The OnePlus One is making waves through the International Smartphone market. Here’s a complete review of what is claimed to be the ‘2014 flagship killer’.
2014 has been a great year for smartphone lovers and technology enthusiasts, with a number of handsets released across various price segments. However, the most exciting release is that of ‘One’, which is the first offering from a Chinese smartphone maker called OnePlus. Launched in month of April, this Android handset has garnered a lot of attention for offering impressive high-end specs at a decidedly mid-range price. Moreover, the company’s unique “invitation-only” sales approach has created a huge interest in the tech sphere. With features like a massive 5.5″ display, Snapdragon 801 SoC processor, and CyanogenMod 11s, OnePlus One is definitely a flagship phone. But the question is whether it is really the ‘Flagship Killer’ as it claims to be. Go through the review given below to find the answer.
Before jumping right into the review, let’s first take a look at specifications and features offered by the smartphone.
OnePlus One Smartphone Key Specifications and Features:
- Display: 5.5 Inch 1080p IPS LCD Display from JDI, 401 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad Core 2.5GHz w/ Adreno 330 Graphics
- RAM: 3GB DDR3l
- OS: CyanogenMod 11s
- Storage: 16GB / 64GB of Internal Storage
- Cameras: 13MP Rear facing Camera w/dual LED Flash and 5MP Front Camera
- Connectivity Options: 2G/3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi g/n/ac, A-GPS/GLONASS
- Dimension: 152.9mm x 75.9mm x 8.9mm
- Weight: 162 grams
- Battery: 3,100 mAh
- Color Options: Sandstone Black, Silk White
OnePlus One Smartphone Review:
The build quality is awesome. The design is very simple, sleek and ergonomic without any unnecessary details. It feels a lot thinner than it looks and the great Sandstone texture on the back gives a premium feel when hold in the hand.
Its huge 5.5-inch 1080p screen is beautifully crisp & bright, and has decent viewing angles. It gets somewhat washed out in the direct sunlight, but the content on the screen is still readable.
Perhaps the real selling point of this smartphone is its software. It comes with CyanogenMod as OS preinstalled, which allows customization of anything you want. Be it fonts, colors, buttons, color of notification light, you can customize pretty much everything of this phone. Plus, users will get timely software updates for at least a further 18 months. In fact, Android L is confirmed as soon as Google officially releases it. This is something that really sets the phone apart from the rest of the handsets out now.
With powerful Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, the phone operates very smoothly and pretty fast. You can actually play GTA, Asphalt, or browse videos & movies without experiencing any lag in performance. Plus, with 64GB of in-built storage, you can store plenty of apps, videos, pictures, songs, etc. without coming close to filing the memory.
The cameras of the phone are not outstanding but still you won’t be unhappy with them. The 13MP rear camera takes way better shots than the Nexus 5, and the 5MP front snapper can capture super clear selfies. In low light and night shots, the phone struggles a bit and captures noisy/grainy photo but outdoor pics are clear and sharp, thanks to plethora of built-in enhancement options. Videos are captured very smoothly with only a little noise in audio and the slow-motion recording option is a joy to play around with.
The dual speakers of the device are very loud & clear, but not stereo. Plus, the phone comes completely unlocked. Simply install the SIM card, select a compatible prepaid plan, and you’re ready to go! You can switch between the carriers at the drop of a hat to find the deal that suits you the most.
The smart screen gestures supported by the device are really impressive. Like for instance, tapping the screen twice will wake up the device, drawing a “V” with your finger will turn on the flashlight, drawing a circle will directly launch the camera app, etc. What’s more, you can even program in other gestures by yourself to do other things of your choice.
Another plus point of the device is its ability to deny any permission to any application. When you install an app from the App Store, you’re asked to accept the ‘permissions’ that the app wants for its working. Some applications like Facebook, ask for too many intrusive permissions. But with this smartphone, you can deny those permissions which you don’t think the app should have access to in your system. Just turn them off using the option provided under the privacy settings.
Above all, its battery life is outstanding. Despite the massive screen, the battery can last a day and a half with heavy use (web browsing, watching videos, listening music, calling and texting).
The OnePlus One definitely lives up to its claim of being a “flagship killer” by offering flagship-like hardware specifications, premium design and a top-notch software at half the price of established brands. With an unbeatable price tag of $299 for the 16GB and $349 for the 64GB model, OnePlus One is undeniably the best value for money phone on the market today.