The OnePlus 7T Pro is an excellent phone. It has a great design, a fantastic display, powerful hardware, great software, great speakers, good battery life with fast charging and a great set of cameras. It's the best phone OnePlus has ever made and one of the best phones you can buy today.
But the OnePlus 7T is also a very good phone. It has a good design, a fantastic display, powerful hardware, great software, a decent battery life with fast charging and a good set of cameras, too. More importantly, it's also a good deal cheaper than the OnePlus 7T Pro and that automatically makes it better value for money.
For most people, the OnePlus 7T really is the phone to buy. And we don't just mean that over the 7T Pro but over practically anything in that price range. It ticks all the right boxes and we can't imagine most people will have a lot to complain about.
To us, the 7T Pro seems more like a prestige product now. You don't buy it because it makes sense (because it doesn't) but just because you want it. It's for people who walk into a shop and ask for the best one. This is the phone OnePlus makes for those who want the best OnePlus phone available. And it costs more, a lot more, than it probably should but a lot of people wouldn't mind. It's similar to what Apple has done with its Pro and non-Pro iPhone branding. One for the 'masses', and one for those who want something more special.
But if special is what you're after, then we would actually recommend the 7T Pro McLaren edition. Like we said in our review of that phone, we actually think it makes sense to go all the way and get the special edition device over the standard 7T Pro. You're already spending extra over the 7T so you're not really looking for the best value, so why not go the extra step and get something that truly stands out? The design might be a bit polarizing but there's no denying the 7T Pro McLaren edition is a more unique and interesting device.
In the end, we think both the 7T and the 7T Pro are great phones for a different set of people. The best part about them is that despite everything, they are still significantly cheaper than flagships from Apple, Samsung and Google. One could argue that they aren't as cheap as they used to be, but then again, they're a lot better than they used to be too.