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  • (instrumental music)

  • - This is the One Plus 6, it's the latest

  • in a line of Android phones that

  • have steadily gotten better year over year.

  • Now before we get into this, we see you guys

  • have been commenting, we know you've been asking

  • for it for a long time, so we're shooting this in 4K.

  • So, if you want the best video quality,

  • maybe bump your resolution up to 4K, cool?

  • (jazz music)

  • Okay, so, if you're familiar with One Plus,

  • then most of what comes with the One Plus 6

  • is probably a known quantity.

  • But if you're not, here's what that quantity is.

  • A One Plus phone has high-end specs,

  • a big screen, a clean Android software experience

  • and it comes with a price that's considerably less

  • than other high-end Android phones

  • with similar specs and features.

  • Now nothing about that changes with the One Plus 6,

  • but it also means, on the other side of the coin,

  • that nothing changes about the other things

  • that are known quantities with a One Plus either.

  • It still isn't gonna work with Verizon or Sprint,

  • it still doesn't have the best camera you can get

  • and it's still not completely water resistant.

  • Overall, the One Plus 6 is a lot like

  • the last few One Plus phones.

  • It offers a great experience for a price

  • that's hundreds of dollars less

  • than a similar size Samsung or Pixel.

  • (upbeat jazz music)

  • Here's the headline info you're looking for,

  • for a starting price of $529,

  • you get a 6.3 inch edge-to-edge screen,

  • a Snapdragon E45 processor,

  • a glass and metal design,

  • extremely fast, fast charging,

  • 6 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigs of storage,

  • Android 8.1 with some thoughtful,

  • not annoying additions, and a dual camera system

  • that's capable of all the latest portrait effects

  • and slow motion video trends.

  • You can also spend more to upgrade the RAM and storage

  • but you'll still be spending substantially less

  • than you would on say, a Pixel 2 XL.

  • Now the most noticeable change from older One Plus phones

  • is a switch to a design with glass on the front and the back

  • which makes the One Plus 6 look like basically

  • every other phone to come out this year.

  • Now I think it looks great, until I touch it

  • and then it becomes a fingerprint magnet,

  • especially on the glossy version.

  • There's a matte finish model that is much nicer looking

  • and helps hide those fingerprints,

  • but at the same time it's much more slippery

  • to hold than the already pretty slippery glossy phone,

  • which might lead to a shattered glass phone

  • sooner rather than later.

  • Then the other big change is the screen

  • is even larger than the six inch display

  • on One Plus' last phone.

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  • Now that's mostly because the screen now reaches

  • the very top of the phone's frame,

  • except for a cutout in the middle

  • that houses the earpiece, front camera,

  • proximity sensor and notification light.

  • So yeah, it has a notch, but frankly,

  • I don't really care and I don't have a problem with it.

  • The notch means that I have more vertical space

  • to read something on my phone whether

  • that's email or messages or tweets,

  • or use split screen multitasking

  • or whatever else I want to do with the phone.

  • And One Plus is able to make this bigger screen fit

  • in here without making the phone any bigger

  • than it was last year which means that I get

  • more screen in the same size phone,

  • that's a trade-off I'm willing to make any day of the week.

  • Now there are a couple of things to be aware of

  • with the One Plus 6's notch.

  • I have yet to encounter an app that didn't work

  • as I expected because of it being there,

  • but it does mean that the battery percentage

  • is hidden until you swipe down

  • to see your notifications.

  • It also means that if you have a lot of icons

  • for Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, NFC or whatever,

  • it can get pretty crowded pretty quickly up there.

  • But One Plus does let you toggle a lot of these off

  • if you don't want them to display.

  • And if you really hate that full lead look,

  • you can opt to black out the background of the notch

  • so all of your apps just fill just out below it.

  • Honestly, I think this mode looks worse

  • and I've never really felt a need to obscure

  • the notch's existence.

  • Now other than it's larger size,

  • this year's panel isn't much different than before.

  • It's 1080p pixels wide, it's oled,

  • it's got deep colors and vibrant blacks.

  • It doesn't get as bright and it doesn't have

  • as many pixels as a Samsung screen

  • but it's still easy to read outdoors

  • and I haven't seen any major

  • color shifting problems or issues.

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  • Now handling the One Plus 6 is a lot like holding

  • other similar size, mostly glass phones.

  • And most of the times, it feels like it's too big,

  • especially if I'm trying to do something with one hand.

  • Now most of the premium phones give you a choice

  • of sizes, whether that's the S9 or the iPhone 8

  • or the Pixel 2, you can choose between a small

  • or a large version which let's you decide

  • between having a big screen or having a phone

  • that fits more comfortably in your hand.

  • But with the One Plus 6, it's only available

  • in one size and that size is big.

  • Now performance-wise, the One Plus 6 is really fast

  • which isn't a huge surprise considering

  • it's got a top of the line processor and lots of RAM.

  • But One Plus has done a number of things under the hood

  • to make it feel even faster than other phones,

  • whether that's optimizing background processes

  • or just kinda speeding up animation

  • so everything happens a millisecond or two faster.

