First Impression :
We\’ve already covered the story of OnePlus, the brand and even interviewed their business head. We finally take a closer look at the One their current flagship device, running on the updated CyanogenMod OS 12 or the Android equivalent of Android OS v5.0 Lollipop. Don\’t be confused, we\’re not saying that these 2 are independent of each other, CyanogenMod built the OS 12 on ˜top\’ of Android Lollipop. But the changes they made make the difference in the visual appeal of the OnePlus. The Sandstone variant is the only one you can buy in India, but should you get one?
Design and Build:
The OnePlus One feels quite tall for a 5.5-inch device and not as broad. Even when its dimensions are exactly the same as the Zenfone 2. Majorly because of how CyanogenMod has utilized the screen space optimally and also the fact that the phone is pretty flat. Whereas the Zenfone 2 has a curved back, the Sandstone back is slimmer and has a neglible curve. The front, however, has its display jutting out just a tad, which is otherwise not even noticeable. This creates some unwanted edges that may get a few scratches if you\’re not careful with the phone, but it\’s mostly just nitpicking. It feels like a robust phone, overall, and gives an assured feel in hand.
The Snapdragon 801 chipset may not be the latest in the market any more, but when it was launched in the market it was labelled as the ˜flagship killer\’. It clearly has the brawn to match even the best and latest smartphones in the market, even if slightly under-powered. The display is nice and crisp and OnePlus lets users go ahead and tinker with their phone as much as they like. The phone ships with CyanogenMod OS v11 and can easily be upgraded to CM12 via OTA (Over The Air) updates. It\’s as easy as installing another app and once you\’ve done installing and rebooting, you can start enjoying Lollipop\’s cutomized OS over a very capable phone. CyanogenMod gives you the added advantage of customizing your smartphone the way you want to. Pick your own custom icons, navigation bars, the boot animations there really is no end. We had seen it in the YUREKA phone earlier and it runs even smoother in the OnePlus One. No matter how many apps you install and how graphic-intensive the games get, the phone can handle pretty much anything and everything. It does heat up a tad but it\’s kept well in control. You can also root the phone and install Custom ROMs on it and the warranty of OnePlus has you covered in case you mess up! We will even test the phone with OnePlus\’ very own Oxygen OS, so be sure that you\’re subscribed to our website thetechy.com for that one. The camera, tho not the best, is still pretty good to capture enough detail to share on Social Media. Video has 2160p capture capabilities, retains enough detail and dynamic range, but the shooter really struggles in low-light.
The OnePlus One is a wonderful device, which lets you customize it and make it your own. Physically two different OnePlus Ones might look the same on the outside, but no 2 will be the same on the inside. The sheer way in which you can change the looks is great and on top of that, the performance is excellent. Battery life is stellar an easy one whole day of heavy use and still some juice left over, making it a lovely device to own and call it your own. If you\’re looking for a great camera alongwith hardware that belongs in 2015, you will have to shell out more for the latest flagships. But, if you can make-do with the shortcomings of the OnePlus, then this is your One!
¢ 5.5 Full HD LTPS LCD display
¢ 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC
¢ dreno 330 GPU I 3GB RAM
¢ Android os v5.0 (Lollipop) with CM 12
¢ 64GB internal storage, microSD expansion slot
¢ 13MP rear cam with dual LED flash, 2160p video
¢ 5MP ront cam, 1080p video
¢ Non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery
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