5 things we love (and 4 things we hate) about the OnePlus 3T

The amazing OnePlus 3 is now better than ever. That doesn't mean we wouldn't make a few changes though...

The OnePlus 3 is dead. Long live the OnePlus 3T.

While the 3T is in many respects the best phone in the world - building on the incredible bang for buck performance of the now-discontinued OnePlus 3 - we’ve still got a few niggles which we’d like ironed out.

Here’s everything we love and hate about one of the best smartphones ever made:

Things we love

1) It’s still gorgeous

Place the OnePlus 3T next to the OnePlus 3, and you won’t be able to spot the difference. Now pick them up. Can you tell which one’s which? No? That’s because they’re identical, which is definitely no bad thing.

The OnePlus 3 is forged from solid aluminium, and the 3T is no different. That means it feels as premium as an Apple or Samsung flagship, which is an impressive feat given that it’s substantially cheaper than its high-end rivals.

It does a decent job of standing out from its Android companions too, thanks to its iPhone-like toggle switch, which you can use to allow only priority notifications to come through, or mute them altogether if you want some alone time.

The rear camera, while identical to the OnePlus 3’s, is now covered in nigh-unscratchable crystal sapphire glass, which should make it impervious to anything short of a diamond.

Oh, and before, when we said that both handsets looked identical? We lied. Only a tiny fib though, mind. The regular grey colour has been replaced with a slightly darker, classier gunmetal grey, which we’re rather fond of.

2) It’ll do justice to your face

That’s a nice face you have there. No, really. You look like David Gandy and Margot Robbie’s love child.

It’s a good thing, then, that the OnePlus 3T’s front-facing selfie cam has had a boost from 8-16 megapixels. All the better to see your Blue Steel interpretation in all of its really really ridiculously good looking glory.

3) It lasts a little longer

OnePlus has managed to squeeze a higher density battery into the 3T, increasing the overall battery capacity by 13%, without having to increase the size of the handset.

The bump from a 3000mAh battery to a 3400mAh one translates to around one to two extra hours of use per day which, while not absolutely mind blowing, is still something we’ll happily take.

Battery life is one of the biggest gripes we have with most smartphones these days, and even an extra hour of use on a particularly long and boring commute is a godsend.

Even if you do find yourself running low on power after a particularly brutal day of gaming and cat memes, you can juice up the OnePlus 3T by another 60% or so, in just half an hour, thanks to its Dash Charge functionality.

Unlike other fast-charging options, the bundled charger itself regulates the charging, keeping the handset’s temperature low, which means it’ll still charge fast even during use.

You’ll need to use the official OnePlus charger for this, mind, so worth getting a spare for the office if you suffer from Power Paranoia.