OnePlus 6 shows you don’t need to splash out for an iPhone or Samsung to get a good phone

If you’re in the market for a brand-new smartphone, but don’t necessarily want to splash out upwards of $1,000 for the latest phones from Samsung or Apple, there’s never been a better time to buy a more affordable device.

OnePlus, has been cranking out impressively built and relatively low-cost phones for years. Its latest offering is the OnePlus 6, which starts at $529, €519, or £469, depending on your region.

Like many of the company’s offerings before it, the OnePlus 6 can go toe-to-toe with phones from more established manufacturers.

Are the trade-offs worth the savings? Here’s a quick run-down of our thoughts after using the phone for a couple weeks:

Decent battery life

It can last well through a day’s usage, and the quick-charging technology built into the phone means it should have enough juice to last an entire day from just a half-hour charge.

It’s a OnePlus

There are many little delightful design features OnePlus has introduced over the years. It was one of the first phones to have a function to tap to wake up the screen.

It run a clean, almost untouched version of Android. It has a three-way rocker button that toggles between silent, vibrate, and ring.

It’s big

The phone features a massive 6.28-inch AMOLED display, meaning you won’t go blind using the OnePlus 6 as your only screen on commutes, trips, or even on the couch.

It still has a headphone jack

Unlike most other major phones on the market these days, OnePlus still puts a regular headphone jack in its phones. The company also recently released a decent, if slightly awkward, pair of wireless headphones, which does seem to suggest that it may eventually kill the headphone jack too.

It’s still quite cheap

The OnePlus 6 is more expensive than previous models. The OnePlus 3, for example, started at $399. But it’s well below many comparable phones, like the $850 Google Pixel 2 XL, the $700 LG G7 ThinQ, or the $800 Sony Xperia XZ2.

Quick unlock

The sensors included in the front of the phone offer a face-unlock function that’s like a boiled-down version of the FaceID feature on Apple’s iPhone X.

(Story by QZ, Edited by OnePlusOfficial)

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