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Best of Android 2016: Battery

What is Best of Android?                

In Best of Android, we take the most important smartphones of the year and compare them side-by-side and in-depth. This year, with so many good phones available, we’ve stepped things up a notch and brought the 10 biggest Android phones of the year to the competition.

Read more about Best of Android and thanks for being such a valuable part of the Android Authority family!

If you’re anything like us, you constantly get asked “what is the best phone?” and “which Android phone has the best battery life?” Rather than relying on the infamous “moderate-to-heavy usage” yardstick, we’re getting technical.

You will have undoubtedly read the battery section in each device’s full review throughout the year, but Best of Android 2016 puts them all side-by-side through a series of specially calibrated Android Authority tests using our own custom battery tests and benchmarks, so you can compare apples and apples.

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Best of Android 2016: Performance

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The tests include our custom “general” battery test, comprising a variety of different tasks aimed at replicating average daily usage. We also have dedicated battery tests for Wi-Fi browsing, gaming and video playback, along with a battery recharge test because we know just how important fast charging has become.

There’s no guesswork to interpret here, just cold, hard data to reveal the true lay of the land. Each device was ranked for each individual test with those scores averaged out at the end to declare our overall winner. But first, lets get our hands dirty in each tested category. For reference, here are the actual battery capacities of each tested device:

Huawei Mate 94,000 mAh ZTE Axon 73,250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3,600 mAh LG V20 3,200 mAh
Moto Z Force Droid3,500 mAh HTC 103,000 mAh
Google Pixel XL3,450 mAh Xiaomi Mi 53,000 mAh
OnePlus 3T3,400 mAh Sony Xperia XZ2,900 mAh

Charging time

When it comes to charging times there are two main things to consider: the capacity of the battery and the charging tech involved. All things being equal, a smaller battery will charge faster than a larger battery (although all batteries charge faster at the beginning and slow down as they near a full charge). But each manufacturer also has their own custom fast charging tech, some of which is better than others. So, to keep things on an even keel, we’ve ranked our devices in two different ways.

The first is obvious: which device charged fastest, regardless of how large its battery cell is. This is the “real world” test. The second takes a more apples-to-apples approach so you can tell which device’s battery charges faster pound-for-pound. Based on the time taken in the real world test, we calculated the charge rate for each device, so you can see a relative comparison per unit of battery capacity, kind of like miles per gallon for your car. All tests were conducted using the supplied charger.

In 2016, the fastest phone to charge a full battery was the OnePlus 3T with its phenomenal Dash Charge tech. The 3T’s 3,400 mAh battery took just 87 minutes to charge completely. Second place was tied at 89 minutes, with the Huawei Mate 9 and ZTE Axon 7 sharing the podium, but considering the Mate 9 has a 4,000 mAh battery compared to the Axon 7’s 3,250 mAh capacity, the Mate 9 clearly has the edge. The LG V20 took fourth place, taking 90 minutes to charge its 3,200 mAh battery.

On the slow side of things, the Sony Xperia XZ won on all counts: the smallest battery that took the longest time to charge (2,900 mAh in 143 minutes). However, this is primarily due to the XZ coming with a standard 1.5A charger in the box rather than a fast charger that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge. The Xiaomi Mi 5 wasn’t far behind though, taking 139 minutes to charge its 3,000 mAh cell and it does have a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the box.

As promised we also calculated how many mAh each device could charge in a standard time, in this case, one minute. This lets you know which device has the most efficient battery charger. The winner? The Mate 9, which juiced up 45 mAh per minute on average (remember, batteries charge slower as they near completion). The One Plus 3T was next, with 39 mAh/minute, followed by the S7 Edge with 37.5 mAh/minute and the Axon 7 with 36.5 mAh/minute. Not surprisingly, the slowest rates were the XZ (20 mAh/minute) and Mi 5 (21.5 mAh/minute).

Use time (Wi-Fi browsing)

The first benchmark test we ran was Wi-Fi browsing. Our Wi-Fi test repeatedly loads a selection of webpages until the battery goes from 100% to zero. Device displays are set to 200 nits brightness and pages are loaded over Wi-Fi with airplane mode enabled. Auto-updates and any battery saver modes are also disabled during the test.

Wi-Fi browsing isn’t such a taxing task, so we saw some pretty epic battery durations. Best of all though was the Huawei Mate 9 and it’s massive 4,000 mAh battery (the largest on our list) which managed to keep the lights on for an impressive 14 hours and four minutes.

Best of Android 2016: Battery

In second spot was the ZTE Axon 7 (3,250 mAh) with 11 and a half hours of browsing time, followed by the Xiaomi Mi 5 (3,000 mAh) and the Google Pixel XL (3,450 mAh) at around 10 and three quarter hours.

Interestingly, the device with the second largest battery capacity on our list – the Galaxy S7 Edge with a 3,600 mAh battery – came in second last, with just 8 hours and 11 minutes of web browsing before shutting down. But the HTC 10 was the worst of all with just shy of 7 hours and a half hours of browsing time.

Use time (gaming)

The next benchmark tests battery life for gaming. Games tax battery life more than browsing due to the enhanced graphical demands. Our test runs Epic Citadel, a 3D gaming simulation on a device with a fully charged battery on 200 nits brightness until the battery is depleted. The simulations run at the maximum resolution of the device (so keep that in mind when comparing devices with Full HD resolution versus QHD).

Best of Android 2016: Battery

3D gaming is amongst the most demanding tasks you can ask of your smartphone, but some phones are better equipped to handle those demands than others. In this test, our best battery duration was the HTC 10 with 8 hours and 29 minutes. A very impressive feat, especially considering the HTC 10 came in dead last on the Wi-Fi browsing test.

Second place went to the ZTE Axon 7 with 8 hours and 15 minutes, followed by the OnePlus 3T just short of 7 hours and the Xiaomi Mi 5 with just under 6 and a half hours. The Galaxy S7 Edge had the worst gaming performance of all, with just 3 hours and 46 minutes.

Use time (video playback)

Our last dedicated battery test is for video playback, perhaps the most common way to deplete your battery by doing just one thing. As you have probably guessed, our test runs an endless loop of video to see how long each device lasts before the battery runs from full to empty. The Full HD video file at 23.9fps, was stored locally and Wi-Fi was turned off.

Best of Android 2016: Battery

This test resulted in similar, but not identical, results to the Wi-Fi browsing test. The Huawei Mate 9 took first place, with 14 hours and 12 minutes, followed by the OnePlus 3T with just under 12 hours and the Xiaomi Mi 5 with 11 hours and 51 minutes. The worst performer here was the Google Pixel XL, which barely limped past 7 hours of video playback despite having the fourth largest battery of the bunch and the newest version of Android.

