Okay, today we’re going to be talking about a very old but very special phone. The OnePlus 7T: The successor to the OnePlus 7 and a phone that, in my opinion, was the best combination of performance and value. Well, it’s been a year and a half since the OnePlus 7T went on sale, and as a user on launch day, I have a lot to share with you.
If that OnePlus 7T originally came out , the design was a bit of a headache. The large circular camera hump on the back looked strange, unnecessary, and a bit clumsy. But it was a truly unique design that raised the OnePlus 7T from the sea of similar looking phones. The matte glass on the back combined with the extra tall and narrow form factor in combination with the flat display made this phone an ergonomic dream. No seriously, it ticks all the boxes.
Great hand feeling, check. No fingerprints and smudges, check. Narrow enough for one-handed use, check. Big enough display, check. A flat screen, check. And the list just goes on and on. As far as I know, the OnePlus 7T was never designed to be a piece of jewelry. It was designed to be functionally great, and functionally great is exactly what I would describe the mood of the OnePlus 7T.
OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus North
Turn the display over and we see a slim, extra high display with a unique aspect ratio of 20: 9. It’s a nice display with bright colors, good saturation, and a bit of natural color science. It also has that teardrop-shaped notch that we’ve seen a lot on 2019 phones and not at all on 2020 phones.
In terms of core quality, it’s very similar to what we have on the newer ones OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8T although it’s a notch below that OnePlus 8 Pro . The biggest highlight for me when using this display was the aspect ratio. First, it is very easy to type thanks to the flat panel and narrowness. Second, I mainly look at different feeds like Twitter or Instagram and the larger size means you will see more in the same frame. I particularly like that about the OnePlus 7T’s display.
When we talk about things that I particularly liked, we are talking about performance. In typical OnePlus fashion, the OnePlus 7T packed the best and most powerful components when it was launched. It is these components in combination with the Oxygen OS from OnePlus that make the 7T an outstanding performer even today after one and a half years. Believe it or not, the OnePlus 7T is as fluid today as it was the day I first got it. And this statement is not limited to the basic things. The OnePlus 7T also supports the highest graphics settings for graphics-intensive games. I’ve tried a number of similar games and seen virtually no stuttering, lagging, or frame drops.
I’ve always said that OnePlus phones are the best for long-term use because they’ll work flawlessly over a long period of time, and the OnePlus 7T is living proof of that statement.
OnePlus 7T vs. OnePlus 7 Pro
However, what has not aged well in the long term is the software. Oxygen OS 10, which runs on the OnePlus 7T by itself, was great. Excellent in all aspects. No bloatware, no ads, just smooth and fluid performance. My problem is why this phone is still running Android 10 based Oxygen OS 10. Especially when competing phones and OnePlus’ own 8 and 8 Pro got the Android 11 update many months ago. I know the Android software update situation has always been a mess, but it’s just annoying to see such a capable phone run on Android 10 when Google comes out with Android 12 betas. I hope OnePlus gets its game together and drives them Android 11 Update for this phone coming soon.
Let’s talk about cameras now. If you’d like an in-depth analysis, I have a link below. For now, let’s just talk about the everyday experience of using this camera for a person who is NOT obsessed with the best picture quality. The OnePlus 7T offers very similar hardware to the OnePlus 8 and 8T, which means that the photos I click on this phone will be very good in most situations. I’ve never been overwhelmed by the image quality, but I’ve never been disappointed either. When you combine the OnePlus 7T’s camera with some post-processing, you can get really nice shots that are more than enough for your social media.
However, I have to tell you that phones similarly priced like that Galaxy S20 FE or the Pixel 4a or even that iPhone SE Pack much better cameras, so consider them if a great camera is your priority.
Now let’s talk about battery life. This is another aspect that I love about the OnePlus 7T. When I first got this phone in October 2019, I managed to make intensive use of it for about a day and a half. Now, after every day use, the battery is of course depleted, but the 7T can still comfortably make it through most days. This is the case with a lot of social media, text messages, and phone calls. The battery drains much faster when you play games, but pretty much every smartphone does.
OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 8T
Before we finish, just a quick word about the phone experience. It’s good, but not great. First, there’s this weird bug that I face on all of the OnePlus phones that just don’t switch between VoLTE and Voice over WiFi and I have to do it manually by turning AirPlane mode on and off. Second, the earpiece clarity is good, but not great. I often switched to speakerphone mode when taking long calls. Not a deal breaker, more of an observation.
Now to the conclusion. How is the OnePlus 7T in 2021? Well, it was an excellent smartphone when it came out, and it still is so many months later. While it’s one of my all-time favorites, I’m not sure I would recommend buying one now at full retail price. However, if you get a good deal, definitely pick it up. I know I would.
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