Is it worth buying a OnePlus phone in 2021, since it will basically change into Oppo? I will say more – inspired by ColorOS on OnePlus smartphones is the best that could have happened to them.
Some time ago I returned to Poland for good and started looking for a new phone. There were several candidates – Motorola Edge 20 Pro, Oppo Reno 4 Pro, and even realme GT Master Edition. Ultimately, thanks to a nice promotion, it fell on OnePlus 8T and I do not regret the decision. It’s a great phone that will get even better when upgrading to Android 12. Why?
I was sure that I did not want this year’s flagship, because having learned from my hot experience with the Samsung Galaxy S21, I had a slight grudge against them. And after a few weeks with OnePlus 8T, I can say that … I can’t wait for ColorOS to come on board. That’s right – I’m raving.
I was pushed to write this text by being embraced by Reddit and Twitter hate on – let’s say delicately – strongly inspired by the ColorOS 12 overlay with the new software version for OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. Interestingly, the majority of users from the US are responsible for it. What Android is in the US, we all know – OxygenOS, Samsung and Pixel, and basically nothing.
OnePlus 8T will get even better after updating to Android 12
Honestly, I myself was a bit skeptical about the “oppoification” of OnePlus, but I changed my mind using the realme 7 Pro and OnePlus 8T in parallel. There is no doubt which one is clearly better, and not only on paper. The thing is that in the ex-flagship, animation cuts and throws to the home screen are more common. You may not believe me, but as I write this, I have both devices in front of me – I wrote about it in my OnePlus 8T test.
So I have high expectations for Android 12, which supposedly has “a lot of ColorOS” in it. I have no particular illusions that it also means a change in the interface design (I admit here, OxygenOS is a nicer overlay). If, however, this also translates into less frequent “upsets”, then I will be delighted.
If you are still wondering what Chinese manufacturer’s phone is worth buying in 2021, my answer is straightforward – buy OnePlus 8T. It’s lightning-fast, has the best battery of any flagship OnePlus in the last few years, charges quickly, and takes some pretty good photos. Oh – and it never, ever overheats. There is no point in demanding more for this kind of money.
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