General battery test

Our general battery test uses a combination of the above three dedicated tests and extrapolates run time based on “general” usage. Of course, your mileage may vary, but because the test is identical on each device, it gives a good indication of how well each phone handles a variety of tasks. As you can probably tell from the results above, different devices excel at different tasks, so this test is designed to provide an “all-rounder” rating.

Best of Android 2016: Battery

In the general usage test, the results were a lot closer. The Xiaomi Mi 5 ultimately came out on top with 7 and a quarter hours, with the Huawei Mate 9 hot on its tail with just over 7 hours. But considering the Mate 9 has a 33 percent larger battery than the Mi 5, the Mi 5’s dominance in this category is even more impressive.

Third place went to the Axon 7, followed by a cluster of devices with very similar run times: the HTC 10, OnePlus 3T and the Moto Z Force Droid. The weakest performer was the Galaxy S7 Edge with 4 and a quarter hours.

Wrap up

While it’s interesting to know how each device performs on an even playing field, the fact of the matter is that all batteries aren’t created equal. Some devices have larger batteries, some have faster charging tech and some have better software optimizations for prolonging battery life. So, given the tests we ran on each device and the combined results, which Android smartphone has the best all-round battery in 2016?

The Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 has the largest battery of all the tested devices, but it also has the fastest per-minute charge rate and very good all-round performance. It’s clearly your best bet if you spend a lot of time watching videos or browsing the web, but hardcore mobile gamers are probably better off looking elsewhere. Second place overall went to the excellent ZTE Axon 7 and the OnePlus 3T’s battery bump helped it score third spot.

1. Huawei Mate 98.66. HTC 104.6
2. ZTE Axon 78.07. Google Pixel XL3.8
3. OnePlus 3T7.67. LG V203.8
4. Xiaomi Mi 57.09. Sony Xperia XZ3.6
5. Lenovo Moto Z Force Droid4.810. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3.2

A note on results: Our overall battery scores were calculated by assigning points between 1-10 to each device in each category. The best performer scored 10 points, second place 9 points and so on, regardless of how close the margin was. Those category scores were then averaged for the final grading you see above.

Keep in mind that there are a whole bunch of factors at play when considering battery life: screen brightness, stability of your network connections, display resolution, whether GPS and location sharing are on, screen timeout settings, battery capacity, Android version, battery saving modes, background processes, syncing, auto-updates and so on. Each user will have different habits that greatly affect their battery mileage.

Of course, you may not be a gamer or perhaps you never watch videos on your phone. In these cases, our overall winner based on equally weighting each test may not be compatible with your particular needs or preferences. If so, just take a closer look at the categories that do apply to your usage habits and draw your conclusions from there.

Want the best phone for gaming? Get the ZTE Axon 7. The best phone for watching YouTube videos or browsing? Then you’ll want the Mate 9. The phone you can juice up the fastest as you rush out the door? The OnePlus 3T, and so on. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the other categories in the Best of Android 2016 series.


Credits

Tested by: Gary Sims, Andrew Grush, Nirave Gondhia, John Velasco, Joshua Vergara, Lanh Nguyen
Series Contributors: Rob TriggsEdgar Cervantes, Kris Carlon
Series Editors: Nirave Gondhia, Bogdan Petrovan, Andrew Grush

Best of Android 2016: Performance

What is Best of Android?                

In Best of Android, we take the most important smartphones of the year and compare them side-by-side and in-depth. This year, with so many good phones available, we’ve stepped things up a notch and brought the 10 biggest Android phones of the year to the competition.

Read more about Best of Android and thanks for being such a valuable part of the Android Authority family!

We know how important performance is when it comes to a high-end Android phone. No one wants to fork out several hundred dollars for a phone and then suffer from lag. And if there’s a phone out there that costs half the price of most mainstream flagships and has better performance we know you’re going to want to know all about it.

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Best of Android 2016: Display

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In this installment of the Best of Android 2016, we’re tackling the sticky issue of Android performance. Do the best specs on paper always result in the best stats under pressure? Or is software more important? What about RAM? Is more always better or can optimization be the key to heavy workload dominance?

We’ve run 10 of the biggest Android phones of 2016 through a series of popular benchmark tests, all available in Google Play so you can install them too and see how your phone stacks up against the best of the best in 2016. Results in each individual benchmark are ranked and at the end those results are averaged out to declare an overall winner.

DeviceCPUGPU RAM (GB)Display
resolution
Xiaomi Mi 5Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304FHD
OnePlus 3TSnapdragon 821Adreno 5306FHD
Huawei Mate 9Kirin 960Mali G71 MP84FHD
ZTE Axon 7Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304FHD
Moto Z Force DroidSnapdragon 820Adreno 5304QHD
Sony Xperia XZSnapdragon 820Adreno 5303FHD
HTC 10Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304QHD
LG V20Snapdragon 820Adreno 5304QHD
Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeExynos 8890Mali-T880 MP124QHD
Google Pixel XLSnapdragon 821Adreno 5304QHD

At the heart of every smartphone is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) that contains the CPU, the GPU and a whole bunch of other stuff like a DSP, ISP and the cellular modems. Obviously the choice of SoC will have a significant impact on the overall device performance, however it isn’t the only factor. The speed of the internal flash storage is certainly a factor, especially when it comes to app loading times. Secondly, the screen resolution will also influence performance as the CPU and GPU will need to work harder to maintain smooth animations.

Looking at the table above you can see that the Snapdragon 820/821 is the dominant SoC. The 821 is a slightly tweaked version of the 820 with improved performance and power efficiency. The only device not using a Qualcomm SoC is the Huawei Mate 9 which uses Huawei’s own Kirin 960. There are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, one with a Snapdragon 820 (which we used for the results in this test) and another that uses Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 SoC (which scored slightly lower on most benchmarks, hence using the 820 results here) .

AnTuTu

AnTuTu is one of the “standard” benchmarks for Android, it measures both CPU and GPU usage as well as a few other things like RAM bandwidth and I/O throughput. Although all of its workloads are completely artificial, meaning they don’t reflect real world usage, the benchmark is still useful for establishing a baseline about the general performance of a device.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

As you can see the OnePlus 3T gets the highest score from AnTuTu followed by the Moto Z Force Droid and the LG V20. Having said that, all the devices performed amazingly for AnTuTu. Last year’s winner was the Galaxy Note 5 with its Exynos 7420 SoC, however it scored less than 70,000. Now all the devices in our test score over 120,000! The Xiaomi Mi 5 was the weakest performer in AnTuTu.

