In the recent months we witnessed a lot of big phone launches in India. OnePlus One was certainly the most talked about Android smartphone. OnePlus One’s invite-only purchase probably made the device even more desirable. Thanks to a dear friend, I had the opportunity to play with the OnePlus One for an entire day. Here’s what I think of the device.
OnePlus One Review
OnePlus One is big. Since the phone belongs to the Phablet category, the size of the phone is standard as per the Phablet segment. However, at 162 grams and a thickness of 8.9 mm, people with small hands may find the phone a little bulky. The finishing looks good, especially the sandstone finish on the back that give a premium feel to the OnePlus One.
At 5.5 inch, the display is one of the major reasons for the OnePlus One being big in size. There is no denying the fact that bigger the display, the lesser are the margin for errors. The 5.5 inch full-HD display offered by the OnePlus One is great for indoor as well as outdoor usage but is probably a little dull in comparison to other smartphones with full-HD display. Also, the screen is very much a fingerprint magnet. You may want to spend a little extra on a matte finish screen guard for the OnePlus One.
The 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core chipset performs really well on the OnePlus One. There were a few app crashes here and there but the overall experience was good. I feel the ROM is probably a little unstable. Not to forget, the OnePlus One is powered with the CyanogenMod 11S which makes this phone stand out when compared with the other Android smartphones. It won’t be wrong to say that the OnePlus One is a powerful phone meant for a true power user. Almost everything can be customized as per your preference, whether be it themes, icons and what not.
OnePlus One boasts of a 13MP primary and a 5MP secondary camera that are pretty decent. I felt that the auto-focus was a tad slow. Also, the camera lacks exposure control, however it is just enough for a standard user but not for people who expect too much from a phone’s camera.
The 3100 mAh battery on the OnePlus One will easily last for a day for normal usage coupled with some light gaming. I was left with around 25% battery at the end of the day. Just to mention that I had also set the screen brightness to max throughout the day. The phone got a little heated up after some intensive gaming though so, you may want to give the phone a rest post 30 minutes of gaming.
When you consider the fact that OnePlus One is available at a price tag of 21,999 INR, you can easily negate its shortcomings. OnePlus One is a great buy if you are willing to invest in a feature rich phablet. Also, it will be worth mentioning that the OnePlus One surpasses the performance of Nexus 5 hands down. It won’t be wrong to say that the OnePlus One is an Android smartphone worth every penny.
Key Specification of the OnePlus One
- Display: 5.5 inch, 1080p
- Operating System: CyanogenMod 11S, Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Processor: 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core
- Camera: 13MP primary, 5MP secondary
- Storage: 16/64 GB
- RAM: 3 GB
- Battery: 3100 mAh
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