OnePlus One Review
OnePlus, a sister company of the Oppo, is a newer company that has come into the market and has recently released the OnePlus One. We got our hands on this device for only $349USD and after a week’s worth of using it, we found it to be a wonderful device. As OnePlus says, this device is a “flagship killer”, and we have to admit, they were right. The specifications of this phone are so up-to-date with current phone models that Samsung, LG, and other companies have released recently. We can also say that OnePlus did not go cheap on their packaging either as when we got the phone, it looked really sleek and it had such a nice feel and premium look to the box design. Everything was clear and concise and there weren’t a lot of flaps going all over the place to get the phone out. However, we did notice the Micro-USB cable that it came looked cool and was tangle free, but we would have preferred having a full USB plug to go into the computer rather than a fancy stylish one. Before we get into the full review of this device, first off we need to know what runs this beast.
The OnePlus One sports a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, 3GB RAM, our version had the 64GB memory and a 3100 mAH LiPo battery. All these things are exactly what you would find in a premium smartphone. It even has a 5 Megapixel front facing camera! What does that mean? For those individuals who love taking selfies, this phone is one of the only phones out there with such a high pixel density on the front facing camera, which means that you can take even better pictures of yourself. And although the rear camera is not as amazing as the Samsung’s 16 Megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5, it is still able to shoot 4K resolution videos.
However, with all the goods there are the bads. For most users, it may find the device a little bit big due to the screen size of 5.5″. However, if you have been using a phablet, then this might not be a problem for you. Secondly, the two integrated speakers at the bottom of the phone is not that great because it only produces mono sound rather than stereo. Also, as most phones are capable of supporting an sd card, the OnePlus does not offer that flexibility and on top of that, it may be extremely cool to be able to change the back covers of the phone, but being able to see the battery and not having the option to replace the battery when is dead is kind of wierd.
Now, with those specs to be considered, after a week’s worth of using the device, we found it to be really good device to carry around. The feel of the phone was really premium and it felt as if the phone costed a lot more than what it is priced at. The phone also runs CyanogenMod 11S based off from Android 4.4 and it allows so much customization for the user to show what they like and what they don’t like on the screen. Literally every single bit of the phone can be customized including the start-up screen, backgrounds, themes, lock screens, you name it. We were also able to get a days worth of battery, aside from playing video games or constantly watching and streaming videos. The screen produced great colours and the yellowish hue that some reviewers have complained about was non-existent on our device.