OnePlus is an odd duck in the smartphone business. It tends to make one phone at a time with a simple and clear goal: to pack all the latest trends and tech into an Android phone that costs about $500. It doesn’t waste time developing a ton of custom features, like LG’s crazy AI-powered camera , nor does it make any effort to woo U.S. wireless carriers. If you want a OnePlus phone, you have to buy it unlocked, immediately from OnePlus. For as offbeat as it seems, the strategy appears to be working.
The 2017 OnePlus 5T sold out faster than anticipated and now OnePlus is back a mere six months later with its successor. If you obsessively follow smartphone tendencies, you can probably guess the OnePlus 6 &# x27; s new features: A longer screen with a notch cutout up top, glass on the back, Android 8 Oreo, and a top-shelf Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
The OnePlus 6 holds no major surprises, and that’s exactly how OnePlus likes it.
Gestures and Glass
Metal frame. Gorilla Glass back with curved edges. If you’ve held a top-tier smartphone in the past year, you can imagine exactly what the OnePlus 6 feels like.
The 6 is roughly the same sizing as the 5T, with a taller 6.28 -inch 1080 p AMOLED screen( spoiler warning: it looks great in spite of its HD resolution) that stretches from the bottom( almost) all the way up to the tippy top. Unlike LG’s G7, OnePlus builds no major effort to hide its notch. It &# x27; s only 3/4 of an inch across, which makes it less distracting than Apple’s iconic( or, depending on how “youre feeling”, infamous) iPhone X notch, which is so broad that there &# x27; s little room for anything else along the top edge.
The fingerprint sensor sits a bit lower on the back of the phone, but I noticed that it seemed less capable than before. It’s still speedy at unlocking, but one of my favorite features on the 5T was the ability to swipe the fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification tray. The 6 cannot do that. Luckily you can still swipe down from anywhere on the home screen to open notifications, or swipe up to pull out the app drawer. These are simple features that stimulate life with a large-screened telephone style more enjoyable. I can only hope that OnePlus adds this functionality with a software update.
OnePlus’s mute switch is now on the right side of the phone, letting you easily switch to vibrate and silent modes, much like the toggle on the side of every iPhone. The built-in audio jack is also a godsend if you love music. You get the versatility of USB-C and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, so you can jam out while you charge the device.
The slick glass back may give you difficulty, though. It’s more slippery than some Android phones, which has led to a few slip-ups where I had to catch the phone before it made the ground. It also attracts fingerprints and converts them into a gross, gunky patina at an alarming rate. To my astonish, OnePlus includes a semi-transparent plastic case with each OnePlus 6, which builds it a little bit easier to grip, and should offer some protection. If you &# x27; re paranoid, this Dretal example should buy you even more peace of mind.
The screen protector that comes preinstalled on the OnePlus 6 should also help the phone remain protected. That is, as long as you don &# x27; t accidentally tear it off like I did. Oops.
Photo quality continues to slowly improve with each new OnePlus. The 16 -megapixel main rear camera has a bigger sensor this time around, and does an adequate undertaking under most conditions, even if it still struggles in low lighting sometimes. The background-blurring portrait mode seems to be more reliable, but it’s still not uncommon for the phone to accidentally blur part of a foreground object.
There &# x27; s a super slow-mo mode now( netting you 480 fps at 720 p ), and added optical image stabilization for video, who are capable of record in 4K at 60 frames per second.
The 16 -megapixel selfie cam takes a sufficient selfie that &# x27; s noticeably less washed out in bright sun, but I’m still bothered by the odd way it saves them mirrored( backward) by default. You can fix this by swiping up from the bottom of the camera app and making the puts button that’s hiding in the corner.
RTAG 16 TTI &# x27 ;d be remiss if I didn &# x27; t mention the convenient Face Unlock feature. It’s quick and works well enough that I barely notice it, though I worry about security since it &# x27; s not nearly as robust as a Galaxy S9 or an iPhone X in that regard. Hopefully there aren’t a lot of telephone thieves out there with 3D-printed copies of my face. If there are, I might be in trouble. Then again,
RTAG 17 TTOn the whole, the camera is good relative to the cost of the phone, but it &# x27; s nowhere near the qualifications of the Pixel 2.
A Bargain Without the Bin
RTAG 18 TTI might not love its fragile glass building or its middle-of-the-road camera, but let me make it abundantly clear: the OnePlus 6 is a kickass Android phone and the best unlocked device you can buy for around $500. The only big caveat worth highlighting is carrier compatibility. The OnePlus 6 still merely works on AT& T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and others that use similar networks. Even though it technically got a right bands, it won &# x27; t run on CDMA carriers like Sprint or Verizon.
RTAG 19 TTOnePlus sells two unlocked versions of the 6: a $529 model with 6GB RAM and 64 GB of file and photo storage and a $579 upgrade with 8GB RAM and 128 GB of storage. If you have a lot of photos or apps, get the 128 GB version. There is no way to expand the phone &# x27; s memory, so once you’re out of storage space, you’ll have to start micromanaging your memory, which isn’t fun. For most folks, 64 GB should be enough, but check the capacity of your current device simply to be sure.
RTAG 20 TTIf you want the best of the best, you can purchase Android phones that edge out the OnePlus 6 in one regard or another, but it’s hard to beat a phone that’s as powerful as a Galaxy S9, yet virtually $200 cheaper. OnePlus continues to offer stellar value here, making the OnePlus 6 a true bargain.
President Trump on Monday met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, a day after demanding a DOJ investigation into whether the FBI “infiltrated” his 2016 campaign.
“Based on the meeting with the president, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign, ” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Sanders said it was also agreed to that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will “immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with congressional leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.”
The president stimulated the investigation demand on Sunday, following reports detailing how an FBI “informant” had multiple contacts with members of Trump’s campaign. Trump said he would formally attempt a DOJ probe of whether agents surveilled the campaign for political purposes, and whether any such demands came from the Obama administration.
Within hours, the DOJ had asked the department’s inspector general to handle such a review.
And, Rosenstein said in a Sunday statement: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate intents, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”
“The White House plan to arrange a meeting where’ highly categorized and other information’ will be shared with members of Congress is highly irregular and inappropriate. The president and his staff should not be involved in the viewing or dissemination of sensitive investigatory info involving any open investigation, let alone one about his own activities and campaign, ” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y ., reacted. “However, if such a meeting passes, it must be bipartisan in order to serve as a check on the disturbing propensity of the president’s allies to distort facts and undermine the investigation and the people conducting it.”
The focus of Monday’s meeting was expected to be the Justice Department’s response to congressional petitions- something that directly relates to the president’s weekend tweets, as GOP lawmakers have been locked in a heated disagreement with DOJ over access to information about the apparent informant.
Congressional Republican have been attempting documents relating to the confidential informant who helped investigate potential Russian collusion by the Trump campaign, but the Justice Department has resisted the move quoting the sensitivity of the issues.
Vice President Pence, in an interview Monday with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, told Trump was “grateful” that the DOJ was having labour inspectors general “look into and determine and ensure that there was no surveillance done for political purposes against our campaign.”
He added, “I think it would be very troubling to millions of Americans if that took place, but we’re very confident that as labour inspectors general has been doing their work looking at the conduct of the FBI during that period that, by adding their focus to this, that we’ll get to the bottom of it, because the American people have a right to know.”
Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Chad Pergram and Meghan Welsh, Fox Business Network’s Blake Burman and The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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