OnePlus 6T major disappointments (from reviews and community feedback)
Updated (November 02):
OnePlus has revealed more details about the OnePlus 6T, like the T-Mobile variants won’t be able to participate in the beta program. Details here.
Updated (October 31):
The OnePlus 6T fingerprint sensor may not be compatible with every screen protector out there in the market. More info here.
Original story follows:
So the highly anticipated OnePlus 6T has finally been made official. Some of the key highlights of the device include a comparatively large battery (3,700mAh) and small waterdrop or teardrop-style notch, as well as an in-display fingerprint scanner. Oh, and not to miss the premium look and feel as well as the affordable $549 price tag.
So far so good. But are there any downsides? Well, yes, there definitely are. And in this story, we will focus on those very disappointments, hoping that a clear picture of all the major pros and cons will help you decide whether or not to purchase the OnePlus 6T.
Before we begin, let’s make one thing absolutely clear that whatever disappointments or downsides we’re listing here are purely based on the feedback we’re seeing from reviewers and the OnePlus user community in general.
OnePlus 6T – worth your money?
Of course, it’s not an easy question to answer, as choices and priorities vary from user to user. But here are somethings that we want you to know.
Firstly, the OnePlus 6T doesn’t come with a headphone jack. This shouldn’t be a surprise as most smartphone manufacturers have already made this move. However, given the popularity of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack as well as the fact that previous OnePlus phones like the OnePlus 6 have it, this omission is worth highlighting.
Moving on, OnePlus has done away with the notification LED in the 6T. This is definitely a nasty surprise for those who rely on LED notifications. Reputed publication The Verge pointed out this change in the very beginning of their in-depth review of the phone. Here’s how they summed up:
The new OnePlus 6T shows a company willing to defy and disappoint its most ardent fans
Couple this with the fact that the device doesn’t feature an always on display, and you’ll understand why the community isn’t happy about this change.
Note: Always on display was there on OnePlus 6 at launch, but the company took it away due to battery concerns. Presumably, same concerns didn’t allow the feature to be included in the OnePlus 6T.
Now coming to the in-display fingerprint sensor, we’re seeing feedback that the scanner is slow and inconsistent. Here’s what Vlad from The Verge says:
I registered my two thumbprints with the OnePlus 6T, and I got a maddeningly low success rate unlocking the phone on the first attempt
XDA’s Editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman says the OnePlus 6T fingerprint sensor is not as fast as its counterpart on the OnePlus 6 and 5. And because it’s an optical in-display scanner, there may be issues in case your finger is wet.
My fingers are usually dry but the OnePlus 6T was able to recognize my semi-wet finger after a quick drying from a towel
Here’s a video that shows the wet finger test:
Another little limitation is that the screen needs to be on in order for you to fingerprint unlock the OnePlus 6T. Here’s what Ron from ArsTechnica says:
The screen needs to be on for the fingerprint sensor to work, but the display can be set to turn on when you lift the phone or when you double tap on the screen
Ron further says optical scanners can easily be fooled when compared to the usual capacitive scanners.
Theoretically an optical scanner could be easier to trick than a case-mount capacitive scanner. Optical is just a 2D picture. Lots of people have access to image-creation tools—cameras, scanners, printers, Photoshop—which could potentially fool the optical reader. Not many people can create a prosthetic finger with the same capacitive signature as your real fingertip
Moving on, the OnePlus 6T features only a single, bottom-firing speaker. Yes, the earpiece doesn’t work as a speaker when you are playing media. Agreed, it’s less often that people use their phones for media playback without headphones. But for those who do, it’s definitely a big omission.
Then there are other limitations like no water or dust resistant IP rating and poor Haptic feedback, according to Andrew from Android Central, who calls the phone’s Haptic feedback “shallow, rattly and disappointing.”
It also has the worst haptic feedback of any phone over $200 I’ve used, which is really saying something
Finally, the OnePlus 6T doesn’t feature wireless charging despite having a glass back. Same was the case with the OnePlus 6. So no improvements here.
And before we wrap up, those in the US who are planning to pick up a T-Mobile variant of the OnePlus 6T, it’s worth knowing that the model is single SIM instead of dual SIM. And you can’t unlock the bootloader until you fully pay off.
Other than that, it’s practically same as the model OnePlus directly sells. This also means no carrier bloatware from T-Mobile. In addition, the OnePlus 6T is compatible with Verizon as well. More on all this here.
What do you think about the OnePlus 6T? Do you think the cons we mentioned here outweigh the new features and improvements the device offers? Let us know in comments below.
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