MetaReview: OnePlus 3

Welcome to the GadgetBlur MetaReview of the OnePlus 3. I have collected 26 reviews of the OnePlus 3 and below you will find an overall score for the phone, a short summary from each site and a link to the full review. If you have the OnePlus 3, leave your own score in the comments.

Update (6/23) I have add Stuff’s review. Thanks to rarinrob.

Update (7/11) I have added our first YouTube Review! LinusTech.

OnePlus 3 Reviews 

Alphr – “Add everything together and there’s no doubt that the OnePlus 3 is a superb smartphone. It marries top-level performance, an excellent camera, decent display quality and great design with a refreshingly simple Android skin to deliver a true flagship smartphone for silly money.”

Anandtech – “As I think about the OnePlus 3 and all of its aspects, I’m left with both some good and bad surprises, but mostly good ones.”

Android Authority – “The OnePlus 3 is a great device at an even better price, but in order to make this phone appeal to everyone, it feels like OnePlus actually had to settle in certain aspects.”

Android Central – “The OnePlus 3 is the real deal, ready to be compared and evaluated as the flagship phone that it is.”

Android Pit – “But it’s not what the OnePlus 3 has that makes it interesting, but what it doesn’t have.”

Android Police – “OnePlus has learned to cut the right corners to avoid most big deal breakers.”

OnePlus Press image of OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 All Aluminum Body
Source: OnePlus

CNET – “At $400, the OnePlus 3 is the best budget Android phone you can buy, with a premium look and feel, and performance fast enough to go head-to-head with any high-end handset on the market.”

Engadget – “Suffice to say, this year’s launch is a big deal for OnePlus, and it’s only fitting that the OnePlus 3 mostly represents this young company at its best.”

Gadgets 360 – “After three previous attempts, OnePlus has finally managed to get everything right with the OnePlus 3.”

Gizmodo – “the OnePlus 3 is a “Flagship Killer” and at $400, with no more dumb invite system, it’s not just the best OnePlus phone ever, but one of the best cheap phones too.”

Greenbot – “If OnePlus’s goal is to be a major player in the smartphone wars, it’s getting there—slowly but surely.”

Guardian – “For your £309 you get a beautiful, well-made metal smartphone, with reasonable battery life, good screen and cameras, and snappy performance.”

Press photo of OnePlus 3 from OnePlus

OnePlus 3
Source: OnePlus

International Business Times –  “The term ‘flagship killer’ is thrown around far too much, but the OnePlus 3 is a genuine contender.”

LinusTech – The 3rd generation OnePlus is one of the most mature and elegant smartphones…”

Mashable – “The OnePlus 3 is a remarkable smartphone that crushes more expensive phones with style, power and price.”

Mirror – “The latest OnePlus phone offers everything you need (and more) at a truly remarkable price.”

Phandroid – “When it comes to looking upgrading to the latest and greatest Android devices, battery life is paramount. At least for some of us.”

Recombu – “The OnePlus 3 packs premium performance and startlingly good features like the insanely fast Dash Charge, for just £309 – almost half the cost of the best 2016 phones so far, like the Galaxy S7.”

Slash Gear – “For $400 you’re getting a device that has everything you’ll likely be looking for in a top-tier smartphone, including an excellent camera, a display that’s just as bright and sharp as the best on the market, a modern processor…”

Press photo from OnePlus of OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 Alert Slider
Source: OnePlus

Stuff – “The OnePlus 3 is the best phone buy in the world right now, and deserves to be at the top of your list if you want a great smartphone…”

Tech Radar – “The Chinese startup has improved on a number of issues fans had with its predecessor, wrapping the OnePlus 3 in a new premium suit and managed to keep the price low enough to worry the established names in the market.”

Techcrunch – “With the 3, OnePlus isn’t looking to create something radically different, so much as prove that a great phone doesn’t need to cost and arm and a leg.”

TechnoBuffalo – “I’ve also enjoyed using the OnePlus 3 for snapping pictures of my budding garden. With manual mode, I’m blown away at the detail I can get from the camera.”

Tom’s Guide – “While its camera’s low-light performance could be a bit better, for $399, the OnePlus 3 gives you more for your money than just about any phone on the market.”

Press photo from OnePlus of side of OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3
Source: OnePlus

USA Today – “But at $399 the combination of performance, design and price make the OnePlus 3 the best phone OnePlus has made and an incredibly tempting alternative to pricier smartphones.”

Verge – “The OnePlus 3 isn’t perfect: you can’t use it at all if you’re a Verizon or Sprint customer, and depending on your priorities, it might not have everything on your wish list.”

Wall Street Journal – “The latest Android phone from the popular Chinese startup has few, if any, compromises despite its low price.”

Wired – “Ultimately, I told my friend to get a Nexus 5X. It’s not as fancy as the OnePlus 3, but it’s more consistent. And that is the most important feature of any smartphone, whatever your budget may be.”


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Comments 7

      1. About 17 hours with 4 hrs SOT, moderate usage, still had 15% of the battery left.
        All in all, I’m happy with performance.
        I’ve had the OPO,OP2 and now the 3rd version.

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