I’m writing this column entirely on the OnePlus 10T 5G smartphone that debuted this fall. It dwarfs the phone I’ve been using, with its bright 6.7-inch, 120 Hz fluid display. Every page transition is reliably smooth. And fast. In fact, everything about this phone is lightning quick, thanks in part to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 mobile platform processor. In my testing, there have been zero hiccups.
Trust me, I’ve tried dozens of Android phones the past two years. This is the clear-cut winner, in terms of seamless and smooth performance. Videos load and play with no hitches. Documents such as this one instantly catch up to my typing and dictation with no latency. And I’ve even played several fast action games – just to see if it’s all as stable. And it is. Which is why it doesn’t shock me that the company partially aims the phone at gamers.
Phone calls sound great – on both ends. Television apps stream well with no buffering. Music can be amped up loud yet, if I can be picky, sounds a little tinny from the speakers. To solve the issue, I merely connected my bluetooth earbuds. I was also able to customize the phone in my testing time to exactly the way I like. Apps loaded quickly, too.
And then there’s the camera – well, actually the triple camera system. The 50MP main camera sports a 119.9-degree ultra-wide angle lens – in addition to the 8MP ultra-wide camera and 2MP macro. An IMX766 sensor with OIS delivers outstanding clarity and stability. There’s a night mode that captures amazing images in low-light environments – giving you details and vivid colors without that artificial look that the Google Pixel phones seem to generate. The shutter’s fast and can even grab decent sport shots. You can dial up to 10x in the digital zoom, but that looks a bit grainy. All I know is that in the first week using the OnePlus, I snapped several hundred shots and found plenty of them to be frameable. I took the gamut of shots – close-ups of my dog to action shots from a distance. I was impressed. Plus I also really enjoyed the after-shot photo editing on this phone – there are plenty of filters. My favorite was the “retouch” that let me remove skin blemishes from photos. And although I’m not much of a video taker, I did shoot some and was happy with the results. I especially thought the dual-camera video was kind of cool – letting you take video synched from both the front and back cameras on a split screen.
So far, the battery life has remained impressive – easily lasting me a full day for my normal use. It even has some life to spare at the end of the day, which is nice. But it hardly matters because it comes with a SUPERVOOC charger that will recharge the battery crazy fast. You can watch the battery percentage climb in real time: I was at 80 percent, plugged it in, and was at 100 percent within nine minutes. The model I’m using has 8 GB of RAM, but the phone offers me a virtual expansion of up to 5 GB on top of that – as long as there’s enough storage space available. Speaking of, the version I’m using also has 128 GB of storage.
Honestly, I’m curious to see how the phone holds up after a few weeks of use. Other Android phones I’ve tried seem to have a honeymoon period, after which things begin becoming a bit undependable. But I have to say, this has been as rock solid as I could’ve hoped for. I’m predicting it will stay that way.
This is my first time trying a OnePlus phone. And I know that the brand will soon debut the 11 model, which I’m sure will also be impressive. But I will tell anyone who asks that when the new model debuts, there might be deals on the 10T 5G. Grab it. You’ll be happy you did.