Unboxing EVERY ONEPLUS Smartphone EVER!

(upbeat electronic music) – What's up guys? Saf here on SuperSafTV and this is a very, very special video. With the help of OnePlus, I've managed to get a hold of every single OnePlus smartphone ever. What's really interesting is
that I've personally owned every single one of these
at some point or another, so in this video, we're going to go ahead and
unbox every single one of them. It will be a bit of a
trip down memory lane, and towards the end, there is going to be
an exclusive surprise, so stay tuned for that.

Don't skip towards the end. I've got an algorithm on this video, which will let me know if you've skipped, so you won't be able to see the ending unless you watch every
single minute of it. Okay, I totally made that
up, but nevertheless, it's going to be a very exciting video, so you're going to want to see it all. Let's get through it to it. Firstly, it is of course the OnePlus One. This is where the journey
really started in 2014. This device was dubbed the flagship killer and that is because it
offered flagship specs, but at around half the price. This started in the UK at 229 pounds.

You will see the box is quite flat, this is something that could pretty much fit through the letterbox, and that's because you
had a separate little box, which had the power brick, and here's where we also
saw the introduction of the red and white OnePlus theme. Here it is. This theme also continued
over onto the USB cable, which we still see to this
day with the red wire. It was actually flat
initially with USB type-A going to micro USB. And this is it, the OnePlus One. This sandstone back really
brings back a lot of memories. It was very unique, gave it a lot of grip and
a very different texture. The display, a 5.5 inch
full HD LCD display, which was really good for
this price, and for software, we had CyanogenMod. For those of you guys who
don't remember CyanogenMod, it was an open source OS that
was built on top of Android and it allowed lots of
little customizations, which people actually wanted, something that really
made the OnePlus unique.

Internally, this was powered
by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip set, which was the
flagship chip set at the time, with 3 gigabytes of RAM and either 16 or 64 gigabytes of storage. A single 5 megapixel
front-facing camera, a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with a 3,100 milliamp power battery. The OnePlus One, as well as being dubbed
the flagship killer, was also dubbed the best
smartphone that you could not buy and that was because it was only available on an invite only basis. In my opinion, this was
absolute marketing genius from OnePlus. A new player on the market
that nobody's really heard of, how do you get people talking about it? If you make it exclusive and
something that you can only get with an invite, invites
were given out as giveaways and if you did manage to buy one, you would get a couple of
invites to share with friends, and this really got a lot of people talking about the OnePlus One, but it also made it very
difficult to get ahold of.

My OnePlus One, I actually had to get it
shipped in from China and that had color OS on it and I had to kind of flash
it and get CyanogenMod on, but an excellent smartphone. I actually still see people using the OnePlus One to this day. Every one of my brothers had a OnePlus One because it was such an
affordable smartphone that offered everything
that you really needed.

Then in 2015, OnePlus
introduced the OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 2 also came with an option with this sandstone finish back, but what was cool about
the OnePlus 2 was that you could actually
remove these back covers and replace them with different styles. We still had a 5.5 inch
full HD LCD display powered by the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 810 chip set with 3 or 4 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and either 16 or 64 gigabytes of memory. A 5 megapixel front-facing camera, an updated 13 megapixel
rear-facing camera, this time with optical
image stabilization, and the OnePlus 2 also
introduced a few new things. Firstly, USB type-C. Back in 2015, pretty much
all devices had micro USB, even a lot of the flagships, and OnePlus really were one of the first to adopt USB type-C. It's funny because in 2020, there's still some
manufacturers using micro USB, which should definitely not happen. It also introduced the iconic
alert slider from OnePlus, something which we are very used to from OnePlus devices now.

This was the first OnePlus device with a fingerprint scanner here at the bottom, and most importantly, the OnePlus 2 was the first
device to come with Oxygen OS, OnePlus' very own skin
based on Android Lollipop. Oxygen OS had the aim to
improve Android by giving users a customizable, yet faster and smoother
software experience. You have to remember that back in 2015, most Android smartphones came with a very heavy cartoony looking skin, which had lots and lots of bloatware and then along comes
OnePlus with Oxygen OS, which is super clean, super light and very close to stock Android, but with useful features
such as a dedicated dark mode way before this was a
thing, app permissions, which were not available
on Android at the time, as well as onscreen navigation keys.

