OnePlus 5 review: Ignore the hate, this phone is awesome


Oh, man has the OnePlus 5 received a lot of hate. From benchmark cheating, all the way to sub-par camera performances that have led the public to call DxOMark’s credibility into question, OnePlus’ latest flagship hasn’t had the smoothest of launches.

But, while it’s easy to get caught up with all the hate, all the rage, and all the feelings of dissatisfaction surrounding this smartphone, a lot of people tend to forget one really, really important thing about this new flagship:

It’s a damn good smartphone.

Before you begin raising your pitchforks and lighting your torches, let me just say that I completely agree with you. OnePlus shouldn’t have done what they did. It was wrong and probably really stupid of them to cheat at benchmarks especially since they already had the best hardware money can buy.

However, I would also encourage you not to blame the son for the sins of the father. Yes, OnePlus did something really dumb and sketchy, but at the end of the day, all I care about is whether they made a good smartphone. And the OnePlus 5 is a great smartphone.

It is a few hundred bucks more expensive than its predecessor but I’d argue that the OnePlus 5 is also worth a few hundred bucks more than its predecessor. And the issues everyone has complained about since the launch? Well, I’m here to tell you that it really isn’t as bad as you think it is.

The Good

+ Great performance and software
+ Good battery life
+ Excellent build quality

The Bad

– No water resistance
– Mono speaker
– Absurdly slippery


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