This N300 5G Is OnePlus’ latest budget phone, and it takes the company’s signature fast charging It is now available at a lower price than ever before. For now, it’s only available through T-Mobile Metro by T-Mobile. It’s listed for $228 full price at T-Mobile, but it’s also prominently featured as one of the carrier’s “free” phones Two years of service

“Free” Smartphones are not difficult to find, but they can be expensive. OnePlus Nord N300 has a neat feature that’s rare in budget phones, you can do better. This is doubly true if you’re paying for it out of pocket — there are better options around the same price and some worthwhile upgrades if you can spend a little more.

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The N300’s wired fast charging This phone is really useful. Its 33W top speed is faster than what you’ll get with many phones that cost much more. It does require a proprietary charger to hit those charge rates — it’s not standard USB-PD — but at least the charger comes in the box. That is not the case with today’s flagship phones.

Fast charging is handy, but it doesn’t make up for the N300’s lackluster day-to-day performance. With a resolution of 720p, the 6.5-inch screen looks a bit shabby. Only 64GB of storage is available on the board, and the processor can struggle with heavier tasks. OnePlus To make it easier, you can trim some corners. fast charging, and personally, I’d rather live with slower charging You will have a phone that does the basics right.

There’s just 64GB of built-in storage, and on my review device, 13GB of that is occupied by system files

The N300 It uses a MediaTek Dimensity810 CPU with 4GB of RAM. It handles light browsing and daily tasks just fine, but if you ask too much of it, you’ll see it stutter and slow down. As I installed a lot more updates and signed in to a thousand services, apps crashed a few times during my initial setup. That hasn’t been a persistent problem, but I do notice the occasional delay loading and jumping quickly between apps or slow response to register a tap as it chugs. 

There’s just 64GB of built-in storage, and on my review device, 13GB of that is occupied by system files. That doesn’t leave much room for photos, videos, and apps, so consider a $15 or $20 microSD card part of the purchase price. This way, you can get up to 1TB extra storage.

The phone’s composite black features a shimmery finish.

From the outside, you can see the N300 It is a very likable phone. I prefer its straight rails to other budget phones, such as the Motorola Moto G’s curved edges 5G — they look nicer, and they’re easier to grab. The back panel is made of composite plastic and has a subtle shimmery look. As I tap and type, the haptics feel reassuringly soft.“like a bunny” This is what I used in my test notes. There’s even a headphone jack, praise be. There’s no wireless charging It ships with Android 12 installed. The N300 will get one OS upgrade to Android 13 and just two years of security updates — on the low side, even for budget phones.

The N300 This is an exclusive T-Mobile press release, and supports the right 5G bands to access the company’s very good mid-band “Ultra Capacity” 5G network. There’s no mmWave 5G support, but that’s no great loss — it’s highly range-limited, and T-Mobile doesn’t offer a whole lot of it anyway. There’s NFC so you can use Google Pay for contactless payment, which not every phone at this price offers.

The N300’s battery isn’t just quick to charge — it’s also a huge 5,000mAh cell

The 6.56-inch screen looks great and scrolling and animations are a lot smoother than on a 60Hz standard display. However, the 720p resolution is what I find most impressive for such a large screen. You can see the individual pixels in icons and images with their rough edges. It’s an LCD screen, and while it gets passably bright in direct sunlight, it’s not as vibrant as the OLED panel on the OnePlus N20.

The N300’s battery isn’t just quick to charge — it’s also a huge 5,000mAh cell that provides enough Power for almost anyone to last through a full-day of usage. Although heavy video streaming and gaming can wear it down, I never needed to recharge my battery. 

Charger and cable show in retail box with lid off

OnePlus’ signature red cable and a fast charging Brick are included in the box.

When it’s time to refuel, fast charging I am at your disposal. Halfway through baby naptime, I realized that I was only consuming 15 percent of my overnight charge. I took the chance to charge it 100% before my son woke up. It took just over an hour to charge and was finished in record time.

