Last week ZDNet’s Sandra Vogel posted the site’s full review of the OnePlus 6 and the week before that OnePlus sent along a mirror black one for me to test. After just a couple of days of use, I ordered my own Silk White OnePlus 6 and after more than two weeks with this device I am going to have a tough time paying for a flagship again.
While I mostly enjoy the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus after several weeks of use the battery life is a bit disappointing I’m not convinced it really is the best Android right now. I was hoping that HTC U12 Plus was going to be the one, but the haptic buttons are a fatal flaw that should convince HTC to pull it from the sales channels and try again. The LG G7 ThinQ, at $750, is back near the top of my list too with all of the flagship specs and a nice form factor.
The OnePlus 6 sold more than one million phones in just three weeks, which is quite a feat considering not a single US carrier has the phone in stores and it is only sold directly from OnePlus. After testing the Mirror Black one, I bought my own Silk White model and it is honestly one of the most gorgeous phones I have ever used with a back that feels more like a marble counter top than glass.
Here are several reasons to consider the OnePlus 6:
Design: There are some stunning phone designs today, but the Silk White OnePlus 6 may be my favorite. The front Gorilla Glass 5 transitions into beautiful rose gold metal edges and then into curved back pearl white Gorilla Glass 5 that looks and feels stunning. The highlights of rose gold are perfect, the rear fingerprint scanner is perfectly positioned, and the entire device feels like $1000. However, I only paid $579 for this 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage smartphone.
Buttons: While HTC completely failed with its new buttons, OnePlus continues to have tactile volume, power, and alert slider buttons. The alert slider gives you a three position physical button for silent, vibrate, and ring modes where you can define some specifics for your needs.
Gestures: Google demonstrated an Android interface with gestures in Android P, but OnePlus beat them to the punch with an option in Android 8.1 to depart from using the three bottom navigation buttons and use gestures to replace the navigation bar. I chose that method since I am so used to the iPhone X and am very happy with the performance and functionality of the gestures. OnePlus also provides system gestures and the ability to customize five letters for screen off gestures.
Speed and updates: OxygenOS provides nearly a stock Android experience with software customizations that make the device even better than stock. The software screams and in the short couple of weeks of using it I have seen updates so the default software is Android 8.1 with the May Android security update. Shoot, the HTC U12 Plus I tested was still at Android 8.0 with the March update.
Band 71: Samsung and LG both launched new phones with Band 71 (600 MHz) support, which is the expanded network T-Mobile is actively rolling out. It’s fantastic to see an independent, non-carrier phone launch with support for this frequency. In addition, the OnePlus 6 is a dual SIM device so you can even switch networks on the fly.
Minimal bezels and a notch: I have no issue with notched screens and after using the iPhone X for many months I prefer to maximize my screen experience. The OnePlus 6 has minimal side, top, and bottom bezels so it feels like most of what is in my hand is all screen and I like my phones this way.
There is always something missing from a phone, especially ones that are priced hundreds less than the flagships from Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. There is no wireless charging, but honestly the fast proprietary charging provided by OnePlus is extremely quick at charging up a phone and the battery has easily lasted me a full day of typical usage.
There is no rating for the water resistance, but OnePlus states that it will survive the rain or a dunking. Don’t take it swimming or submerge for extended periods, which is something you should not do even with a phone with an IP68 rating. It’s nice to know I can use it in Washington State’s often overcast drizzly days though.
OnePlus has dual cameras on the back and so far I have been satisfied with their performance. It seems to be a bit of a lost opportunity for the second lens to only help with depth effects rather than optical zoom, wide-angle coverage, or monochrome images, but maybe we’ll see more with the next OnePlus device.
The Silk White OnePlus 6 keeps selling out when OnePlus has a few more available, but it is worth checking the OnePlus Twitter account and keeping an eye out for availability. It is stunning and now that I’ve tested it out for a few weeks I am off to install the Android P beta since the OnePlus 6 is one of the devices officially supported by this beta program.
The Apple AirPods generated excitement for the cable-free Bluetooth earbud market, but they are not designed for sports with no level of dust or water resistance and a form factor that does not secure them into the ear canal. We’ve seen many new models released since then, including ones from Samsung, Jabra, Bose, Jaybird, and many more. It is now a crowded market with options across the spectrum.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t differentiate themselves from the Elite Sport earbuds with better buttons, a refined design, slightly more battery life, Bluetooth 5.0 technology, and support for Amazon Alexa (coming soon). The dust and water resistant rating is slightly lower, there is no heart rate or VO2 Max support, and the warranty is two years instead of the three years that we find in the Elite Sport headset.
The Jabra Elite Sport headset remains available and offers a bit more for those who want their earbuds to support advanced training features, but the Elite Active 65t is priced less and offers what is likely desired by more casual athletes and those looking for something more rugged than Apple AirPods.
Check out the CNET review where the earbuds earned an 8.2/10 rating and a statement that they are superior to Apple’s AirPods in some ways.
Sensors: Tri-axis accelerometer for motion sensing
Mics: Four digital MEMS with advanced noise cancellation technology
Water resistance: IP56 rating
Battery life: Up to 5 hours of play with charging case providing another 10 hours. 15 minutes of charging provides up to 1.5 hours of battery life.
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Earbud weight: Right-6.5 grams and left-5.8 grams
The retail package includes the two wireless earbuds, a charging case with integrated battery, a microUSB cable, and small/medium/large silicon gel earbud tips. By default, the medium silicon EarGels are installed on the earbuds and they fit me perfectly.
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The Elite Active 65t has a slightly different earbud design than the Elite Sport with the molded shape of the earbud itself design to twist and secure into your ear without the need for wing tips. I have rather large ear canals so was never bothered with wearing the Elite Sport earbuds for hours at a time while training for a marathon, but it seems to be common feedback from customers. The new Elite Active 65t has a redesigned form that seems to nestle into the bottom of your ear more without putting pressure on the back side. I think people will find them more comfortable.
The earbuds are available in titanium black with a gold outer panel that pushes in and serves as the button. The case is also black matte with a soft touch finish.
The earbuds rest inside the carrying case with the charging pins resting on the custom fit opening. The earbuds do not lock into the case so are held in the case by closing the lid. This also initiates charging up the earbuds.