It still came in at a very
competitive 239 pounds, which was really, really
good, but once again, it was on the invite only system. I remember to get a hold of this myself, I had to get an invite from
a friend and then on my video that I uploaded with this, literally, every other comment was Saf, do you have an invite
that you can give me? It was in such high demand, but it was still on
that invite only system, which eventually did go. Next is a OnePlus device that
not everybody will know about because it was just one of its kind.

This is the OnePlus X, which came a little bit
after the OnePlus 2. This was an even more
affordable OnePlus device, starting at just 199 pounds, still very premium with a
metal frame and a glass back and an overall smaller form
factor with a 5 inch LCD full HD display and a lot of the specs that we had on the OnePlus One, so the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 3 gigabytes of RAM,
16 gigabytes of storage, a micro USB port, an 8
megapixel front-facing camera, a 13 megapixel rear-facing
camera, and like the OnePlus 2, it came with Oxygen OS out of the box. This was just one of its kind. It was only available in 2015 and then after, it was discontinued.

We didn't have OnePlus X1,
or X2 or anything like that. Then we move on to 2016
with the OnePlus 3. Gone is the invite system and now you can go ahead and pick this up, which I straight away jumped
on and got a hold of this. This was the first
OnePlus device to feature a full uni body aluminum design and it was also the first OnePlus device to feature an AMOLED
display, so gone is LCD, and now we have much better colors and deeper blacks with AMOLED,
a 5.5 inch full HD display. It was also the introduction
of dash charging from OnePlus, which was very fast charging, giving you a day's power in half an hour. That was the tagline. A 3000 milliamp power battery, the Qualcomm Snapdragon
820 chip set this time with 6 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and a base of 64 gigabytes
of UFS 2.0 storage.

8 megapixel front-facing camera, an improved 16 megapixel
rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization. Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow now with more customization options like configurable soft keys, quick wallpaper swapping
and shelf widgets, really making Oxygen OS
a more unique experience. This whole package was
still coming in at a very competitive 309 pounds, which was still around half
the price of a lot of other flagships at the time. Later that year, we had the
introduction of the T series, not the Bollywood music
channel, the OnePlus T series, and here we have the OnePlus 3 T. This was an incremental
update to the OnePlus 3 with a very similar overall
design, the same display, but some key improvements. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip set with now up to 128 gigabytes of storage, a larger 4,300 milliamp power battery as well as a high resolution
16 megapixel selfie camera. The OnePlus 3 T did
come in at a higher price, so this did start at around 399 pounds. Next we had the OnePlus 4. – There wasn't actually a OnePlus 4. – What do you mean there
wasn't a OnePlus 4? – I think it's because the number 4 is considered bad luck in
some cultures, so yeah.

– Yeah. I totally knew that. Anyway, 2017 and we have the OnePlus 5. I remember this device
very clearly because it was my first OnePlus video
to pass over a million views, but that's of course not the
only reason why I remember it. The OnePlus 5 was
the first OnePlus device with a dual rear-facing camera, so we had a 16 megapixel
primary camera with optical image stabilization
as well as a 20 megapixel telephoto camera with optical zoom, 16 megapixel selfie camera, once again, a 5.5 inch full HD AMOLED display with a fingerprint scanner here at the bottom. Powered by the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 835 chip set with either 6 or 8
gigabytes of LPDD4X RAM, 64 or 128 gigabytes of
UFS 2.1 2 lane storage. Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat, continuing the clean, close
to stock Android experience, but with even more new
features like a reading mode, which turn the entire
screen to gray scale, a blue light filter for
easier viewing in the dark and a do not disturb mode. I think this is really for
me the time when I started appreciating how fast and smooth the interface was with Oxygen OS.

