographs, and did not over brighten the scene. There was minimal to no flare as well.
What Makes it a Steal
Despite its average JPEG engine, the OnePlus 3, is a good phone on the whole. At Rs. 27,999, you are not just getting good image quality, a RAW shooting feature and 4k video recording, but a device with double the RAM (6GB) than the OnePlus 2 and more importantly, a phone that offers a good build quality and feels extremely sleek and stylish to carry around. At the price point it’s available for, the OnePlus 3 feels like a bit of a steal, and definitely lives up to its popular lineage.
|AT A GLANCE|
|SPECIFICATIONS||16MP f/2 rear camera, 8MP front camera, 64GB inbuilt memory, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB RAM, Rs. 27,999|
|WHAT WE LIKE||Sleek design, great UI, good colour reproduction, fast AF|
|WHAT WE DISLIKE||Unable to shoot RAW in the Manual mode|
|WHY BUY IT||The phone produces good images, offers great specs and hardware, all at a very pocket-friendly price tag.|
|CAMERA FEATURES||16MP rear camera, OIS, fast phone||22/25|
|IMAGE QUALITY||Good low light performance and RAW files||24/30|
|VIDEO QUALITY||4k video at 30fps||13/15|
|HANDLING||Easy to hold, smooth exterior||13/15|
|SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS||Speedy phone without any lag||13/15|