Why I couldn’t get myself to love the OnePlus 5

Back when OnePlus came out with the OnePlus One, I was highly critical of the company because of their invite system and generally immature behaviour towards consumers. The phone was a gem however, and truly stood to the Flagship Killer title it carried. Fast forward to 2017, OnePlus has dropped the Flagship Killer tag and have taken a more realistic approach, creeping up to flagship pricing territory and sticking to regular industry norms.

The OnePlus 5 was released with great hype and noise, mostly generated due to the dual camera system on the phone. I too was excited about the phone, not about the camera specifically, but about the phone in general. I thoroughly enjoyed using the OnePlus 3T and was looking forward to it’s successor. After release the phone received mixed reactions. It managed to receive a lot of praise. But when it came to the camera, it was nothing out of the ordinary , and received strictly average reviews.

But it’s not the camera that’s not allowing me to love the phone. It’s a manufacturing defect. OnePlus mounted the display upside down on every OnePlus 5 manufactured and as a result, there is a wobbly effect whenever you theoretically change the contents on the screen. It is generally more noticeable when scrolling through lists or table view. This is called the Jelly scroll effect.

Some owners do not notice it, some notice it and don’t care while others notice it and can’t stand it. I am, unfortunately, in the third category. I just can’t stand the laggy and weird wobbly animation when scrolling. It is very, very noticeable to me every time I scroll through Twitter, Email or pretty much any application on the phone. I really like all the other aspects of this phone. The display is great, build quality is acceptable, performance is blazing fast, the fingerprint sensor and charging are lightning fast but this one defect just kills it all for me.

Will I continue to use the OnePlus 5? No, I can’t. I really want to but the Jelly effect is too damn irritating. Am I looking out for a possible OnePlus 5T with this fixed? Hell yeah, I am. I love every other aspect of this phone. It’s a simple phone for those who just want to do stuff. I really, really love this phone and it would have been my daily driver if it was not plagued by the jelly effect.

Here’s a video of the Jelly Effect on the OnePlus 5 for you to get an idea. What I experienced was not as extreme as this but somewhat similar-

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2X50k9Bj9Y&w=560&h=315]

So what do you think about the Jelly effect? Let us know in the comments section down below!

Image Credits- GSMArena

Rohan Bhateja
Rohan Bhateja

Vagabond who loves technology, ranting and brooding.