An aluminum uni body,
which was very premium, with a 3,300 milliamp power
battery as well as dash charge. This came in at around 450 pounds. Later in 2017, we had the OnePlus 5 T, so another update to the OnePlus line, and now we're getting
really used to seeing 2 major OnePlus devices a year. You will see that although
the overall design language is quite similar to the OnePlus 5, we now have the fingerprint
scanner on the back. One of the main reasons
for that is this larger 6 inch AMOLED display
with much smaller bezels. Similar internals to the OnePlus 5, same front-facing camera, but the rear-facing camera
had a bit of a change-up. We had the same primary
16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, but the secondary camera
was a low light camera, which was a little bit
confusing as a secondary camera.

The OnePlus 5 T also
came with Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat, but with even more features like the introduction of parallel apps, allowing you to have multiple
instances of the same apps and a gaming do not disturb mode, which mutes your notifications to give you an uninterrupted gaming experience. The OnePlus 5 T still came
in at around the same price, so around 450 pounds, which was
definitely quite reasonable. Now we come into 2018
with the OnePlus 6. Although the design
language is quite similar, instead of an aluminum uni body, we now have a glass back. You'll also see that the
camera and the fingerprint is now all center aligned on the back, which gives it a lot more symmetry. 2018 was definitely the year of the notch, so we can see this notch here, but the bezels have
now shrunk even further and we have a 6.28 inch
full HD AMOLED display. Of course, the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 845 chip set with either 6 or 8
gigabytes of LPDD4X RAM, UFS 2.1 2 lane 64, 128 gigabytes, and also this time, up to
256 gigabytes of storage, a 3,300 milliamp power battery,
16 megapixel selfie camera, 16 megapixel primary rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, a 20 megapixel kind of
depth camera, I believe, and Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo, now with super fast face unlock
and an improved gaming mode, with the price now starting at 469 pounds.

The OnePlus 6 was
the last OnePlus device with a 3.5 millimeter jack. The OnePlus 6 T. Again, a similar design to the OnePlus 6 with the metal frame and the glass back. You'll notice, however, on the back, there is no fingerprint scatter and that is because this was
the first OnePlus device where the fingerprint scanner
was in the display. Having the optical in-display
fingerprint scanner meant that there was more tech that was
going inside the OnePlus 6 T, one of the reasons why the 3.5
millimeter jack was removed, and this also allowed
space for a bigger battery, 3,700 milliamp power.

Bezels also now smaller, so we do have a larger 6.41
inch full HD AMOLED display and this time, we've got
a smaller teardrop notch. The OnePlus 6 T also jumped
from Oxygen OS 5.0 to 9.0 to coincide with Android
Nine, Android Pie, now with adaptive battery
support, new gesture navigators, do not disturb mode with
adjustable settings, as well as gaming mode 3.0
with many more options, and we were looking at a
starting price of 499 pounds. Then we moved to 2019. What an amazing year 2019 was, right? You know, before the whole world
was on fire and everything. I mean, I'm fine. Everything's okay. I'm fine. But anyway, 2019 was the
first year when we had 2 OnePlus devices announced
at the same time, the OnePlus 7 and
the OnePlus 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro
did come in a regular as well as a 5G version. These devices were quite different. Starting with the OnePlus 7, an incremental update
to the OnePlus 6 T, coming in at same the price, 499 pounds. We still had the teardrop notch, a 6.41 inch full HD AMOLED display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip set, 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM, 128 or 256 gigabytes of UFS 3.0 storage, 16 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 rear-facing cameras, a 48 megapixel primary camera with OIS as well as a 5 megapixel depth sensor, under 3,700 milliamp power battery.

