OnePlus 3 is one of the hottest smartphones on the planet right now. The phone packs killer specs and features, a premium design and it has everything you can want in a flagship handset, still, the price tag is unbeatable.
The phone has about a month since its launch and just like many other Android devices, it comes with a custom skin running on top of the stock OS. The good thing is that OnePlus went for an OxygenOS interface that is bloat-free, giving users an almost stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience. Despite Google selling Android as a very simple OS to use, the tweaks made by OnePlus in addition to Google can at times make things a little difficult when using the OnePlus 3. As a result, we’ve put together 5 hidden tips and tricks that every user of the new OnePlus flagship should really care to know in order to enjoy this phablet.
Fast charging your phone
One great thing about 2016 smartphone flagships is that they are making fast or quick charging a standard feature. OnePlus has its own version of this technology that is known as Dash Charging. With this technology, it is possible to charge the battery of your OnePlus 3 handset from 0-60% in about 30 minutes – but there is a catch.
To achieve this feat, you’ll have to stick to using the accessories that shipped with the phone. These are the USB Type-C cable and Dash charger that come packed with OnePlus 3. Of course, many people will at times turn to the many cables they have for charging, but doing this will mean you don’t achieve the full Dash effect due to a mismatch of cables. The handset has a non-removable battery unit of 3000mAh.
The manual camera mode
In terms of photography, OnePlus 3 has a decent primary camera of 16MP with an aperture of f/2.0 and great features on board such as OIS, PDAF, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, panorama and more. However, in order to get the most out of this camera, sometimes manual, adjustments are just what you need. But where do you find the manual mode?
Launch the camera app and hit the menu key that appears on the upper left side of the screen. On the list of options that appears, tap on the fifth to enable manual mode. You will now be able to access several settings on the viewfinder upon which tapping will allow you make some adjustments.
Enable gesture controls
OnePlus is aware that gesture controls are not everyone’s thing. As a result, OnePlus 3 comes with the feature disabled by default. If you are into gesture controls, you may want to enable this feature on your phone. To do it, head to Settings>Gestures and toggle the switch ON. Proceed by ticking the boxes against the gesture controls you need activated.
Enable on-screen navigation buttons
OnePlus 3 has its recent and back buttons appearing as little dots on each side of the home button, which also doubles as the fingerprint scanner. This isn’t anything new to the Android fraternity. However, for newbies, it might look strange – but there’s a way out.
Open the Settings app and hit the Buttons option. While in there, you can swap the order of these back and recent buttons as well as enable on-screen navigation buttons to make life easier. You can keep this setting or disable it at some point later.