GeekBench 4

GeekBench is another popular Android benchmarking tool, however this app only tests the CPU performance. The test is split into two parts, the single-core tests, which measures the speed of an individual core, regardless of how many cores there are on the SoC; and the multi-core tests, which exercises all the cores on the SoC simultaneously.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

The Geekbench king is the Huawei Mate 9 with its Kirin 960 SoC. The Kirin 960 uses four ARM Cortex-A73 cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores plus the Mali G71 MP8 GPU. The Mate 9 gets the top score for both the single-core tests and the multi-core tests.

Next up is the OnePlus 3T and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The former does better on the single-core tests but comes third in the multi-core tests. Conversely, the Samsung comes third overall for the single-core tests but second for the multi-core tests. The weakest single-core performance was shown by the Mi 5, with the HTC 10 producing the poorest multi-core results.

Basemark OS II

Basemark OS II is an “All-In-One” benchmark that tests the overall performance of a device including system, memory, graphics, and web browsing. As well as these individual scores there is a overall rating calculated (graph below includes Vellamo scores).
Best of Android 2016: Performance

The OnePlus 3T comes out on top of the Basemark OS II tests with a score of 2,719. Next comes the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with 2,659 and the Huawei Mate 9 with 2,588. Interestingly there is only a 5% difference in score among the top three devices.

At the other end of the scale, the Xiaomi Mi 5 was weakest (2.091), followed by the LG V20 (2,188) and HTC 10 (2,197) in second and third last places, respectively.

Vellamo

Vellamo is Qualcomm’s own benchmarking utility, which breaks tests down into three main “chapters”: Browser, Multicore and Metal. We ran the Browser test on the default internet app on each device to see how well they handle web content and then ran Metal to evaluate single-core performance of the mobile processor.

For the Metal test of Vellamo the top scoring device is once again the OnePlus 3T with 4,238, the only device break the 4K barrier. Next comes the ZTE Axon 7, the first time the ZTE has appeared on the podium! In third place is the LG V20. The poorest result in Metal was the Xiaomi Mi 5 which was the only device to not make 3K (interestingly, the Pixel XL only just scraped by with 3,040).

Turning to the Vellamo web browsing tests the top place goes to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with 7,778. In second place comes the Huawei Mate 9 and after that the OnePlus 3T. The weakest Vellamo browsing result was from the ZTE Axon 7 (3,756).

Jet Stream

JetStream is a JavaScript benchmark tool that focuses on advanced web applications, performing tests for latency and throughout (sustained peak performance). Jet Stream covers a variety of advanced workloads and programming techniques to avoid the possibility of software tweaks to “game” individual benchmarks and runs 39 different tests to produce a single overall score.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

Like the Vellamo web browsing test, the top three phones are the S7 Edge, the Mate 9 and the OnePlus 3T, but this time the ordering is different. First came the Huawei Mate 9, then the OnePlus 3T and in third place the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The HTC 10 was the worst and the Xiaomi Mi 5 just a little better.

3DMark

3DMark is probably the world’s leading benchmark tool because of its cross-platform nature and because of its emphasis on 3D graphics. The Slingshot Extreme test is designed specifically for the OpenGL ES 3.1 standard. 3DMark not only has rules for manufacturers to avoid OEMs modifying the way the system runs when tests are being performed, but you can compare 3DMark results with over 3,000 Android devices as well as the latest iPhones and iPads.

It is worth re-emphasizing at this point that devices with lower screen resolutions rank better as the GPU has less work to do. In fact QHD displays have 77 percent more pixels than Full HD displays!

Best of Android 2016: Performance

As we can see the top three results all go to devices with Full HD displays: the OnePlus 3T, the ZTE Axon 7 and the Huawei Mate 9. However, what is even more impressive is that the score for the Google Pixel XL is only 17 percent less than the Huawei Mate 9 but yet the Pixel XL is pushing around 77 percent more pixels! The worst 3DMark performance came from the HTC 10 by a wide margin.

GFXBench

Like 3DMark, GFXBench is primarily concerned with GPU performance. It includes a new 1440p Manhattan 3.1.1 for OpenGL ES 3.1 test and other assorted benchmarks that test Android Extension Pack features like hardware tessellation on game-like content. We ran the demanding T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 benchmarks for our tests. Again, be mindful of display resolution differences.

Best of Android 2016: Performance

The winner for the T-Rex test is the ZTE Axon 7, in second is the Xiaomi Mi 5 and in third is the Sony Xperia XZ. Not too surprisingly, all three of them have a Full HD display. The leading device with a QHD display is the Moto Z Force Droid, which is just 2fps slower than the Sony Xperia XZ and only 1fps slower than the OnePlus 3T.

As for the Manhattan test, the top performers are the Sony Xperia XZ and the OnePlus 3T which both scored 32fps. Again, both devices have a Full HD display. Next comes the Pixel XL (30fps with a QHD screen) and in third is the Huawei Mate 9 (28fps and Full HD again).

Wrap up

Overall, the best performer came first by quite a wide margin. It came first in AnTuTu, Basemark OS II, 3DMark and GFXBench Manhattan (tied with the Sony). It also managed a top three result for all the other tests with the exception of the GFXBench T-Rex test, where it came fourth. So which Android phone has the best performance in 2016?

The OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T sports the brand-new Snapdragon 821 SoC, combined with 6 GB of RAM and a Full HD display, a killer combination that made it unbeatable where these tests were concerned.

In second place is the Huawei Mate 9. It has the highest Geekbench score plus it came in first in the JetStream JavaScript benchmark suite. It also finished in the top three repeatedly across other tests, helped in part by its Full HD display (a feature our top three all share).

In third overall place is the Sony Xperia XZ. While it didn’t win any of the tests outright, it did come in joint first for the GFXBench Manhattan test and scored well for the GFX T-Rex test.

It is also worth mentioning the ZTE Axon 7, which took fourth place overall and was the highest performing device with a QHD display. The Moto Z Force Droid was next, followed by the Pixel XL, both of which also feature QHD displays.

1. OnePlus 3T9.076. Google Pixel XL5.29
2. Huawei Mate 97.797. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge5.00
3. Sony Xperia XZ6.798. LG V204.57
4. ZTE Axon 75.869. Xiaomi Mi 53.14
5. Lenovo Moto Z Force Droid5.6410. HTC 102.14

A note on results: Our overall performance scores were calculated by assigning points between 1-10 to each device for each tested benchmark. The best performer scored 10 points, second place 9 points and so on, regardless of how close the margin was. Those category scores were then averaged for the final grading you see above.

There are obviously a few things that can affect how well any given device performs in benchmarks. Screen resolution, CPU, GPU, RAM, firmware, software optimizations and so on can all affect the results.

