The OnePlus 5 is a great-value big-on-specs phone that rivals the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8, but its smallest hardware feature is my personal highlight. It has a mute switch on the side of the phone, allowing me to instantly silence notifications without ever having to look for an on-screen Do Not Disturb icon. Yes, a physical mute switch has me excited. OnePlus calls it the ‘Alert Slider’, and it’s a three-step toggle between ring, do not disturb and completely silent. It’s something that should be on every Android phone, but somehow it’s a rare feature that seems almost exclusive to OnePlus 5 among today’s Androids.
In my iPhone X review published yesterday, I wondered aloud why no Android phones included a hardware mute switch. Turns out the OnePlus 5 does. Here’s Matt Swider, writing for TechRadar: