OnePlus 5T Review: Phonebook, Loudspeaker, Text Input, Assorted Apps

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The OP5T's 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 • Dialer with smart dial


There's a single bottom firing loudspeaker on the OnePlus 5T, just like the other models in the lineage. But while the original OnePlus One and the 2 were very loud, securing an Excellent score in our three-pronged test, things have been less impressive once the 3 hit the scene, falling into the Good category (that's two notches down). The OP5 bumped that back up to Very Good, but the 5T is back into Good territory - obviously not poor all by itself, just not as loud as OP phones once were. Also not as loud as a lot of the competitors, too.

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

BlackBerry KEYone 62.2 66.0 67.7 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZ Premium 62.9 65.2 71.6 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZ1 65.4 68.0 69.1 Average

Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average

nubia Z17 62.1 71.2 73.8 Average

OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good

Samsung Galaxy S8+ 68.5 69.4 71.6 Good

OnePlus 3 62.4 71.0 77.8 Good

OnePlus 5T 68.4 73.2 69.9 Good

Google Pixel 2 XL 66.2 70.4 78.2 Good

Apple iPhone X 68.9 74.0 76.2 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

LG V30 66.9 72.3 84.5 Very Good

Google Pixel 2 70.0 77.0 81.1 Excellent

Huawei Mate 10 Pro 70.1 73.8 84.2 Excellent

OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent

Apple iPhone 8 Plus 76.0 74.6 79.0 Excellent

OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent

Text input

Text input on the OnePlus 5T 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.

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 OP5T 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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