I consistently recommend smartphones from a company that few in the US have ever heard of over Apple's iPhones or Samsung's Galaxy phones - this is why
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- Despite having access to numerous expensive flagship smartphones, like those from Apple and Samsung, my SIM card usually ends up in phones from a little known smartphone maker to the US - OnePlus.
- OnePlus phones have consistently prove to be excellent devices for nearly half the price of their competitors.
- They're popular around the world, but not so in the US because Americans typically buy their phones from carriers, which don't feature OnePlus phones.
- Check out why I recommend OnePlus phones to friends and family before recommending Apple's iPhones or Samsung's Galaxy S phones.
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For months, I've been placing smartphones from OnePlus ahead of the likes of Apple and Samsung in my top 20 smartphones list, and I thought it was time to elaborate on why.
You may be thinking, "Shouldn't mega-phones from the biggest names in tech get the top spot on the list?" No! Not at all! Apple and Samsung are just names to me. What matters most are the phones themselves and what they propose for their price tags.
And at the end of the day, it's always OnePlus phones that come out on top.
OnePlus phones aren't that well known in the US because they're not typically sold in carrier stores, which happens to be where most Americans buy their smartphones (usually, people in the US will have to buy OnePlus phones from the company's website). But hopefully, more Americans will get to see that OnePlus phones actually exist, since now you can find them in T-Mobile stores.
Here's what makes OnePlus phones so great:
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OnePlus phones are much cheaper than other flagships from Samsung, LG, and Apple. Some may take that as a bad sign, but it's not bad at all.
Despite their lower price tags, OnePlus phones run on the same chips as the more expensive devices.
OnePlus phones even outperform most of the more expensive models.
OnePlus phones are beautifully designed.
They also run on a clean and simple version of Android that's not cluttered with extra "stuff."
OnePlus phones might not come with some of the features you'd find on more expensive flagships, but it's worth thinking to yourself if you really need those features.
OnePlus does have two things that other Android flagships don't.
OnePlus cameras weren't always fantastic, but the company has clearly made big strides in recent models.
The main thing where OnePlus can improve is updates, especially with older devices. But very few Android phone makers have this right.
All in all, OnePlus phones have been delivering the best of expensive flagship devices for almost half the price, and they're simply unbeatable value.
The new OnePlus 7 is set to be announced on May 14, and it'll be worth keeping tabs on the new device to see if it can make your shortlist.
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