What's your review on the OnePlus 9?   

Frank Lucas
@Frank.Lucas · Posted 26 Aug. 2021

Lily Campbell
@Lily.Campbell · Posted 26 Aug. 2021

A legitimate flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 9 Pro is competitive with some of the best Android phones available today. Still, in terms of market share and popularity, it's destined to become a niche product for a small group of enthusiasts who want something more elegant than the typical Android smartphone. OnePlus has established itself as a brand capable of making great phones that offer an alternative to mainstream technology after nearly seven years and dozens of phones. OnePlus will always offer flagship phones with top-of-the-line specs, but what makes the OnePlus 9 Pro special isn't how much it comes with; it's that it comes with one of Android's best experiences.

·      With the OnePlus 9 Pro, the company has created its most seamless, elegant hardware design to date. Obviously, it's huge. The phone has a 6.7-inch screen spanning the length of the device in a slim body that makes it just fit in one hand for me. The build quality of OnePlus has really improved over the past few years. A rail of aluminum surrounds the perimeter of the glass on the front and back, so there are no seams in the glass. There is a great deal of balance, beauty, and solidity in it. However, the three-stage ringer switch keeps some of OnePlus' identity, letting you switch between a ringer, vibration, and silent mode with ease. 

·      It is OnePlus' proprietary charging technology that makes it stand out among competitors. Charge up your phone ridiculously fast with the 65W charger included in the box. Interestingly, the 4500mAh battery is actually divided in two, which further helps to boost battery charging. The OnePlus Warp Charge 50 wireless charger is also available for an additional $69 if you'd like. Within 45 minutes, it charged completely from a full dead state. It took a little longer with ambient mode on. but it was still quite fast compared to other wireless chargers. After using it moderately for a day and a half, able to get a whole day of usage from that battery. Battery life on OnePlus phones, however, depends somewhat on how the phone is used. Therefore, even though the battery life doesn't match that of other phones, the charger that OnePlus makes for the phone allows me to charge it much faster than usual - provided that I use the proprietary charger.

·      With the OnePlus 9 Pro, wireless charging is followed by that large screen measuring 6.7 inches. A LTPO-based OLED panel, like Samsung's, allows OnePlus to have greater control over the refresh rate, while also being more power-efficient. Displays can go through 120Hz and even 1Hz, depending on what's going on. What makes this device more significant is its screen resolution: 1440 x 3216 at 525ppi. While this probably reduces battery life, I didn't turn down the resolution or the refresh rate because I consider it the point of this phone to have the highest specs.

·      This camera's image quality is mostly middle of the road. In addition to lifting up shadows, it tends toward blue. Although it takes more visually appealing photos, it is less accurate than those from an iPhone. There are some good features in the OnePlus 9 Pro. The camera handles a variety of conditions quite well, but sometimes had to take an extra second to compose my shot.

One plus 9 pro is a pricey phone that makes a lot of promises, even though its price is still less than competitors in its class. Even though OnePlus phones only account for a tiny portion of customer purchases compared to Apple and Samsung, the company has been around long enough to deserve its status as an established brand. Choosing the 9 Pro over the regular 9 is similar to taking a OnePlus phone instead of a Samsung phone in the first place: it's just a little better and different from what everyone else is using.

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