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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
Phandroid
The device is everything we thought it’d be at first glance. Fast. Powerful. Beautiful. Sleek. Slick. Big. REAL big.
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
90
Android Authority
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.
 
90
Android Police
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.
 
90
PC Mag
With an unbeatable price and power to spare, the OnePlus One is an Android revelation that challenges expectations for affordable smartphones.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
90
Computerworld
With a starting price of just $299, this unlocked, Cyanogen-powered phone beats the bigger brands at their own game.
 
100
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
80
Mashable
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.
 
90
Android Central
In the $299 unlocked price bracket, The OnePlus One is crushing pretty much everything around it.