OnePlus 5 Review: Doing The Math: Telephony, Text Input, Assorted Apps

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Contacts and telephony

Polishing things up is what OP has done with this latest edition of OxygenOS, and current OnePlus owners, as well as most stock Android fans will feel correct at home. The contacts manager features a tabbed interface which displays all contacts and the favorites. You can sync your phonebook with multiple accounts including Google and Exchange. A button to add a recent contact is constantly present in the top correct corner - you can choose which account to sync the recent addition with.

Favorites • Call log • Contacts • Viewing a single contact • Dialler with smart dial

OnePlus hasn't made the jump to stereo speakers with the 5, but it has either fitted a different driver here, or tuned the recent one in a recent way, as the OP5 is louder than the previous generation. Where the 3 and 3T managed a Good rating, the 5 ups that to Very good. Not quite enough to create us foracquire about the Excellently loud OnePlus One and 2, though.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

BlackBerry Priv 62.1 61.7 66.5 Below Average

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 65.8 65.1 64.6 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZ Premium 62.9 65.2 71.6 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZs 62.4 65.5 73.3 Average

Xiaomi Mi Max 67.1 66.2 68.1 Average

Oppo F3 Plus 62.3 69.8 70.0 Average

OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good

Samsung Galaxy S8 66.2 70.5 72.5 Good

LG G6 66.8 68.8 74.5 Good

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 70.0 69.1 71.8 Good

OnePlus 3 62.4 71.0 77.8 Good

Apple iPhone 7 Plus 68.3 72.2 72.9 Good

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 66.6 66.1 81.5 Good

Huawei P10 Plus 64.8 69.8 82.5 Good

Xiaomi Mi 6 66.1 69.0 84.1 Very Good

OnePlus 5 69.2 72.9 77.5 Very Good

HTC U11 (Theater) 69.2 72.7 78.4 Very Good

HTC U11 (Music) 68.7 73.0 79.1 Very Good

OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent

Google Pixel XL 73.4 72.1 84.1 Excellent

OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent

Text input

Text input on the OnePlus 5 is handled by the excellent Gboard. With a number row, secondary symbols on long presses, emoji, GIFs, glide input, and skins, there's nothing missing. In fact there might be a small bit too much, if you don't like the ever-present G button for instant searches.



As usual, OnePlus has kept its app package to a bare minimum. There is literally no bloatware to speak of, to the point that even the in-houtilize Music player is gone.

The Community app is your direct source of info on all things OnePlus with forum threads on all models plus announcements and contests. That's your gateway to the active community we talked about earlier.

OnePlus Community

There is one fine-looking File manager app that can group your things by category or give you the usual folder tree. Batch actions are supported, and you can view you Google Drive through here as well.

You can also access your Secure box from the File manager. Secure box is where you can save private files, and you can only gain entry via a 6-digit PIN (different from your unlock PIN) or fingerprint.

File manager • Secure box

OnePlus's Weather app is present on the OP5 as well. It features a very minimalistic interface, complete with animations and a parallax effect. All of the data comes from AccuWeather.

Weather app



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