The OnePlus 5T is simply one of the best values in phones today. The “budget flagship” has better specs than many on this list with. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage. For a few dollars more, you can bump that up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Those excellent specs don’t mean anything if the software isn’t great too. Luckily, OnePlus’ own OxygenOS version of Android is one of the best skins on the market. Combining the simplicity of stock Android with subtle tweaks and features, Oxygen OS offers Toyota reliability and Lamborghini speed.
OnePlus has released two devices for the last couple of years. This year saw that OnePlus 5 and 5T. So, what’s the difference? Not too much. The OnePlus 5T has a larger, 6-inch 18:9 AMOLED display. If you’re into bigger phones with huge screens, you’ll love the OnePlus 5T due to that very display. It’s big, bright, and has great color reproduction. OnePlus also changed up its dual-camera setup, but the changes were pretty minor. While not the best camera on the market, the OnePlus 5T can still take some great pictures.
The OnePlus 5T isn’t perfect, but it does fill the void left by the death of the Nexus program. You can get a great flagship device with close to stock Android for a fair price. If you’re not a fan of the software that comes on the OnePlus 5T (it is running Android 8.0 Oreo), you can flash any number of custom ROMs currently under development.
OnePlus recently stopped selling the OnePlus 5T since the release of the OnePlus 6 is imminent. Right now, the only place you can pick one up is through a third-party retailer like GearBest or used on Swappa. If you’re looking for a device today, the OnePlus 5T is still a great choice, but you may want to wait for the 6 to hit in the next couple of months.