As you can see above, devices with Full HD displays did better overall due to having fewer pixels to push around but we also had some standout results from QHD devices. If you don’t think 2K is worth the drain on performance and battery life, then the OnePlus 3T is the obvious choice. But if you’re looking for a QHD smartphone with top notch performance, you can’t go past the Axon 7. Interestingly, these are two of the most affordable devices on our list.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the other categories in the Best of Android 2016 series.


Credits

Tested by: Gary Sims, Andrew Grush, Nirave Gondhia, John Velasco, Joshua Vergara, Lanh Nguyen
Series Contributors: Rob TriggsEdgar Cervantes, Kris Carlon
Series Editors: Nirave Gondhia, Bogdan Petrovan, Andrew Grush

Best of Android 2016: Display

What is Best of Android?                

In Best of Android, we aim to answer the single most important question that we get asked every day: what’s the best Android phone you can buy right now?

Looking at 2016, here are the 10 phones we feel make up the best currently available on the market from each of these manufacturers

Check out the rest of this year’s edition and find out more here; Best of Android. Thanks for being a part of Android Authority!

To kick off our Best of Android 2016 series we are going to delve right on into every smartphone’s big upfront piece of tech – its display.

This year’s phones are a mixture of LCD and AMOLED and are either Full HD or QHD. Interestingly they are all over 5.0 inches with the smallest entrant being the Xiaomi Mi 5 with its 5.15 inch display. The largest is the 5.9 inch Huawei Mate 9.

 SizeTypeResolutionPixel density
Galaxy S7 Edge5.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi
HTC 105.2-inchesSuper LCD52560 x 1440565 ppi
Sony Xperia XZ5.2-inchesIPS LCD1920 x 1080424 ppi
Pixel XL5.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi
Xiaomi Mi 55.15-inchesIPS LCD1920 x 1080428 ppi
Moto Z Force Droid5.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi
OnePlus 3T5.5-inchesAMOLED1920 x 1080401 ppi
LG V205.7-inchesIPS LCD2560 x 1440513 ppi
Huawei Mate 95.9-inchesIPS LCD1920 x 1080373 ppi
ZTE Axon 75.5-inchesAMOLED2560 x 1440534 ppi

Before we dive into all of the results, a quick word about our test. We paired up an X-rite’s i1 Display Pro spectrophotometer with CalMAN’s ColorChecker software and its MobileForge companion app, which is used to wirelessly sync up the test images between the phone and our PC software. We set the phone to our desired brightness for each test, attached the i1 Display Pro to the middle of the display, made sure that it was flush to the screen, and then ran the software. Some phones have the option to adjust the screen colors and temperature but each phone was set to its default out-of-the-box state.

How do they compare? Let’s find out.

Display Luminance

To start with, we ramped up each phone to full brightness and measured a white light output with the i1 Display Pro. Since some devices don’t actually use the absolute maximum brightness when set manually to 100%, we also set the displays to “auto brightness” and shone a torch into the light sensor. On some phones that makes the display go even brighter. For example, the LG V20 has a brightness of 526 nits on 100% manual, which is a good result. However on “auto” the same display can be pushed to 708 nits!

The LG V20 is by far the brightest display with a massive 708 nits, followed by Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Sony Xperia XZ with 650 and 613 nits respectively. The Huawei Mate 9 also manages more than 600 nits. At the other end of the scale we have the ZTE Axon 7 which can only manage 339 nits. The rest of the devices manage at least 400 nits. It is also worth noting that like the LG V20, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Moto Z Force Droid also have significantly different brightness levels on manual and auto.

Color temperature

Color reproduction and the science of color can be quite complex, but it is worth noting a few things that will help you understand the display on your smartphone. Incidentally it might also help you improve the photos you take and how to buy light bulbs! Color is a characteristic of light, and it depends on the frequency of the light you are seeing. The lower frequency colors are red and orange while the high frequency colors are blue and purple. In between are all the colors of the rainbow.

When you see something as red it is because that object is reflecting the red light waves better than the other colors. In fact some of the other light waves are being absorbed and turned into heat. When an object reflects all of the colors equally we see it as white. Now since color is an attribute of light you will have noticed that objects take on a different hue when seen under different light. The sun at dusk shows things differently to the sun at noon. The light from a football stadium portrays things differently to candle light, and so on.

To help define the composition of light we use the Kelvin scale. Candles and sunsets give off light that is closer to red (which we call ‘warm’) but the light from the sun when we have “clear blue skies” is… yes, bluer… or “cooler.” Cool colors like blue generally have color temperatures over 7000K, while warmer colors like red and orange lie around the 2000K mark. For a variety of reasons, that we won’t get into now, the sweet spot for white light is 6500K. Color temperatures lower than that will be “warm” and above it will be “cool.”

So, what does this all have to do with displays? Basically, the display on a smartphone is a light source, similar to a TV or the monitor on a PC. The light it generates has a temperature. The closer that temperature is to 6500K then the closer it is to that sweet spot for white.

We tested all the devices to get a color temperature reading and here are the results:

Best of Android 2016: Display

The first thing to note is that none of the displays on test are actually configured to 6500K by default. But we can see that the Samsung  Galaxy S7 has the closest color temperature to 6500K, followed by the Moto Z Force Droid and the ZTE Axon 7. At the other end of the scale are the LG V20 and the Huawei Mate 9, both of which have color temperatures in excess of 8700K, giving the whites a clear blue tint:

Best of Android 2016: Display

The reason that 6500K is important is because most media is calibrated to 6500K which means that the further a display is away from that sweet spot then the further away the reproduced colors will be from the intended colors.

Color range

Since displays produce the whole gamut of colors it is important to know how faithfully those colors are reproduced. You might think that red is red and green is green, but as always it is a bit more complicated than that! Starting from the white 6500K sweet spot, a display needs to generate colors by increasing the amount of one (or more) colors while decreasing others, this mixture of red, green and blue yields the desired color. But how well a display can do that will determine its color accuracy.

Here is a set of color space diagrams generated for each display. The closer the different plot circles are to the target squares then the better the accuracy.

As you can see the best display is the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The white dot in the middle is almost on target and the different branches shoot off in the right directions. The display is particularly good in the blues (including cyan and magenta). However by contrast the color accuracy on the LG V20, the Huawei Mate 9 and the HTC 10 is disappointing. Starting with the LG V20 and the HTC 10 you can see that the cyan and magenta targets are way off and none of the colors (except blue) are on the right line. The graph for the Huawei Mate 9 tells a similar story to that of the other two, but with an additional twist, here the cyan and magenta lines actually curve!

One thing to note is that all three devices have LCD displays and not AMOLED displays. The other two LCD panels in our test are the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Sony Xperia XZ. These both exhibit the same tendencies as the other LCD devices however to a less extent. However it is worth pointing out that the magenta line on the Xperia XZ starts to the left of the target (more blue) and crosses over the line to yield redder colors. On top of that the greens are certainly more blueish-green that normal green!