The right Jabra Elite Active 65t earbud has two mic openings with one at the end of the protrusion that extends towards your mouth. The entire outside gold panel is a single button so a single press acts to play/pause or answer/hang-up a call. A double press of this button will toggle the ambient noise HearThrough option. A press and hold of this button will launch your selected voice assistant, including Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant.
The left side has the same large button design with the ability to press on the forward or backward side to conrol volume and playback of audio tracks buttons are primarily for volume control. Holding each of these down will skip to the next or previous track.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t fit my ears well and I was able to enjoy music for a couple of hours without any discomfort or dislodging of the earbuds.
While you do not need to install and use the Jabra Sound+ app for your iPhone or Android device, the app adds quite a bit to the overall experience and I highly recommend you install it on your phone.
With the app, you can control the level of ambience when using HearThrough, equalizer settings, pause toggle for audio, call equalizer settings, headset audio prompts, and more. There are modes for commute, focus, and active moments such as walking or running where the headset can help you count total steps during the activity.
The app is also used for updating the headset to the latest firmware and while testing there was one update that appeared and I installed.
Price and competition
The Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds have a MSRP of $189.99, which is $60 less than the $249.99 price that the Elite Active Sport model launched at last year. I’ve seen these new Active 65t buds available on Amazon for as low as $149.99 so look around and you can get them for a great price.
Other competing truly wireless earbuds include the Samsung Gear IconX that also provides integrated music storage so they can be used without a phone.
Daily usage experiences and conclusion
Headphone jacks are no longer the default on smartphones so most of us are making the move to wireless headset. While Apple may have been one of the first to offer a compelling truly wireless experience, others quickly surpassed them with better options for those who are active and for those looking for more than a very basic experience.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds have very good battery life, five hours, by themselves with a convenient carrying case providing about two more full charges.
I thought music sounded loud and clear with great stereo performance. Callers said I sounded very good when using this headset too. I don’t make many calls while working out, but it is good to know when a headset can perform well in this role.
The controls are easier to access than the Elite Sport and I have never missed a function while working out. I ran the Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon last weekend with a Spotify playlist on my iPhone X streaming to these earbuds and the experience was flawless. The music never skipped a beat, volume control was easy, and the earbuds never even moved around as I was extremely sweaty at the end of my two hour race.
In the past, I have had my chest and swinging arm block the Bluetooth signal to the earbuds and there is nothing more frustrating than constant intermittent audio. Bluetooth performance, and easy connectivity, was perfect with the Jabra Elite Active 65t and the range even allowed me to listen to music in another room. Opening the case initiates the connection too so when you pull them out they should be connected and ready to go without any touching of buttons.
If you like to listen to music when you workout and want to enjoy a cord-free setup, then it is tough to beat the Jabra Elite Active 65t. If you don’t need the advanced fitness analysis provided in the Elite Sport and want to save some money then you can’t go wrong with the Elite Active 65t.
Three months ago I tested out Garmin’s first GPS sports watch with offline music support, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music. It’s an excellent GPS sports watch for multi-sport athletes, but it is pricey at $450.
The new Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music launches at the same $299.99 that the Vivoactive 3 launched at six months ago. The Vivoactive 3 has also now dropped to $249.99 so there is a $50 price difference between these two mid-range models.
Garmin didn’t just incorporate offline music support in the new Vivoactive 3 Music. We also see a bit more elegant design with glass extending all the way out to the edge of the watch where the Vivoactive 3 had a metal bezel around the viewable touchscreen display, similar to the Garmin Forerunner 645. It looks great, but I do wonder how it will hold up over time, as compared to the metal bezel seen on the others.
You will still find Garmin Pay, Connect IQ support, multi-sport GPS functionality, smart notifications, and a week-long battery life in smartwatch mode. It’s a GPS smartwatch for the masses and I enjoyed my couple of weeks with it.
Display: 1.2 inch (30.4mm) 240 x 240 pixels resolution transflective color screen
Storage: About 3.6GB of internal storage for up to 500 songs and 200 hours of activity data
Water resistance: Swim,5 ATM
Bands: Standard 20mm bands for massive variety of band options
Connectivity and sensors: Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, GPS, GLONASS, optical HR, barometer, compass, accelerometer, thermometer
Battery: Rated for 13 hours in GPS training mode, 5 hours in GPS mode with music playing, and 7 days in smartwatch mode
Dimensions: 43.1 x 43.1 x 13.6 mm and 39 grams
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is round, but is much smaller and lighter (half the weight) than my Fenix 3 HR. It is about the same size and weight as the Garmin Forerunner 645.
The display is a touch sensitive display with a single button on the right side. The Vivoactive 3 had a metal bezel around the viewable display and the left side of this was tough sensitive. To be honest, I never used that functionality so am perfectly fine with Garmin moving to a curved glass front and removing the metal bezel.
The touch screen works well and the curved glass is attractive, but I still prefer GPS sports watches with only buttons as I find that accidental screen activations are less likely. I was using the Vivoactive 3 Music during my half marathon race last weekend and must have accidentally hit a button or the display as my tracking stopped at 11.85 miles. Thankfully, I had the Forerunner 645 Music on my other wrist and that tracked the complete half marathon.
Pressing the button takes you to the workout screen where you can choose your exercise and tap to get started. Simply swipe up and down to scroll through the list of activities. I find the full glass display more easily facilitates the ability to swipe and scroll around for navigation.
Press and hold on the single right button to access the controls menu that includes the following by default; Garmin Pay, music player, phone connection toggle, do not disturb toggle, find my phone, brightness settings, lock the display, and power down. Garmin has a nice new interface, seen on the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, where the options appear with color icons in a circular layout that looks similar to a Samsung Gear rotating dial.
The color display is fine for indoor and outdoor use, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the brilliance of an Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic, or Samsung Gear display. It also lasts much longer than the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear.
Standard 20mm bands can be used on the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music so you can easily find alternatives on Amazon and switch to your heart’s delight. The included silicone band is very malleable and comfortable while securely holding the Vivoactive 3 Music in place.
The charging port and optical heart rate monitor are found on the back of the Vivoactive 3 Music and the same charging connection used on the Vivoactive 3 is present.
