VR porn isn’t a thing of the future. It’s here now, and easier to find and access then you may have thought.

When it comes to watching videos on VR, one of the first questions many people asked was whether or not you’d be able to watch porn or other adult content. From apps that let you speak with camgirls, to full blown 360 degree adult videos, porn in VR is here and it’s making it’s mark. Whether you’ve got a Gear VR, Oculus Rift, or even Playstation VR, there is plenty of adult content just waiting for you out there.

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The past decade has seen us all steadily rely on our smartphones and tablets for all our entertainment purposes. In 2017, you can get away with watching all your favorite TV shows, movies, and YouTube content wherever you are on your smartphone or tablet.

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Sit back, relax and chat about stuff because it’s the weekend!

Hey hey! Another week is done and we’re all closer to _________ (fill in the blank there with retirement, graduation, or whatever). Hopefully, you had a good one.

We did because we get to live through yet another OnePlus launch and the internet fun-times that always go with them. It seems like a great phone. A great phone that may be too expensive, or cheat at benchmarks, or tell fibs about camera specs or whatever. You know, that regular OnePlus drama. Don’t think that people in OnePlus’ marketing department aren’t loving seeing the words OnePlus 5 in every online discussion about Android …

On top of that circus, we get to play with Bixby. Sort of, at least in a preview kinda way. Which is better than a not-at-all kind of way. Oh, and yeah, English or Korean only. ¡Lo siento!

It seems decent. Good with the on-device stuff and a start on the broader finding information from the internet stuff. Makes sense, right? Samsung is all about their hardware and getting Bixby to work with it had to be their first priority. The rest will come.

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I’m excited this weekend, because right now while you’re reading I’m on my way for a week’s R&R in Captiva, Florida. A week’s worth of swimming with manatees, collecting seashells, exciting nightlife in nearby Ft. Myers, or just sitting on my butt in a cabana sipping fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas in them. Probably the latter.

Seriously, it will be a great week spent with family and minus stress. There’s even a new little one to see, and that gets me excited. I hail from the area, and it’s always nice to go back. Especially in the winter, but June is good, too.

What are y’all up to this weekend? Talk about it, or anything else in the comments down below.




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What’s your plan for when the lights go out? Sure, you could use the flashlight built into your phone, but wasting valuable battery life on a flashlight is risky when you can’t charge your phone and need to conserve power. Perhaps you’re an avid camper or hiker. When night falls, you don’t want to use your fragile smartphone to navigate through the darkness, do you?

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Action Launcher is back, baby!

One of our (and your) favorite home screen launchers is getting itself a major update today. Action Launcher 3 is retaking the classic Action Launcher name with this update, and with the name change comes an icon change as Action Launcher ditches the Quickdrawer-reminiscent icon for a modernized, minimal AL logo.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Action Launcher has made the Pixel Launcher look and feel the default for the free version of the launcher. This means that a lot of the Pixel Launcher features that used to be hidden behind the paywall are now free to all users. Smartsizing icons is also turned on by default as it finally exits beta. There’s also a new icon system and gesture system guiding Shutters, Covers, and App Shortcuts, standardizing what swipes and long-presses do, allowing users to better use both features with the same apps.

Android O can’t come fast enough to many of us, and Action Launcher wants to scratch that itch with an Easter egg they’ve extracted from the Android O version of the Clock app: both the app icon for the Clock and its analog clock widget reflect the current time down to the second, with a smooth sweeping second-hand.

You can read the full changelog here while you wait for the update to roll out to your device.




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It’s time to get to know the OnePlus 5.

This is the most expensive phone OnePlus has ever made, and subsequently has the highest expectations. The base plan to meet those expectations is to double down on the formula that has at least got OnePlus this far: high-end specs, solid hardware and super-fast software. Then there’s the extra bit of marketing thrown behind its camera setup, which is the first substantial change to the formula of previous OnePlus phones.

The best place to get up to speed with the OnePlus 5 is right here — here are the top things you need to know about this phone.

The specs are top-notch

For another generation, OnePlus is giving us just about all of the top-end specs we want to see in a high-end phone today. It starts with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, and continues on with a standard 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s also an optional 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model for just $60 extra.

