It’s an interesting comparison because the two approach the task of being the perfect Android smartphone quite differently.
There are similarities between the two. Neither have a headphone jack, both are all-glass, both come with Android 9.0 Pie, and both utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.
From there though, they’re very different phones. The battle becomes the Pixel’s camera and tight Google integration, versus the value and increasing refinement of the OnePlus 6T.
The 6T now has the in-display fingerprint sensor, and it is has a much smaller notch. It also uses Oxygen OS which is a well-liked skin over stock Android. The 6T also boasts more RAM – double what you can get in the Pixel. No wireless charging either, which the Pixel does have.
But the OnePlus 6T camera isn’t a game changer. It’s good, sure, but it’s not as stunning as the Pixel 3. And at this point, I’m going to trust that Google’s camera software will advance further than OnePlus over the coming months and years.
OnePlus 6T or Google Pixel 3?
It's a huge win for the 6T - breakout the champagne OnePlus!
It’s a huge win across the board for the OnePlus 6T. The votes ranged from as strong as 64% in favor of the 6T in the straight shootout, but that was a little softer when we gave more options. The ‘neither’ option picked up a few votes, often from folks wanting to point out they need a headphone jack. Which is fair enough, and that saw the Mate 20 and Samsung Galaxy devices mentioned heavily in the comments.
But why did the 6T beat out the might of Google? Most of the comments agreed it’s simply a value case – OnePlus keep offering some of the best value even seen in what is now a flagship device. OnePlus phones keep getting better, even if they don’t get every decision right.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 isn’t cheap and has a deeply polarizing notch at the XL size, but did win votes for the camera and well regarded daily driver aspects, particularly the smaller size non-XL.
Here’s what you guys said:
- The price for value makes sense. OnePlus 6T has a water drop notch, Pixel 3Xl has airport notch. Both lack 3.5mm jack. But OnePlus 6T has in-display fingerprint scanner and bigger battery and faster charger.
- Pixel 3 for its camera, but otherwise, the OnePlus 6T blows it away. That said, I’m happy with my Note 9 with microSD card slot, headphone jack, & stylus, so neither of those would be a perfect fit for me.
- OnePlus isn’t a flagship killer anymore. It is the Flagship.
- OnePlus 6 (NOT the 6T, because of the boneheaded move to drop the headphone jack) with the Google Cam APK installed.
- Rephrase the question to put the price difference in play. I want the Pixel 3 XL but I can’t afford it, not taking away anything from Oneplus 6T.
That’s it for this week gang! And thanks for all your votes. Here’s a hint for next week… keep thinking about your favorite Android smartphone of the year. We’ll be wanting to know. That’s all I can say, for now!