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A $300 smartphone has never looked so good

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It doesn't make sense that the OnePlus One should be this inexpensive. It looks elegant, feels solid and performs smoothly, and it doesn't show any signs that it's a first-generation product from an unknown company. Regardless of how well it sells, the industry will see this as a benchmark for what an affordable phone really can be. All told, it outperforms Google's Nexus 5 in nearly every way -- and it does so at an even lower price. Heck, it's better than many flagship phones that sell for twice as much.

The OnePlus One gets close to the perfection it's aspiring for, but it's not for everyone. Many will despise its large form factor, non-removable battery and lack of external storage. To a nitpicky reviewer, a truly perfect device would also include wireless charging and some type of waterproofing. But let's be real: It just isn't going to happen in a $299 device, especially one that's already filled to the brim with flagship features.

Here's the thing: The One doesn't have to be perfect for us to recommend it. A few missing features? Sure, no problem. What matters is that it's perfect for you, and it fits all of your needs. Besides, imperfections make us eager to see what's around the corner. In the meantime, we keep dreaming of perfection, and perhaps one day we'll actually find it.

Critic reviews

8.9
12 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.3
  • Display
    9.4
  • Battery life
    9.0
  • Camera
    7.1
  • Ease of use
    8.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Media support
  • Durability
    8.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.6

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User reviews

9.1
14 reviews
9.0
Engadget May 8, 2014

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're keeping costs down, look no further.

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9.0
PC Mag May 15, 2014

With an unbeatable price and power to spare, the OnePlus One is an Android revelation that challenges expectations for affordable smartphones.

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9.0
Gizmodo Jul 2, 2014

For now it's an awesome oddity that will take some connections and/or dumb luck to get your hands on. But if you get the chance, take it.

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9.0
TechCrunch May 20, 2014

Its flaws are small things, details that fail by matters of degrees rather than huge margins, and for a smartphone that costs less than half of many of its competitors, that’s nothing short of amazing.

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8.0
CNET May 29, 2014

Given its blistering performance, the OnePlus One is a phenomenal deal for a high-end smartphone, as long as it's compatible with your network and you're happy to compromise on customer support and slightly sketchy software.

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10
Pocket-Lint Jul 7, 2014

OnePlus hasn't just rocked the boat with the One, it's good enough to see some competitors fly from its wake and crash into the rocks. If the One retailed for £450 with a more recognisable brand name stamped onto its rear then it would be snapped up from the shelves.

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8.0
Mashable Jul 8, 2014

It's no surprise that a product from a brand new company is having distribution issue. What is surprising is just how much OnePlus was able to get right.

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9.0
Android Authority May 9, 2014

With the performance aspect, the above average camera quality, and Cyanogen in its corner, the price you pay for such a powerful package seems way too good to be true.

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9.0
TechRadar May 29, 2014

The OnePlus One offers Samsung Galaxy S5 performance for less than half the price. If that doesn't make it attractive it also has a customisable OS and a 1080p display. There are a few downsides, but overall the OnePlus One is amazing value for money

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9.0
Android Police May 14, 2014

The OnePlus One is not the perfect, everything-to-everyone phone that its creators might like you to think it is. But it is an amazingly powerful and versatile device, even before you consider its staggeringly low price.

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First Looks

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Engadget Apr 23, 2014

The external design of the phone is just as nice. In fact, the One is built by CEO Pete Lau's former company, Oppo, so you'll spot some similarities in terms of build quality, appearance (the back reminds us of the Find 5) and ergonomics.

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CNET Apr 23, 2014

As cheesy as the name sounds (and confusing, if you were to start referring it as just the One), this 5.5-inch quad-core smartphone is actually pretty good. I've been using an early model that's very similar to the final product, bar some slight cosmetic alterations, and I must say I'm impressed.

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PC Mag Apr 23, 2014

OnePlus is a brand-new phone maker with zero track record, although it was founded by a guy from Oppo, which is known for quality electronics. If OnePlus can build sufficient units, keep product quality up, and squash all the bugs, this phone could be a real game changer.

