KeepTransisting, May 17, 2019 : Who the hell is this KeepTransisting guy anyways? Some around here probably recognize my name, as I’m pretty active on this community. Few know who I really am, though, so let’s just get a brief introduction out of the way. I’m Jeff. I live in Texas. I work in cyber security and I’ve been dealing with Android phones since the beginning with the HTC G1 (also known as the Dream to you non-USA folks). I previously wrote reviews and news articles for a now-defunct Android site called RootzWiki. When I’m not playing with smartphones, I enjoy gaming, movies, music, booze, and spending time with my family. But enough of that, let’s get to the good stuff: Let’s crack this box open First let me apologize for the guerilla style unboxing pictures. My Nikon’s lens decided it wanted to take a break and not work, so I had to shoot all of this with my old phone in less than ideal lighting conditions. Let’s just use the word “cozy”, how about that? A nice removable banner about joining the community lies on top of the main package, which is a nice touch to help those who might not be so tech savvy learn where to get assistance with any issues. Once that’s removed we have the main course. I’ve always enjoyed the packaging on OnePlus devices. It’s clean. Elegant, if you will. A sturdy rectangular white box with an embossed 7 in large print and a simple OnePlus logo at the top. One unfamiliar with the company would have no idea the contents of the package. Once the top is popped, we get to the juicy center. Directly under the lid lies a small cardboard sleeve containing a brief manual, a OnePlus logo sticker (which now resides on my company laptop), a rather charming welcome letter from @Pete, a clear TPU case (a rather nice inclusion at no additional cost) and the typical metal sim tool. One layer deeper presents us with the good stuff. The phone itself rests on a white form fitted cardboard container, comfortably wrapped in a blanket of thin, frosted plastic. The container is firm enough to ensure the device will not move during shipping, yet has enough give to cushion the device should it be unfortunately dropped while in transit. Once gently removed from its cardboard bed, we’re presented with the warp charger and a red OnePlus USB-C Warp Charge cable, each also wrapped in a blanket of cardboard. Now the deed is done. The phone is unboxed and turned on for the first time. Some first impressions I'll post an in-depth review over the next week or two, but let's get some initial impressions out of the way: The model I'm using is the 8 GB / 256 GB mirror grey version The phone is heavy. Weighing in at 206 grams, it's 16% heavier than the OnePlus 6 I'm used to. That's not to say it's uncomfortable. On the contrary. It fits in my hand perfectly, but we'll see how I feel after a whole day of constant use. It's big, too. Not necessarily wider than my 6, but taller. The display is gorgeous. The HDR10+ 1440p display is absolutely beautiful. The stereo speakers are a welcome addition, especially when using the phone in landscape. Finally a vibration motor that you feel and not hear. There's no "tinniness" like in previous motors. The optical fingerprint scanner is super fast and accurate, a welcome improvement from the 6T. The selfie camera is quick to pop out and retract. A recent update arrived which improved the camera, so I'll hold off on impressions for now on that. That's about it for now, folks. Stay tuned in the coming week or so for a deep dive into many of this phone's impressive features. The Look and Feel First and foremost, I want to talk about the appearance of the device. As I mentioned above, I opted for the mirror grey model. To be blunt, the 7 Pro simply has the look of a premium device. The front of the phone is covered with curved Gorilla Glass 6 for the display and the bezels are kept to a minimum. While the phone still contains what is commonly referred to as a “chin”, it is slightly smaller and less noticeable than that of the 6T. The earpiece / stereo speaker on the top blends in so well that it’s practically invisible. Now on to the sides. Phones with curved screens always seem to be a point of contention for some, and I can definitely understand why. But I’ll talk about that more when we deal with the display. For now all I’ll say is that the curved screen does definitely seem to attract light, so—in brightly lit areas—you might notice some glare on the edges. That being said, it’s not so extreme that it makes the phone unusable. On the contrary, simply tilting the device up or down to prevent the light from hitting the display directly seems to dissipate the effect. And on the mirror grey version, the sides of the phone are in a beautiful, reflective gun-metal grey color, rounded enough for the device to feel comfortable in your hand. On the bottom edge of the device, from left to right, you have the SIM tray; microphone hole (going right through an antenna line); USB-C 3.1 port; another microphone hole; and the bottom speaker. Previous OnePlus devices had the bottom speaker on the left, which often made it far too easy to cover it with your hand when holding the phone landscape. Swapping it to the other side has thankfully fixed this issue. Moving on to the right edge of the phone, the bottom half is smooth and uninterrupted (with the exception of a tiny antenna line near the bottom). Just above the middle is the power button with the three position alert slider above that. One thing worth mentioning is that the alert slider feels less stiff than the one on my OnePlus 6. While it still has a nice “click” when moved to each position, I do worry that the easier movement will make for more accidental flips while in my pocket. Only time will tell on that one. Finally, there’s another antenna line right before curving over into the top of the device. The top of the phone has a hole for the noise cancelling microphone on the right side and the motorized selfie camera on the left. While you can clearly see the spot where the camera protrudes on demand, it otherwise blends in seamlessly with the rest of the mirror finish. The left edge contains two antenna lines near the top, a standard volume rocker near the upper third, and a third antenna line at the bottom. Nothing out of the ordinary over here. Once we flip the device over, we’re greeted by the triple lens camera array, right in the upper half, with an LED flash right below it. Right below that is the OnePlus logo in a silver color with the words OnePlus towards the bottom. The mirror finish below the Gorilla Glass 5 covering is stunning to look at, but be warned: it’s a fingerprint magnet (and rather hard to photograph). You won’t be able to go long at all without smudging it up completely. On top of that, the smooth texture makes the device quite slippery. Damn slippery, in fact. With this in mind, this reviewer highly recommends putting your phone in a case to protect it from accidental drops. One last thing: while the phone is heavier than my previous OnePlus 6, it’s never uncomfortable to hold.