To navigate the device, you press the button or tap/hold/swipe on the display. Swiping up and down from the watch face will scroll you through various summary screens (active minutes, steps taken, floors climbed, last run, last activity, music player, heart rate, and more) so you can see everything about your day or previous workout.
Tap and hold to see the battery status and get access to settings for the watch face, clocks, history, stats, and all of the settings. Swipe from left to right to go back one screen at a time.
The software on the watch is basically the same as what you find on other Garmin devices, such as the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music. You can visit the Connect IQ store to install watch faces, data fields, and other apps to customize the watch to your preferences.
You can use the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music to track running, biking, hiking, triathlon, rowing, stand-up paddling (SUP), open water or pool swimming, climbing, snow skiing, trail running, golfing, and more. In my test period, I tried the running and biking functionality.
There are a large number of settings and customization options available for each type of activity. For example, in the running app you can customize up to three data screens in a layout from one to four fields with timer, distance, pace, speed, heart rate, cadence, temperature, elevation, and other fields. I recommend you spend some quality time customizing everything exactly how you want it and then be ready to tweak things as you perform your activity and find you want to view your data differently.
In addition to custom data fields for each activity, you can control alerts, auto-pause, laps, auto scroll, background and accent colors, and much more. The experience can be quick and simple using the defaults or as specific as you desire with a bit of time spent customizing the watch data fields and settings.
To get started on a run, lift up your arm, press the button, tap run, and then press the button again after GPS is connected. Press the button again to pause. If you want to continue, press the button again. Otherwise choose Done on the display to end your workout. It’s all very quick and easy.
You also have the option to pay with Garmin Pay on the Vivoactive 3 Music. Hold the button, select the wallet icon, enter your PIN, and then hold your watch close to the wireless reader to pay. A PIN is needed for security and is something you setup when you enter your bank information.
Smartphone software and website
Collecting the data is important, but using that data for tracking trends, improving performance, challenging friends, and identifying problem areas is also very important. Garmin is one of the few companies that offers the Garmin Connect app for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile. The app is very useful and provides an overwhelming amount of data. It has gotten even better with the recent interface improvements.
When you first launch the smartphone app you will see the My Day screen that shows your most recent workout, heart rate, stress level, calories in/out, weight, yesterday’s stats, and stats for last 7 days. You can choose which order the cards appear and which cards appear by tapping on the Edit My Day button at the bottom. I prefer this over the previous display of data.
Other tabs include challenges, calendar, news feed, and the More page for all of the other settings you have come to love on a Garmin device.
On an Android smartphone you can also fine tune your smart notifications by selecting the specific apps that will be allowed to send notifications to your Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music. On iOS, you get whatever notifications you have enabled in the iOS settings so I personally prefer the Android smartphone experience.
The Garmin Connect website experience is very similar to what you see in the smartphone application, with even more capability to generate reports, import or export data, setup connections to other applications (such as Strava, RunKeeper, and MyFitnessPal), and more. Similar to the snapshots interface on the phone, you have a dashboard on Garmin Connect that you can customize.
I created dashboard tabs for daily activity, running, cycling, and hiking since those are my primary activities. You can then customize the view that appears in your dashboard or choose to jump to a full page view of the selected data.
You can also use the Garmin Express desktop app to manage firmware updates and easily access the Connect IQ store for more customization of your Vivoactive 3 Music. The new unique feature for this watch is obviously music. Selecting the music option in Garmin Express takes you to a screen showing My Music and Music Apps. Music on your computer can be organized by playlists, artists, albums, songs, genres, podcasts, and audiobooks. You select the folders on your computer where you want to scan for such content. It’s not the most elegant solution, but gets the job done.
After finding content on your computer, you select that content and choose to transfer it to the Vivoactive 3 Music. You can browse your computer and watch music content within this utility.
The other way to get music loaded onto your Vivoactive 3 Music is via the iHeartRadio app that you install onto the watch. You need to pay the monthly subscription fee of $9.99 to get All Access service in order to sync to the Vivoactive 3 Music and once you have entered the code and have the app setup on your watch then you can choose which music to sync via WiFi to your watch and enjoy content through this service. Garmin may add other music providers in the future, but no other partnerships have yet been announced.
Vivoactive or Forerunner?
As you look at the two current Garmin devices that support offline music, the first question that comes to mind is whether or not the Forerunner 645 Music is worth the additional $150 over the price of the Vivoactive 3 Music. The Forerunner series has always been focused primarily on run support and that is still the case here, but the Vivoactive 3 is reaching near parity with the Forerunner 645 too. Here are some differences between the two that might help you decide which is best for your needs:
Display type: The Vivoactive 3 Music has a touchscreen display and this is the primary method of navigation while the Forerunner 645 Music uses five buttons to navigate around. I am a fan of buttons as I am less likely to press them accidentally and often run in the rain where touchscreen wearables can experience some issues.
Interval training: I completed some interval training during my recent half marathon plan and was ecstatic to discover I could create custom interval plans and follow them on the Forerunner 645. Interval training is not supported on the Vivoactive 3.
Training Effect and Status: A useful metric found on the Forerunner 645, but not on the Vivoactive 3.
Multi-sport or triathlon activities: Not supported on Vivoactive 3, but available for the Forerunner 645.
Running dynamics: The Forerunner 645 can pair to the HRM-RUN or Running Dynamics Pod to measure cadence, ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation, vertical ratio, and ground contact time balance. These metrics are not support by the Vivoactive 3.
Golf: Strangely, golf is not supported on the more expensive Forerunner 645, but is available on the Vivoactive 3.
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music will likely be more appealing to the masses and now with music support at the same launch price as the Vivoactive 3 last year it competes well against the Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic, and others.
Daily usage experiences and conclusion
During my testing, the smartwatch connectivity was not enabled so I had to load music through the PC Garmin Express method. Thankfully, music playback through the wireless earbuds I tested was flawless when wearing the Vivoactive 3 Music on either wrist. Music controls were easy and volume was loud.
I like the move to the all glass display for the aesthetics and the ease of swiping around on the screen. It may present issues for those who bump their watch on things a lot as that stainless bezel is missing, but the watch looks and feels great as currently designed.
The GPS did well at tracking, sleep was automatically measured, and my daily activity seemed to match other devices. I inadvertently stopped tracking on one run, which is one reason I prefer non-touch screen devices for my activity tracking needs.
