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90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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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
90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

30
mikemcse2
Like I said before avoid this phone if you need something reliable. There are...read more
90
ymyk
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
ptgriffin5
DON'T DO IT!!!! I had a 1+1 and it sucked as an actual phone. It was great for...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
Product Review
CNET
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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TechRadar
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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PC Mag
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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Android Authority
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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BGR
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
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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Engadget
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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Ars Technica
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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Android Central
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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DroidLife
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.