The real star of the show was of course the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 7
Pro was really one of the biggest updates we had seen
from OnePlus in many years and that was mostly around
this beautiful display. This is a 6.67 inch quad HD plus display, so we have now gone
from full HD to quad HD. The bezels are absolutely
minimal, no notch, no punch outs. We've got a pop-up selfie
camera, but most importantly, this is a fluid AMOLED display with a 90 hertz refresh rate, and OnePlus was one of
the first manufacturers to introduce 90 hertz on
a mainstream smartphone and this really tied
in well with Oxygen OS on Android Nine, making
things very fast and smooth. Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 7 Pro also brought a built-in screen recorder, something which still wasn't
available on stock Android. It didn't stop there. As well as the 16 megapixel
pop-up front-facing camera, we did now have a triple
rear-facing camera setup, 48 megapixel primary camera,
now for the first time, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera and an 8 megapixel telephoto camera, so this really put it in line
with a lot of the flagships out there by giving us that
triple rear-facing camera setup.

You also had, of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip set with up to 12 gigabytes of RAM and up to 256 gigabytes
of UFS 3.0 storage. The combination of these
high-end specs, Oxygen OS, along with that smooth
90 hertz refresh rate made this one of the fastest
smartphones out there and even now, this is
absolutely fine to use. My brother still uses
this as his daily driver. The OnePlus 7 Pro
also saw the introduction of warp charge 30, 30 watt wide charging with a 4,000 milliamp power battery. The OnePlus 7 and the
OnePlus 7 Pro were also the first OnePlus devices
to support stereo speakers, something that we had been
asking from OnePlus for for a long time, so it was
great to see this here. The OnePlus 7 Pro
was priced at 649 pounds, which was still a very, very
good price for everything that you were getting. Now we move on later into 2019
and you'll notice that the box design has changed quite a bit.

We've got some messaging
here at the front. Here, we've got the OnePlus 7 T as well as the OnePlus 7 T Pro. Now the OnePlus 7 T Pro, very much an incremental update
to the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the OnePlus 7 T
was quite a bit different, so we'll have a look at the
OnePlus 7 T Pro first and then we'll look at
the OnePlus 7 T. The design, pretty much the
same as the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, the blue is slightly lighter, and the biggest updates
really came on the inside. First up, the 7 T Pro
has the 855 plus chip set, compared to the 855, making it 50% faster, and although the camera
setup is very similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, we now see the introduction
of being able to use the ultra-wide 16 megapixel camera as a macro camera and being
able to focus right up close.

This is something that
I really liked about the OnePlus 7 T Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro
also came with Oxygen OS based on Android 10 out of the box with an improved UI redesign,
enhanced location permissions, and new quick setting icon customizations. A slightly larger battery
with now warp charge 30T, which is around 23% faster
compared to warp charge 30. This started at around 699 pounds. The OnePlus 7 T. This was priced at around 549 pounds, but cutting back on some
of the features of the OnePlus 7 T Pro to achieve that price, firstly, with the display. A 6.55 inch display with 90 hertz, so we've still got that high refresh rate, but as you can see, we
do have a teardrop notch rather than the popup camera.

A 16 megapixel front-facing camera and a very unique looking
circular camera module here at the back with
a triple camera setup, 48 megapixel primary camera with OIS, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera, as well as a 12 megapixel
telephoto camera. For me, what was really
interesting about the OnePlus 7 T was that
even though it was priced at a very reasonable 550 pounds, you still had the triple
rear-facing camera setup. Not only that, this is powered
by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus chip set with
8 gigabytes of RAM and either 128 or 256 gigabytes
of UFS 3.0 storage. As with the OnePlus 7 T Pro, the OnePlus 7 T
did come with Oxygen OS based on Android 10 out of the box.

Now we come to the year 2020. I mean, it actually
started off pretty good, so let's not complain there. The OnePlus 8 and
the OnePlus 8 Pro. You'll see that the
boxes look very similar and the overall design of both
devices is also very similar. You'll see that we do have
a metal frame with this frosted glass back finish,
which I'm definitely a fan of, as well as the center
aligned camera modules.