That doesn’t mean that all the AMOLED panels are automatically “better.” Take a look at the ZTE Axon 7, it shares many of the faults seen on the LCD panels, however at least its cyan and magenta reproduction actually hits the target in some cases! The closest device to the S7 Edge is the Moto Z Force Droid, which does well in the cyan, blue, magenta and reds, however it does wander a bit for the greens and yellows. Third place goes to the Google Pixel XL which is almost as good as the Moto Z Force Droid, but not quite.

Conclusion

In terms of color temperature and color accuracy the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the clear winner. And while it has a display brightness of over 400 nits there are AMOLED displays that are brighter, most notably the Moto Z Force Droid. As for the LCD displays in our test, these tend to be brighter, however their color accuracy and color temperature are not as good.

If you want the brightest LCD panel with the best color temperature and highest color accuracy (among the LCD panels) then the Xiaomi Mi 5 is the winner, however it only offers Full HD rather than the QHD of the S7 Edge and the Z Force Droid.


Credits

Tested by: Gary Sims, Andrew Grush, Nirave Gondhia, John Velasco, Joshua Vergara, Lanh Nguyen
Series Contributors: Rob TriggsEdgar Cervantes, Kris Carlon
Series Editors: Nirave Gondhia, Bogdan Petrovan, Andrew Grush

2016 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android

2016 will surely be entered in the annuls of history as annus horribilis. But for the Android world at least, the tragic lows have been counterbalanced by equally euphoric highs. From the emergence of the outstandingly good Pixel phones at the expense of the Nexus program to the all-too-brief reign of the Galaxy Note 7, the year has been bittersweet. In what can only be described as one of the most tumultuous years for Android on record, here are ten defining moments of 2016.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall

Easily the biggest Android event of 2016, the global sales halt and subsequent total recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the Android story of the year. It had everything: the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones, explosions, mystery and arguably the best Android phone ever to have graced our pockets. As unfortunate as it was unprecedented, the Galaxy Note 7 recall will remain a black spot on 2016 not only for Samsung but for Android in general.

Google gets in the hardware game and Nexus dies

If you had asked most Android fans a year ago (at peak Nexus 6P popularity) if they’d want to drop the Nexus program in favor of Google-built hardware, you’d probably have been lucky to get more than one hand in ten raised. But Google clearly thought it was a good move and graced us with the Pixel phones this year, sadly at the expense of the Nexus program. Nexus fans are justifiably miffed, but there’s no denying the Pixel has proven it was a risky bet that has already paid off in spades.

2016 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android

CyanogenMod breathed its last

Almost as long as there has been Android there has been CyanogenMod, with the custom ROM even pre-dating the Nexus program. But Steve Kondik took some risks that unfortunately didn’t pay off as well as Google’s Pixel punt. Arguably getting mixed up with folks he would have been better off avoiding, the fate of the various Cyanogen properties has looked grim for a while now. The recent announcement that Cyanogen Inc. will shut its doors by December 31 demolished the infrastructure of CM with it, marking the end of an era. Thankfully the soul of CM will live on as Lineage OS.

“Cheap” phones got redefined, again

The definition of a “cheap” Android phone has been steadily rewritten in recent years, perhaps starting with the game-changing Moto G. That same impulse – offering rock solid performance at a rock bottom price – has officially reached the mid-range too, with more and more “high-end” phones priced like mid-rangers. Despite diminutive price tags, these phones deliver similar specs and performance as their more expensive competition. The honor 8, OnePlus 3 and ZTE Axon 7 are obvious examples in 2016, a year when an awesome phone no longer had to be an expensive phone.

2016 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android

The Xiaomi Mi Mix shows OEMs what users want

Xiaomi has never really been known for its original smartphone design, fitting comfortably into that dated Chinese approach of cloning popular device designs. But all that changed with the Mi Mix, a concept phone that took everyone by surprise, not least because it miraculously avoided being leaked in advance of its announcement. A phone this cool, this futuristic, has been on every Android fans mind for years, and while we’ve seen similar phones before, the Mi Mix will be remembered as the phone that ushered in the era of the bezel-less smartphone.

Pokemon Go takes the world by storm

To say Pokemon Go has had a troubled childhood would be an understatement. If it were a teen idol it would’ve been in rehab twice by now. But despite a painfully slow global rollout, launching in a bizarre half-finished state with nowhere near enough server infrastructure, requiring a permanent connection to a battery pack and offending its most dedicated fans at almost every turn, Pokemon Go was the game of 2016. Augmented reality has been around for years, but it wasn’t until Pokemon Go that regular folks fully understood what it was. That, and it made $600 million in a couple of months.

2016 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android

Nokia sells its brand to HMD Global

Nokia finally gave up the hardware ghost after a misguided OS bet on Windows Phone that resulted in Microsoft selling off the company for spare parts in early 2016. Fortunately, the branding rights to the Nokia name went to a newly-formed company called HMD Global Oy, a hastily constructed mishmash of Nokia veterans committed to keeping the flame alive. With tons of experience and a deep-seated love for the Nokia of old under their belts, HMD is promising new Nokia-branded devices in 2017. They’ll be running Android and will have the whole world watching when they are eventually unveiled at MWC 2017.

BlackBerry sells its brand to TCL

With the Priv, BlackBerry presented itself as a potential Android manufacturer to pay attention to. But the Priv didn’t quite fly and the next couple of Android-based follow ups were equally overpriced. With one last BlackBerry-built device planned for 2016, the company has now sold its naming rights to TCL Communications, meaning come 2017 there will be no more BlackBerry-designed devices from the iconic Canadian company. BlackBerry will now focus on software, security and enterprise and TCL will take a punt at getting BlackBerry-branded hardware up and running on Android.

2016 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android

OnePlus returns to form, twice

When OnePlus’ follow up to the breakout OnePlus One failed to even outdo 2015 flagships, it looked like the company’s “flagship killer” promise might have been misguided. But with lesson in humility learned, OnePlus returned with a vengeance in 2016, delivering outstanding phones in both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. OnePlus offended a lot of its core fans by releasing an updated device just a few months after the first, but OnePlus has practically turned stepping on toes into an art form. And when the results are as good as the OnePlus 3T, a few bruised toes are a small price to pay.

Project Ara dies and modules face an uncertain future

For a while it looked like 2016 might be the year of the module. With Project Ara on the horizon, the LG G5‘s modular slot design and the Moto Z‘s magnetic version, modules had officially arrived. But then no one bought the G5 or its Friends, Project Ara got scrapped entirely and Moto Mods found themselves the only residents left in an overpriced graveyard populated by ghosts. Lenovo may now be the best company doing modules, but it might also be the only company doing them next year.

