Don’t get the wrong idea all thanks to the post title!
There are plenty of things to like about this brand… and particularly… One Plus 6 Smartphone model.
It’s a “Fast Charging” model with ingenuous design! You have the “Alert Slider” that works as it should. Also, the camera is a thing to marvel at!
But, there are certain things that I don’t like about the model. I expected better from the talented guys. Yet, to keep the price level justified, people do cut corners every now and then.
In this rather odd One plus 6 Review, I’m going to focus on the negative aspects of the Smartphone. Here’s hoping the guys will bounce back the next chance they get!
The Price is Rising Constantly!
To be completely honest with you, I adore One Plus for the price range it sets for each of its Smartphones. This brand doesn’t have a peer to compete with (still) when it comes to price vs. Performance.
When the phone showed up first around 2014, it was half the price of the Samsung S5 and iPhone 5S.
Yet, I’m listing “Price” among the negative aspects. That’s because the franchise is steadily increasing price of these models per year. Yes, it’s still half the price of iPhone X with $529. But iPhone X is hardly worth the price that people pay for it.
One Plus 6’s graph is a long way up comparing to it’s predecessors. Wondering just how much the graph has taken off? The franchise has doubled the asking price from where it launched the first model. Have a look.
- OnePlus One at the time of Launch – $299
- OnePlus 2 Launch Price – $329
- OnePlus X Inauguration Price – $249 (it was a bit of surprise even for me).
- OnePlus 3 when it came about – $399
- OnePlus 3T Initial Price – $439
- OnePlus 5 – Original Price – $479
- OnePlus 5T – $499 (not that much of a jump).
- OnePlus 6 Current Price – $529.
I’m not much of a whiner but when you’re charging so high and doing little to justify the price, it seems odd. People might argue that “Everything’s rising. From the water levels to the price of goods.” Yes, that’s true. Then, I’d say it’s become more of a “Smartphone” than a “Killer Smartphone.”
Fancy Glass at the Back That’s Just… Fancy
Let’s go over the positive aspect here for just a bit. It’s a classy glass. One Plus 6 Smartphone looks pretty with it. I must say, “It’s a 2018-centric design.” People WILL like it at first glance.
Most Smartphone brands do opt for glass these days. The purpose is to facilitate Wireless Charging. Also, metal conveys heat quicker than other materials. Don’t get me started on the vulnerabilities of plastic in this case.
The trick is:
One Plus 6 doesn’t go that route. The glass at the back is just there for “Trendy” design.
In fact, Peter Lau, the CEO of OnePlus confesses that they pursued with glass to make the design pure and authentic in his forum post on OnePlus 6’s design.
I too would have accepted that. But the thing is, glass at the back makes OnePlus 6 more of a risk to use than a “Trendy Smartphone.” It’s easy to break and provides less functionality with the back. If you’re prepared to shed extra bucks on repairing the phone, by all means, go on!
Water Resistance: Where Art Thou?
No, seriously! I’d not speak so highly of the water resistance of this thing.
Yes, the makers claim that it is water resistant IF “Certain conditions are met.” Also, OnePlus claims that the sixth phone in the OnePlus Series is weather resistant. Rain water should not be a problem for this product.
But by “Water Resistance,” I mean, bona fide protection against water when I’m being bombarded by rain by the heavens or when I drop the phone accidentally in deep water.
No, I didn’t find any IP ratings on the phone. Although almost “All the Phones” provide state-of-the-art water resistance in the world of 2018, One Plus 6 Smart Phone reviews say otherwise. You won’t find that golden standard maintained in the case of this model.
Even HTC got their last year’s U11 Life an IP67 certified. The phone is priced around $349. Yet, One Plus 6, which is trying to emulate top-notch smartphones at $250 or so more than HTC, couldn’t pull this off.
Considering the price, it should survive one or two dips in my bathtub. It seems that OnePlus 6 puts all the savings and budget into the pocket of the company and not for the users.
It Lacks Carrier Support Which is a Fatal Blow to Users
This is the most glaring flaw of OnePlus 6 according to me. It’ll render this device unusable for many networks. This phone generally supports GSM wireless bands. When it comes to using it with T-mobile, AT&T, and U.S. Cellular, it’s a walk in the park. But people who use connections from Sprint and Verizon, cant use One Plus 6 phones with their networks. Bummer, I know!
If you don’t know, Verizon is the largest operator in the US that provides cellphone service. Now add in Sprint and the makers are depriving a considerable number of customers.
Even Google Pixel works perfectly when someone switches carriers. For example, people can buy it from Verizon. Yet, it works totally fine with AT&T parameters.
The Speaker’s At a Bad… Bad.. Place
Look, I’m not saying that OnePlus 6 is totally bad. Of course, it has fantastic bezel screen. Watching TV and movies is a great experience. Yet, it’s the speaker that’s the problem.
One Plus Android Phone Reviews will tell you that the speaker is positioned at the bottom. It faced downward. Personally, I’d like to see the speaker facing forward. Because, when you’re calling, the hand and fingers go to that spot where the speaker is at by default. This is bad as it mutes the sound.
Even if the design is a little flawed, One Plus authorities could have at least made a second optional speaker out of the earpiece just like Samsung Galaxy S9 or the HTC U12+.
Concluding My One Plus 6 Review Part One
One Plus aimed for an inexpensive phone to look expensive. That’s why they made some concessions. But they did upped the price by 30 dollars than what they offered previously with One Plus 6. Frankly, I can’t see the point in this. If someone isn’t a Verizon and a Sprint customer, he/she can still use the latest iteration of the One Plus Smartphone.
However, I must point out that the franchise should look to increase some perks and offer new benefits. Otherwise, they’ll soon run out of excuses for the upward price bump that they’re resorting to.