The OnePlus 6T was the best Android phone released in 2018. It may be one of the best Android phones I’ve ever used. Let’s take a look at the things that make this a great phone as its successor draws near.
Looking Back at The OP6T Since I Reviewed It
RELATED: OnePlus 6T Review: I Concede
I reviewed the OnePlus 6T back in December, nearly five months ago. Given the issues I’d had with the company in the past, this was my first go with a OnePlus device. But times change, and after a conversation with the company, it was clear that it had grown a lot since the days of asking users to smash their phones or women to draw the OP logo on their bodies.
I titled that review “I Concede” for the simple reason that OnePlus had proven to me—a harsh critic of the company since day one—that it knew how to make a genuinely damn good phone. What I didn’t realize at the time, however, is how much it had won me over.
I told myself that, after that review, I’d go back to my Pixel 2 XL. But a week later, I still hadn’t swapped my SIM card. Two weeks passed, then three weeks… you get the idea. Then one day, it hit me: I didn’t want to change. I had no desire to go back to my Pixel, which is what I would’ve said at the time was “the best Android phone you can buy.”
So not only did I concede that OnePlus made a great phone with the 6T, but I also had to admit to something I never thought I’d say: I prefer it over the Pixel. It’s still sort of a shocker to me even almost five months later.
But even now, it’s something I stand by.
The OnePlus 6T is the Benchmark for Other Android Phones
Now there’s a subhead I never thought I’d write. Calling a OnePlus phone—not a Pixel or even a Galaxy—the cream of the Android crop is an interesting concept. But man, this phone has been a beast since the day I popped it out of the box.
Every Android phone I’ve ever used has suffered from many of the same issues, with the biggest one being lag. After a few months of use, apps being installed and uninstalled, and—let’s be real here—heavier use than the average user, the 6T is still an absolute speed demon. It has held speed better than any other Android phone I’ve ever used.