2016 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android

Bonus mention: Android apps on Chrome OS

This may not have registered too highly on most folks’ radar this year, but bringing the million-plus Android apps to Chrome OS devices suddenly made Chromebooks even more compelling. Already massively popular for offering great performance at an almost laughably low price, Chromebooks have already become the default option for education and business, with Chromebooks outselling Macs for the first time in 2016. With Google Play’s massive app library now available, Chrome OS and Chromebooks are only going to get bigger.

Wrap up

2016 was a year of game-changing events: from the end of CyanogenMod, Nexus and Project Ara to imminent rebirths for BlackBerry, Nokia and Lineage OS. Affordable phones held their own against expensive rivals better than they ever have before and finally all major flagships raised the bar on camera performance. Google Now/Now on Tap essentially got supplanted by Google Assistant, AR and AI was everywhere and tablets and smartwatches were nowhere.

Qualcomm became reliable again, Alphabet was briefly the most valuable company in the world and Samsung’s crown prince finally ascended to the board of directors before losing face in the wake of the South Korean presidential impeachment scandal. Nougat arrived, the Note 7 departed and we all looked like idiots in VR headsets (when we weren’t busy talking to our speakers that is).

HTC, Sony and Moto largely dropped off the radar, only to be replaced by Pixel, Huawei and Xiaomi. Headphone ports became an endangered species, smartwatches saw signs of life with Google promising new Android Wear 2.0 watches in early 2017 and everyone and their dog ran beta previews for Android 7.0. It was a wild rollercoaster of a year, no doubt, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What did we miss and what are you predicting for 2017?

Soft Gold version of OnePlus 3T coming to India on January 5

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The OnePlus 3T, which started selling in India a couple of weeks ago, was initially only available in the Gunmetal color option. Now, the Chinese manufacturer is also bringing the Soft Gold version of its flagship device to the Indian market.

The OnePlus 3T in Soft Gold will go on sale on January 5 and will be available for purchase exclusively through Amazon’s app. You’ll be able to get your hands on it for Rs 29,999. Keep in mind that the device comes with 64 GB of storage, as the 128 GB variant of the OnePlus 3T is only available in Gunmetal.

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OnePlus to start manufacturing OnePlus 3T in India early next year

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You can already register for the sale on Amazon’s website. Registrations start today and will end on January 3. If you’re interested in getting the OnePlus 3T in Soft Gold, simply head over to the retailer’s website by clicking the button below.

Register for the sale

The OnePlus 3T has proven to be quite popular in India. The Gunmetal version of the device is already sold out, but the company has said that it will be back in stock soon.

Let us know which color you prefer in the comment section below. Would you rather opt for the Gunmetal or the Soft Gold version of the device?

OnePlus to start manufacturing OnePlus 3T in India early next year

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About a third of OnePlus’s sales come from India. In hopes of keeping up with the increasing demand, the company will soon start manufacturing its devices in India.

In an interview with Reuters, Vikas Agarwal, general manager at OnePlus India, said that the production of the OnePlus 3T will kick off in the country early next year — sometime in Q1. Agarwal said that OnePlus has already lost 30 percent of OnePlus 3T sales in India due to stock-outs. By bringing production to India in 2017, the company hopes to put an end to this issue.

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Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

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OnePlus did not reveal who exactly will be manufacturing the devices for them in India though. But the company did mention that it plans to work with multiple partners, with Foxconn possibly being one of them.

OnePlus only recently released the 3T in India. The device, which retails for Rs. 29,999 (64 GB) and Rs. 34,999 (128 GB), is in high demand and has already received 200,000 registrations on Amazon India. Based on the numbers, we can see why OnePlus would want to start manufacturing its devices in the sub-continent. It just makes good business sense.

And what do you think? Are you happy to hear that OnePlus will ramp up its production via India?

Galaxy Note 7 reportedly still being used more than LG V20, HTC Bolt and OnePlus 3T

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may have been recalled, but the explosive smartphone still has plenty of users out there, at least according to mobile research firm Apteligent. In the firm’s  “2016 Mobile Year in Review” report, it claims that global use of Samsung’s phone is still higher than many high profile phones that have been recently launched.

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The report, which takes a look at phones that were released in the second half of 2016, claims Note 7 usage has exceeded those of the LG V20, the HTC Bolt and the OnePlus 3T. However, other phones launched during that time, including the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and the Sony Xperia XZ, are currently exceeding Note 7 use, according to the report.

Keep in mind that these stats are just for phones that were released in the second half of the year; it’s likely that other phones launched earlier, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, are still doing very well. Also, some of the phones on this list have had limited availability, such as the LG V20, which has yet to be released to Europe.

Samsung has been trying to cut down on the number of Galaxy Note 7 devices through its recall program. It has rolled out updates to the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada, New Zealand and Australia that have cut off its Wi-Fi and cellular data. In Europe, it plans to release an update that will cut its battery charging power down to 30 percent of its normal amount. This month, an update for the US market will begin to roll out that will keep the phone from charging completely.

What do you think about this report, surprising or not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Best OnePlus 3T cases

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Though the OnePlus 3T may be an affordable gadget, we all know the Chinese startup is not one to skimp out on anything. Their phones offer top quality experiences for prices that simply can’t be beat. This one happens to have a gorgeous unimetal design that competes with the best in the industry. You don’t want to see this investment damaged, right?

The best way to keep your phone protected from scratches, dents and the usual dangers of life is buying a good case. But we do know there is a sea of options out there. Which is the right one for you? We have curated a list of our very favorite OnePlus 3T cases. These are varied and each offer their own benefits, so let’s see which one better suits your needs.

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OnePlus Sandstone Cover

Best OnePlus 3T cases

OnePlus’ sandstone texture has become iconic within their smartphone design portfolio. You can recognize a OnePlus sandstone cover from meters away, but that is not the only benefit. Its texture offers a comfortable grip, as well as great looks.

The Chinese startup opted for a metal design with the OnePlus 3T, but this doesn’t mean you have to give up on sandstone. They are also offering their own cases, among which there is a sandstone option. It costs $19.95 and you can get it straight from the company’s website.

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OnePlus Black Apricot Wood Cover

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Those who are fans of more natural materials can also opt for OnePlus’ wood case selection. Our favorite is made of black apricot and reinforced with kevlar.

These cases are thin and light, as well as good looking. Wherever you go, the black apricot wood case is sure to turn some heads and possibly even start a conversation or two. It’s a little pricier at $24.95, but definitely worth the investment.

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RhinoShield Bumper

Best OnePlus 3T cases

I recommend bumper cases to anyone who wants to keep a phone safe without sacrificing on design or thickness. These protect the edges of the phone while creating a space between the front/back and whatever flat surfaces these may go against.

