Why I really like the OnePlus 10 Pro
The dance between the phones in my office never stops, partly because there’s always something new to try, but also because I’m never satisfied and always find something off-putting about every phone that I use for more than a few days. That’s why you’ve probably seen the posts we make where we mention that this Samsung or this pixel is the one we keep coming back to, even with every other supposedly better phone available. This is another one of those posts and it’s about the OnePlus 10 Pro.
Since I finished my OnePlus 10 Pro review a month ago, it’s probably the phone that’s seen my SIM card the most. I’ve danced between the Pixel 6 Pro (on Android 12 betas), my iPhone 13 Pro (because I love MagSafe) and the normal Pixel 6 (Android 13!), but something keeps bringing me back to OnePlus’ newest top-end phone.
I know I said in my review that the phone was a joy to use, but there were concerns. I was put off by some weird software quirks built into ColorOS – I’m sorry, “OxygenOS”. I wanted more specs because who doesn’t want a full 12GB RAM and 256GB storage that will never be used? The lack of wide carrier support was a bad look. Even the price made me wonder whether or not this phone was an option next to the Pixel 6 Pro at the same price.
The other thing that became apparent while writing my review and during my testing is the fact that I kept saying how much I love the OnePlus 10 Pro. This phone is really good, simply from a usability perspective. In other words, it’s just great to hold, scroll, look at, and touch.
OnePlus may just make phones that OPPO hasn’t found a use for these days, but they’re still great. The haptics of this phone might be my favorite of the last few years, up there with the Pixel 6 Pro. The screen, despite having slightly curved edges, is basically flat and impressive. The phone itself has a good weight, without all the curved nonsense that other phones have. It’s a perfectly balanced phone, at least in my hand. I will also never complain about a phone with this texture and no fingerprints.
The software has all the stuff I need, like great always-on display, fluidity for days, levels down to dark mode, vertical scrolling launcher (it’s a Samsung pic) and several other areas that I can customize. I like that there’s an extra set of options for the lock screen or the home screen or the status bar that you won’t find on Google, but there isn’t a overwhelming amount of bloat as you find in Samsung’s unique user interface.
The camera is also pretty solid and borderline excellent, in my opinion. No, it’s not a low-light champion like the Pixel 6 Pro, but your boy isn’t at the club snapping weekend shots. My photo shoots take place outside on hikes or in the park or at a football game or sitting outside on a terrace in a brasserie. In all these situations, I think it’s great. It’s a camera I can trust and that’s important.
Of course, not everything is perfect with the OnePlus 10 Pro. There are still annoying software issues with lock screen notifications, notification interactions, and it looks like Android 11 not Android 12. The update situation will be worse than on Google or Samsung phones – there is no way around it.
But again, speaking only from a day-to-day use perspective, this phone is excellent in many ways. And believe me, I keep looking for reasons to switch to another phone because that’s how my brain works after 12 years of experience. I’ve changed and changed and changed over the past few weeks. This phone continues to wow me, though.
So does that mean you should buy one at $899 and with just 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage? Oooooooh, that’s still a tough call. For most people, I would probably tell you to consider waiting a bit to see if the rumors of a true OnePlus flagship later this year are accurate. This phone is great, and I think you’ll all enjoy it, but if there’s more in the not-too-distant future, it might be worth the wait. Either that or wait to see if a 12GB-256GB model shows up here for under $1,000.