Nowadays we get used to change our smartphone each and every year, but with the price of these devices always being quite high, it’s important to ensure that we get the best deal each time we purchase a new one. There are lots of major competitors each year, with Apple and Samsung taking the lead as always. However, a new contender successfully manages to bring a new competitive device in the form of the OnePlus One.
OnePlus One is a phablet at heart, since it has a 5.5” HD display and around 162g, which still makes it perfect for daily use, while also providing the amazing aspect provided by similar devices. Moreover, the devices comes equipped with a 13 MP camera in the rear and a secondary, 5 MP camera in the front, which is distortion free. This makes the device really useful for taking photos, thanks to the high quality lenses that are provided with the package.
But this is not all. The quad core processor clocked at around 2.5 GHz is more than enough to run just about any mobile app that you can imagine, and even more of them at the same time without worrying. Also, thanks to the 3GB of RAM that are provided with the OnePlus One, all apps run smoothly and you won’t have to free RAM ever.
Depending on the amount of storage you need, you can opt for the 16GB and 64GB versions. There aren’t any 128GB versions, something that we usually see in smartphones of this caliber, but the existing versions should satisfy the needs of most users.
In regards to the operating system, OnePlus One comes with a custom theme, but the basis still remains the Android 4.4.2 KitKat that we all know and love.
When it comes to the battery, OnePlus One brings a great mAH lithium polymer battery that provides around 288 hours of standby and around 14 hrs of continuous talking.
We found the design of the new OnePlus One to be really interesting and quite similar to the one offered with other Android devices. Even so, the device is very easy to use and transport, so you won’t have a problem with it.
The integrated theme engine allows you to change the current theme seamlessly, which is a really neat deal as this can literally change the whole user experience.
In addition, the CyanogenMod operating system works great. It is one the most popular non-stock roms for Android OS. We also have to state that the display is really durable when compared to other similar smartphones, which might be a good thing for some smartphone enthusiasts.
At this particular moment you need an invite from current OnePlus One owners in order to buy the device, or you can enter contests on the forum for a chance to win an invitational code.
Overall, we found OnePlus One to provide a decent smartphone experience as well as enough processing power to work with any Android app. Video and audio quality are really good and overall you will simply have a ton of fun using it, thanks to the numerous customization options. The devices looks great, works just a well, and the fact that it costs just $299 is the icing on the cake.
Providing so much processing power, memory and storage for such a small price is definitely the deal breaker, so if you want a good, yet inexpensive smartphone then this might very well be the one you are looking for.
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