The stress widget was helpful for helping me refocus during busy days when I let too much pile up. Having an awareness of your sleep and stress are key to improving in these areas that greatly affect your life and health.
The $300 price puts it in direct competition with the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, and Fitbit Ionic so with the addition of music the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is much more competitive. It offers longer battery life and much more customization of workout tracking with far less smartwatch capability.
OnePlus has earned many glowing reviews for its handsets, and in doing so has set itself very high standards. Last autumn’s OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5 that launched at about this time last year were both winners for me. The Chinese company has risen to the challenge again with the OnePlus 6 which, with flagship handset prices soaring this year, is a very competitive smartphone: prices start at £469 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage ($529 in the US, $599 in Australia).
There are several variants of the OnePlus 6. The white shell wasn’t available at launch, but that appeared earlier this month, and so the various options are:
These prices aren’t as low as OnePlus has targeted in the past, but it’s worth noting that the 128GB version is just £20 more than the 128GB OnePlus 5T’s launch price. That’s quite an achievement, given the specification changes.
Whichever option you choose, the handset has Gorilla Glass 5 front and back this time around, but you don’t have to go for the shiny, reflective look that’s so popular at the moment: ‘mirror black’ has the reflective look, but ‘midnight black’ has a matte finish, while ‘silk white’ — which I haven’t yet seen in the flesh — seems to have a more pearlised finish to it.
If you go for the entry-level OnePlus 6 model, you’ll have to settle for (reflective) mirror black, while the maximum-storage variant only comes in (matte) midnight black.
Elsewhere on the hardware design front a couple of things have changed. The much-loved alert slider has switched sides, moving from the left to the right. It still has three positions, allowing you to easily put the handset into vibrate, ring or silent mode; a small screen bubble pops up when the slider is moved, showing which mode the handset is in.
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OnePlus once again steers clear of an IP rating — a notable absence when this handset is compared with top-tier competition. However, OnePlus does provide a water-resistant layer between the screen and battery cover, waterproof materials in the headphone jack and fingerprint scanner, and silicon loops sealing the buttons. All this, says the company, equips the handset to survive a ‘drop in the sink’ or a ‘spilled glass of water’.
OnePlus continues to support a 3.5mm headset jack, although that hasn’t stopped it launching its own wireless earphones — the £69.99/$69 OnePlus Bullets. The headset jack is on the bottom of the chassis, next to the USB-C charging/connection port and the single speaker grille. This layout is unchanged from the 5T model.
The OnePlus 6 is thicker (7.75mm vs 7.3mm), heavier (177g vs 162g) and slightly wider (75.4mm vs 75mm) than the OnePlus 5T, while also being a touch shorter (155.7mm vs 156.1mm). Despite this chassis shrinkage, the new handset packs a bigger screen — 6.28 inches versus 6 inches.
OnePlus managed to squeeze a taller screen into a slightly shorter chassis by reducing the bottom bezel and by extending the screen into the roofspace and using the area to the left and right of the front camera to add height. The result is a 19:9 aspect ratio. Those who don’t like the extra screen area around what’s now widely known as the ‘notch’ can square off the display via a software setting.
If this sounds like the phone might be a bit unwieldy, well, smaller hands might find it so, but the big screen is a real boon when it comes to reading content in particular, and the phone’s overall size is not out of keeping these days.
The screen is still a bright and punchy AMOLED with the same 402ppi pixel density as the OnePlus 5T. The 6.28-inch screen has 1,080 by 2,280 pixels compared to its predecessor’s 1,080 by 2,160, the extra vertical pixels catering for the notch and the reduced bottom bezel.
OnePlus offers a number of automatic screen calibrations as well as a reading mode that dials down blue light down for easier-on-the-eye reading. This can be set to kick in whenever particular apps are launched, and there’s a night mode that basically softens all the colours.
Performance is superb. With an octa-core Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of RAM in my review unit, it’s no surprise that the average of three Geekbench 4 scores was 9,043 for the multi-core CPU test — right at the top of the current roll of honour. In everyday experience, responses to screen taps and sweeps felt instantaneous, and both face and fingerprint login were fast and accurate.
The fingerprint scanner on back of the handset is a small lozenge that looks a little undersized, but it worked perfectly for me. It’s sensibly placed beneath the camera lenses, perfect for use with the index finger.
The OnePlus 6 supports two SIMs, but doesn’t offer an option of using the second SIM slot for MicroSD storage. However, that shouldn’t be a serious issue unless you choose the lowest 64GB storage capacity.
My review sample had 128GB of storage, of which 113.76GB was free for me to use as required. If you need yet more storage, there’s the top-end 256GB version — that’s more than some business laptops have, and a real advance for OnePlus.
The operating system is Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo, with OnePlus’s Oxygen OS adding features — but not too many of them. It’s a neat overlay, far less ‘in your face’ than many, and its offers are easy to ignore if they’re not required.
Gamers might want to try out the new Gaming mode, which is designed to optimise speed and reduce latency. It’s possible to tweak settings in this mode, and — taking a cue from Reading mode — you can have it kick in automatically when specific apps are launched. Hence the strapline for this handset: ‘the speed you need’. Naturally, if you don’t need gaming mode, it’s easily ignored.
The dual camera setup comprises 16MP and 20MP sensors, both with f/1.7 lenses. That’s the same basic arrangement as on the OnePlus 5T, but the addition of optical image stabilisation (OIS) to the existing EIS really helps with image clarity. The second camera is used to good effect for bokeh (blurred background) images, and as with the 5T it’s a simple matter of tapping the portrait option on the main camera screen to switch into using it. The 16MP front camera shoots 1080p video at 30fps, as on the 5T.
I have no complaints about the sharp, vibrant pictures taken by the OnePlus 6; the slow-motion video capability — 720p at 480fps or 1080p at 240fps — will also appeal to some.
The 3,300mAh battery in the OnePlus 6 has a lot to cope with — a 6.28-inch 19:9 aspect ratio screen and the Snapdragon 845 chipset. Still, I found that I could get a day’s usage from it with no problem, and fast-charging support made it easy to give a boost as required.