  • The result is that the phone feels like it's really fast

  • and it just powers through everything

  • without really feeling like it's ever running out of steam.

  • For stamina, the big 3300 Milli-Ampere Hour power battery

  • in the One Plus 6 means it's able

  • to keep going for a full day of use

  • for me without much of an issue.

  • Now it doesn't have wireless charging

  • even though it has that glass back now,

  • but One Plus' dash charger is basically

  • the fastest wired charging option you can get

  • so topping up the battery is never really

  • a chore or a hassle.

  • (soothing music)

  • So let's talk about this camera

  • because traditionally that's where One Plus phones

  • can't quite match up to the bigger players.

  • Now on paper, the One Plus 6 has

  • an upgraded camera, it's got bigger pixels

  • and it has optical image stabilization.

  • There's a 16 mega pixel main sensor

  • that handles most of the heavy lifting,

  • and then there's a 20 megapixel secondary sensor

  • that adds more detail and enables portrait-style effects.

  • Now if you compare the One Plus 6 versus the One Plus 5

  • or 5T from last year, it's definitely an improvement.

  • There's more detail and less noise

  • and images are brighter especially in low light.

  • And the portrait mode is just as gimmicky as before

  • and even though it's nice to have slow motion

  • in the video recording now,

  • I don't really see myself ever using it.

  • But if you stack the One Plus 6 camera

  • against the newer phone like the Samsung S9

  • or the Pixel 2XL or even the Huawei P20 Pro

  • unfortunately it doesn't hold up.

  • And none of this is to say that the camera is bad,

  • it's actually pretty good, especially for the price you pay.

  • But it's definitely the thing where you see

  • the biggest difference between the One Plus 6

  • and more expensive phones.

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  • Now for software, the One Plus 6 is running Oxygen OS

  • which is One Plus' take on Android

  • and it's running 8.1 Oreo in this case.

  • Mostly, it looks really similar to what

  • you find on a Google Pixel phone.

  • It's clean and it's easy to use

  • without a bunch of gimmicky things getting in the way.

  • But there's a couple of neat things that I wanna point out.

  • First is a gesture control system that you can use

  • in place of the standard Android onscreen buttons.

  • I really like this idea because it lets

  • my content make full use of the display

  • and stretch all the way to the bottom,

  • but unfortunately the gestures are not

  • as smooth or as fluid as on an iPhone 10

  • and they could use a good amount of work.

  • I really hope One Plus keeps working on this.

  • A second is a reading mode which shifts

  • the display to a monochrome appearance

  • and it mimics an eReader or Kindle.

  • It makes reading long articles or eBooks much nicer

  • and you can even have it turned on or off automatically

  • depending on what app you're using.

  • There are some other hardware features

  • worth mentioning, too.

  • The One Plus 6 has something that you won't find

  • on any other Android phone.

  • It has a physical switch to move between ring,

  • vibrate and fully silent modes.

  • It's something I wish more phone makers would adopt.

  • And there's two easy ways to unlock the One Plus 6.

  • You can use your finger or your face.

  • The face unlock is not as secure,

  • but it's super convenient and fast.

  • And then for some reason, One Plus removed

  • the swipe gestures on the fingerprint scanner

  • that reveal the notification shake,

  • which seems like a minor thing,

  • but honestly it's annoyed me the entire time

  • I've used the phone.

  • The One Plus 6 also still has a headphone jack

  • which is great if you don't want to deal

  • with wireless headphones or Bluetooth in your car.

  • And for speakers, it has a loud and clear

  • single speaker at the bottom.

  • But it doesn't have the even better dual speaker set-ups

  • that many other phones offer at this point.

  • And while One Plus claims that the 6 is splash resistant,

  • it doesn't have any proper water resistant ratings,

  • so it can't be fully submerged or truly get wet.

  • It's okay if you're out in the rain,

  • but don't go dropping it in a pool.

  • (drumming music)

  • So that's a One Plus 6, it's everything we've come

  • to expect from a One Plus phone,

  • but it doesn't really change the conversation.

  • Now it's still a great value and it still has most

  • all the features you'd want on a high-end 2018 Android phone

  • and it doesn't have any annoying things

  • like AI everywhere or dedicated buttons

  • for a virtual assistant you don't wanna use

  • or weird squeezing interfaces that just

  • are kind of gimmicky and get in the way.

  • But at the same time, if you're on Verizon or Sprint

  • or maybe you want the best camera you can get,

  • or maybe you want a phone that you don't have

  • to worry about if you drop it in the sink,

  • or maybe you just want something that isn't enormous,

  • then the One Plus 6 probably isn't for you.

  • But for everyone else, the One Plus 6 is pretty great.

  • Hey, thanks for watching and a special shout-out

  • to Ernesto Alonso who made this really cool wallpaper

  • you saw in this video.

  • You can download it at the link below and be sure

  • to check out our new Verge Art Instagram page.

  • It's got all of our cool custom wallpapers there.

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/21
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