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OnePlus 3 – Is it a Flagship Phone for £309 – Review


Welcome to my review of the OnePlus 3 Smartphone.


– Android 6.0 Marshmallow
– Display 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED ,1920×1080, 401 ppi, Gorilla Glass 4
– Processor Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2.2GHz,Adreno 630 GPU
– Storage 64GB UFS 2 – no micro SD card slot
– Rear Camera 16MP IMX298, f/2.0, 1.12-micron pixels,PDAF, OIS,RAW, 4K video, 720p slo-mo
– Front Camera 8MP IMX179, f/2.0, 1.4-micron pixels, Fixed focus, 1080p video
– Connectivity USB 2.0,Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2,NFC, GPS, GLONASS
– Network bands GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
– Network bands (North America) WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8,FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17,CDMA EVDO: BC0
– Network bands (EU/Asia) WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8,FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20,TDD-LTE: Bands 38/40/41
– Network bands (China) WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8,FDD-LTE : Bands 1/3/7,TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41,TD-SCDMA : Bands 34/39, CDMA EVDO: BC0
– CAT 6 (LTE)
– SIM Dual Nano SIM
– Audio – bottom facing speaker, dual mics with noise cancellation, OnePlus Music, Dirac HD,
– Charging USB-C, Dash Charge 5V/4A,Battery 3000 mAh,Non-removable
– Security One-touch fingerprint
– Sensors – Fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, , Accelerometer, Gyroscope,
Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and Electronic Compass
– Hardware keys and on-screen navigation ,Alert Slider
– Custom icon packs, Gesture Control (Display On + Display Off),OnePlus Shelf
– Vibration motor
– RGB LED notification light, Night Mode Display, Dark Theme, System Accent Colours
– Dimensions 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
– Weight 158 g
– Colours Silver, Gold

Previous Posts

OnePlus 3 Camera Interface and Menu Options

Camera Samples

AnTuTu and Battery Performance Stats

OnePlus 3 – VR Launch & Shopping Experience

First Impressions

The Main Review – Audio, Connectivity, Camera and much more


Hopefully you liked the video review as a different option to a full written review. Please let me know your thoughts on this approach. Going back to the OnePlus 3, it really has surprised me as to how much phone you get for £309. It is not at the level of a Samsung S7 or S7 Edge or even an iPhone 6S Plus, but then again it only costs £309. However, I personally do like it and would be happy to recommend.

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OnePlus 3 – The Camera Interface & Menu Options

So earlier today you got to see some camera samples from the OnePlus 3. The front and rear cameras take great shots in reasonable to good lighting. The rear camera in lowish light does start to introduce noise but that’s not a surprise considering the 1.12 microns size of the camera lens.

But what is the camera interface like? Lets take a look –


Top right on the camera screen is the menu icon which when tapped reveals all the different shooting modes.


Manual mode introduces control of a number of items with shutter speeds up to 30 seconds. You can also change the aspect ratio from 16:9, 4:3 and 1:1 in most modes. You can also turn on a grid and timer control options.


Above is the shutter speed options.


In any of the shooting modes, if you press bottom left menu you get the 3 extra settings options shown. Grid, timer, aspect ration. HDR is set to auto by default. This can be turned on all the time or switched off. There is a HD mode too for combining photos to create a higher quality version. Each mode has a range of options as follows –

Time Lapse – Grid Lines, 720p or 1080p
Slow Motion – Grid Lines, 720p only
Photo – HDR, HD, Grid, Timer, Aspect Ratios
Video – 4K, 1080p 30fps, 720p
Manual – Focus, Shutter, White Balance, ISO (100-3,200), Grid, Aspect Ratios, Timer
Panorama – no options
Front Camera – Beautify Controls, Beauty On/Off, Grid Lines, Timer, Aspect Ratios.

It is worth noting that double pressing the power buttons opens the camera, in addition to using gestures (if turned on it settings).

The camera app is easy to understand and use too.

And that is the OnePlus 3 Camera Interface.

OnePlus 3 – Shots from the Camera


I took the OnePlus 3 out on Saturday to test the camera. Its been very good in my testing so far. That includes the front selfie camera and rear camera too.

Unfortunately, the weather yesterday was terrible, so I still have more testing to carry out on the camera, but I like what I see.

Below are a number of shots. Do have a look at them. To view full screen, just click on each photo.

And don’t forget to check out my earlier posts on the OnePlus 3 from the weekend, covering the battery stats and performance.


Taken indoors in slightly dim lighting. Cropped too. In auto mode in dim lighting when the dogs moved the shots were blurred.

Church of St Michael & All Angels #Princetown #OnePlus3

A fantastic shot from the OnePlus 3.

Church Graveyard #OnePlus3

Zooming in on the grave stone text and its all clear.

Macro #OnePlus3

The macro shot here is good too. Focus on the centre.

Cyclist Photo bombs #OnePlus3

The cyclist was travelling downhill at 30mph as was meant to be in this photo.

Church of St Michael & All Angels #OnePlus3

And finally the church without the cyclist.

I also tested the front camera and the results were great too.

OnePlus 3 – Battery Performance & Stats

My OnePlus 3 has had one full charge to 100%.

I then decided to hammer the battery to test its performance.


So how did it do. The OnePlus 3 managed 5 hours screen on time with 14% battery left to go.


That translated into a full days usage. GPS, wifi and Bluetooth were all switched on.


So then I plugged the phone in to recharge for 30 mins to test the special Dash fast charger. This took the battery to 75% after 30 mins.


Above are the battery stats showing what was happening during the charging.

Now the last test was standby. At 11pm the phone was at 100%. At 6.30am this morning the battery was 96%. So only 4% lost overnight.

Overall a good performance on the battery front from the OnePlus 3.

More tomorrow.

Ooh. Just one last thing. The OnePlus 3 has scored the fastest AnTuTu score I have ever seen!


OnePlus 3 – First Impressions – Updated with camera sample


The OnePlus 3 was meant to have arrived yesterday but the Royal Mail didn’t deliver it due to sickness. Or more likely not enough staff due to the football.

Anyway I collected it from my local sorting office this morning, opened the box , turned it on had a little play and immediately I am impressed by what I have seen. 

It’s currently downloading a firmware update and I have many tests to undertake.

Here’s a first shot (literally) of Tiggy. Cropped in but no other editing.


This and several other items are being reviewed next week so if you have any questions you would like me to answer please let me know.

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