OnePlus One 64 GB – A Review of the Best Mid-Range Smartphone
OnePlus One is one of the best high-end smartphones that are available for the most affordable price.
Despite the fact that the OnePlus One smartphone comes without the support for band 20 LTE (800MHz) and expandable memory, this device is still highly impressive and very recommendable.
The boom in the Android OS and the smartphone market in general has led to the emergence of a number of new players in the smartphone manufacturing niche, among them is OnePlus. Despite being a new name in the smartphone industry, the OnePlus One features an amazing 5.5 inch display size; which is what many current users are after in the latest flagships.
This is the first product from this Chinese startup and for sure, it can be agreed that this smartphone is jam-packed with exceptional features for a phone with its price tag. However, this phone has proven to be quite hard to get in the hands of the many who wish to have one on their ever growing list of electronic devices.
How to buy the OnePlus One smartphone
In order to get yourself the OnePlus One smartphone, you have two options: one is to sign up for an account with OnePlus and then sit back and wait until you are invited and a second way is to go direct to the official website of OnePlus on Tuesdays when the company says it will be holding open sales for 24 hours, but this will not last a lifetime.
The OnePlus One has two variants, where one has 16GB of internal memory and the other has a 64GB internal memory. The former model comes in at a cost of about $299 without a contract, while the latter is priced at about $349 without contract. This review covers the latter model.
OnePlus One hardware features
The Chinese-based OnePlus One is packed with a plethora of exceptional hardware features that are usually common with flagship smartphones, which are of course available at a cost that is as twice as that of the One. The OnePlus One is equipped with a feature that has never been seen before in any Android-based smartphone. The One has a CyanogenMod, which is an open source Android modification firmware that supports an array of tweaks, as well as settings as opposed to what you get with the stock Android OS.
The good thing with this firmware-based Android modification CyanogenMod is that you can choose to ignore it during the phone’s initial startup. Despite this amazing addition to this smartphone, the two, OnePlus and CyanogenMod, recently had fallout and according to new rumors, this Chinese-based smartphone startup is planning on introducing its own firmware known as OxygenOS beginning this March, 2015.
Design, build and display size
As noted earlier, the OnePlus One has a very large screen of 5.5 inches. This screen has very little bezel that runs down its long edges. This large screen gives the OnePlus One dimensions of 152.9mm in length, 75.9mm in width and it has an impressive thickness of 8.9mm. The screen of the One has a full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, which gives it a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. You’ll also come across a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on this large screen.
When compared with other leading flagships like LG G3, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M8, which all have a similar resolution of 1080p apart from the LG model, which comes with a 1440p resolution; there are no major differences in the display qualities of these flagships and the OnePlus One smartphone. With such a huge screen that is full of quality, you’ll be treated to the best browsing experience ever.
The OnePlus One is not bad placed as far as processing power is concerned either. It features a quad-core Qualcomm-based Snapdragon 801 chip that is clocked at a speed of 2.5 GHz. You’ll also come across an Adreno 330 GPU (578MHz) and an impressive RAM of 3GB. These are specs you find only on high-end devices. As noted above, the OnePlus One has a storage space of 64GB.
Even though 64GB of internal memory is quite a decent size of memory, this device is somehow disappointing with its lack of microSD card expansion slot. However, there is support for USB On The Go (OTG) and as such, you should have no problems with moving files between your PC and smartphone.
In addition to support for 3G/GSM/LTE, the OnePlus One comes with support for dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The One runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat, which can be augmented during startup by the firmware CyanogenMod.
The camera of the OnePlus One is not that bad either. The rear of the One has a 13MP snapper with a dual-LED flash and good HDR performance. At the front there is a 5MP snapper, which is quite impressive when on video calls as well as with selfies.
The OnePlus One is a good example of a flagship smartphone that is very affordable. The major downside of this device is the lack of band 20 LTE support and memory expansion. Better still, the OnePlus One is a very impressive smartphone and it is highly recommended for your day to day needs.
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