You’ll also see an above-average 3300mAh battery inside despite the phone’s 7.25 mm thickness, and it offers quick charging that can match or exceed how quickly other phones charge up with their Quick Charge 3.0 tech. You get USB-C connectivity, of course, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack — unfortunately, an increasingly rare item these days.

More: Spec comparison: OnePlus 5 vs. OnePlus 3

We’re missing waterproofing, though

But of course, a phone that starts at $479 can’t do it all. There are still a few specs and features “missing” here that you could find on other phones … but the biggest one is waterproofing.

Yup, you won’t find an IP rating at all on the OnePlus 5, and that’s something you find in just about all of the flagship competition. No matter that those phones are $150-250 more than the OnePlus 5, because OnePlus is definitely framing its latest phone as a competitor to those flagships.

Some things remain unchanged from the OnePlus 3

For all of the advancements in the OnePlus 5, some parts of its experience have remain unchanged — or imperceptibly changed — from its predecessor, the OnePlus 3.

Much of what you find on the OnePlus 5 was introduced in 2016′s OnePlus 3.

Some key parts of the hardware experience are the same now as they were before, including the 5.5-inch 1080p display, the one-touch fingerprint sensor below the screen, the great “Alert Slider” on the left edge, and the Dash Charge fast charging system. The phone’s dimensions are also near-identical, with the OnePlus 5 being marginally thinner and narrower, and just shy of 2 mm taller.

The Android 7.1 Nougat software on the OnePlus 5 is also very similar in features to the OnePlus 3, particularly if you’ve dabbled in any of the beta builds for the older phone where the new software has been in testing. The experience of using the phones side-by-side today is hardly different, and the small differences can (and should) be brought to the OnePlus 3 in due time.

In many cases the stagnation isn’t a bad thing, but it is worth noting that the OnePlus 5 has strong continuity with the phone that came before it.

You now have two rear cameras

A substantial area of change when compared to the OnePlus 3 is the OnePlus 5′s camera setup. The new phone has a new 16MP camera, a faster f/1.7 lens and new image processing techniques, but has lost OIS (optical image stabilization) in the process. The main camera feels like an overall upgrade from the OnePlus 3, and it’s capable of taking some great photos. But its lack of physical stabilization hamstrings it in scenes with mixed or little light, and the results end up being a bit grainy or blurry if you’re not careful with stabilizing your hands.

Dual cameras give you new options — and one important omission.

Sitting right next to the “main” camera is another camera as well: a 20MP sensor with an f/2.6 lens that has a longer focal length — around 40 mm equivalent to the main’s 24 mm. You can tap the “2x” button in the camera app to quickly switch to this lens and take photos with a unique perspective — and because it has 20MP of resolution you can even digitally zoom in a tad without losing much fidelity.

The big reason for including the second camera is “Portrait Mode,” which is a way to use both lenses at once to create a faux background blurring effect to try and mimic what you’d see in a DSLR. It can be hit or miss (this software is really hard to do right), but when it works you get a cool-looking photo that’s different from what you’d see from either camera on its own.

It works just about anywhere in the world … but not Verizon

OnePlus surpassed a pretty big technological hurdle to be able to ship one model of the phone with radio support for 30+ countries — particularly in facing the Chinese market that uses many bands you don’t find anywhere else. That means you can take your phone to most places in the world and have it work on the local carrier, which is great for international travelers. There are also two SIM slots, giving you even more possibilities.

More: There’s one OnePlus 5 version for the whole world

The one shortcoming, speaking purely from a U.S. perspective, is its lack of support for Verizon and Sprint. Even though the OnePlus 5 technically supports some of the necessary LTE bands for the carriers, OnePlus is making no claim of testing or certification for those networks. It’s annoying and frustrating, but you shouldn’t buy the OnePlus 5 expecting to use it on Verizon or Sprint.

If you bring the OnePlus 5 to T-Mobile you’ll find it works great, including support for both VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling. Unfortunately those advanced calling features aren’t available on AT&T — you’ll get the basic voice and data services there.

Dash Charge is awesome, but has some requirements

The in-house developed Dash Charge charging system helps your OnePlus 5′s battery charge up incredibly fast. But because of the way the charger has to interact with the phone to perform the fast charging without generating much heat, it requires a special charger and cable. You must use a OnePlus-made Dash Charge charger and cable, or it just won’t work. OnePlus includes the correct charger and cable in the OnePlus 5′s box, and also offers extra wall chargers and car chargers on its website.

