The OnePlus 6, from the small Chinese phone-maker OnePlus, is making a really good case against the $US1,000 iPhone X.
In several respects, the OnePlus 6 is better than the iPhone X, and yet it costs a mere $US530. And there aren’t any significant downsides to going for the OnePlus 6 – at least, none worth the extra $US470 it would cost to buy an iPhone X.
The OnePlus 6 could be the perfect smartphone for any lifelong iPhone user who wants to see what else is out there. It’s less of a financial risk than buying one of the top-tier Android phones like the Galaxy S9 or the LG G7, and it runs a nice, clean, and simple version of Android.
Check out why you should consider the OnePlus 6 over the iPhone X.
1. The OnePlus 6 is almost half the price of the iPhone X.
For a sleek, modern design, the only real choice on the Apple side is the iPhone X, which starts at $US1,000. Sure, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are less expensive, but their designs with wide bezels are virtually the same as the iPhone 6, which came out in 2014. They still look good, but fresh and modern they are not.
Meanwhile, the OnePlus 6 has a sleek design and narrow bezels, and it starts at $US530.
2. The OnePlus 6 has a larger display than the iPhone X.
At 5.8 inches, the iPhone X has the largest display of any iPhone. The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, has a 6.28-inch display, and the phone itself isn’t that much bigger than the iPhone X.
Screen size is up to personal preference, but there’s a reason smartphone screens have been getting larger over the past few years. If you want a large screen, Android phones are the way to go, especially the OnePlus 6.
3. It has a “notch,” but you can turn it off if you want to.
OnePlus gave the OnePlus 6 a notch, which could be a divisive decision. If you like it, great – but if you don’t, you can turn it off!
One of the phone’s settings can create a black bar along the top of the phone to hide the notch; you won’t get an option like this with the iPhone X.
4. The OnePlus 6 is incredibly fast and powerful.
The OnePlus 6 has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip as other top Android smartphones like the Galaxy S9 and the LG G7, and it even comes with more RAM too.
The base $US530 OnePlus 6 model comes with 6 GB of RAM, and the $US580 model comes with 8 GB, which is an astonishing amount on a smartphone. To put that into perspective, 8 GB of RAM is the standard on most laptops these days.
And the more RAM you have, the more apps you can run without the phone slowing down.
5. It comes with a fast charger out of the box, whereas you have to buy a fast charger separately for the iPhone X.
The OnePlus 6 comes with the company’s Dash Charge charger, which is one of the best fast chargers of any smartphone. It keeps the parts that get hot while charging inside the charging brick itself, meaning the OnePlus 6 never gets too hot while it’s charging at full speed.
It’s surprising that other smartphone companies haven’t adopted this kind of charger, as excessive heat can wear down electronics at a faster rate. The way most deal with phone heat while charging is to throttle the charging speeds.
But since the Dash Charge brick keeps the heat away from the phone, the OnePlus 6 can charge at full speed without getting too hot, even if you’re playing a game that usually heats up smartphones.
Meanwhile, the iPhone X comes with a standard iPhone charger that doesn’t have any special technology. The iPhone Xsupports fast charging, but you have to buy separate accessories for it. And that’s one more expense on top of the already high starting price.
6. The OnePlus 6 also has a headphone jack.
If you don’t want to let go of your wired headphones, the iPhone X isn’t for you. Sure, you can use the included dongle. But the dongle is ridiculous, quite frankly. If you lose it or forget it, your wired headphones become useless on the iPhone X.
OnePlus has kept the headphone jack for the OnePlus 6, so it’s ready and willing to serve your trusty old pair of wired headphones.
7. The OnePlus 6 runs on Android, which is a great smartphone operating system.
iOS is great, but there are a few things that the Android operating system does a lot better.
The main thing is notifications. Android manages them a lot better than iOS. I usually try to be objective, but this one isn’t up for discussion.
You can also customise Android a lot more than you can iOS. You can place app icons anywhere on the screen, for example. Or you can make your home screen look like this (it’s the Galaxy S9, but you can get the same kind of customisation with the OnePlus 6):
8. It’s the easiest smartphone to unlock.
The OnePlus 6 has facial recognition to unlock your phone, and it works a lot better than Face ID on the iPhone X, in my opinion. It’s lightning fast to the point that I rarely ever see the lock screen, and it’s incredibly accurate too.
Meanwhile, my experience with Face ID on the iPhone X has been pretty poor.
That said, facial recognition on the OnePlus 6 isn’t as secure as Face ID on the iPhone X. You can’t use it for mobile payments with Google Pay, for example. But OnePlus never intended for it to be as secure. It’s purely designed to let you unlock your phone quickly and easily.
9. If you don’t want to use the facial recognition on the OnePlus 6, you can use the fingerprint scanner, which the iPhone X doesn’t have.
Yep, Face ID is the only way to unlock the iPhone X securely without entering an annoying PIN or password every time you want to unlock your phone. Apple removed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on previous iPhones, which would have been a good alternative for those who don’t like Face ID.
10. If you really like the notification-silencing switch on the iPhone, OnePlus phones are the only Android phones that come with a similar switch — and it’s even better than the iPhone’s.
The iPhone’s handy silencing switch can set it to vibrate or unmute your phone without even looking at the screen, but the OnePlus’ switch has one extra function: You can set the OnePlus 6 to unmute, vibrate, or completely silent, with no vibrations or notification sounds.
To be fair, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t have a few features that the iPhone X has.
• The OnePlus 6 has a similar OLED display as the iPhone X, but it’s not quite as sharp, at 1080p compared with the 1125p resolution on the iPhone X. Still, the OnePlus 6’s display is great, and I never thought to myself that apps, videos, or photos should be sharper.
• The iPhone X also has wireless charging, while the OnePlus 6 doesn’t. That might be a deal breaker for some, but wireless charging hasn’t proved to be a “must have” feature that makes a smartphone great. In any case, OnePlus’ Dash Charge charger more than makes up for the lack of wireless charging.
• The OnePlus 6 isn’t officially water resistant, like the iPhone X, but the company is confident that it can easily survive splashes.
• The OnePlus 6 has a great dual-camera system, but the secondary camera is used only to enhance portrait mode. The iPhone X’s secondary lens also doubles as a zoom lens, which can come in handy.
• And lastly, the OnePlus 6 is unavailable on Verizon, whereas you can get the iPhone X on pretty much any carrier.
Still, you’d have to really ask yourself whether those features are worth the extra $US470 for an iPhone X.
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