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Launched in spring 2018, the OnePlus 6 was an instant hit. Featuring almost everything you'll find in upscale models of the Samsung Galaxy or iPhone families, the 6 hit the spot with its accomplished design and enticing price tag.
The phone was quickly joined by the 6T a few months later, which built on the 6 in key respects. We'll help you decide whether this surprisingly affordable smartphone is really a worthy alternative to the more famous smartphone brands.
No, Silk White, Midnight Black and Mirror Black are not song titles, but the colours of the OnePlus 6. The white model with the golden metal frame looks particularly elegan and would be our choice... Its matt glass case with pearl powder conjures up shimmering effects.
The Mirror Black version is smooth but, of course, magically attracts fingerprints. The 6 Series is weatherproof, but not waterproof to IP standard.
With a size of 6.28 inches, the Full HD display is huge. It has a rather ungainly notch however, it is smaller and can be hidden than with, say, the iPhone XS which cannot be.
The 19: 9 format makes it more stretched than ordinary screens. In addition to the scanner of fingerprints is a face recognition of the party. However, it is less reiable than Samsung and Apple, because in Alphr reviewer's testing they could not get it to work at all.
Big plus: The Android version is well thought out and can be adapted to your individual usage behaviour in many ways.
The handset generally can be operated at very high speed and responds to inputs without delays. This is a fast processor - and a large memory of 6 GB or 8 GB are responsible. Testers like this one praise the top performance.
They agree on the dual camera, which resolves with 16 and 20 megapixels - that it specifically has room for improvement in 4K video recordings, which generally work only in very good light. The 16-megapixel camera on the front makes according to our revieweer takes sizable selfies. The internal memory is pretty well packed, with up to 256 GB. There is no slot for memory cards, though; so you can not expand the storage.
The battery life is solid: ComputerToday certifies the OnePlus 6 with typical use of about 11 hours. The 3300 mAh battery has a quick charge function via the Dash Charge but can not be charged wirelessly. Headphones are missing in delivery - too bad, although we aren't sure if many people use them anyway and just stick with their own preferred brand like AirPods.
All of those aspects sound great on paper. But do they fit together in one, easy-to-use, reliable package? OnePlus isn't exactly a household name in the UK and Europe, so customers should check out feedback from the experts before they form a view. The good news: the feedback has generally been pretty positive.
The critics have even sometimes been extremely positive. For example, ITPro actually found that OnePlus had surpassed Samsung (at least, the Galaxy S9) with their phone. Their reviewer raved about the 6's camera and the quality of its display, and even suggested that the 6 matched the iPhone X “blow by blow”. High praise indeed, especially for a phone that retails for just under £400.
Respected tech site Tech Radar joined the praise, complimenting the phone's performance in almost every area, while also suggesting that it was in no way inferior to more expensive options from Samsung, Sony, or Apple. Sure, there were some omissions. For instance, the 6 doesn't accommodate MicroSD, and the display resolution could be higher. All things considered, Tech Radar judged that the 6 represented a “polished, premium smartphone.”
That seems to be fairly representative. Online reviews range from 8/10 to 10/10 and you'll struggle to find any expert journals that pandered OnePlus' 6th smartphone. So, judging from the expert response, we'd have to say that the 6 is well worth considering.
We'll discuss the OnePlus 6T on that page (read our review here), but it's worth commenting here that some reviewers advise buyers to go for the beefed-up OnePlus smartphone. Tech Radar reported that the 6T is “a genuine step up” on the 6 – so keep that in mind, and compare prices carefully.
The 128GB model can be bought for about £339 today. If you prefer to pay monthly, the contract prices are about £22 a month for a 18 month contract.
Not a bad price to pay given that this phone is rumoured to be better than the Galaxy S9 which will cost you about £300 more!