At $22.99, this RhinoShield bumper case is not too cheap, but is still a good investment, especially for those who value the device’s thin profile and good aesthetics.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Bumper cases are nice, but there’s no denying they are not always the best way to protect your smartphone. After all, a bumper alone leaves pretty much the whole front and back open to the elements. The lips may protect it from flat surfaces, but you will not have much luck with uneven planes.

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case finds a good balance between protection and the benefits of a good bumper cover. This option offers a clear TPU bumper, along with a PC clear case along the back of the device. We also believe it is very reasonably priced at only $12.99.

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Orzly Fusion Bumper Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Orzly takes the bumper case concept to another level. This one offers much more protection by featuring a dual-material design that strengthens the bumper case. In addition, there is a clear protective cover guarding the back of the smartphone.

Of course, the bumper does offer a raised lip for front protection against flat surfaces. And this case happens to be a great idea at only $9.99.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

This one is a bit of an odd ball, as it dumps yet another factor to the combo. It is a regular case, bumper case and even touts a dual-layer design of sorts. This is looking like a great option among the thinner cases in this list, as it manages to offer great protection, keep the phone thin and happens to look great.

The TPU shell offers a patterned design that will make your device much less slippery, creating a more comfortable grip. All while the polycarbonate bumper creates a stronger frame for drops. It even has metalized buttons that should create a much better feedback and overall improved experience.

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Tudia Ultra Slim Merge

Best OnePlus 3T cases

The dual-layer construction is a proven method, and Tudia brings this level of protection at a good price. Including materials like TPU and rubber, this is a good option considering the $11.90 price point. There’s multiple color options and the product stays true to its name, adding very little weight and girth to your super thin smartphone.

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Spigen Rugged Armor Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Want something with a bit more of a punch? This one can take a few hits. The Spigen armor case features a rugged design that also happens to look nice and doesn’t add too much bulk.

It is made of TPU and features “air cushion technology” for shock absorption. The protective cover will cost $12.99, so it also happens to be a pretty good deal.

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Poetic Revolution Series Hybrid Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Poetic continues making great cases for all types of phones, and their Revolution series promises a rugged protection that should keep your phone safe at all times. This is a hard case to break, built with a dual-layer design consisting of TPU and polycarbonate materials.

In addition, it comes with a front cover, which ensures water resistance. You don’t need to worry about getting it wet! All of this for $19.95. Not bad, right?

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OEAGO Tough Rugged Dual Layer Protective Case with Kickstand

Best OnePlus 3T cases

This OEAGO case offers multiple advantages over the competition. For starters, it is a steal at only $6.69. You can’t get much cheaper than that for a case like this one!

Want to hear the best part? It has an integrated kickstand for enjoying media, as well as a dual-layer design consisting of TPU and a hard plastic shell. It offers both peace of mind and entertainment.

Buy the OEAGO Tough Rugged case

There you have it, guys! Those are our favorite OnePlus 3T cases around. Do you have any others you can recommend? Hit the comments to help your fellow OnePlus 3T users!

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

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OnePlus unveiled their latest high-end smartphone offering, the OnePlus 3T, a few months ago. The 3T is essentially a souped up, or “T”urbo-charged version of its namesake, and makes key improvements in all the right areas to better compete with other flagships that are released at this time of the year. A faster processor, improved front-facing camera, and larger battery does result in a slight bump in the price point, but with the OnePlus 3T still undercutting almost all of its competition, OnePlus’ latest offering remains one of the most affordable flagships out there.

However, as is the case with any new smartphone or tablet, the OnePlus 3T is not without its issues. To help you with some of them, we’ve rounded up some of the common problems OnePlus 3T owners have faced, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them!

Disclaimer: Not every OnePlus 3T will suffer from these problems, and in fact, it is more than likely that you will not come across any of these issues at all.


Problem #1 – Google apps and services not working

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

When trying to use various Google apps like Gmail or Hangouts, users have come across error messages that say “Google Play Services error” or “Gmail is having trouble with Google Play Services.”

Potential solutions:

  • For some users, it has been as simple as uninstalling the Google+ app. However, for most, the fix for this problem requires a few steps, that you can find listed below.
  • Go to Settings – Apps, scroll down to Google Play Services and tap on it. Tap on the three vertical dots at the top right corner and select Uninstall Updates.
  • After pressing OK twice, select Manage Device Manager. There, uncheck the Android Device Manager option, and press De-activate.
  • Now, go back to the Apps section in the Settings repeat the Uninstall Updates step again for Google Play Services. A new error will say that Play Services need to be updated, and you can now re-install the latest updates. Now, all the Google apps should work as expected.
  • Finally, go the Security & Fingerprint section in the Settings menu, open Device Administrators, and once again select Android Device Manager.

Problem #2 – Issues with the accelerometer

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

Many users have come across issues with the accelerometer. They have found that while playing games like Asphalt 8 and Real Racing, the car tends to veer to the left when holding the phone straight.

Potential solutions:

  • Dial *#808# where you can find all hardware related tests. You can run the G-Sensor test here to see if everything is alright. If you need to re-calibrate the sensor, there is a very useful guide available here. Further, you can also download an app from the Google Play Store like GPS & Status Toolbox and re-calibrate the sensors, and see if that fixes it. If this is proves to be a hardware issue, the only option will be to pick up a replacement.

Problem #3 – Auto-rotate issues

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

Some users have found auto-rotate to not be working on their devices, with the phone being stuck in the portrait mode when switching the device to the landscape orientation. Some have found that the auto-rotate setting has automatically switched to Portrait only. This was an issue found with the OnePlus 3 as well.

Potential solutions:

  • Some users have found that a simple reboot has done the trick to address this problem. However, in most cases, this issue comes comes back after a few days, requiring frequent restarts.
  • A rogue app may be causing this issue as well. To check if this is the case, boot the device in Safe Mode (you can find the instructions below), and see if the problem persists. If it doesn’t, a recently-installed application is the cause for concern. Uninstall any apps that were added just before the problem started, and see if that fixes it.
  • This could also be an issue with the accelerometer and G-sensor as well. Download an app from the Google Play Store like GPS & Status Toolbox and re-calibrate the sensors, and see if that fixes it. If this is proves to be a hardware issue, the only option will be to pick up a replacement.
  • A temporary workaround that has worked for some is using an third-party app, such as Rotation Control, that will let you manually trigger the switch to the landscape orientations.

Problem #4 – Display does not turn off when making calls

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

Some users have found that the display does not turn off as it is supposed to when making calls.

