The OnePlus 7 Pro is OnePlus' first attempt at a truly ultra-premium flagship and I'm a little in love with it.
I came to this conclusion after I tested a review unit for about a week and it frankly left me in a bit of a pickle. Despite the fact that my day has been working for the past five or so years, I have been calling on a nearly monthly basis and changing phones (it's a hard life), I always returned to & # 39; a Google phone as my daily manager.
It can change everything with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
This trend of mine goes back all the way to the Google Nexus 4, which became my first Android phone in 2012 after touching incremental iPhone upgrades. The Nexus 5 was my next stop and soon cemented my love for everything Android and is probably my favorite smartphone of all time (just behind the Pixel 2 XL and HTC One M8).
Long story short, I managed to smash Pixel 3 XL (RIP) and need a replacement. That role is filled by the OnePlus 6T and I was immediately outraged by its fast pace, not to mention the smaller notch over the Pixel 3 XL's boring bath cut.
But it wasn't wonderful. The camera processing has left a lot to be desired, I still prefer Pixel software for OxygenOS, and I hated the single speaker that I always struggled to play when playing games and Twitch watched.
After seven years of Google phones, maybe it's time for a change.
I flashed between the OnePlus 6T and a brand new one, which didn't break Google Pixel 3 XL for a few months, trying to find a balance between the 6T's hardware and the Pixel 3 XL software.
Then the OnePlus 7 Pro occurred to me.
Rather than just about all the big and not-so-great things about the OnePlus 7 Pro, I'm going through all the things I want and won't miss out on my Pixel in the vain hope it will get. I'll be another "I will, I won't" dilemma to Pixel 4 roll around.
If you read or look (above) us OnePlus 7 Pro review You already know this thing is blistering fast. The version I have is the ridiculously over-spec 12GB RAM model and it's so fast it feels like it can slow down.
It comes from me annoyingly – and consider the inwards indescribable – slow Pixel 3 XL is a revelation. I can now switch between any seemingly infinite number of programs at any time without looking at them again. Thanks to UV 3.0, inflated games like Pokémon Go Also download in about half the time. It is happy.
The OnePlus 7 Pros provide the overall snappy feel and sleek animations 90Hz display.
The performance in general is absolutely stunning. I can probably count on one hand how many times I use a selfie camera in a single year, so switching off & nbsp; a mechanized pop-up camera that can one day fail for & # 39 ; a massive, almost completely unscreened, is not a brain.
The display curves may be a bit too extreme compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusBut everything else about the phone's entire design is stunning, especially in Nebula Blue, which has a concise, gentle glow in some lights. I have never thought of the two-color Pixel aesthetic, but it blows it out of the water.
The OnePlus 7 Pro's 90Hz screen is stunning.
Surprisingly, the fingerprint sensor in the display is another great upgrade. I say surprisingly because I had nothing but headaches with in-picture sensors, but I found that the pass rate on the OnePlus 7 Pro is really high. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 XL's back sensor has always touched me.
Another plus for OnePlus (see what I've done there?) Is the battery life. While the OnePlus 7 Pro represents a significant drop in battery endurance compared to the ultra-efficient OnePlus 6T, I can still make it through OnePlus' latest. That's more than I get from the Pixel. The shortage wireless charging It's a pity I have to retire Pixel Stand, but 30W Warp Charge support more than make it right.
As I expected, my main gripes with the OnePlus 7 Pro have very little to do with the hardware – with two minor exceptions.
The first is the setup of the stereo speaker. The 7 Pro speakers are a sharp improvement over the OnePlus 6T's silly-placed single-leg loudspeaker, but they aren't quite the same as the Pixel 3 XL's dual front speakers.
The other hardware feature I want to miss is Active side. I use Google Assistant A lot (I have five Google Home speakers and counters), so I can instantly access my phone with a quick push, has always been a bonus.
In the big scheme of things, these are both losses I can live on. I'm not sure I can say the same about my software issues.
Let me be very clear: OxygenOS is by far my favorite OEM sheet. It's incredibly customizable, washable, has almost zeroed up, and often has extra or tweaked features that are better than stock Android (especially gestures). But I still prefer the Pixel Launcher.
There is just about the simplicity and purity of the Pixel as part of the broader Google ecosystem – which I may have been too deeply involved in – that I immediately see the absence of that signature material design and feature.
I can thank you a little because of a useful widget program which mimics the Pixel clock and Nova launcher with a Google Download Application, but it's still not quite the same. There is also no solution to OnePlus's continuing, inexplicable refusal to always provide unsupported support – a very personal potential transaction breaker, I acknowledge – which is really staggering at this time.
However, if there is one ultimate deal breaker, it's the same thing that led me to return the OnePlus 6T to a loading: the camera.
Last year, I welcomed my daughter in the world and my photo library from shots from my cat to literally thousands of snaps from a small person, all uploaded safely to Google Photo's with unlimited original quality cloud storage and synchronized with me Google Home Page (or Nest Hub, I must say).
On paper, the OnePlus 7 Pro camera is huge. his triple lens The setup is much more versatile than the single shooter of the Pixel 3 series and the image quality is a clear step from the OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus Camera application is also simple and intuitive.
Unfortunately, the actual results are still pale compared to the Pixel 3 XL, especially in low light. OnePlus's post-processing is still behind Google's photo's and when you take photos you'll love forever, it's becoming an overwhelmingly emotional factor.
The fact that the budget Pixel 3a Series, which I also recently played, deliver better results than an instant phone with a dot and shoot, just showing how far Google is ahead of every Android OEM, not just OnePlus.
I have the feeling that I will be going back and forth between the OnePlus 7 Pro and Google Pixel 3 XL over the next few months. The inevitable Pixel camera port because the OnePlus 7 Pro can throw me a curveball, but it can make a little more uncomfortable with the telephoto and ultra-wide angle sensors.
My ideal phone is still among the two devices with OnePlus's hardware and Google's software. That being said, I understand that I come to this dilemma from a point of utmost privilege, as most people do not have a variety of calipers that they can choose and choose.
I'm still torn.
For most buyers, the OnePlus 7 Pro offers much more value to your money even if price jumps are considered compared to OnePlus' previous flagship. Similarly, if the camera is your deciding factor, as it may be for me, the Pixel 3a is a much better value pack than its flagship brother or sister.
Eventually I'm still torn. But it wasn't a while.
For which phone should I go? Let me hear your opinion in the comments!