MosheG1 , via OnePlus 8 Pro Ultramarine Blue , Apr 19, 2020 : A HUGE shout out to @AbhilashSaikia for teaching me how to make a banner in photoshop! I couldn't have done it without him! Hey guys! @MosheG1 here with a review for you guys! So unlike some of my fellow reviewers, I am not a photographer nor do I have any special qualifications that make me an expert to review this phone. With that in mind, I plan on reviewing this phone from the lense of a regular guy who is just a simple student, and what this phone means for the average person (make sure to see my "what it means to me" section) So the way I want to attack this review is that I plan on reviewing this phone and editing this review all with this OnePlus 8 pro and with my current OnePlus 7 pro (all my equipment including my tripod got stuck at school due to COVID 19, so please bear with me here). All the editing from the pictures, to the video, will be done with these 2 devices which will be my version of a test of the OnePlus phones! (obviously, this review will only be on the 8 series and please look at the other awesome reviews made by previous lab participants if you would like to know more about the 7 pro) So I've had this phone for about a week now (#mkbhd), and let me tell you there's a lot to say! Unboxing and design: Here is a quick glimpse of the unboxing with an actual video at the end. The TL;DR -The unboxing experience is as good as it has ever been! The box is a nice red color and the contents are neatly packaged together! -The phone itself has got to be one of my favorite colors ever (ultramarine blue) with an awesome matte blue finish that resists fingerprints really well and is just so smooth to the touch, a big upgrade compared to the finish on my 7 pro (mirror grey)! The screen is huge and overall it has a great feel in the hand. The good: - Now, this phone is gorgeous! from the second I took it out I realized that at least in terms of looks, this was the phone for me. The smooth matte finish on the back with that ultramarine blue finish is just the perfect combo, and I wouldn't have it any other way. -Now in the presentation, they went on and on about how good it feels in the hand, and I didn't understand what the fuss was until it was in my hand for the first time. It was like the phone was made for my hand! It fit the contours of my hand perfectly! I was so sad to put on a case, but as we all know "glass is glass, and glass breaks". -This phone is light! The 8 Pro is even bigger than my 7 Pro and yet it feels lighter to me -I was also really glad to see that they left the camera bump design of the 7t and instead kept the design of the 7 and 7t pro as I thought the "oreo" camera was a bad idea. - Having a super-fast face unlock is amazing! I don't even remember what my lock screen looks like anymore because it has such a fast unlock. - For times when face unlock doesn't work you can always default to the great fingerprint scanner that lives underneath the display. It debuted on the 7 Pro and it has kept that larger size and I find that I don't even need to look to find the sensor and I can unlock it without looking at it. -What has got to be my favorite design feature is the alert slider! While i"m definitely not the first person to mention how good it is (and I doubt i"ll be the last) it deserves to be mentioned again! The alert slider is such a great feature, I use it all the time (usually to toggle between vibrate and mute... who uses a ringer?) it saves me such a hassle of going into my phone every time to change the setting depending on the scenario I am in. While this might seem like a minor inconvenience, I cannot stress enough how useful this is to me (still waiting for other manufacturers to catch on to this incredible feature... how have they not realized this yet???). -really basically everything else about the design of this phone is amazing! The bad: (there isn't a lot) - I also wish they would make a smaller version for those of us with smaller hands, and while there is the regular 8, which they said would be the smaller version if you want to get it then you lose out on a lot of features just to get a smaller phone. So hopefully they will make a smaller version in the future that has all the features! - I really prefer the pop-up camera and a full screen, to a hole-punch display. - There was no screen protector on my phone pre-installed, but I think the regular retail version should have it. (if not, be careful of those scratches even if it's some "light scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7" ) - The case is a little flimsy and it's not nearly as robust as the case I received on the 7 pro, so unless you like living on the edge I think you should definitely get a more protective case. (Also not everyone will like that it says "never settle" on the case) - No expandable storage in what is supposed to be a real "Flagship" phone is disappointing, especially when you can only have a max of 256 gig internal storage. (although I personally am nowhere close to using up my storage) - And lastly no 3.5mm headphone jack or adapter What it means to me: -This is something that really sets the tone for your initial impressions of the phone and OnePlus nailed it! the unboxing was great and the phone was even better! I absolutely love this color, and I think that this is their best iteration of a color and finish on a phone ever in my opinion. General Info: Having used the 7 pro, I am already used to the curved screens and mostly have no problem with it minus the occasional palm touch when reaching across the phone, which does get annoying some times. (Since I have received the phone, an update was rolled out that all but stopped every accidental palm touch). The only remaining problem is that sometimes when swiping to either the left or right I will do it to close to the edge triggering the back gesture and I hope they give back the option of having the OnePlus gestures found on the 7 pro. The camera bump on the back is even bigger than the one on my 7 pro but that's per the norm these days with OEM's making huge camera bumps in order to put a crazy amount of sensors into a phone and that is a trade-off I'm more than willing to make! and while it does cause some table wobble it's nothing a case can't fix. Now a trade-off I'm not willing to make is the hole-punch camera cut out, I loved it when they instituted the pop-up camera on the 7 pro and I never had a single problem with the mechanism. However, being that they put the cut out in the corner it easily disappears from sight unless I'm looking for it. Having superfast face unlock back almost makes up for the hole-punch... almost. Here are some pictures of the device: (zero editing was done, these are stock photos from my 7 pro) And here is the full unboxing video as promised! Filmed on the OnePlus 7 pro and edited on the 8 pro using adobe rush, because i"m stubborn and I committed to doing the whole review on my 8 pro to prove its capabilities and i"m sticking to it! There is still so much to say about this phone! Stay tuned because the next part is coming soon! PS: I just wanted to tell everyone that @dsmonteiro is evil! EVIL I TELL YOU!!! beware of him! (he kept sending delivery trucks past my house to make me think that my phone had arrived when it hadn't!) PPS: I would like to thank ONEPLUS for making this opportunity possible and selecting me to be a LAB participant! PPPS: I would like to thank my fellow wormies (find us in wormhole) for being so supportive and funny, they keep me coming back to the community time and time again, more than all the contests! This brings me to my next point which is YOU! Without you, there would be no community, and that would be a shame because something that comes with owning a OnePlus device is the friends you will make by being part of the community! Thanks for reading!