OnePlus One – The good, The bad
OnePlus One, the “Phone of Dreams,” is soon to be officially made available to the public without the need for an invite. Depsite being availablae for over 4 months now, the phone is hardly a common sight. This is due to very limited quantities of the OnePlus One being made available, and that too via an invite only. Given the phone’s amazing specs and price, these invites are hard to get by. After having talked about OnePlus and its sole device the OnePlus One in brief in our previous article, we talk about the OnePlus One in detail today.
Design & Form Factor
The OnePlus One is one sleek-looking phone. Sure, it does not sport a metal build like the HTCs and Apples that we love but still, the build quality is at par with all other flagship devices in the market. Measuring at 152.9 mm X 75.9 mm X 8.9 mm, the phone borders on phablet territory. The size is, in fact, larger than that of the LG G3; heck, it’s almost as tall/long as the Galaxy Note 4. The phablet size does, however, comes with phablet perks, i.e. that big giant screen; more on that later though.
The back of the phone takes a curvature, and at its thinnest point measures just 4.6mm, further accentuating the sleek design flow of the device. In accordance with its size and build, the OnePlus One weighs an above average (By phone standards) 162g. The back cover is removable and the company offers covers made of several materials, one of them being bamboo!
Second to only the LG G3, the OnePlus One keeps at par with each and every flagship on the market at the moment. The invite-only phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC sporting a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.5GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. Accompanying the processing powerhouse is a 3GB LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 1866MHz.
A $299 Silk White OnePlus One comes equipped with a bare minimum 16GB of internal storage, while a $349 Sandstone Black version comes with a meaty 64GB of internal storage. Sadly, like most flagships these days, there is only a single SIM slot and even worse, no removable storage. But it’s not like any device with specs like these has them anyway!
The software on the OnePlus One is a custom CyanogenMod, called the 11S, based on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Updates are promised for a whole of 2 years, and currently the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is available for the OnePlus One over-the-air.
CyanogenMod is one of those names EVERY Android geek would know. Even if you’ve as much as thought of modding your Android, you’ve most probably heard of this. As most of you would know, most manufacturers have their set UIs which they put on all of their phones giving the same ol’ look to their entire lineups. CyanogenMod however changes the whole game; it enables users to customise just about anything in the looks and organisation department of the phone.
Unlike most other phones, where a good amount of modding and trickery is involved before one can be on CynogenMod, the OnePlus One comes with it by default, thus making it seamlessly easy for users to drastically change and modify the look of their phones, thanks to the amazing CyanogenMod community and the gazillion themes and customisations options available through it.
The OnePlus One comes with a phablet size, but it isn’t without the perks of a humungous 5.5-inch LTPS IPS display with TOL, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Sporting the market standard Full HD resolution of 1080X1920 pixels, the display is crisp – like all current flagships – with its pixel density of 401ppi.
Like all things about the OnePlus One, the camera is top-notch as well. The phablet features a 13MP shooter with a Dual-LED flash, using a Sony Exmor IMX 214 sensor with a whole of 6 lenses. The camera can even support 4K Video recording, complemented with Stereo Audio recording.
If that weren’t enough, we also have the option of 720p recording at 120fps! The front shooter not being left behind, comes equipped with an industry-topping 5MP sensor. As seen below, the picture quality of the OnePlus One is absolutely stunning.
Like most smartphones these days, the OnePlus One comes sporting its whole host of sensors, which include an Accelerometer, a Gyroscope, a Proximity Sensor, and an Ambient Light sensor. Furthermore, the phone features dual speakers and a tri-microphone setup ensuring effective voice cancellation for those important phone calls.
Other standard features include 4G LTE support, Internal GPS + GLONASS, Digital Compass, Bluetooth 4.0, 65T NFC, GSM & CDMA support, and Dual-band WiFi. Powering all this extensive hardware is a 3100 mAH Lithium Polymer battery.
In short, the phone features just about everything you could expect from a 2014 flagship, apart from some of the quirky stuff found on the likes of the Galaxy S5.
Like all good things, the OnePlus One has its own set of flaws and issues too. Below are some of the commonly seen issues, and there workarounds:
- Touchscreen becomes unresponsive at times, and at times registers ghost touches
Solution: Reboot does the trick for most, with a theme change being the next option. A firmware upgrade by the company is the final solution, seemed to have worked for many.
- Phone reboots randomly
Solution: Turning off the NFC and WiFi have helped people. Reboots, theme changes, new Custom ROMs are your next options.
- Some users have had dead pixels on their screens
Solution: Apps like ‘Dead Pixel Detect and Fix’ have worked for people. If you have more than a couple of these, you could always head for a replacement of your OnePlus One
- Volume on calls has been low
Solution: Updating the device should do the trick
- Devices charges slowly
Solution: Using the given charger and cable generally does the trick. If not, OnePlus advises to hold down the Power button for 20 seconds, 5 times
- Yellow tinge at the bottom of the screen
Solution: If fiddling with the Hue in ‘Settings > Display & lights > Screen color > Custom > Hue’ doesn’t work, people have recommended of putting the phone under UV light, or even simple unfiltered Sunlight for 1-2 hours. (Take caution to not do it in a hot environments)
The pros of the OnePlus One far outweigh the little knick-knacks it has. Most of the issues encountered by users are either covered under warranty and eligible for a replacement or are simply software issues. With that in mind, and the amazing specs and price of the OnePlus One, it is an amazing buy, especially at the $299 and $349 price tags.