For all the plaudits it garnered, the OnePlus 5T wasn’t quite a hands-down winner. It didn’t launch with the latest Android OS, for example, which isn’t the case here, as the OnePlus 6 has the very latest Android version on board. However, it still lacks MicroSD storage expansion and an IP rating, with the latter likely to be missed most.
But considering what you get for the price, the OnePlus 6 is a bargain. At the time of writing, for example, the Huawei P20 Pro costs £669, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 £699, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus £718. Every prospective buyer needs to weigh up the pros and cons, of course, but for my money the OnePlus 6 is the smartphone of the moment.
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It is slightly smaller than the Doogee S60, yet its 163.9 x 79.8 x 13.3mm size means that it does not feel clunky in my hand. It manages to squeeze a 5.- inch IPS screen and 1440 x 720-pixel resolution into its streamlined, slimmer form.
It weighs a few grams less than the S60, too, at 250g.
Doogee S50: Specs
The SIM card is simple to insert into its slot. Unlike the S60, this SIM slot sits behind a silicone seal and is accessed using the SIM pin provided by Doogee. You can install two Nano SIMs or one Nano SIM and a micro SD card up to 256GB — a nice flexible option.
The phone is rated IP68, which means that it is dustproof and waterproof. Doogee says that the phone will still operate even after submersion in 1.4m deep water for 24 hours.
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Inside the S50 is an Octa-core Helio P23 processor with 6GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of ROM. Its graphics processor is a Mali G71 MP2.
Its 5180mAh battery (the S60 has a 5580mAh battery) gives this phone long life. I only charged the S50 every two to three days — and I left resource hungry apps like Facebook and Twitter running in the background.
There is no wireless charging or NFC on this model, unlike the S60. More’s the pity.
Doogee S50: Cameras
The S50 has four cameras, two rear and two front. The rear cameras are 15MP and 13MP with flash and 130-degree wide-angle lenses, and the front camera has 16MP and 8MP cameras with 88-degree wide angle lenses.
Both give crisp images, the HDR is really good, and there are basic post image manipulation features such as filters and image crop options.
Doogee S50: Features
This device has facial recognition technology to unlock the phone. Settings warn that the facial recognition may not be as secure as a PIN or password.
Unlocking the phone worked for me, pulling a range of faces with glasses on or off in a range of environments and light levels. I was impressed with the quickness. When image recognition fails, the unlock screen defaults to PIN or password.
There are a range of gestures you can use with the S50: Unlock the phone by waving, and you can put the phone close to your ear and the proximity sensor will answer the call. Swing the phone to answer an incoming call, or flip the phone to silence the ring. You can also switch from hands free to handset mode by placing the device near to your ear.
Gesture motion enables you to wave your hands at the top of the screen and perform a range of actions such as changing to the next song, picture, or page. By using three fingers on the screen, you can take a screenshot.
The S50 has the capability to receive ETWS alerts. The Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System (ETWS) can show severe threats, amber alerts such as child abduction bulletins, extreme threats, and test broadcasts.
It also has a SOS button where you can transmit an emergency rescue message to designated contacts.
Doogee S50: Conclusion
There are no fancy additions to the S50’s home screen, and no options for one handed operation, although I do like the fingerprint sensor at the back of the device.
I was also disappointed that the toolbox of useful apps was missing in the S50 — I used them a lot in the S60.
From the start, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 was loud. It was sitting on my kitchen bench doing what new PCs do — downloading a lot of updates to Windows from Microsoft — and in a few short minutes, its fan was whirling away and making noise that gave me flashbacks of the laptops of yesteryear.
This throwback is unlike the rest of the machine, which is a collection of very good silicon.
The XPS 15 is the first device making use of the Intel CPU and AMD Radeon RX Vega 870 GPU combo to cross my desk, and that means it is one of the more interesting devices this year.
The addition of the Radeon GPU is a double-edged sword.
Firstly, it gives a very welcome boost to the graphics capabilities of the device. The XPS isn’t going to be a gaming or rendering system, but those who have been struggling with the Intel HD graphics embedded in laptops will appreciate the reduction in chugging and lost frames.
The drawback that comes with the performance bump is the battery being quickly sapped when the Vega is engaged. When playing a desktop-style strategy game — an application that is a very long way from the likes of FarCry — the battery was drained in 90 minutes. It would be wrong to single out the XPS 15 for being the sole offender in this task, as the entire category of gaming laptops suffer from this.
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And then there is the Intel-branded configuration tool for the Radeon, which reminds you that this XPS is a “dogs and cats living together” sort of device you never thought you’d see.
Beyond the GPU, the rest of the silicon in our review unit was made up of an Intel Core i7-8705G processor, with 16GB of memory and 1TB of M.2 NVMe storage — a mighty fine collection of parts that has the high levels of performance expected.
The XPS 15 2-in-1 comes in a hinged form factor that dictates the keyboard flip-around to reside behind the screen when being used as a tablet, and in tablet mode it is a rather hefty prospect with its greater than 2-kilogram (4.36-pound) weight.
Use the device in tent mode, and you focus on the real gem in the XPS 15: Its display. The screen is a 15.6-inch touch-capable 4k IPS beauty with tiny bezels, and to make sure the top bezel remains as small as possible, Dell has moved the webcam to below its logo underneath the display.
Casual webcam users probably won’t be terribly bothered by this new placement, but if you are the sort of person who works remotely and does daily video conferencing, you’d best tell your co-workers you’re going to look like you are looking for their heads for the foreseeable future.
Dell touts its new magnet-using keyboard as allowing a 24 percent reduction in keyboard thickness, and that’s a nice number, but it is far from the revolutionary experience the literature makes it out to be. As for the trackpad, let’s just say that as someone who prefers the ThinkPad approach to trackpads, my experience with this XPS is consistent with previous forms — your mileage may vary.
One nice touch by Dell, though, is the integration of a fingerprint reader in its power button. It’s a good idea on phones, and it is also a good idea in laptops.
Another nice touch is Dell’s embrace of USB-C and Thunderbolt ports for powering the XPS. The laptop has a pair of Thunderbolt ports on its left-hand side, and a pair of USB-C 3.1 ports on its right, which means that when you want to plug in the USB-C power cord, there are four options to aim at — it’s something MacBook owners could only dream of. That said, you cannot run around trying to power the XPS off your phone’s USB-C cord; it wants what it wants, and that is the more powerful Dell cable.
