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OnePlus 10T 5G: 5 Best Things

Not the disappointment some make it out to be

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OnePlus merging with OPPO wasn’t welcome news to long-time fans of the brand. Nevermind that the two had long been connected through their parent company. But with the merger comes a few positives too. OnePlus now has official presents in emerging markets – one of which is the Philippines. 

The OnePlus 10T 5G is their first major gadget in the country. And it’s one that’s certainly worth your time and attention. Here are 5 things why: 

1) It’s fast AF

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I have so far used four smartphones equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip – the best on Android phones right now. Of those four, the ROG Phone 6 Pro and the OnePlus 10T 5G were easily the ones that felt the fastest. 

And you feel this speed in everything from your usual browsing, opening and switching apps, playing games, and practically everything else. It’s smooth and fast AF. 

2) Breathe. It’s still running OxygenOS 

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Other than the chipset itself being fast, I am of the firm belief that OxygenOS is also responsible for the smooth and fast feeling of the OnePlus 10T. It’s still very much the snappy experience I have come to love from OnePlus phones. 

The hot takes about the “OPPOfication” of OnePlus is largely overblown. If anything, it is OnePlus who influenced OPPO more. ColorOS is the cleanest and smoothest it has ever been with very obvious cues being taken from OxygenOS. 

The favorite features are still here. You can change the color of the settings to your liking, there are options to customize the notification light when the phone is on standby, and the usual gestures are still available. 

This experience, specifically, is still very much the OnePlus we know and love. Anyone who tells you otherwise may just be a butthurt fanboy that’s too much in their feels. 

So breathe and rest easy. OxygenOS is still as good as ever. 

3) It’s a beastly gaming machine 

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This is Michael Josh playin Asphalt 9.

The T in “10T” stands for Turbo. And that’s evident in gaming. Granted, I only really played Tower of Fantasy on the thing since it’s the mobile game I’ve been hooked on recently. 

But if it can play a demanding title like that with relative ease, I’m sure it’ll have no trouble playing popular titles like Call of Duty: Mobile, Mobile Legends, and whatever FPS and MOBA game people are absorbed with these days. 

4) It powers up quickly

The OnePlus 10T lacks a feature that has grown on me the past couple of years which is wireless charging. However, it more than makes up for it with its absolutely crazy fast wired charging. 

The phone has a 150W SuperVOOC charging capability. And it fills up the 4,800mAh battery in a jiffy. I’m typically paranoid about juicing up smartphones I use. I typically plug in as soon as it hits anywhere between 40 to 50 percent. It only takes roughly about 15 to 18 minutes to fully charge the phone – and that’s me not even using the bundled power brick. What I typically use is my 65W GAN charger. So charging speeds might even be faster if you opt to use the charger that comes with the whole package. 

5) The display is divine 

The OnePlus 10T sports a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Compared to some phones I’ve used recently (ROG Phone 6 Pro, HONOR Magic4 Pro, iQoo 9T), its overall footprint feels smaller. But the size of the display feels just right. 

I have had a grand time catching up on all the TWICE “Talk That Talk” era content. Everything from watching the MV, their variety show guestings, and even the surprise LIVE MV for the B-side track “Queen of Hearts” has been a joy to watch on this phone. 

Scenes bursting with color all come out beautifully. And it helps that the speakers produce full sounds as well. Just about as good as any flagship phone out there. 

All told, the OnePlus 10T is a media consumption darling. 

Still very much a OnePlus phone 

A quick YouTube search though, might tell you otherwise. Some YouTubers’ reactions/reviews of the device weren’t exactly glowing, saying OnePlus is becoming too much like OPPO. 

I’d like to push back on this a little bit. Some part of me thinks it’s an absurd claim. But don’t just take it from me. Now that OnePlus is more readily available, go out to the stores (stay safe, of course) and get a feel for yourself. I’m pretty sure you’ll notice the speed too. 

The OnePlus 10T 5G with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage retails for 35,990. It’s available in the OnePlus Official Store on Shopee starting August 26 and on Lazada on September 9.

Oh right. I’m sure you’re curious about the photos, too. It has a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor. It’s flanked by an okay 8MP ultra wide angle lens and a mostly negligible 2MP macro camera. Up front, it has a 16MP selfie shooter. 

Here’s a photo dump: 

Dining out

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Night walk

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Neon, indoor light and toys

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Portraits

Vincenz with the glow

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This MJ portrait shot will also appear in a different article shot on a different phone

For a more detailed look, watch our OnePlus 10T 5G Review:

Camera Shootouts

vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how does these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

#1B (Wide)

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

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#8

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#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of output, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midrange or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

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BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

Is it really worth your hard-earned savings?

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After several years of waiting, an Apple Watch dedicated for explorers, adventure-seekers, and elite athletes is finally here!

Lo and behold, the new Apple Watch Ultra.

While just being a first product of its kind, it actually offers features that can rival its popular competitors.

But is it worth your hard-earned money considering its price tag starts at a whopping US$ 799 / S$ 1199 / ₱53,990?

Watch how Michael Josh unwraps the new watch in the latest Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and First Review.

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