The only frustrating part about Dash Charge is that it isn’t cross-compatible with other fast charging systems, like the widely used Qualcomm Quick Charge or the more generic USB-C Power Delivery spec. That means if you plug into another charger (or use another cable) it will likely top out at about 5V/2.4A — which is pretty fast, but not nearly as fast as Dash Charge is.

Read our review and other coverage

Get to know the OnePlus 5 in detail by reading our comprehensive review and seeing how the phone compares to the Galaxy S8 and then how [its camera stacks up to the Galaxy S8, too)(https://www.androidcentral.com/camera-comparison-oneplus-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s8).




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We have early access to the Galaxy S8′s built-in Bixby Voice. Here’s another look at what’s coming to a Galaxy S8 near you.

We’ve already written plenty about the Galaxy S8′s Bixby functionality, but what we haven’t touched on is what to expect with Bixby Voice — ostensibly the main reason there’s an extra button on the flagship device in the first place.

Up until the latest preview, all we knew about the Bixby is that it enabled you to press a button to control the phone with your voice. Well, now that we’ve had some time with it, we can confirm that Bixby Voice really is all about talking to the Galaxy S8. It’s not the same as Google Assistant, though, as Bixby is more conversational and apologetic when it messes up. This is a voice-activated virtual assistant that aims to please.

Note: At present, you can only set up Bixby if you’re part of the Early Access Preview, which is currently limited to the United States. There’s no word yet on when Bixby will go live.

Setting it up

After you’ve updated all the apps in your Galaxy Apps queue, you can click over to the Hello Bixby panel to start the prompt for setting up Bixby Voice. At present, only American English and Korean are the available languages for the virtual assistant.

Bixby will walk you through a rather storied setup process. You’ll need to first agree to a long list of terms and then continue on to update any Bixby Voice-compatible apps, as well as any third-party apps that have access to experimental features from the Bixby Labs. The entire onboarding process is pretty straightforward, and it even starts you off gently by having Bixby dictate the sequence. In the English-speaking version, Bixby is a sprite young female, though you can choose from male or female for the Korean variant.

How to access the Bixby Voice settings menu.

Once Bixby Voice is raring to go, you should be able to press and hold the Bixby button to give it a command from any screen. If you start on the Home screen, you can ask Bixby to open an app and then perform an action. If you’re already in an app, however, you can press the button to instruct Bixby on what to do within that app. I tried it first with the Gallery app to crop a photo, and then in the browser to navigate to a web page; Bixby worked effortlessly in both situations.

“Hey Bixby”

Like Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, you can call out to Samsung’s Bixby in your time of need. The virtual assistant will help you set up the ability to wake up the phone with a voice command from the get-go; you’ll be asked to record yourself saying “Hey, Bixby” about three times, and then you’ll be asked to recite a few commands so that the software can learn the different intonations in your voice. When it’s finished, you can actually play back what you recorded to ensure it sounds exactly the way Bixby would hear you every time.

Like Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, you can call out to Samsung’s Bixby in your time of need.

I have to admit: part of the reason I didn’t use Google Assistant much until the Google Home came into my life is that my phones would often struggle to hear me or understand my commands. But Bixby has the opposite problem, as it understands me so well that I was triggering it even while podcasting in a nearby room in my house. I guess there are plenty of words out there that sound like Bixby, so naturally, Bixby thought I was speaking to it.

You don’t have to really say a particular phrase to get Bixby to listen, either. I’ve said both “Hey, Bixby” and “Okay, Bixby” with the Galaxy S8′s screen both on and off and it worked remarkably well. I also just shouted “BIXBY!” a few times and that seemed to work, too, despite the fact that I was being antagonistic. Sorry, Bixby.

Of course, if Bixby doesn’t understand what you said — which will happen, as it happened to me plenty of times — it will ask that you let it know it didn’t perform so well before offers for you to retry your command. You can skip all that if you don’t care to do it, though, and simply tap the Bixby icon or press and hold the side button to continue engaging.

What can you do with Bixby?

