OnePlus 3 Review: Reasons To Buy & Not Buy [With Video]

OnePlus has launched its much awaited flagship smartphone OnePlus 3 in India. It is a great package of premium design and top of the line specifications. Loaded with top-notch features and specs, is the OnePlus 3 worth putting your bet on? We spent some time with the device and in this post, we have shared all the pros and cons of the phone. Read on to find out OnePlus 3 review with reasons to buy and reasons to not buy (with video).

OnPlus 3 Review

OnePlus 3 Review: Reasons To Not Buy

Here are 15 reasons why you should buy the OnePlus 3 smartphone:

1. Design

OnePlus has gone beyond the Sandstone finish and has opted for anodized aluminum unibody design for its latest flagship smartphone. The OnePlus 3 is a well built phone which looks very premium. It has soft curves and sharp lines that offer comfortable grip. It is a light weight and compact smartphone that looks elegant while holding in hand. Also, with 7.35mm thickness, it is slimmer than its predecessor OnePlus 2, which is 9.9mm thick.

2. Display

It features a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display with 1080p resolution. The display is bright and sharp. The viewing angles and sunlight legibility of the display are also good.

3. Corning Gorilla Glass 4

It features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection against scratches.

4. Excellent Camera Combination

Next reason is its stunning camera. It sports a 16 mega pixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Auto-focus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). There is also on 8 mega pixel front facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and Sony sensor. While the rear camera supports 4K video recording, the front camera has 1080p video recording capabilities.

The rear camera takes excellent shots in well lit as well as low lighting conditions. The front camera also does a great job in capturing selfies with good detailing and clarity.

5. Hardware & Performance

It is powered by a 64-bit 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with Adreno 530 and massive 6GB of RAM. It houses 64GB of internal memory as well. This configuration doesn’t only looks good on paper, but it is equally impressive in usage as well. Multitasking experience is smooth and it plays moderate to heavy games with ease and shows no signs of lags or stutters.

6. Software

The OnePlus 3 runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 operating system wrapped under Oxygen OS 3.1. The software is clean and user friendly. It comes with a lot of features like OnePlus Shelf feature, Doze mode and app permissions to name a few. It offers several features like screen-off gestures and customizable buttons that give users more control to personalize their smartphone experience.

7. Fast Charging Support

It packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Dash charge technology which is claimed to charge the phone up to 60 percent in just 30 minutes. The battery of this phone is good enough to last for a day on a single charge on moderate usage.

8. Fingerprint sensor

It features a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button for additional security. The sensor is said to unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds. During our time with the phone also, it unlocked the phone very quickly and accurately.

9. Alert Slider

It comes with an alert slider that gives the users, complete control over notifications. It allows users to toggle between three customization settings: all notifications, priority notifications and silent.

10. Dual SIM

It is a dual SIM phone that allows you to use two nano SIM cards in a single phone

11. Connectivity

Besides basic set of connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, it also supports 4G LTE, NFC and USB Type-C.

12. Gestures

It also comes with very handy software gestures including double tap to wake up, hover your hand to show notifications and quick launch for camera to name a few.

13. Accessories

Users can personalize it with a range of back covers available officially right from the launch time. Also there is a car charger with dash charging support sold separately.

14. Available Invite-Free

OnePlus has decided to not go with the invite system with the OnePlus 3 which means that you will not have look around for the same. It is available to buy invite free, exclusively from Amazon India for Rs. 27,999.

15. Value For Money

At price point of Rs. 27,999, it is among one of the highest value for money phones in the price segment.

Video: OnePlus 3 Reasons To Buy

OnePlus 3 Review: Reasons To Not Buy

Here are the 4 downsides of the OnePlus 3:

1. No Quad HD Display

It lacks Quad HD display. Although it packs a very bright and sharp Optic AMOLED display, yet its full HD 1080p resolution is lower than the Quad HD 1440p resolution of some of its rivals in the same price range.

2. No MicroSD Card Support

It lacks microSD card support which means that you will have to restrict your storage to 64GB and you will not be able to expand storage beyond that.

3. Battery Reduced From 3300mAh to 3000mAh

The OnePlus 3 packs 3000mAh battery which is lower than 3300mAh battery capacity of the predecessor OnePlus 2. Although the Snapdragon 820 is said to be much more efficient in battery usage, yet the lower capacity is likely to matter a bit in performance.

4. No Wireless Charging / No Water Resistance

It doesn’t support wireless charging and also lacks water resistant properties which are available in some of the other flagship smartphones

Video: OnePlus 3 Reasons To Not Buy


Despite all these downsides, the OnePlus 3 is a great package of premium design and top-notch features. It is a great flagship smartphone that offers premium design, powerful hardware, clean software, decent performance and more.

Also Read: OnePlus 3 vs Xiaomi Mi 5 vs LeEco Le Max 2 Comparison

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