Tech Review: Oneplus 3 The Flagship Killer

This is my review of the device dubbed as a “Flagship Killer” the Oneplus 3

What is Oneplus?

According their website, “It all started in the winter of 2013 with a simple, bold idea: make a better phone“.

“But, not just a better phone – a better way of doing things. A new kind of tech company that works hand in hand with users to do something amazing, something meaningful.”

OnePlus3 Box2

I got interested in their devices starting from Oneplus 1. When I saw the website and the device, I wanted one, unfortunately purchase is by invitation only. When I got my invite, I found out that they do not ship to U.A.E.

Then Oneplus 2 was released, but availability in U.A.E. was limited and there was another device that I had my eyes on at that time.

Why Oneplus 3?

I liked the specs which are already well presented here.

Other than the specs, what I liked the most is the price. Having such a high specification would normally mean high amount of money to be spent on getting the device. Well, not for the Oneplus 3. I was able to get it from the exclusive distributor in U.A.E. for a discounted price of AED 1,499.00. Other devices with the same spec is priced at 2K or higher.

OnePlus3 Box

What’s it like using Oneplus 3?


  • I have used the device for about a week now and I like the way it feels in my hand, even when it is a 5.5 in device. It is very easy to handle compared to the device I had earlier.
  • The metallic body and the thin form factor makes me want to keep it in hand instead of putting it in my pocket.
  • I also noticed that it feels cooler (in temperature) compared to the other device I have.
  • The fingerprint sensor was so responsive that the device immediately unlocks. The downside is that even when the device is in my pocket and the sensor gets close to my leg, it detects it as trying to unlock making it vibrate at every unsuccessful attempt. It can sometimes be annoying because when in silent mode, it makes me think that I have an incoming call or a message. I guess the solution to that is to NOT keep it in the pocket.

One Plus3 view

The challenging part

The challenging part about this device is that it uses a USB type C, therefore the number of cables I had for my other devices will not work or will not even fit on it. The solution, I ordered an adapter from mini USB to type C. The drawback is that I won’t be able to make use of the Dash Charge function which charges the device to 60% within half an hour.

Another challenge is the availability of protective casing. I think it’s true for all new devices. Protective casing for this is even harder to obtain considering the device itself is hard to get (currently out of stock with the official distributor). I guess it only means that it is THAT good!

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

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  • Naeem

    Try or for ordering cases

    July 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Thanks for the suggestion, will check it out.

      July 17, 2016 at 8:59 AM Reply

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