Also from the front, I
almost forgot I had this. I made this wallpaper for the review. Anyway, as I was saying, from the front, very similar as well, curved displays, minimal bezels with a
punch out towards the side. However, the OnePlus 8
does have a 6.55 inch full HD 90 hertz AMOLED display
whereas the OnePlus 8 Pro has a larger 6.78 inch quad HD plus 120 hertz fluid AMOLED display. Both smartphones are very smooth and both are also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip set, both did come with Oxygen OS
10.5 on top of Android 10, and we did finally get an official IP 68 water and dust resistant rating
on the OnePlus 8 Pro. With the cameras, both have a 16 megapixel
front-facing camera. The OnePlus 8 has a 48
megapixel primary camera, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera, and this is also where we saw the 2 megapixel macro camera. I'm not going to give OnePlus
too much stick for it because they did help me find all of these phones, which was not easy, but you guys know exactly how I feel about 2 megapixel macro cameras.

However, the OnePlus 8
Pro did have the biggest leap in cameras for a OnePlus device. A primary 48 megapixel camera with OIS, a 48 megapixel ultra-wide camera, an 8 megapixel telephoto camera, as well as a 5 megapixel
color filter camera. The color filter camera was
definitely controversial after some people figured out
that it could see through thin materials and thin
plastics and things like that. All of that's covered in my
full OnePlus 8 Pro review. I'll link that in the cards
and in the description. The OnePlus 8 has a
4,300 milliamp power battery, does support warp charge 30 T, but the OnePlus 8 Pro
finally gave us what we had been asking for for a long time, so not only do we have warp charge 30 T on the 4,510 milliamp power battery, for the first time on a OnePlus device, we have wireless charging. Not only that, this is 30
watt wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging is also supported on the OnePlus 8 Pro. For pricing, the OnePlus 8
started at around 600 pounds whereas the OnePlus 8
Pro, in true flagship style, started at around 800 pounds.

That brings us on to the most
recent OnePlus smartphone at the time of this video. That is the OnePlus Nord. For me, the Nord has been
one of the best smartphones at this price, and that
price is 379 pounds. For that, you get a 6.44 inch 90 hertz fluid AMOLED display with minimal bezels and a dual punch out, so that does mean that you
get 2 selfie cameras, a 32 megapixel primary camera, as well as an 8 megapixel ultra-wide, a quad rear-facing camera setup, 48 megapixel primary camera, 12 megapixel ultra-wide camera,
5 megapixel depth camera as well as that 2
megapixel macro camera. Anyway, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip set, so 5G supported, 8 or 12 gigabytes of RAM, 128 or 256 gigabytes of storage, Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10 with a promise of 2
years of software updates and 3 years of security updates, a 4,115 milliamp power
battery with support for warp charge 30 T, and of course, Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10, and that gives it one of
the fastest and smoothest experiences that you're
going to find at this price.

That's all of the OnePlus devices so far, but I did promise you
an exclusive, didn't I? Inside this box is nothing, actually. It's not the OnePlus 8 T. I've not got it as yet. I'm not Marques. I've not been using it for a
couple of weeks now already, but I do have some exclusive information about the OnePlus 8 T. We already know officially
from OnePlus that the 8 T will have a 120
hertz fluid display. We also know that it will
support warp charge 65, which is twice as fast as
30 T that we have right now.

However, what I can now
tell you exclusively, so this is where you're hearing
about this first anywhere, is that the OnePlus 8 T
will be coming out of the box with Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11, and that will make it one
of the first smartphones in the world that will be coming out of the box with Android 11. I have been using Oxygen
OS 11 for the past couple of weeks now, even though
I'm not Marques, but anyway, I've got the beta version
here on my OnePlus 8 Pro.

OnePlus have been working
on multiple software optimizations to further
improve the overall experience, particularly when it comes to using your device with one hand. If you remember my
OnePlus 8 Pro review, one of the pieces of
feedback I had in that video was that I would like OnePlus to improve the one-handed usage experience, and this really goes back
to the core of Oxygen OS, which is to take feedback
from the community fans, tech reviewers like myself,
and implement that for us. I can show you a few examples here. When you are in the gallery, for example, you'll see that we've got the heading and subheading here at the top, but I can easily access
everything here with one hand. I'm not going to have to use 2 hands or I have to do some gymnastics
to reach towards the top.

