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OnePlus One Review, The Best Money Can Buy!

July 24, 2014

OnePlus One

The world of smartphones is currently “hit” by a wave that’s coming from China and carries a whole bunch of top notch features and impressive specs, which are stuffed inside some great smartphones that pose a serious threat to their competitors.
I’ve made my pick and decided to write a review about the most intriguing one from the crowd, a very handsome and powerful fella that has a suggestive name and will certainly impress you too once you get to hear about what it brings and for what price. I’m talking about the OnePlus One, a premium device that has definitely made a splash once it was announced, as it masters some top notch skills and comes at an outstandingly small price for that kind of feature package – only $300 for the 16GB model. Keep reading and find out exactly what I’m blabbering about.

The OnePlus One comes along with its charger, a microUSB cable for making data transfers and re-charging your handset and a little tool for ejecting the SIM card. No headphones, unfortunately.

In terms of appearance, the device stands at 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm and has a weight of 162 grams, which is reasonable, considering its size. Which will seem kind of big, if you’re not exactly used to handling big smartphones, but I’m guessing that you’ll settle pretty quickly with its size (if you don’t have really small hands). The design is minimalist and stylish, you’ll love it if you usually go for simple and elegant looking stuff. Its back cover is quite unique, having an interesting pattern which you won’t find anywhere else. It’s matte and resembles with glass paper, offering a great grip and a great fingerprint protection. The cover is removable, so you can go with something else if you don’t come to terms with the current one.

The OnePlus One holds a 5.5 inches LTPS (low temperature polysilicone) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 401 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The display offers a pleasant image quality, with punchy colors and wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also good. As it’s a LTPS device, it won’t warm up when used intensively.

The most interesting things are, of course, on the inside. The OnePlus One will greet you with CyanogenMod 11, a refined version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat which will delight you with a clean Android experience embellished with several features that are not offered by the official Android firmwares and some other enhancements. Some of these are an OpenVPN client, support for the FLAC audio codec, improved overall performance, bloatware removal, better security, theming and so on. Google’s apps are also on board, if you were worrying about that.
At the hardware department, the OnePlus One holds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, having a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and comes in two flavors, with 16 or 64 GB of internal memory. There’s no microSD card slot, so you won’t be able to expand it. This top-notch package of features along with a greatly optimized operating system is the recipe for a stellar performance.  If we put this outstanding fella face to face with its price, it seems unbelievable. Well, you better believe it.

The connectivity area is also very rich, as the OnePlus One offers support for quad-band 2G, penta-band 3G, hexa-band LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, Hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, NFC and microUSB 2.0 with On-The-Go support.

For browsing the web, Google Chrome is here to serve and delivers a wonderful browsing experience. Its simplistic interface hides a lot of options and features and will definitely please you while surfing on the Interwebs. The pages are loaded fast and look great on the handset’s big display.

For taking pictures, the OnePlus One is loaded with a 13 MP camera that captures photos with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels, has a dual-LED flash for helping in low light conditions and holds a Sony Exmor IMX 214 1/3.06” sensor. The pictures that come out are simply wonderful, with low noise levels, vibrant and accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very impressive, producing some beautiful 4K videos, among others (with other resolutions). The OnePlus One is the first handset to boost support for 4K DCI videos.
There’s also a 5 MP front facing camera on board.

Some other useful features found in the OnePlus One’s basket full of goodies are some excellent media players (the video player has the best codec support I’ve come across so far), a file manager, Google Now, Screencast (for recording videos when using the handset), a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation and much more.

The OnePlus One is kept alive by a 3,100 mAh battery and will last a day and a half between re-charges under an intensive usage.

OnePlus One red


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