We went to Stockholm on Saturday and I ended up buying a new phone. I had no intention to buy one, I just wanted to see the handset, get my hands on the two new model of the OnePlus 7T series, thinking it was only out a week later anyway and I’d have time to decide between them. However, I really liked what I saw and took the plunge; decided to upgrade from my OnePlus 5 (link to my review) to a OnePlus 7T Pro.
OnePlus 7T versus OnePlus 7T Pro
Standing there and having the two handsets, the 7T and the 7T Pro, both my hands I really like the feel and weight of the 7T. I am not a big fan of the curved edges; I prefer a built-in selfie camera. However, I ended up buying the 7T Pro, because it has more storage – 256 vs 128 GB, and I’ve just filled up 128GB on my OnePlus 5- (and I actually would have considered the McLaren if it had been available, because of 4GB more RAM), and a three times optical zoom compared to the two times optical zoom. It really came down to these two factors…. and a call to Dadonthebrink, whether he could shift some money around if I put it on the credit card.
I unboxed the phone, there and then, in the store. It was charged to 53% so we could be use it immediately. I slotted in one of my SIM cards from my OnePlus 5 and with the help of the OnePlus switch app I got started. The whole process took me less than 20 minutes. (The longer process needed a secure WiFi, which then copied all content and apps across that I did in the evening.)
Before we knew it, the boys and I were out in the streets of Stockholm exploring and putting the new camera to the test.
We tested the phone cameras in different, challenging light conditions, and first impressions are really good. I’m loving the ultrawide angle (117 degrees) and the macro features; the portrait mode is beautiful! Actually quite mindblowing to think what fits into such a small case!
I think I still need to work with it more to figure out how to get good photos when kids are moving in lower light conditions; the videos are pretty good but the photos didn’t come out as well as I expected. Still an upgrade from the OnePlus 5.
How about the other features?
I had misgivings about the screen’s curvy edges. While it looks sexy, I’m quite afraid of dropping and damaging the screen. The look is definitely something to get used to.
The screen settings are amazing! The way you can control the colour and the intensity of the display are phenomenal: I think it will help with me sleeping better in the evenings by emitting even less blue light.
The 90Hz refresh rate is super smooth and really easy on the eye. Just beautiful! However, with my constant use, because I’m back and forth between Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all day, every day and then I’m using apps for different functions too, the battery life cannot sustain the 90mHz use for me. On Monday my battery was down to under 30% by mid-afternoon.
Then yesterday I switched off the 90Hz, still sparkling clear 60Hz and the phone breezed through the day keeping me well above 50% the whole day.
The warp charge really is brilliant, saying that I already found the dash charge very good on the OnePlus 5 and they are almost comparable in the speed; though, of course, the OnePlus 70 pro has a much bigger battery to charge in the same time.
Gesture controls and home keys
The OnePlus 7 T series come with Android 10 installed. So far this is my biggest gripe with the phone is the gesture controls. They do not work consistently for me. I just cannot get to previous apps in an easy, logical way (and I’m constantly switching between apps), so I switched back to the traditional buttons at the bottom. The problem with that now: I accidentally touch the nav buttons while hitting the spacebar way too often
I use the scroll typing a lot currently with this operating system and screen this is a lot less precise than it was on my OnePlus 5: it seems like the screen is more sensitive so I actually have to press it’s quite hard to get scroll typing working. It can’t be just a light touch as it used to be on the OnePlus 5.
Size and weight
The OnePlus 7T Pro is heavy and big. Both these need getting used to… I’ll pop in an update over the next week or so about how I get on.
I love how fast the OnePlus 7T Pro is. So far it has coped with whatever I’ve thrown at it in my daily use.
Navigating a new handset and an upgraded OS is always tricky, so there are still lots of things I’m still figuring out.
Simple things like the haptic feedback– it’s great, the intensity can be changed, yet combined with the added weight of the handset I need to understand if it may be better for my dormant RSI to have it switched off.
So very brief first impressions after having the OnePlus 7T Pro for 4 days so far:
What I love about the new OnePlus 7T Pro
- the phone comes with a silicon case – simple, but so appreciated!
- the camera features
- the screen controls
- the security features and emergency rescue features
- customisation of buttons
- digital wellbeing
- how easy it was to transfer EVERYTHING over from my previous phone (especially as Dadonthebrink has just had a big glitch with an apple update that has messed up all his contacts.)
- warp charging
- alert slider- so easy to switch to silent!
What I’m on the fence about the OnePlus 7T Pro
- pop up selfie camera – will it keep up with the demands of a travel blogger?
- the built-in microphone
- the cost- for what it packs in it’s not much £699, but it is a lot to spend on a phone… which is a camera as well. (The OnePlus 7T is awesome value: £550)
What I don’t like about the OnePlus 7T Pro
- screen reaction to scroll typing
- I want the gradually increasing ring volume function to return.
- no headphone socket
If you are considering getting a OnePlus handset, please do use my referral link (opens OnePlus website) … I’m collecting points for the OnePlus Bullet Wireless headset.