For compatibility, Dell has included a handy USB-C to USB-A dongle.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 comes packed with the usual gamut of Intel and Dell utilities that one has come to expect; however, for the review unit we had, the installation of Windows 10 Home ratcheted up the amount of crapware by an order of magnitude.
Beyond the usual Microsoft attempts to push Candy Crush and Minecraft onto new users, Dell has taken it upon itself to push out promos such as the annoying Dropbox notification that decided to reappear three times after it was dismissed.
It’s little wonder that users get annoyed by Windows 10 pushing stuff onto them.
At the time of writing, without cashbacks and rewards, the base version of the XPS 15 2-in-1 starts at $1,300, and tops out at $2,200 for the beefiest model on Dell’s website. For Australians, the Australia tax is in effect, and the price range is AU$3,400 to AU$4,200 — or around $2,600 to $3,200 — although the AU models universally have the fastest chip and generally more memory included in that price.
That’s a top price, but you are buying a flagship model in the XPS.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a very good laptop, and there is plenty to like about it. At this point, I should be raving about the quality of the display, but my memory of this machine will be the fan, its incessant noise, and wondering whether the laptop would heat my jeans like the devices from a decade ago.
It’s a shame, because this could have been a great device. In a way it still is, but only on paper.
Samsung’s 55-inch Flip display is a digital replacement for the traditional whiteboard or flip-chart, and a competitor for products like Google’s Jamboard (£5,198 with stand) and Microsoft’s Surface Hub (£9,500 for the 55-inch model). At £2,499 plus around £780 for a stand, the Flip is considerably more affordable than its current competition and looks to be a natural fit for business meeting rooms — but how does its design and functionality shape up?
The two boxes containing the Flip screen itself and its wheeled stand were the largest and heaviest review items to arrive at ZDNet’s UK office for a while, amounting to 34.9kg. Extracting them from the packaging and setting the 28.9kg screen/stand combo up is definitely a two-person job. There’s nothing complex about the process though, and the provided instruction sheet is admirably clear.
Once it’s assembled, you have a digital whiteboard the size of a traditional analogue unit on a movable stand that has two immediately noticeable features: it ‘flips’ smoothly from landscape to portrait orientation; and it can operate in whiteboard or blackboard mode, with the Tizen 3.0-based user interface automatically reorienting itself:
The whole unit is a neutral light grey colour, and a wall-mount kit is available if the Flip is to be a permanent fixture in your meeting room.
Up to four participants can draw on the touch-screen simultaneously, using the passive stylus (two are provided) or a fingertip. When not in use, the pen can be stowed in a pod beneath or on the left side of the screen (depending on orientation); when you remove the stylus from the holder, the screen turns on, ready for use. The pod also houses a motion sensor, an NFC pad (for smartphone connection, see below), a USB 3.0 port and a power button.
There are more connectors at the back: USB 3.0, Ethernet (RJ-45), serial (RS-232), HDMI-in and ‘Touch Out’ (a USB connection for controlling a PC via touch from the Flip). The Flip also has a pair of integrated stereo speakers at the back.
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Overall, the Samsung Flip’s industrial design is unfussy and well thought-out — down to details like the height-adjustable stand with an integrated shelf and lockable wheels.
The Flip is a 55-inch touch-screen with 4K (3,840 x 2160 pixels) resolution, 178-degree viewing angles (vertical and horizontal) and 8ms pixel response time. The LCD panel’s native 300-nit brightness reduces to 220 nits with the FlatFrog InGlass opto-mechanical touch-screen system added.
The stylus is a simple pencil-like affair (it’s made of wood) with a thin tip for writing and a thick end for highlighting. You can change the pen or highlighter colour with a long press of the relevant part of the stylus on the screen, but you’ll have to visit the settings dialogue to adjust the pen’s thickness. Erasing is simple: just wipe the screen with your hand, as you would on an old-school white/blackboard. There’s no support for pressure-sensitive inking, so this may not be the ideal solution for more creative use cases. No battery is required for the stylus.
Input goes into documents called Rolls, which can be up to 20 pages long and can be PIN-protected if necessary. The UI is straightforward, with Import and Export buttons at the top of the workspace and buttons for managing rolls, moving or editing rolls and undo/redo — the latter are at the bottom or on the right-hand side, depending on screen orientation.
As well as writing on-screen, you can connect to various external sources and devices to access content for your meeting or presentation. Press the Import button at the top of the screen, and options appear for Mobile, Laptop, USB and Network Drive.
To bring up a Samsung smartphone on the Flip screen, you can use Smart View, which lets you control the handset from the Flip screen — in full-screen mode if you want, which is fun. You can screen-mirror other manufacturers’ phones via Miracast, but you don’t get the Flip-based touch control in this case. If your phone is an Android 8.0 (Oreo) device with NFC support, you can simply tap it on the Flip’s NFC point to initiate the connection. Once your phone is on-screen, you can easily take screenshots and annotate them.
Laptops and PCs can connect to the Flip via HDMI, with touch functionality via the Flip’s Touch Out port. Wireless laptop/PC connection is also available using the WiFi Display function on Windows 8.1 and 10 devices. Alternatively you can import content from a USB stick or hard drive, or from a network drive. Access to USB and network drives can be locked out in the Tizen OS’s settings, if required.
The default export format for ‘rolls’ of Flip content is PDF, and these can go via email, to a printer or to a USB stick/drive or network drive. If meeting room users are prone to leaving material unprotected on the device, there’s a setting to automatically delete all content — at the end of the working day, for example — which should help to concentrate minds.
Samsung’s overriding goal for the Flip was to make a straightforward and accessible collaboration screen without too much complexity in either the functionality or the user experience. Given this, and the competitive pricing, its main target market is probably small/medium-sized businesses and enterprise departments, with typical use cases in product development, marketing and IT teams. More expensive collaboration products offer more fully-featured operating systems, integrated cameras, pressure-sensitive inking and more, but Samsung could well find a niche, for the moment, with the Flip.
A couple of weeks ago I posted my initial impressions of the HTC U12 Plus after meeting with HTC and handling the device for about 30 minutes. After more than a week of use, I’m ready to send the eval unit back and move on.
