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'OnePlus' is a Chinese manufacturing company that launched the OnePlus One smartphone in June 2014 which was nicknamed as the “flagship killer," as it hosts loads of premium features at the mouthwatering price. Even though its updated versions launched by its manufacturers, OnePlus One is still the best smartphone that is available in the market as the smartphone delivers an incredible performance which is at par with high-cost flagship phones by other manufacturers. OnePlus was launched with 5.5 inches LTPS LCD touchscreen powered by Quad-core Snapdragon processor with an incredible 3GB RAM. Initially, the phone was available online and could be purchased by using invites, but now it’s available for sale openly. The phone also features CyanogenMod, which gives the device an ability to run different types of operating system.
The phone is big in appearance and seems stylish when seen from the front. While the front is straight the back panel of the phone is slightly curved, the three soft buttons present at the bottom of the front screen are nearly invisible unless they lighted. Except the front side of the phone, all other sides are covered with a unique material that gives a matte appearance but is not very aesthetic. The matte type finish makes an excellent grip when using the phone but lacks comfort. The camera with LED flashlight provided at the center of the back panel; the power button is provided to the right while the volume buttons provide on the left side of the phone. MicroUSB port provides at the bottom of the phone, and the SIM card slot comes with a unique design that allows the user to use either Nano-SIM or a Micro-SIM.
The phone is big, as its dimensions are 6.02 x 2.99 x 0.35, making it hard to use with a single hand. The phone is ranged between moderate to heavy weight as it weighs 162 grams (or 5.71 Oz). The phone is available in two colors, Silk White, and Sandstone Black.
OnePlus One features 5.5 inches LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors providing a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The phone has around 401 pixels per inch, thus producing stunning and vibrant colors while the display is also multi-touch enabled. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen which makes it scratch resistant, and it attracted a lot of fingerprints and grime. There is no problem associated with the viewing angles and color reproduction. The display of OnePlus is crisp and sharp, and so will catch your attention instantly.
The OnePlus One equipped with Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Chipset torqued with a 2.5 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core processor. The processor is powerful, while backed with a 3 GB RAM, there are no issues related to performance. It did not observe any lag or delayed touch response when playing highly encoded 1080p videos and there was no tearing and glitches. It plays heavy games, like Asphalt 8 smoothly due to the presence of powerful Adreno 330 GPU.
The benchmark tests done on the phone placed it on par with flagship phones like that of Samsung, HTC, and Sony. The phone runs on unique CyanogenMod 12 on which Android OS runs. The Cyanogen Mod gives the users better control over the phone as it provides very detailed customization options. The Mod gives users the ability to change or modify almost each and every aspect of the phone like the temperature of screen color and shortcuts and widgets present in the display. The themes showcase feature is present in the Mod allows users to buy additional items for a certain fixed amount of money. The best feature of this Mod is the gesture controls using which users can perform various tasks by just drawing particular pattern over the screen. The OnePlus comes in 16GB and 64GB models, and the internal memory cannot increases as it doesn’t have any MicroSD Card slot. The phone comes with a 3 GB RAM, which makes it a powerful device.
The OnePlus One provides with a 13 MP primary camera providing 4128 x 3096 pixels and having functions like autofocus, dual-LED flash and check quality. The secondary camera offers with a 5 MP camera having 1080p@30fps quality. Full HD Videos are recorded with the phone with options of recording at 2160p@30fps, 2160p (DCI) @24fps, 1080p@60fps and 720p@120fps video quality. The video recording also features HDR, stereo sound recording and check quality. The primary camera has other features that include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR mode. The camera works brilliantly as the image it captures of an excellent quality and has a lot of details. The focus sensitivity is the only problem observed in the camera, as it takes a lot of time to concentrate on various objects. The camera works mediocrely in dim lights as the image it captures lack details and possesses a lot of noise. Video recording can be done in 4K definition thus providing ultra HD quality videos.
The OnePlus One phone is powered by a 3100 mAh non-removable Li-PO battery and can deliver up to one and half day in standby mode. The battery performs a little less when compared to other flagship phones on the benchmark tests done on the battery. The speaker quality is excellent as it produces very clear and crisp sound and has facilities like portable hotspot, document viewer, photo viewer/editor and call blocking features.
Talking about the advantages you get to have by purchasing the phone, the first thing that comes to our mind is the incredible value for money you get to have by buying this phone. Apart from that, the phone provides an impressive display topped with power packed performance and the uber-impressive CyanogenMod OS. If we talk about the disadvantages, there aren’t many. The only areas where we think this phone has room for improvements are camera and battery life. Apart from these minor issues, the phone proves to be a total rockstar.
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