When comparing OnePlus 3 vs Lenovo Moto Z (aka Moto Z Droid), the Slant community recommends OnePlus 3 for most people. In the question“What are the best Android phones?” OnePlus 3 is ranked 6th while Lenovo Moto Z (aka Moto Z Droid) is ranked 15th. The most important reason people chose OnePlus 3 is:
With a 3000mAh battery, and efficient display as well as processor allow the OnePlus 3 to provide a good battery life. For all but the most demanding users, this phone will last a full day off the charger. Very heavy users may need to top it up for 15 minutes or so, but thanks to rapid charging this will be enough. Running a full HD video for 90 minutes resulted in a 23% battery drop, and the battery has been tested to last up to 8 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of video playback under ideal circumstances.
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Pro All-day battery life
With a 3000mAh battery, and efficient display as well as processor allow the OnePlus 3 to provide a good battery life. For all but the most demanding users, this phone will last a full day off the charger. Very heavy users may need to top it up for 15 minutes or so, but thanks to rapid charging this will be enough.
Running a full HD video for 90 minutes resulted in a 23% battery drop, and the battery has been tested to last up to 8 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of video playback under ideal circumstances.
Pro Super fast app switching
With 6GB of RAM - 50% more than other industry-leading smartphone - the OnePlus 3 will be able to keep tons of apps loaded in memory. This means that apps won't have to re-load often, making the phone feel faster and also saving a bit of battery life (as the apps won't need to re-load which can tax the processor).
Pro Easy notification handling
The OnePlus 3 has a notification slider with 3 positions that toggles between all notifications, priority notifications, and do not disturb mode. This is very handy because you won't need to pull your phone out and turn the screen on to change the alert profiles anymore - you can do it from within your pocket.
Pro Battery charges very quickly
The OnePlus 3 will charge up to 60% in 30 minutes without heating up the phone like Qualcomm's QuickCharge.
Pro Good build quality
Instead of the plastic clad phones of yesteryear, the OnePlus 3 is encased in a metal body this time around. While the design is remarkably similar to the HTC 10 (and HTC One M7 - M9), it feels solid and looks great.
Pro Dual SIM compatible
With 2 SIM slots, users can be more adventurous with their carriers. Whether it be getting a cheaper talk & text plan on one SIM and a data-only tablet plan on the other, or a work SIM and a personal SIM, you have the ability to pick your SIM solution. While this isn't common in North America, many other parts of the world often request this feature.
Pro Customizable software
The OnePlus 3 uses their own Oxygen OS. Oxygen OS provides many custmizable features. For example, just for button options you have the ability to switch from on-screen to off-screen buttons, add a long-touch option, and even the button placement can be configured (back button can be either on the left or right).
Options like these are available for other areas of the phone as well, like the built-in dark theme to take advantage of the Amoled display, and the ability to move the clock in the status bar to the left, center, right, or remove it entirely (useful if you wear a watch).
Pro Great picture quality
No matter the circumstances - very bright, low light, or shaky hands, pictures taken on the OnePlus 3 always seem to turn out alright. While the absolute quality falls short of the top-tier manufactures cameras slightly, the OnePlus 3 is more than competent enough to get the job done in virtually any scenario.
Pro Great fingerprint sensor
The OnePlus 3's fingerprint scanner is both accurate as well as quick to act. It also doesn't click down (it's capacitive), which means that you just need to lightly put your finger on it to be read. As a minor side benefit, one less moving button means less chance of it malfunctioning or wearing out down the line.
Pro Useful software features with supporting hardware
Recent Moto phones have all come with very useful software features, and the Moto Z is no exception. Moto Display uses IR sensors built-in to the front of the phone to detect when you wave your hand over it, and when you do it displays the time and up to 3 recent notifications. These notifications can be acted on right on the Moto Display screen, making it a seamless and very useful feature.
Moto Voice uses 4 microhones to passively listen for your voice - and your voice only to activate. Saying the customizable launch phrase anytime - even when the phone is off in your pocket or across the room - will activate Moto Voice where you can use it to check your notifications, send texts, check the weather, and more.
Pro Super customizable
Moto Mods snap onto the back of the Moto Z and add modular functionality. Here are the currently available more (more are expected in the future):
Insta-Share Projector ($300): Projects up to a 70" screen and includes a stand. Includes a built-in battery.
SoundBoost ($80): JBL stereo speakers includes a stand and a built-in battery.
Wireless Charging Battery Pack ($90): Nearly doubles the phone's battery life and adds wireless charging.
Style Shell ($60): Adds a textured back to the Moto Z and covers the camera hump.
These mods clip onto the back of the phone using the pins near the bottom rear.
Pro Super thin design
At just 5.2mm, this is one of the thinnest high-end phones available. Compare this to the iPhone 6S which is 7.1mm thick or the Galaxy S7 which is 7.9mm. This is really important for Moto Mods, which will add thickness (which is OK because it's so thin to begin with).
Pro Battery charges quickly
The battery in the Moto Z is about 13% smaller than similar phones, which helps it charge a bit quicker. This is helped by Qualcomm QuickCharge technology, which accelerates charging speeds below 70% before tapering off. A full charge takes about 75 minutes.
Pro Great performance
The Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM is plenty to run all modern apps well. It scores very highly on all benchmarks- scoring 7396 in PCMark overall (beating phones with similar specs like the Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3), and 260 in AndroBench 4.0 sequential read (beating all but the LG G5 which scored 262).
On the GPU side, things are similarly snappy. In 3DMark Sling Shot 3.1 overall, it scored 2nd place with a score of 1865, and in the GFXBench Car Chase it was only bested by phones that has a lower resolution display.
Pro Solid camera performs well in any situation
With 13MP, OIS, laser autofocus and 1.4µm pixels it's no surprise that the Moto Z takes great shots. It manages to get exposure correct in virtually every shot it takes, even if its dynamic range is just a touch shy of the best phone cameras.
Con Limited American carrier support
The OnePlus 3 won't work on Verizon or Sprint (but will work on T-Mobile, AT&T, and most GSM carriers world-wide).
Con Slightly blocky text when viewing it up close
The OnePlus 3 uses the Pentile submatrix for pixels, which makes the resolution not appear as crisp as it should be (compared to another 5.5" 1080p display it will look more pixelated). While not a big issue for most, some will be able to recognize the difference in sharpness when compared to other 1080p displays, and especially 1440p displays which are becoming common.
Con Poor VR experience
The display has 1080p resolution which will look good on its own, however will look very grainy if used with VR (virtual reality). This is significant, because OnePlus has released the Loop VR.
Con Shaky video capture
Even with OIS, videos come out with constant minor shakes. While panning these skakes are less noticeable.
Con Slow official updates
OnePlus has traditionally been very slow to update their phones to new Android versions - considerably slower than the major manufacturers.
Con Poor battery life
The 2600mAh battery in the Moto Z powers a large, high resolution display. This is the smallest battery seen yet in a phone using the Snapdragon 820 processor, and it shows. During web browsing, this phone lasts just 6.5 hours, lower than all of its high-end competition.
Con No 3.5mm headphone jack
There is only 1 port: USB-C. This means that you will need to use the included USB-C to 3.5mm jack for wired headphones, or you will need to use bluetooth headphones.
Con Verizon exclusive for now
The Moto Z will be available starting in September world-wide, but is currently available on Verizon as the Moto Z Droid.
Con Slightly below average display
The display isn't the brightest at just 350 nits, its greyscale accuracy is poor, and whites tend to show up blueish. On paper this display performs decent, but not anything special. In person it still looks good however, with very punchy colors - even if they aren't the most accurate.