Another quick example, you can see here that
I'm in the settings menu and I've got the header portion here, but I can easily access
everything with one hand, so OnePlus has been working, doing lots of testing
with users to find out what the best way is to implement this. OnePlus engineers have also implemented as many as 142 software optimizations. This means with Oxygen OS
11 on the OnePlus 8 T's 120 hertz refresh rate display
will be very optimized, continuing that fast
and smooth experience. We also now finally have
an always on display with Oxygen OS 11, something that I've been
asking about forever. There we have it guys, every OnePlus smartphone
that we've had so far laid on the table side-by-side, first time I'm seeing it like this.

I'm sure it's the first
time you're seeing them all like this as well. Of course, there is going
to be a new addition to this family with the OnePlus 8
T in just a couple of weeks. If you want to see that coverage
first here on the channel, as soon as I'm officially
allowed to talk about it, then do subscribe and hit that bell icon. (bell rings) You're not going to want to miss out. Which OnePlus smartphone has
been your favorite of all time? Do let me know in the comments below.

I think for me personally,
it's probably the OnePlus One, the OG, but after that, it'd probably have to be
the OnePlus 7 Pro. I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I enjoyed making it. If you did, then do hit
that thumbs up for me. Thanks for watching. This is Saf on SuperSafTV
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Sony Xperia 1 review: a tall order

The thing that I like about Android is there can be so many
different kinds of phones, just a lot of weird choices. But lately, it seems like
there are really only two choices, at least in terms of screen size. There's regular and there's extra large, which is why I was so excited
to try this phone right here, the Sony Xperia 1. I mean, just look at this good tall boy. It's got a 21:9 aspect ratio, which makes it relatively
narrow and super, well, tall. I think it's a fascinating phone, and it's way nicer than
I expected it to be. But I don't think it can
really justify its $950 price. Let me tell you why. Now, a lot of people would
like to have a big-screened phone, but they're put off by
how big these phones feel.

And that's the reason I like the Xperia 1. It has a big screen, there
is no doubt about it. It's 6.5 inches. But it's quite a bit narrower
than this OnePlus 7 Pro here. So you get the benefits of
seeing more stuff on your screen, like on the web or on Twitter, without the drawback of
feeling like you have a big honking glass slab you can barely wrap your fingers around. This phone is also really good if you like to do split-screen apps, which… I don’t know, I guess
people still do that. I never do. Anyway, it's nicer to hold, but that doesn't make
it a one-handed phone by any stretch of the imagination.

You're still going to need
to use your second hand to reach the top of the screen. Sony has a couple of
software tricks that help with how tall this phone is, but neither of them are great. You can double tap the home button to make a smaller version of the screen. Or there's this other thing with… Er, wow. What are you
doing there, Chuckles? Huh. Sorry, let's back up. Or you're supposed to be able to tap either side of the screen or swipe on it to do other stuff. It's called Side Sense,
and it kind of sucks. I can never get it to
work when I want it to, and it pops up all of the time when I don't want it to.

Now the reason that Sony
says it made this phone at this weird, tall aspect ratio is for watching movies, and Sony says that it
has a 4K HDR OLED screen. It also has, quote, “professional
level color reproduction.” So it can be in the DCI-P3 color gamut. It can also be in the BT.2020 color space if you care about that. And it has the D65 white point. There's this whole “Creator Mode” thing. Basically, Sony is
trying to make this phone appeal to people who really
care about video quality, both watching it and recording it. But Sony, the thing is, if you're going to do that, this screen should get way brighter. It is way more dim compared
to other OLED screens. Anyway, yeah, I will say
watching a 21:9 movie on this phone with its Dolby
stuff, without letterboxing or weird camera cutouts, is great. But the truth is that most
of the video that I watch is not 21:9.

