OnePlus One

90
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90

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OnePlus One review: a $300 smartphone has never looked so good

Summary

For $300, no other phone comes close to what the OnePlus One offers. Not only does it look and feel like a premium device, but it also comes with specs similar to what you'd find in a flagship smartphone. If you want a high-end phone on a budget, look no further.

Pros
  • Great value
  • Fantastic display
  • Premium hardware
  • Top-of-the-line specs
  • Firmware is as customizable as you can get
Cons
  • Minor stutters in processor-intensive tasks
  • Limited availability at launch
  • Low speaker volume
OnePlus One review: a $300 smartphone has never looked so good

Look at your phone. If you can honestly admit that you love every single thing about it, I have good news: You can stop reading this review, since it won't have an impact on your happiness. But if there's even one thing you wish your smartphone could do better, it means you had to make compromises when you bought it. Everybody wants a perfect phone, but such a thing simply doesn't exist. So, we settle on a phone that has only 95 percent of the features we want, and that... kinda sucks.

OnePlus believes it doesn't have to be this way. Its motto, "Never Settle," represents the fledgling Chinese company's mission to build and sell the perfect smartphone. Its first attempt is the One, a premium-looking device that has customizable firmware and top-shelf specs. Oh, and it'll sell for $299 unlocked and free of contract, which is even less expensive than Google's Nexus 5. Seems a little over-ambitious for a small startup with no official track record, doesn't it? Let's find out if the One is too good to be true.

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Scores

Engadget

90
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.4
Display
9.3
Battery life
8.9
Camera
7.1
Ease of use
8.4
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Specs

One

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5.5 inches
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Specs

One

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5.5 inches
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