OnePlus 3T review: Digitally remastered

Digitally remastered

GSMArena team, 7 December 2016.

Contacts and telephony

Not much has changed in regard to the core set of apps within Oxygen OS since its last major update. Current OnePlus owners, as well as most stock Android fans will feel right at home.

The contacts manager features a tabbed interface, which displays all contacts and the favorites. You can sync with multiple accounts including Google and Exchange. A button to add a new contact is constantly present in the bottom right corner - you can choose which account to sync the new addition with.

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Contacts app The Phone app and its dialer

The phone app comes with a tabbed interface for speed dial, recent calls and all contacts. The dialer is invoked by taping on its dedicated key and supports smart dialing.

OnePlus has stuck to its typical design approach and like its sibling, the OnePlus 3T also has a single loudspeaker on the bottom. Just like it, however, the updated version isn't particularly loud. It only scored a "Good" mark in our proprietary test.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Huawei Mate 8 BG 67.8 65.8 66.6 Below Average
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 65.0 68.2 70.8 Average
nubia Z11 64.3 70.7 71.2 Average
OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good
Xiaomi Redmi Pro 68.1 71.8 69.4 Good
Meizu MX6 65.7 71.7 72.5 Good
Samsung Galaxy S7 69.5 69.3 71.1 Good
OnePlus 3 62.4 71.0 77.8 Good
Lenovo Moto Z Droid 64.5 66.2 81.8 Good
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL (ring) 65.5 70.5 76.6 Good
Huawei P9 72.1 66.6 75.6 Good
Xiaomi Mi 5s 64.2 70.0 84.9 Very Good
Huawei Honor 8 70.5 70.5 78.2 Very Good
LeEco Le Max 2 74.9 69.3 77.2 Very Good
ZTE Axon 7 66.4 72.2 84.1 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi Mix 64.2 72.8 86.0 Very Good
Meizu Pro 6 64.0 71.5 89.1 Very Good
Huawei P9 Plus (regular) 71.7 73.7 81.3 Very Good
OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent

Messaging and text input

Messaging is pretty much as straightforward an affair as on every other droid out there. The generic Email app is being decommissioned in favor of the Gmail app. If you tap on its icon, it will tell you the Gmail app is the client that will handle all your emails from now on.

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As expected, the default Google keyboard is on board as well. It offers two sleek-looking skins - Material Dark and Material Light. It is now smart enough and supports things like Gesture typing, but if you would rather go with a third party for this feature, SwiftKey is also on board by default.

Apps

As usual, OnePlus has kept its app package to a bare minimum. There is literally no bloatware to speak of.

Google Chrome is unsurprisingly the default browser in the new OnePlus 3T. Its design matches the material look and feel of Android.

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Google Chrome

One of the Chrome's strengths is its ability to seamlessly sync with the desktop version, using nothing but your Google account. This allows you to open an article on your PC and finish reading it on your mobile phone. It also syncs your bookmarks and favorite sites.

OnePlus has opted to use most of the Google app suite on the OnePlus 3, but there are a few exceptions, like the dedicated File app, Gallery and Music player. The usual organizing tools are present as well - there is the massively capable Google Calendar, a neat Calculator, and Clock (alarms, world clock, timer, stopwatch). A Recorder app was also thrown in the mix.

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Calendar Calculator Clock Files Recorder

OnePlus has also thrown in a Weather app this time around. It features a very minimalistic interface, complete with animations and a parallax effect. All the data comes from AccuWeather. The app is hardly a resource hog by any measure, but since it is not there to serve a vital function, like the rest of the small OnePlus package, you can always elect to uninstall it.

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Weather app

Reader comments

  • Sayeed2699

Bought one on January 2017, Now it is January 2020; Still going strong-No issues-2 day battery life.

My android phone oneplus 3T just got locked up and it's requesting for a password but I can't remember using a password for it. Kindly help me

  • Musthafa

please don't buy this phone!!!!! this phone is good but it has display issue all of a sudden while using its display goes so it will be an additional cost to. replace another. I have been affected and most of the people I know too.