When comparing OnePlus 3 vs BlackBerry Priv, the Slant community recommends OnePlus 3 for most people. In the question“What are the best unlocked Android phones?” OnePlus 3 is ranked 4th while BlackBerry Priv is ranked 7th. 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 Amazing physical keyboard
The screen on the Priv slides up to reveal a physical backlit keyboard - similar to the old BlackBerry Torch. It is by far the best physical keyboard on any modern phone, although it is a bit cramped. Most users report faster typing speeds on the Priv's hardware keyboard than software keyboards.
Even if you don't like typing on the keyboard, it has built-in capacitive sensors that allow you to scroll on the keyboard to scroll through feeds like a trackpad so your fingers aren't covering the display. This also makes selecting text easier, and you can also set up to 52 shortcuts for hitting any of the keys (short press and long touch).
Because of those capacitive sensors, you can also swipe across letters on the physical keyboard to make words instead of pressing each individual key.
Pro Productivity focused
The default launcher displays 3 dots under some app icons - when you swipe up on these icons it will open the widget for it. This lets you glance at important information or updates without needing to fully load the app, or take up room on your home screen.
Swiping in from the right of the screen brings up the productivity tab, which quickly lets you create task lists, open email, contacts and calendar apps.
Pro Easy notification handling
BlackBerry Hub brings together all of your social notifications into one feed, letting you catch up with all your friends and family through one app instead of many separate apps.
Also, the notification drawer has been tweaked to add tabs for each app - letting you see only notifications for one app at a time instead of mashing them all together.
Pro Amazing display
The 5.4" 1440p Amoled display provides great colors as well as pure blacks, and the glass is curved at both edges to make swiping in from the sides smoother and more enjoyable (similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge, except less prominent). It is one of the nicest displays on the market.
Pro Very good bright-light camera
The camera provides very good performance in well lit scenarios - good colors, clarity, and saturation. The 18MP f/2.2 lens with OIS also does a decent job with video, although it can have a tough time with some gradients such as the sky.
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 Buggy software
While each software update has improved the situation, the Priv experiences more app crashes and slower general performance than other flagship Android phones despite having similar specs.
Con Bad lowlight cameras, selfie cam
The selfie cam is just 2MP, and doesn't provide near enough clarity for sharable pictures. Both cameras perform poorly in lowlight scenarios - producing dark images with lots of noise and little color.