What is the meaning of life? Sorry, Bixby can’t help you with that.

I’m still figuring out all that’s possible with Samsung Bixby. It’s like Google Assistant in that it can assist you with even the most basic of smartphone commands, but it doesn’t appear to be explicitly tied to a search engine in the same manner.

When you do ask Bixby the kind of question you’d ask Google Assistant — like “What’s the meaning of life?” for example because apparently, I had to make this as existential as possible — Bixby will reply quietly in the main home screen. When you ask it to help with doing something, however, it’s much more responsive.

Samsung’s Bixby works a bit differently than Google Assistant in that it’ll require you to be very specific with your commands. The result can be more effective, however, if you consider that you can do things like crop an image with just your voice.

Perhaps the best example for showing Bixby’s abilities is the crop-and-post example. For instance, I asked Bixby to open up the gallery and select the latest photo. From there, I pressed the Bixby button and asked it to first crop the photo and then, crop the photo in 4 by 3. The Gallery app then cropped the photo as I asked it to, though it waited for me to choose where the crop placement should go before it continued.

Once again, I pressed the Bixby button and asked it to save the image and share it, and from there it popped up Android’s sharing dialog window.

I also used Bixby to launch the Gmail app and dictate a message. It was strikingly easy, and I was impressed by the way Bixby seemed to move forward with what it figured I’d ask it to do next.

There is certainly more that you can do with Bixby, and the commands change whenever you’re inside another app. With this preview mode, the trick is to test what it can do and take it from there.

About that extra button

Let’s talk about that extra button on the side of the Galaxy S8.

There’s good news for those of who you’ve managed to either successfully remap the Bixby button or just aren’t interested in the push-the-talk action of Bixby Voice. The app doesn’t actually require you use the added hardware to interact with your assistant. Rather, it’s there to help in times of need, like when the environment is too loud for the phone to pick up on your command. Bixby pops up an on-screen indicator to let you know it’s working hard, and there’s a quick toggle shortcut in the Hello Bixby app.

Admittedly, using the Galaxy S8′s built-in Bixby button feels a bit strange as it’s not something that I’m accustomed to. I’ve been long using Google Assistant — or Google Now, as it were — to do my bidding and that merely requires I utter “Okay, Google” or tap on an icon.

Regardless, the push-to-talk ability is a nice alternative when you’re in situations where it’ll come in handy, though it would be nice to be able to officially remap the Bixby button when the situation calls for it.

Bixby’s Home screen

Bixby’s home screen reminds me quite a bit of Apple’s Siri because of its black-to-purple ombre background, but besides the similarities of the female voice, it’s really quite different. For one, you can type in your command to Bixby if talking to it isn’t a possibility (that’s coming soon to iOS 11 for Siri users), or you can cycle through some of your past commands. There’s even an easy screenshot toggle if proving your friend right requires photo evidence, and you can individually adjust the sound of Bixby Voice.

Bixby Voice’s home screen.

If you’re inside an app and you conjure up the Bixby home screen, the app will offer up a bevy of suggestions for commands you can use specifically within that app. It’s helpful to have this resource to learn what it is you can control with just your voice, though you might find that it’s simply easier to go by trial and error. After all, the best way to learn something is to practice it (as my math tutor told me all those years) and with Bixby, you’ll have to learn how to be really specific without being long-winded.

Bixby points system

Bixby requires quite a bit of validation to ensure it’s properly operating. But the upside is that each positive interaction earns you “points” towards leveling up your Bixby experience.

Bixby will improve itself over time, though it relies quite a bit on feedback to steer itself in the right direction. Each time you command Bixby, you’ll rack up points towards your overall Bixby Level. If your interaction is less than stellar, however, you can let Bixby know that it needs improvement over a particular subset of commands, and the virtual assistant will do its best to accommodate you during the next round.

Take a gander at what Bixby’s point system looks like.

If you’re curious to see where you’re at on the points scale, tap on “My Bixby” in the main Hello Bixby overflow menu. This will reveal all of your growth stats. There’s also a counter that keeps privy to how many conversations you’ve had with Bixby, and you’ll see how many times you’ve given it props and when you’ve told it that it could have done a better job.

