OnePlus has achieved great things with the OnePlus 5, improving on a phone line that previously focused on low prices to produce a fantastically optimized powerhouse of a handset that offers one of the best Android experiences on the market.
The company may have increased the price here, and fans of the brand will be disappointed by that, but it's now offering a fully rounded device that blows much of the competition out of the water – and while the price may not be as low as previous OnePlus devices it is still much lower than the rest of the competition.
Who’s this for?
The OnePlus 5 is still a phone that's designed for fans of the brand, and perhaps more so than ever, sporting a truly premium design and all of the features we’ve come to expect from the high-end yet cheap handset.
But this is also a device for anyone who's looking to spend a little less without losing out on some of the best features out there.
The OnePlus 5 isn’t as beautiful as the Galaxy S8, or as easy to use as the iPhone 7, but it offers much of the same experience for around $250/£200/AU$300 less than those devices – and that makes it worth snatching up.
If you’re looking for a device that can shoot phenomenal images, run the latest games and apps with ease, and look great at the same time, you just found it.
Should you buy it?
The OnePlus 5 features everything most of the other flagship phones right now have, but at a lower price than most of those handsets.
It doesn't have the fantastic audio quality of the HTC U11, or the Infinity Display and Iris scanner of the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, but it does pack great power, a versatile camera system and an attractive design.
If you want a phone that can do everything well, but which doesn't cost as much as most of the other big name handsets, it's hard not to recommend the OnePlus 5.
Don’t love the look of the OnePlus 5? Here are some other phones you may want to buy:
Samsung Galaxy S8
Before you go any further, know the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a lot more expensive than the OnePlus 5. It’s around $730/£690/AU$1,200, which is significantly more than the latest from OnePlus, but it offers a lot more for that extra money.
Samsung's Infinity Display makes this phone look completely different to anything on the market. It’s essentially all display on the front, and it looks absolutely beautiful, and remarkably better than the screen on the OnePlus 5.
The top-of-the-range internals are all here too, but you also get the benefits of an iris scanner, a fantastic 12MP rear shooter and a waterproof design.
- Read our Samsung Galaxy S8 review
OnePlus's fellow Chinese phone manufacturer, Huawei, also opted for a dual-lens snapper on the rear of its latest flagship phone.
The Huawei P10 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, and offers up the latest from the company's processor software too, to offer top-of-the-range spec that’s similar to the OnePlus 5's in a few ways.
This is a phone that's difficult to buy in the US, but if you live in Australia or the UK you’ll be able to buy it now – and you may find it an acceptable alternative to the OnePlus 5.
- Read our Huawei P10 review
iPhone 7 Plus
The latest phone from Apple has failed to set the world alight, but it’s still a stunning handset that offers the best iOS experience yet.
It runs the latest iOS software, has a dual-lens rear snapper similar to the OnePlus 5's and comes with some incredible spec and a striking design.
This won’t fit in your hand as well as the OnePlus 5, though, and it'll cost you a touch more than the latest phone from OnePlus.
The Honor 9 is the young pretender to the OnePlus affordable-flagship crown. Following a similar plan of high-end specs, attractive design and a cut-down price the Honor 9 is another enticing offering.
If you were a fan of the Samsung Galaxy S7 design, the Honor 9 is pretty much the same with an eye-catching design, plus it sticks two cameras on its rear.
And what's this, it's also cheaper than the OnePlus 5? You bet! It does have a smaller display, and it's not as pure Android as the OnePlus - but it's well worth considering.
First reviewed June 2017