After a long wait, the OnePlus 5 is finally here. The smartphone is said to be a flagship killer due to its high-end specs along with a comparatively affordable price. Tech gurus and people found it to be so worthy that they have put it in the league of high-end flagships including the Samsung S8 and the HTC U Ultra. And all these claims are made on solid grounds. Undoubtedly, OnePlus 5 is an excellent phone. However, no phone is perfect and so is the case with the OnePlus 5. In this article, I will discuss five top reasons that I personally feel make it a less favorable buy for me as well as others too.
The design was the major focus of OnePlus 5 before the launch. Turns out, we got to see a blatant copy of the iPhone 7 Plus.
The color and finish of both the devices, the iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5, are so identical. The mirror finish of the logo on the back of the phone is just the same. The antenna band pattern, placement of the dual rear camera setup, and even the position of the LED flash and rear-facing mic’s position are so alike. All this makes it look like an iPhone 7 Plus along with the curves.
Although there’s nothing wrong with companies copying a tried and tested type of design for their smartphones, this wasn’t expected from a ‘flagship killer.’ The never settle company settled with an iPhone design on this particular creation.
Nevertheless, if you like this iPhone-like design, you can still go for it. This won’t pose any problem especially when every other device is just a black rectangle anyway.
Dual Camera Gimmick
The smartphone has a dual real camera setup which is claimed “the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today”. OnePlus tied up with DXO Labs to innovate and provide best image processing algorithm. The sensors are borrowed from Sony IMX series which are quite capable. Even after all this, the smartphone fails to deliver what it claims. The final output of HDR and Portrait mode images are not as crisp as said and they are over processed making them flimsy. It also fails to impress in low light conditions. Over that, before the launch, the smartphone was to have a 2x optical zoom, which isn’t true! Instead, it actually has a somewhat less effective 1.6x optical zoom, with the remaining 0.4x covered by its ‘SmartCapture multiframe technology’.
Seen a bit of confusion so clearing this up. We’re claiming 2x lossless zoom, not optical.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 21, 2017
What further dents the smartphone’s performance is the lack of optical image stabilization which might not affect your pictures much but will pose a serious problem while capturing videos. Although the electronic image stabilization is still present, it doesn’t help much.
While everyone was expecting the flagship killer to have a Quad-HD display panel, OnePlus used the 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED, same as its predecessor OnePlus 3T.
The logic behind this is unknown. Although it might beFull HD display will get obsolete by the end of the year as more and more flagships have opted for 2K displays.
Some of the users have also complained about the jelly scrolling effect to which OnePlus says it’s not actually an issue but, a feature. The possible reason for this is the orientation of the display panel on the OnePlus 5, which is mounted upside down!
No IP 68 Certification
Most of the flagships now come with water and dust resistant certification. However, the new flagship lacks the same. Both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were water resistant devices but the company decided to skip this feature in the OnePlus 5 which is quite strange and another reason for not buying the OnePlus 5.
It is sad to see a smartphone worth 38,000 to skip over such important features while most of the mid-range smartphones too have it.
USB Type C 2.0
I was so sure that OnePlus will use the latest USB standard and ship their phones with USB Type C 3.1. However, the company ignored the same and still has a USB Type C 2.0 port despite being an expensive and the most anticipated smartphone of this year.
Undoubtedly, OnePlus 5 is an excellent smartphone. However, it doesn’t make any sense to upgrade if you are already a OnePlus 3T user. There has been little to no innovation in this device except for the specs upgrade. The OnePlus 3T comes with almost similar specs.
Here we listed the one plus four reasons not to buy the OnePlus 5. The decision rests with you!