OnePlus 3 review: Confidence booster

Confidence booster

GSMArena team, 24 June 2016.

Multimedia

Like we were saying, OnePlus has opted to include the standard Google app suite in the handset, but also hasn't skipped on developing a few basic apps itself. The Gallery app is one of them. You can just as easily browse your photos and videos through Google Photos of even the Files app, but Gallery also acts as the only built-in video player.

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Gallery app

Available video decoders include Xvid, DivX, H.263, H.264 AVC (MKV files), and MPEG-4. The app will play most major file formats, though serious video fans should certainly seek out a more capable solution from the Google Play, as the lack of AC3 audio support is quite limiting. Subtitles aren't supported either.

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Basic video playback

The photo app also gives you a number of options. You can share stills, set them as wallpaper or contact photos, or edit them. The built-in Photos editor is incredibly powerful too.

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Powerful editing features

As for music playback, again there are two options. The default Oxygen OS Music app is rather basic, but it does offer a few sorting options, as well as a bit more advanced things like tags and favorites.

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Music player

However, Google Play Music is still loaded on by default and it is a good thing too. It has come a long way and even if you don't intend to subscribe to Google's streaming service, it still offers bells and whistles like album art, powerful searching algorithms and also the neat ability to upload your own tracks to the cloud and stream them for free.

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Google Play Music Audio equalizer

Oddly enough, you can only access an equalizer from within Google Play Music. Also, it appears to be a lot simpler than the MaxxAudio one that was included in the OnePlus 2. There is no mention of Hi-Fi or any other advanced audio tech either.

Audio output starts off brightly, is only decent with headphones

The OnePlus 3 went off to a flying start in our audio quality test. When used with an active external amplifier, it got top marks for clarity and had very high loudness for one of the more impressive showings out there.

Unfortunately hooking our standard headphones set did quite a lot of damage - the loudness plummeted to only average, stereo crosstalk rose significantly and frequency response got a little shaky. Intermodulation distortion crept in too, so it's not the best in this case and certainly some way behind what we consider flagship standard in 2016.

And now here go the results so you can do your comparison.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
OnePlus 3 +0.01, -0.03-93.493.50.0039 0.0068-94.4
OnePlus 3 (headphones) +0.28, -0.58-92.893.00.022 0.486-51.5
Sony Xperia X Performance +0.01, -0.04-95.290.00.0038 0.011-95.1
Sony Xperia X Performance (headphones) +0.23, -0.17-93.289.30.0078 0.174-64.9
LG G5 +0.01, -0.04-92.692.60.0051 0.0096-93.3
LG G5 (headphones) +0.05, -0.01-92.292.30.0029 0.037-50.7
Xiaomi Mi 5 +0.01, -0.03-95.395.10.0034 0.0065-95.1
Xiaomi Mi 5 (headphones)+0.01, -0.03-95.295.10.0027 0.013-71.5
Samsung Galaxy S7 +0.01, -0.04-92.592.60.0027 0.0078-92.7
Samsung Galaxy S7 (headphones)+0.05, -0.05-91.992.10.0044 0.063-73.4
Apple iPhone 6s+0.03, -0.04-93.593.50.00160.0075-73.2
Apple iPhone 6s (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.06-93.893.90.00300.101-68.2

OnePlus 3 frequency response
OnePlus 3 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

You can change it in settings

  • walid

the worst thing of one plus 3 is the back touch on the left side

  • Roman

I am confusing which mobile I want to buy either mi a1 or one pluse 3 pls say something anyone