The improvements over last year’s U11 look great on paper, but there are a few things on the U12 Plus that drive me bonkers and prompted me to cancel my pre-order. Your phone should not annoy you, especially at a cost of more than $800. I’ll get into more details later, but these issues include:
Battery: 3,500 mAh non-removable with Quick Charge 3.0 (QC 4 is supported)
Dimensions: 156.6 x 73.9 x 9.7mm and 188 grams
Colors: Translucent Blue and Ceramic Black. A Flame Red one similar to the Solar Red U11 will be coming to select markets later in 2018.
The HTC U12 Plus has nearly all of the high end specifications you would expect in a flagship. But it has no wireless charging capability, which is an annoyance, especially given the poor battery life I experienced over the past nine days. It also does not include Band 71 (600 MHz) support, which is even found today on the much less expensive OnePlus 6.
A headphone jack is also not present, which is the trend today so I’m not listing that as a con for HTC. However, given that HTC was one of the first to focus on a powered amp in the headset socket and has a focus on audio performance I think removing the 3.5mm headset jack was a poor design decision a couple of years ago. There is also no way to charge up the U12 Plus and use the awesome sounding USonic earbuds so that’s a problem.
The HTC U12 Plus is a gorgeous phone and although some may not like the transparent back glass, I think it is lovely and geeky so I’m a fan. The look and feel of the phone was a primary reason I placed my pre-order in the first place.
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It has a large display with minimal bezels, rear fingerprint scanner, and superb fit and finish. It’s a bit thicker than most flagships at 9.7 mm, but has nice curved edges and still fits my hands well. It’s more than a millimeter thicker than the Galaxy S9 Plus and two millimeters thicker than an iPhone X and Huawei P20 Pro.
The glass back is very slippery and the first night that the U12 Plus was sitting on my flat nightstand it worked its way to the edge and then fell off in the middle of the night, startling me awake. After nine days I also notice some minor scratching on the back glass, which is what I also saw on the U11 last year. I guess it is to be expected on a glass back device and other such devices have done the same. Without support for wireless charging, I think I would prefer the cool metal backs that seemed to last forever without these micro scratches.
HTC is the first company I know of that made the three right side buttons (volume up, volume down, and power) haptic buttons rather than mechanical buttons. HTC’s official statement is that this design element was made to help achieve the highest IP68 rating HTC has had on a phone. Unfortunately, this design decision was a mistake and the haptic buttons drove me to the edge over the past nine days. They were inconsistent in their performance and when something as simple as a button does not react to a press 100 percent of the time it is a failure. I understand that new technology takes some time to get used to, but unlike the iPhone haptic home button these buttons never felt like real buttons and annoyed me every day. Your expensive phone should help you get things done and not pester you with inconsistent performance.
Edge Sense 2 improves upon the squeezeable side experience with a double tap option. The double tap is even smart enough to work whether you hold the phone in your right or left hand. I found the Edge Sense 2.0 feature to actually be even more helpful with in-app squeezes for things such as switching to reading mode in the Samsung Internet browser.
However, it felt like I had to crush the phone in my hand to get the squeeze and hold to activate. I even adjusted the force settings down to the 2/10 level and was unable to get the squeeze and hold to work consistently. However, the Edge Sense 2.0 half circle and flashing blue dot indicators would appear often just as I was holding the phone and not attempting to activate Edge Sense 2.0. Yet another annoyance on a phone where there should be none.
The HTC U12 Plus is focused on the audio experience and this is one area where it shines brightly. The USonic noise-cancelling earbuds included in the box sound superb while the BoomSound speakers also sound excellent when you do not want to use headphones. My phone is my primary audio device and this is one area that I will be missing when I send back this eval unit and also one reason I thought I could get over the button and Edge Sense annoyances.
If the battery life was acceptable, then I likely would look past the annoyances and keep the U12 Plus. However, I was never able to go a single full day without the battery dying and some days only saw just over three hours of screen-on time. It seems to me that this phone suffers from rather terrible standby time since I was able to turn on continuous playing movies and see over four hours of screen-on time. I listen to music and use my phone for about 45 minutes on the morning train ride and saw the battery go down 20 percent. Then throughout the day I would occasionally use it for calls, texts, and a few photos to see the battery deplete another 50 to 60 percent in a typical eight to nine hour day of work. I would get home after my commute and the phone would be dead or nearly dead with aggressive battery saving modes kicking in. Over the past couple of years of testing phones, I have never had a flagship perform as terribly as the HTC U12 Plus.
The rear cameras on the U12 Plus are excellent and I’ve seen solid performance with them as I’ve shot many photos with five or six dual rear camera phones. Check out my full Flickr album and compare the photos yourself. I still think the Google Pixel 2 takes better shots most of the time, but the U12 Plus performs as well as a current flagship should.
I haven’t seen anything stunning from the dual front cameras though and think one front camera would have been just fine for this device. I think being able to say your phone has four cameras was likely the reason to add another camera on the front just to capture depth data.
The HTC U12 Plus launches with Android 8.0 Oreo and HTC confirmed it will be upgraded to Android P shortly after this next version of Android is released to the public. It is likely HTC will skip 8.1 since the team is focused on getting the Android P update ready to roll.
HTC’s Sense UI is the lightest of the flagships, Moto has an even lighter skin, and by selling the U12 Plus without a US carrier, customers will get a phone without all of that terrible carrier bloatware. There are just a few HTC apps, such as Mail, and most of these add value to the overall experience rather than bog it down as some other heavier skins have been shown to do.
HTC still supports themes so you can customize the device to your preference. Theming includes freestyle layouts where you can have custom icons and placement on the home screen panels. This is still something that is unique to the HTC devices.
You can swipe the three Android buttons from right to left to access some quick settings and it turns out this is one of the best ways to capture screenshots. The traditional method on Android of using a volume and power button dual button press does not work due to the use of haptic buttons. You can try an awkward power and virtual home button press, but swiping to use the quick screenshot control is likely a better move.
Face unlock is included as a convenient way to quickly unlock the phone and that has worked reliably for me on the U12 Plus. The rear fingerprint scanner is used for a secure unlock method, but when you pick up the phone it is nice to have face unlock available too.