It’s stuff on YouTube, and so I still end up
having big black bars on the left or the right. Or, if I expand it full screen, I end up cutting off people's heads. Now, I do think this phone is pretty good from a build quality perspective. It's got Gorilla Glass and IP68. It's got some bezels,
but they're not too big, and it's just nice to hold. But, you know, of course
there's no headphone jack. But there's no getting around how it being this tall
makes it really awkward. It's so tall, it couldn't
fit in my pocket. I was sitting down, and it just slid right out of my pocket and clattered on the concrete, which is why there are dings on the edges of the
phone on our review unit, which is sad. The buttons are also awkward.

They're all on the right side of the phone and, I don’t know, the fingerprint sensor is separate from the power
button for some reason. And sometimes it gets a little dirty and you have to wipe it off
before it will actually work. I do like that there is
a dedicated camera button. But overall, when I'm
trying to use this phone, I just end up hitting the wrong button, like, all of the time.

On the back, there are
three 12-megapixel cameras. There's a regular, a 2X
telephoto, and a wide. Sony put some nice optical
image stabilization on the main lens, and you know what? Finally, Sony has made
a phone with a camera that's pretty good. It's not quite as good as a Pixel 3 or a OnePlus 7 Pro to my eyes, but it's finally respectable.

I do wish that the
telephoto was more than 2X, but the wide angle one, it's really fun. I kind of love it. But I don't love Sony's camera software. The wide angle thing makes you pick between prioritizing image
quality or distortion. The auto made doesn't do HDR by default, and there's just a bunch of other settings that just really look
and feel kind of silly. Anyway, let's get into the results of what I actually get
out of these lenses. I think that Sony
prefers leaving detail in, even though that also
leaves in a bunch of noise. It also doesn't do as
aggressive HDR as I would like unless you have to, you
know, manually turn it on.

But the thing that did surprise me is that even though there's
no dedicated night mode, sometimes it actually
really nails it anyway, even if it's incredibly dark. Now, you can shoot 4K, and
that's one of the reasons this phone exists. And so Sony also
included a Cinema Pro app that lets you really dial
in all these manual settings for shooting 4K video. Unfortunately, the 8-megapixel camera on the front is junk.

It's really not good. I don't know, man. If this phone didn't cost $950, I'd probably be a little
bit less nit-picky, but you know what? It does. So I am. In terms of software and performance, I actually don't have a ton of complaints. It's a fairly clean version of Android 9 with just a few bells and whistles. It has a Snapdragon 855 processor so it's fast, and there's 6GB of RAM, which is decent, but not stellar. I am a little bit grumpy that there's only one storage option:
128GB of storage. If you're going to want more, and especially if you're
going to want to shoot 4K, you're going to need to expand it. And you can because there's
a microSD card slot. Battery life is
average-ish for big phones. I'm getting over four hours of screen time, and it's lasting through a day, but there's only a 3,300mAh battery in here, and I kind of feel like that's not enough.

I would be happier with that if there was wireless
charging on this phone. But no, there's not. It does do fast charging, but one neat thing Sony does is it won't fast-charge when it knows that you’re charging overnight, which helps with the overall
life span of the battery, which means it should last longer, a year or two for now — at least in theory. Now, after all that, if you're still interested in this phone, you should also know
that Sony as a company has kind of been deemphasizing phones since it hasn't been
really successful with them in the past few years.

And that kind of makes sense, and I also think it makes sense for Sony to try something new and move into this niche
of making tall boys, like this guy right here. Now, of course, you can spend less money and get a better phone
like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but what you can't get is any other phone in this tall aspect ratio, so I like the idea of this form factor. I think that it should exist in
the world of Android phones. So I'm glad that Sony's
trying to make 21:9 happen. But I don't know that I'd
recommend this particular phone to anybody. If you really, really,
really love the tall screen or you really love what
Sony does with video, then maybe.

But there's no getting around the fact that this is an expensive phone. For $950, I expect more,
and you should, too. Hey, thank you for watching. Do you want a tall phone? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you're wondering if
there are other tall phones, we did review the Xperia 10 last month. It's kind of the same idea but cheaper and also, it's really bad for a whole other set of reasons.

But if you want to see a
review of a good big phone, click here..

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