Display: 8 / 10
The display on the OnePlus 3T remains the same – 5.5-inch FullHD – as before, and at 400PPI it’s not a bad deal six months down the line either. The text remained sharp even at the smallest font settings and the colours and brightness levels remained intact even at the steepest viewing angles.
The colours produced are a bit saturated but the new software allows for some better screen calibration options compared to the previous model. There’s now a default setting which is the most vivid one, followed by the sRGB which results in the most natural looking colours. The third selection in the menu tagged as ‘Customisation’ lets users change the hue using a slider.
Back to the display, it seemed to be the perfect solution to stick to Full HD keeping the OnePlus 3’s battery life problems in mind. The display was bright enough both in indoor and outdoor environments and since there are no plans for VR or Daydream support ever, I was not going to miss a Quad HD display either.
Software: 8.5 / 10
With OxygenOS now the norm on OnePlus smartphones, we were expecting the usual Nexus-like (or should I say Pixel) software experience with a few minor tweaks. But then a few months ago, OnePlus threw a bomb stating that they would be combining both its OxygenOS and HydrogenOS teams to deliver faster updates. While users can get a taste of the final result by using the beta software, OnePlus 3T owners get a special something that sits in between.
Having used the beta Nougat ROM, I can say that OxygenOS v3.5.3 is a mix of the two excluding the underlying Nougat bits that are expected in an update that will arrive by the end of this month.
With that said, there are a couple of changes that 3T owners will notice upon booting up their new device. Then there are a couple of new wallpapers in the customisations options, new icons for certain native apps, new theme selections (Default, Light, Dark) in the theme selector under Display options and a completely new palette for accent colours that are now a bit sober.
The Shelf feature gets an upgrade and to be frank, it looks a lot better than the previous implementation. It still cannot be accessed from the lockscreen like on iOS 10, but I did end up going there to call up recent contacts. Like before, it simply shows off your recent apps and recent contacts with the rest of the additions being your standard Android widgets from third-party and native Google apps. With so little use, OnePlus might as well kill the feature instead.
In terms of software navigation you still get the usual option to switch between the hardware buttons and the software on-screen navigation keys.
While OnePlus 3 owners will notice the new updates, they are not a big deal, at least not big enough to convince them to switch. This is more so, because the upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat update is expected to deliver the same stuff to the older OnePlus 3.
Publish date: December 14, 2016 10:00 am| Modified date: December 14, 2016 10:05 am
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