HTC’s Blinkfeed used to be pretty useful and very customizable to the content you wanted to see on the left home screen panel. It has devolved into ads, trashy content I don’t care to see, and a hot mess of junk. Thankfully, you can hide this panel from the home screen experience, but it would be great to see HTC do what LG did on the G7 and give the customer the option to have the Google news feed there instead. I suppose you could always install a third party launcher and customize this experience to your liking.
The HTC camera app is similar to what we have seen on the past with a menu button in the upper right that provides access to the many available modes; photo, slow motion, pro/manual, video, hyperlapse, panorama, selfie photo, selfie panorama, and selfie video. You can drag and drop these modes into any order you prefer.
To the right of the photo capture button is an icon with two bodies. Tap once to turn on auto-bokeh, tap again for manual bokeh, and then tap a third time to toggle bokeh affects off. With manual bokeh you can use the slider to adjust the level of background blur. This works as well as most other phones with portrait mode support.
At the bottom of the viewfinder you will see a zoom slider. Tap the 1X icon in the center once to toggle to 2x optical zoom and again to go back to the 1x viewfinder. You can slide or pinch and zoom to achieve other levels of optical or digital zoom.
There is a bokeh mode editor available so you can adjust the level of background blur after the fact. You can also tap and change the focal point after the image is captured. Huawei and Samsung have provided these types of editing tools for depth effects and they are handy ways to get creative with images.
The camera app also has icons to toggle flash, character overlays (I’m too old for this stuff), timer, photo and video quality, and HDR.
The video capability has been updated to include a cool natural zoom tool so your can zoom in and out of subject slowly in a cinematic manner. Advanced audio modes include hi-res audio, 3D audio, and acoustic focus with audio boost to also enhance subject audio.
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus starts at $840 so launching the comparable 64GB model HTC U12 Plus at $799 is reasonable. For $50 more you get 128GB internal storage with a microSD card slot. The OnePlus 6 is priced from $529 to $629 and LG G7 ThinQ is priced at $749. The OnePlus 6 supports the 600 MHz frequency and has a 3.5mm headset jack while the LG G7 supports wireless charging, has a wide-angle camera, and a 3.5mm headset jack. For myself, these two are more compelling (and less annoying) than the HTC U12 Plus.
You can pre-order the HTC U12 Plus now from Amazon and HTC. HTC has a financing option of $34/month for 24 months at 0 percent APR for the 64GB model and $36 per month for the 128GB model. Amazon is only selling the 64GB model. Both the Ceramic Black and Translucent Blue are available for ordering with both unlocked and certified to work with Verizon, T-Mobile, and ATT networks in the US.
In Canada, Translucent Blue can be pre-ordered for $1,099 CAD (64GB) or $1,169 CAD (128GB), and Ceramic Black for $1,099 CAD (64GB).
Daily usage experiences and conclusions
The HTC U12 Plus is a gorgeous phone that matches the specs of the other flagships, while also having some features and functions not seen in Apple, Samsung, or Huawei phones. These include:
Audio quality: The integrated speaker system is loud and clear. While there is no headset jack (it’s time to move on folks) HTC includes noise-cancelling USonic earbuds in the box. These map your ears for enhanced audio customized to you and the audio experience through these is fantastic.
Performance: HTC has one of the lightest Android “skins” out there and this phone flies. Using it and then using other Androids convinces me it jumps between apps, scrolls up and down, and just seems to do things faster than others.
Edge Sense 2.0: I could never get the default Google Assistant to launch correctly, but after switching to the Edge Launcher I find the squeeze-and-hold to be far more useful. The in-app squeeze options significantly increase productivity and are an innovation in a space where people say there is no longer innovation.
Swipeable bottom buttons: I’ve seen the ability to swipe the bottom Android navigation buttons in third party launchers, but love that I can swipe from right to left to record the screen, take a screenshot, pull down the notification shade, and even hide these bottom buttons.
Double tap for one-handed mode: I never use one-handed mode on any phone because it has always been a real pain to toggle. However, I use my phone on the train and in other situations where one-handed use is preferred. The double tap on the side to toggle this on and off is simple, yet brilliant.
Sonic Zoom and Auto Zoom: Sonic Zoom lets you zoom in on a sound or other audio source in your video to bring out that audio in your video. It’s impressive in use and not something we have seen from others. LG’s V series has a cool auto zoom capability that simulates what we see at the movies. HTC now has this smooth zoom capability with Auto Zoom.
That said, there are also several things that bug me about the HTC U12 Plus as well and some of these I wouldn’t be as concerned about if it was priced a couple hundred less and competing with devices like the OnePlus 6. Issues that bother me include:
Haptic side buttons: The buttons do not perform at 100 percent reliability, especially when trying to use the double press to launch the camera. They annoy me more than help so let’s go back to regular buttons like every other phone already has.
Edge Sense activation indicators: I can’t stand seeing the blue semi-circles and dots appear when I am just holding onto the phone. I would be fine with HTC providing a setting to always hide the indicators.
Limited battery life: I admittedly use my phones a lot, but so do many others. The U12 Plus has performed the worst out of any phone I have tested over the past couple of years when it comes to my typical daily usage. I cannot imagine trying to use it on a day when I am out in the field and have no available power source to charge during the day.
Lack of wireless charging: Yes, this is a convenience feature, but flagships from Apple, Samsung, and LG support it so there is no reason why HTC could not have included it on a glass back phone. It obviously did not use the space for a massive Huawei-sized battery.
No band 71 (600 MHz): T-Mobile is actively rolling out support for this frequency and the latest phones from Samsung, LG, and even OnePlus have this support. For $800+, HTC should also have included support for this band.
I’ve been using devices created by HTC since 2001 so I’m a fan. That said, I did not keep the HTC U11 around and don’t buy devices just to sit on shelves. Although the company has been struggling financially and releasing fewer devices, this review is judging the HTC U12 Plus and not the company. The U12 Plus is a fantastic piece of hardware and if the unique features I listed above are important to you then go try one out. If the list of bothersome things irks you too much, then move along and look at something from Samsung, LG, Moto, Huawei, or others.
Given that there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 3 XL likely coming in the next few months, I can’t justify paying $800 for the HTC U12 Plus at this time and am tired of my phone annoying me like some insolent child.