The Good The OnePlus One has a sleek design that fits comfortably in your pocket, and the powerful features of the phone deliver smooth, uninterrupted performance at a relatively low price.
The Bad The 5.5-inch display is too wide to use with one hand, and the Android-based CyanogenMod operating system is not very stable at the moment. The camera is average and the volume of the call is too soft. Its 4G radio does not work on every network.
The Bottom Line While this is one of the best Android phones this year on paper, the OnePlus One is not for everyone and is not available.
The OnePlus One promises a lot, and it won’t disappoint. For no contract, a $ 299 free SIM card (about £ 180 or $ 320) for the 16GB version and $ 349 (about £ 210 or $ 380) for the 64GB Android smartphone is one of the best deals you can get today. This is a great price for a 4G phone, especially if you don’t need the quirky features you’ll find at $ 700 HTC One M8 or the $600 Samsung Galaxy S5 .
And yet there are some significant “buts” in this proposal. Getting your hands harder than you might think. Ahead of the release scheduled for sometime in June , OnePlus only sells the phone through an unusual invitation system. Also, you can only buy one from the OnePlus website, so you won’t be able to get a test in the store. After sales support is also available online, which can be a problem, given its unstable software. In addition, its 4G LTE only works in certain bands, meaning it may not work with your carrier.
All of these things make One the best for an experienced Android fan who wants as much freedom as the OS can bring – and is ready to make the effort to own it.
However, in the highly competitive Chinese smartphone market, perhaps these inexpensive marketing tactics will help OnePlus develop brand awareness for heavyweights such as Xiaomi or Huawei. But in the end, it is the quality and performance that attracts customers, and fortunately, this is where this smartphone excels.
The OnePlus One is a tasty $299 Android smartphone (pictures)
Design and specs
OnePlus One’s design was instantly familiar and looked at my photos Oppo Find 7 the phones seem to be practical siblings – just some details, such as button layout and volume socket placement, are different. This makes perfect sense as OnePlus is partially owned by Oppo and One is owned by Oppo enterprises.
5.5 “full screen display with a resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels, bright and bright and can be used even in bright sunlight at noon. Weighing in at 160 grams, the handset felt light despite its size. For that reason, I find it too wide for one-handed use – the 5-inch display is still my ideal size for one-handed operation.
Like Find 7, the OnePlus One has a slightly curved top and bottom. The power button is on the right, while the left-hand switches are on the left. When I tested the earlier prototype, the slim buttons were hard enough to press. Although the review block rockers are shorter in length, they are actually more comfortable and easier to operate.
Instead of covering the entire front of the phone, the glass ends just before the edges at the top and bottom. It opens the silver plastic underneath it, and I confess, I don’t really like the design. It really catches my eye, but I get the feeling that it can accumulate dirt on the edges, and it feels strange to the touch because it has two edges instead of one.
The OnePlus One has a soft-touch plastic back, which is great. Curved edges mean that nothing clearly fits in your palm when you hold it, and your phone feels balanced and not least cumbersome.
There are three touch buttons located below the screen, but you can turn them off and use the on-screen keys if you prefer. When turned off, you see no buttons except bright sunlight.
Unfortunately, you don’t have many options for the look of your smartphone. The 3,100mAh battery is removable and there is no micro SD card slot underneath. So you have to choose between getting a 16GB or 64GB model. With a more capacious model for only $ 50 more (most phone makers put a much higher price tag on additional storage), this is clearly cheaper.
One runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a generous 3GB of RAM to provide the highest level of mobile power. See the Performance section below for more details.
It has LTE support for some US (AT&T and T-Mobile) and UK networks (EE and Three), as well as some in Europe — but not all. This is potentially a major downside, especially as you can’t try it out before paying for it. My advice would be to look at this list of 4G LTE networks, see which band your carrier uses, and compare it to this list of bands the One supports: 1, 3, 4, 7, 17, 38, and 40.
It’s not like he won’t be able to make calls if he doesn’t support the bandwidth of your network, but you won’t get the benefits of the fast data rate you pay for. In addition to 4G, it has quad-band 3G, NFC, Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi.
Software and features
OnePlus One launches fashion favorite CyanogenMod 11S Android KitKat 4.4. It is very similar to Android Android, but with several modifications. This includes advanced desktop mode and the ability to use gestures to turn on the camera or LED light when the display is off. Other cool settings include voice-activated wake-up and themes that let you really customize how the user interface looks.
Like the LG G2 and the HTC One M8, you can double tap the screen to wake up OnePlus. It’s pretty cool, but you’ll need to set a password, otherwise you may find that your phone was accidentally unlocked while in your pocket.
If you’re thinking of switching from a Samsung or Apple smartphone, be sure you don’t feel lost, as the user interface is very easy to use (like a stock Android) and the settings you can access will make the experience even better.
Unlike some phones in China, OnePlus One ships with Google Play, and you will find all the Google apps that come pre-installed, including Gmail and Maps.
My main struggle with the operating system is its lack of stability. While working with my phone, I had to restart it several times for it to work properly and encountered a major bug with the OnePlus One lock screen that could not use the phone at all. Your phone has live updates, so these issues can be fixed for a long time.
The OnePlus One comes with its own camera app, and it has a number of modes that you can easily activate by swiping your finger down or up. However, this is not entirely obvious when you first use it – I only realized this when the camera was activated and switched to another filter while the phone was in my pocket.
The 13-megapixel shooter uses a Sony Exmor IMX 214 sensor. The shutter is really fast, but the picture quality is average and, depending on the lighting, you can get a very noisy picture with murky details. With my review and previous prototype, there didn’t seem to be a difference in quality.
In the short time I spent with OnePlus One, I was very impressed with his work. This is partly due to the fact that CyanogenMod does not contain software, but the OnePlus hardware is the main reason.
In the Quadrant benchmark, One scored 24,601, similar to the HTC One M8, while in the multi-threaded Linpack test, the phone scored 926.74 MFLOP.
Although the calls are usually clear, without distortion, I have a question about how soft the sound volume is. I barely heard the other side when I was in a noisy place, even with the volume set to the highest level. This is probably a software issue and may be fixed in an OTA update. On the other hand, dual stereo speakers were loud and you would have a hard time missing alerts and notifications.
As mentioned, the OnePlus One comes with a built-in 3100 mAh battery that served me for a day of moderate use, with about 30 percent left when I got home from work. I created two email accounts and Facebook and Twitter were clicking. If you are a heavy user, you may want the charger to be comfortable.
OnePlus One is scheduled to launch in the following 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States. Availability is still limited for those who are currently inviting. That means it’s hard enough to get your hands on now.
With a $ 299 non-contract (£ 180, $ 320) contract for the 16GB model, there isn’t really a single phone that is as cheap with the same top-end specs. For example, a similar description of the Oppo Find 7a, for example, is $ 200 more than $ 499 (£ 295, AU $ 540), but it might be easier to get.
Considering its brilliant performance, OnePlus One is a phenomenal deal for a high-end smartphone if it is compatible with your network and you are ready to compromise on customer support and slightly sketchy software. It’s not for beginner smartphones or weak hearts, but it’s still a thrilling deal.