Frankly, Bixby’s “level up” screen looks akin to the dashboard you’d find in a roleplaying game — all it’s missing is a counter for the hit points. But that’s sort of the point of this page existing in the first place. The “experience points” you can procure to effectively level up Bixby were clearly added in an effort to encourage users to play on by gamifying the experiences with the virtual assistant. I’m curious to see what I’ll unlock the more I interact with it; I’m close to unlocking more background colors, for example, and I wonder what other little treats are hidden in the interface.

What you can change

Bixby Voice’s settings panel seems limited in its beta state.

The Bixby Voice settings aren’t as customizable as Google Assistant, but there are some extra features you can enable to make the virtual assistant more robust. In addition to the ability to enable constantly, always-on voice command capabilities, you can also choose Bixby’s feedback style. If you prefer quick, terse answers, you can choose to keep Bixby’s responses short. Or if you’re really aching to connect with it, you can opt to have the assistant talk to you in full sentences.

Bixby also offers a helpful dictation featurette, which I found to be just as useful as the ability in Google Keyboard. This ability doesn’t require that you tap on a microphone icon when the keyboard app is up, however; rather, you’ll want to toggle on the Dictation on keyboard capability to enable the ability to start the dictation mode by pressing and holding the Bixby key while the Samsung Keyboard is open. This means you’ll have to actively use the Samsung Keyboard, but the dictation ability appears to work just as accurately as Google when it comes to forming sentences.

It’s still just a preview

There is still plenty to discover about Samsung’s Bixby Voice.

Bear in mind that all that we’ve experienced with Bixby thus far has been entirely a preview. The kinks have yet to be worked out, not to mention the fact that there are very few people using the service at present. Bixby’s overall purpose in the industry has yet to materialize, too, and we won’t know where it fits into the virtual assistant space until the software is ready to go live to everyone with a Galaxy S8 in their hands. It’s not meant as a replacement assistant for Google, either, so I’ll be curious to see what it’s like using the two assistant suites in tandem in my day-to-day.

We’ll be updating this page once Bixby is ready for primetime. If you have any questions until it’s ready for the stage, however, leave us a comment and we’ll investigate for you in the interim.

And if you’re in the preview, how is Bixby treating you? What command do you like to use with it? Are you finding it’s a better way of interacting with your Galaxy S8 or S8+ than, say, simply tapping around?




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I knew I needed to review the TYLT Energi Pro when I first saw Daniel Bader rocking one on an overseas trip a few months back – and even though he’s beaten me to the official take with his own excellent review, I’ve gathered some followup thoughts on the backpack in the weeks since. See, the TYLT Energi Pro isn’t just any old backpack. It’s a bag with a built-in 20,100 mAh battery beefy enough to recharge your tablets, phones, and even some laptops – and with 12+ compartments, it’s big enough to hold all of that gadgetry, too. Combine that with water resistance, internal cable routing and enough comfort gel to keep your shoulders padded even with 20 lbs of cargo aboard, and you’ve got yourself a battery backpack that lives up to its high price tag (even though it’s a stretch).

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How do I install Daydream on my phone?

Google’s philosophy with their newest VR platform is simple. In order to offer the best possible experience in Daydream, there needs to be a minimum list of requirements met. The phone must be capable of delivering two video streams at 60fps with no stutter, and when you turn your head inside a Daydream headset there should be as little motion blur as possible. Unfortunately that means no matter how capable your phone is, if it’s got an LCD display Google won’t be enabling Daydream by default. The “motion to photon latency” in LCD panels being used in phones right now is just too high, and the end result is a VR experience that doesn’t meet Google’s quality threshold.

That having been said, if you’re willing to mess around with your phone a little there may be a way to enable Daydream on your phone without Google’s blessing.

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No matter what we pay for phones, we always want a great camera.

OnePlus has consistently nailed the core experience of a high-end smartphone, over-achieving its price in so many ways. But one area where it felt more native to its price point was the camera — but the OnePlus 5 is designed to change that. Even though it is notably less expensive than the flagship competition, the OnePlus 5 will constantly be compared to the top-end phones available today. It’s when you start to compare cameras, especially, that the battle gets tough: the past two years have seen fantastic improvements in smartphone cameras at the high end.

Millions of people are familiar with how the Galaxy S8 takes photos, and it’s well-regarded as having a consistently good camera in a variety of ways. If the OnePlus 5 can beat — or even just match — the likes of the Galaxy S8, it’s going to be in great shape to pick up sales as people look for the best value in a smartphone that includes a great camera. This is how the two compared in our testing.

Daylight photos

OnePlus 5 (left) / Galaxy S8 (right) — click to view larger

When viewing these photos at typical size embedded in a webpage, it isn’t easy to pick out differences. That’s a good sign for OnePlus, as it shows the OnePlus 5 can put out nice-looking photos what are generally indiscernible from a leading smartphone at a glance.

You have to zoom in pretty tightly to see differences in these photos.

Once you zoom in and start to nitpick a little bit, you can see where the Galaxy S8 does things a bit better. The GS8′s photos easily have sharper edges and finer detail when you start to closely inspect them. In most cases, it doesn’t really come across in the end product viewed at a typical size (especially when just viewed on a phone) — but sometimes you just get a sense of the GS8′s photos being crisper than the OnePlus 5′s.

You’ll notice from the photos above that the Galaxy S8 still tends to take warmer photos, and although the OnePlus 5′s color balance seems better it doesn’t have quite the brightness and saturation that the Galaxy S8 does. That’s a bit more of a personal preference … but in general, the average smartphone buyer enjoys the look of those punchy, extra-contrast shots the Galaxy S8 tends to take.

Low light photos

OnePlus 5 (left) / Galaxy S8 (right) — click to view larger

Switching to low-light photos, you can more easily see differences in the output of these cameras at a typical size before even zooming in. The Galaxy S8 on average takes sharper, clearer photos when the lights get dim. When you start to inspect the photos more closely, you’ll see the OnePlus 5 has a considerable amount of grain to low-light photos that the Galaxy S8 manages to avoid through a combination of a lower ISO and better overall processing.

The Galaxy S8 is still better in low light, but the gap is narrowing.

Of course you’ll notice once again the Galaxy S8′s photos are warmer than the OnePlus 5′s, but in many low-light scenes that warm color is a bit more accurate to the scene. In some cases it felt like the OnePlus 5 was again too cool in its color temperature adjustment. Having a warmer color temperature is a fine trade off in this case, considering how much sharper the fine details in dark scenes are in most photos compared to the OnePlus 5.

Though it doesn’t quite match the Galaxy S8, I’m rather impressed by the OnePlus 5′s ability to take solid photos in bad lighting conditions considering its small 1.12-micron pixels and lack of OIS — but if you look at the photos with a critical eye you do notice some of its shortcomings. In some very dark scenes it took multiple shots to get an acceptable one, as it’s easier to reach a point where the ISO has to go too high and the shutter speed just can’t go any lower without OIS. Considering the fact that the OnePlus 5 isn’t that far off from the pace here, it’s conceivable that improvements could be made with some software updates. Let’s hope it gets tweaked in the future.

Bottom line

The OnePlus 5 takes an admirable swing at reaching a leading camera like the Galaxy S8′s, but ultimately doesn’t quite get there. Daylight shots are just about neck-and-neck, with the tie-breakers being your personal preference on how the Galaxy S8 tends to over-warm and over-saturate photos and where the OnePlus 5 ends up being a little softer and dimmer. The real separator is low light shots, where the GS8 on average takes a clearer, better-balanced photo — the OnePlus 5 does admirably, but doesn’t have the processing (or the hardware, frankly) to perfectly match it.

The Galaxy S8 has a better camera, but the OnePlus 5 is close and has a few extra features, too.

Aside from the main cameras compared here, let’s also remember that the OnePlus 5 packs a complete secondary camera that offers a longer focal length for interesting shots and a Portrait Mode that gives you unique background blurring in certain photos. Whether or not those additions bring the entire OnePlus 5 camera experience up to the level of the Galaxy S8 for you is a good question to ask when comparing the two.

The fact that this is a relatively close competition should be taken as a good thing from the perspective of OnePlus, as the OnePlus 5 is over $200 less than the Galaxy S8. It’s completely reasonable to see the OnePlus 5′s camera capabilities — to say nothing of all its other great qualities — and say it’s darn well close enough to the Galaxy S8 that the extra $200+ isn’t worth the small improvement.




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