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Ars Technica Apr 23, 2014

OnePlus' Oppo heritage is clearly visible in the One. The design looks identical to the Oppo Find 5—which consequently causes a problem with the navigation button layout. OnePlus gives you the option of capacitive or on-screen buttons, but neither choice is ideal.

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TechRadar Apr 23, 2014

With impressive specs, a fluid Android interface and a price tag which quite simply blows the competition out of the water the OnePlus One is the most surprising smartphone so far this year.

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Android Authority Apr 23, 2014

OnePlus made a lot of lofty promises for its flagship smartphone, and the company has definitely delivered. Just the amazing price point of the device is more than enough to forgive any of its shortcomings, but luckily, there aren’t any major flaws with the OnePlus One.

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Android Central Apr 29, 2014

The phone looks and feels great, and for once it seems the press images didn't have our expectations set too high for the quality of the phone when it's actually in our hands. The solid back cover — rightfully adorned with "Cyanogen" branding — tapers off to the edges perfectly.

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Phandroid Apr 29, 2014

The device is everything we thought it’d be at first glance. Fast. Powerful. Beautiful. Sleek. Slick. Big. REAL big.

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BGR Apr 23, 2014

The phone will offer some unique software features as well, including always-on voice commands and support for gestures shortcuts which will let users simply draw a pre-set gesture on the turned off screen to launch a certain app.

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Android Police Apr 23, 2014

The design of the device is a bit plain, but inoffensive. It looks a lot like any number of Oppo devices in recent years, though this one has that snazzy new Cyanogen logo.

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DroidLife Apr 29, 2014

From the brief amount of time I have spent with the device, I am somewhat saddened to say that the phone is just a tad too big for my tastes. It is much larger than the G2, Moto X, and Nexus 5, and is more along the lines of the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 2.

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9.0
OnePlusOne28 OnePlusOne28

I have to say I was extremely lucky to get an invite to buy this phone! After my first full week of use, I almost forgot how little I paid for the phone. I am a tech enthusiast so I consistently buy new phones to my liking, I've had the Note 3, Nexus 5, Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia z2, HTC One m8...etc...

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9.0
HokieV HokieV

I have had this device for a couple of months now and I can say hands-down the best phone I have used, including comparing it to iPhones (5 and previous) and HTC One (M7). Here's a summary of what I feel are the best features about this phone: Price/Value - $350 unlocked for a device w/ these...

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9.0
kenbr1960 kenbr1960

I've been through many Android phones starting with the original T-Mobile G1 up to the Galaxy Note 3 which this phone replaced. So far this is the best phone I've owned yet. On top of that it was $349 with no contract. It's just really hard to beat that. I would have preferred to have had a...

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9.0
themezzilla themezzilla

I bought this phone on an impulse when a friend of mine offered me his invitation. I'm coming from an HTC One M7, which I really really liked. The phone is wicked fast, it makes my HTC feel sluggish, and it had no problems switching between apps quickly. I've read reviews about how it's too big...

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9.0
FraserW20 FraserW20

I can safely say that this is a flagship killer! For less than £300 money cant buy you a better phone, has the build quality and feel of a £500 device. Barely had a single problem with it, only due to the fact i have been lucky enough to get my hands on one. The availability of the phone is...

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8.0
eaak eaak

I have had the OPO for about a week now and have really enjoyed it. Coming from an iPhone (remember to turn off iMessages a few days in advanced/change your password) makes it tough to transition but I am really enjoying the OPO. The hardware feels very solid and I am impressed with the photo...

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10
Kinnesotan Kinnesotan

We recently got our hands on one of the hardest flagships to get about a week ago, and now it is time for the full review. The phone that is dubbed the 'Flagship Killer' may be just that. This phone comes with killer specs, similar to that of the Galaxy S5, yet is half its price tag. The 64GB...

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