Potential solutions:

  • Rather surprisingly, this isn’t an issue with the proximity sensor, but you can still test and make sure that it is working by dialing *#808# and going through the various options there.
  • Go to the Apps section in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on Phone. Tap on the Storage section and then clear data. This seems to have helped fix the problem.

Problem #5 – Not getting voicemail notifications

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

Some users have reported that voicemail notifications are being delayed, or not arriving at all. This issue seems to be restricted to those on the T-Mobile network in the US.

Potential solutions:

  • A simple fix that has worked is to simply disable Visual Voicemail. Go to Call settings, select your primary SIM card that is in use, and go through Voicemail settings, and disable Visual Voicemail. Now you will receive notifications as expected, but Visual Voicemail will not be available to you. However, T-Mobile has a Visual Voicemail app that you can utilize instead.

Problem #6 – Issues where the only options are to either wait for a software update, or pick up a replacement

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

There are some problems that don’t have a workaround available. If the issue is software-based, the only option is to wait for an update to fix it, but if the problem is hardware related, the only choice here is to pick up a replacement. Some of these issues are listed below:

  • Camera settings not being saved:  Some users have found that after changing some settings in the camera app, these changes revert to default the next time the app is opened. Not surprisingly, people would rather have the settings that have been made to be saved.
  • Random reboots: A lot of OnePlus 3T owners have complained about the device randomly rebooting. You can check if a rogue app is the cause for concern by booting into Safe Mode, but this is otherwise something that will likely only be addressed in a future software update.
  • Chromecast mirroring not working: While users are able to cast apps like Netflix and Spotify, complete device mirroring doesn’t work.
  • Touchscreen latency issues: An issue that has been noticed by many has to do with touchscreen latency. OnePlus has acknowledged the problem, and a fix will be made available in an upcoming software update.
  • Yellow or blue tint and spots on the display: A few users have noticed a yellow or blue tint on the display, with there being some bright spots on the screen as well. In this case, the only option will be to pick up a replacement.
  • Headphone microphone issues: A lot of users have noticed that the mic that is built-in to their headset tends to mute randomly during a call. This seems to mostly happen when the display turns off while the headphones are plugged in.

Problem #7 – Connectivity issues

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

Connectivity issues are quite common when getting a new device, and below are the general steps you can follow when facing problems with connecting to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices. Bluetooth issues seem to especially prevalent with the OnePlus 3.

Potential solutions:

Wi-Fi Issues

  • Turn off the router that you’re using and the phone, and wait for a while before turning them back on.
  • Go to the Wi-Fi settings on the device and forget the preferred network, before entering the details again from scratch.
  • Check the level of activity on your current channel with the Wi-Fi Analyzer application. If necessary, simply switch to a different channel.
  • Disable Power Saving Mode through Settings. 
  • Find the MAC address for the phone by going into Settings – About Phone and ensure it is recognized by your router.

Bluetooth Issues

  • Make sure that no power saving mode is enabled.
  • Start by turning the Bluetooth on your device off and back on again.
  • If the problem continues, clear the cache for Bluetooth by going to the Bluetooth Settings.
  • Restart the phone after clearing the data and cache.
  • If the Bluetooth device saves multiple profiles, you might have reached the limit for the number of profiles it can save. Delete old and unused profiles, and try setting up the connection once again from scratch.

Guides – Soft reset, hard reset, wipe cache partition, boot into Safe Mode

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

Soft reset

  • If your display is off, turn it back on using the power key.
  • Open the “Settings” application.
  • Scroll down until you find “Backup & Reset.”
  • Tap on “Factory data reset.”
  • Select “Reset phone.”
  • Tap on the box “Erase everything.”
  • The device should automatically reboot

Hard reset

  • Turn your phone off by pressing down the power key for five seconds.
  • Turn the phone back on while keeping the volume down button pressed in.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the volume down button.
  • Your phone should enter a mode called Simple Recovery.
  • Choose the option that reads “Wipe Cache Partition” using the power button.
  • You should get a message that says “Cache wipe complete.”
  • Continue to choose the option “Wipe Data/ Factory reset.”
  • The phone should automatically reboot.

Wipe cache partition

  • Turn your phone off by pressing down the power key for five seconds
  • Turn the phone back on while keeping the volume down button pressed in
  • When the phone vibrates, release the volume down button
  • Your phone should enter a mode called “Simple Recovery.”
  • Choose the option that reads “Wipe Cache Partition” using the power button
  • You should get a message that says “Cache wipe complete.”

Booting into Safe Mode

  • Turn off the device.
  • Once off, press and hold the power button until the device starts booting up.
  • As soon as it starts loading, press and hold the volume up and volume down keys simultaneously.
  • Continue holding these buttons until the boot up is complete.
  • Unlocking the device, you should see it having booted up into Safe Mode.

So, there you have it for this quick look at the some of the problems faced by OnePlus 3T owners, and solutions on how to fix them! We will continue to keep this list updated as more problems, and more importantly, solutions, come up. If you have come across these issues or any others, do mention it in the comments section below, and we will try our best to help you find a fix.

Problems with the OnePlus 3T and how to fix them

Until then, don’t let this small list of problems deter you from buying the OnePlus 3T. Most of these issues are software-related and will be fixed in future updates, and these concerns aren’t any more or less than what is generally seen with a lot of smartphones nowadays. The OnePlus 3T is a flagship device that offers a lot of bang for your buck, and definitely a smartphone worth considering, especially as a gift for you or a loved one this holiday season.

OnePlus 3T gets its first update, no it’s not Nougat

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The OnePlus 3T has been on the market for just shy of a month, but already it is getting its very first official OTA update. Before you get too excited, no it’s not Nougat. For now, the Nougat update remains in beta and is only available for the original OnePlus 3. Instead, OxygenOS 3.5.4 is about optimizing the existing software and adding a number of stability improvements.

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OnePlus 3T review

3 weeks ago

In particular, the latest update brings optimizations for T-Mobile’s network, optimizations to reduce lag when battery is below 5%, improvements to battery saving mode, and fixing a major issue that was affecting WhatsApp.

The full changelog is as follows:

  • Optimizations for US-TMO Network
  • Optimizations to Reduce Lag when Battery is below 5%
  • Optimized Bluetooth Connectivity for Mazda Cars
  • Optimized Battery Saving Mode: GPS and Orientation Preferences will be restored when Battery Saving Mode is closed.
  • Fixed Flashlight Usability Issue in WhatsApp
  • Increased System Stability
  • Implemented Various Bug Fixes

The update is rolling out over the air starting today, but OnePlus says that it will be a staged rollout and will hit only a small percentage of devices immediately with the rest to follow shortly after.

While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Nougat, OnePlus has a pretty mixed track record when it comes to timely updates, so hopefully this is the beginning of a much more aggressive updating strategy from the still young smartphone maker.