Fast charging is handy in a jam, but if you’re already in an overnight recharging habit, then it’s probably not going to be a killer feature for you — especially considering that the N300’s battery life is so good anyway. It’s nice to see it available in a phone at this price, but if you’re already religious about nightly charging, you probably won’t get much use out of it.

You can find the N300, OnePlus The company has decided to get rid of the bulky rear cameras it used to put in its devices. This deserves applause. There’s just one main 48-megapixel f/1.8 camera on the back, accompanied by a 2-megapixel depth sensor to help out with portrait mode shots. There’s also a 16-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera. 

It’s a decent, basic camera system for snapshots, but it struggles in low light, where it applies some heavy smoothing to details and skin tones. I love how it looks outside of those limitations. OnePlus handles image processing. The photos are bright and vibrant, with a pleasant contrast. However, there’s noticeable lag in the camera app, especially in portrait mode. This was a serious problem. enough Even when my toddler was still, it couldn’t keep up in moderate light. That’s a tough scenario for a budget smartphone camera — you’d have to pay a lot more for a phone that handles this situation well — but the N300 I had a difficult time with it.

There’s no aspect of the N300 that’s show-stoppingly bad, but there are a few key places where it could be just a bit better

The OnePlus N300 Take these offers very seriously fast charging in a price bracket where it’s rarely seen. It’s a handy feature, but I don’t think its usefulness makes up for the N300’s other shortcomings, like a low-res screen and sometimes shaky performance.

OnePlus’ own Nord N20 is an excellent alternative. Its MSRP — $282 if you’re buying from T-Mobile or $299 unlocked — is still well within the budget range. But it’s much more enjoyable to use, with a rich 1080p OLED screen, better processing performance, and twice as much storage. The same 33W. fast charging It is also included. Right now, it’s also one of T-Mobile’s “free” phone promotions, and it’s a better pick overall whether you’re paying upfront or not. Samsung Galaxy A13 5G This is also a viable alternative. It’s priced a little closer to the N300 It is priced at $249 and performs well in everyday tasks.

There’s no aspect of the N300 that’s show-stoppingly bad, but there are a few key places where it could be just a bit better. Those are the things that have a more significant impact on my day than my ability to charge my phone in a matter of seconds. This is a common feeling, which I suspect many others feel. N300 Hard to recommend. There’s a slim argument in its favor if you really want fast charging, and it’s your best “free” Phone option at the moment. Otherwise, you’re better off with OnePlus’ slightly pricier N20 or settling for the slow-charging life.

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Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. We started to count how many times we have hit each one. “agree” to use devices when we review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.

Use the OnePlus N300 5GYou must agree to:

  • OnePlus’ End User License Agreement and Privacy Policy
  • Google’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service
  • Google Play Terms and Conditions
  • Install updates and applications: “You agree this device may also automatically download and install updates and apps from Google, your carrier, and your device’s manufacturer, possibly using cellular data. Some of these apps may offer in-app purchases.”

You will also need to agree to certain optional terms during setup.

  • Participation in Co-Creation User Programs. This includes app updates, push notifications to surveys, product updates, system stability reporting, and product updates.
  • Assistant Voice Match
  • Google Drive Backup: “Your backup includes apps, app data, call history, contacts, device settings (including Wi-Fi passwords and permissions), and SMS.”
  • Use location: “Google may collect location data periodically and use this data in an anonymous way to improve location accuracy and location-based services.”
  • Allow scanning “Allow apps and services to scan for Wi-Fi networks and nearby devices at any time, even when Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is off.”
  • Send us usage and diagnostic data “Help improve your Android device experience by automatically sending diagnostic, device and app usage data to Google.”

T-Mobile has three additional agreements that can be added to this device with carrier-locking:

  • You can help improve your experience by sharing data about device performance, app usage, and network use.
  • Help improve your local network experience by including your device’s location
  • For personalized ads, use diagnostics data

In total, that’s six mandatory agreements and at least seven optional agreements.