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Oneplus 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Aesthetics

I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus to upgrade from my Oneplus 3 that I bought a year ago but I felt like I needed a more in-depth comparison to help anyone looking to upgrade to Samsungs newest flagship device. In this small comparison series, I will give an insight into my thoughts and opinions coming from a non-Samsung device while comparing both of the devices internally and externally.

Hardware:

Oneplus 3

Released: June 2016

Price: From 399 USD

Galaxy S8 Plus

Released: April 2017

Price: 850 USD

Physical:

Oneplus 3

The Oneplus 3 features a full aluminum unibody with a premium feel to it despite the relatively low price tag. The rear of the device displays Oneplus’ logo along with the bulging camera sensor and the flash LED underneath the sensor. Though the camera isn’t particularly nice to look at, it doesn’t take away too much from the gorgeously simple design Oneplus gave the device maintaining the pleasing aesthetic and premium look despite the camera bump. On the front side of the device, we get a  typical looking display but with slightly chamfered edges often referred to as 2.5D curvatures that don’t add any functionality.

Galaxy S8 Plus

The Galaxy S8 Plus features an interesting appearance with an almost completely glass body, with glass on the backside and the front side of the device making it one of the biggest fingerprint magnets I have ever owned. At the back of the device, we get a camera, fingerprint reader, and a heart rate sensor sitting completely flush with the glass back panel. The front of the device features what Samsung calls their “Infinity display”, a curved-edged, QuadHD display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 as opposed to the typical 16:9 most smartphones use, this results in black bars on the sides of almost every video you watch. I personally find the display to be the most beautifully detailed smartphone display I have ever seen and the fact that it stretches to the bottom of the device makes the display appear bigger than it actually is.

UI

Oneplus 3

The Oneplus 3 runs a slightly modified version of Android called Oxygen OS which is basically bare bones Android with some customization options not available in a lot of devices running completely stock Android. The experience I’ve had with Oxygen OS has for the most part been OK, I say that because I’ve never been able to keep myself on it since it lacks features I look for and can find in almost every custom ROM available. I have had some problems in the past with Oxygen using an absurd amount of battery even while the device is on standby, though to be fair it does seem like OnePlus is trying their best to fix every bug they find by pushing out public betas of their newest updates every couple of weeks or so. There isn’t really too much to say about the look of the OS since it is, for the most part, pure-unadulterated Android which actually does improve the performance of the device ever so slightly.

Galaxy S8 Plus

The Galaxy S8 Plus runs a heavily skinned version of Android called TouchWiz, I personally have never been too fond of the look up until this release. TouchWiz creates a very vivid and varied UI, filled with bright and rich colors and animations, some of which seem to slow down the device a tiny bit. Although Samsung is known for making really RAM hungry interfaces due to the number of animations these include, I do feel like they have managed to control the RAM hogging a bit better than previous TouchWiz iterations. Samsungs version of Android is by no means made for Android purists as it reflects what Samsung is always trying to do: stick out from the competition by creating beautiful devices and UI’s. Something worth noting is that despite the heavy theming Samsung does, I have had a constant battery life and temperature throughout the days I’ve been using it giving me 5+ hours of screen on time and 20+ hours of standby + use time even while on the most battery consuming battery profile.

Conclusion

Both of the devices sport beautiful looks but I have to hand it to Samsung for making one of the most attractive looking devices currently in the market. This is a matter of personal opinion, I like many others, do not enjoy a device filled with oily residue especially if the device is a glossy piece of glass but in terms of looks, I still find it to be a really pleasant design. The Oneplus 3 does handle fingerprints and dust better than the S8 Plus, and believe me I still love the feeling and look of aluminum but I feel like the glass look is a nice change from all the metal designs we have seen in a lot of tech lately.