OnePlus One Review: Smartphone Value Redefined By A Newcomer

TechCrunch

OnePlus is a rare beast: A startup building smartphones. Their first device is the Android-based OnePlus One, which, despite its unnecessarily repetitive name, is impressive hardware in a market where legacy device makers rule the roost and charge top dollar for smartphones packing the same kind of internals as the One. The OnePlus One is actually a remarkable deal at $299 for an unlocked device, and proof that Google isn’t the only company in town that can offer Nexus style price economics.

Basics (As Reviewed)

  • MSRP: $299
  • 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 display
  • 16GB storage
  • Quad-core 2.5GHz processor with 3GB RAM
  • LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Product info page

Pros

  • Cheap without compromises
  • Highly customizable out of the box

Cons

  • Hulking huge design
  • Customization isn’t for everyone

Design

The OnePlus One is a monolithic device; with its 5.5-inch screen, it’s firmly in the realm of what we once referred to as phablet devices (sadly the term…

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