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Review| One Plus 2

As a company, OnePlus’ most distinctive quality has always been its aggressive marketing strategy. Despite only selling about a million phones so far, the company’s slow drip of launch info and any-press-is-good-press mentality keeps it in the news almost as much as companies that sell 100x more units. OnePlus has made a name for itself by aggressively targeting enthusiasts with a “flagship” level device priced at less-than-flagship prices. Its software strategy fully embraces the modding community.

 

So far, the OnePlus 2 has been doing just that. Its lovely screen coupled with its new Oxygen OS and familiar old features have made it an impressive device.

The low prices are back again as well. The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available with an invite in India through Amazon.in from August 11 for Rs 24,999. The 16GB OnePlus 2 with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM will be available later.

Eager fans can visit one of nine pop up experience centers located around the world on July 31 to sign up for an invite and be one of the first to see the OnePlus 2. You can also tune in to OnePlus’ social media channels starting August 1 for a chance to get an invite.

So far, the OnePlus 2 has been doing just that. Its lovely screen coupled with its new Oxygen OS and familiar old features have made it an impressive device.

The low prices are back again as well. The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available with an invite in India through Amazon.in from August 11 for Rs 24,999. The 16GB OnePlus 2 with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM will be available later.

Eager fans can visit one of nine pop up experience centers located around the world on July 31 to sign up for an invite and be one of the first to see the OnePlus 2. You can also tune in to OnePlus’ social media channels starting August 1 for a chance to get an invite.OnePlus 2

Specs and performance

The OnePlus 2 will be shipping with OnePlus’ own operating system, OxygenOS.

The OnePlus 2 is lightning quick thanks to a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip. With up to 64GB of storage and eMMC 5.0 flash memory paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the handset was able to show off just how snappy its interface was.

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Apps switched quickly and loaded fast while games ran smoothly during my usage. During a racing game of Asphalt 8 from EA, the phone ran a little warmer than I’d liked but it was kind of expected since the Snapdragon 810 has been accused of overheating in other devices like the LG G Flex 2.

It’s still big — bigger than I personally prefer — thanks to its 5.5-inch display. It’s also dense and solid-feeling, but not in a “it’s too heavy to hold” kind of way. Its construction certainly belies its low price, and it’s easily the best built phone I’ve used this side of $400. I really like the sandpaper-like finish of the rear cover; it reminds me of a skateboard’s grip tape, and it serves a similar purpose of keeping the phone from sliding out of my hands. You can also swap the rear cover for a few alternative designs,
including real wood, if the rough back isn’t your style.

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OxygenOS, based on Android 5.1, is essentially the same as the Android experience. There are subtle customizations like dark mode, the ability to switch between hardware and capacitive buttons and toggle quick settings baked in throughout the OS.

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On screen gestures are back again enabling you to toggle the flashlight by drawing a “V” with your finger (even when the device is asleep), an “O” for the camera and two swipes down to play music.

Design

In addition to OnePlus’ signature Sandstone Black which will be the initial back that’s shipped out, there will be a range of covers including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar. The additional styles can be bought from the OnePlus website.

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The OnePlus 2’s aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and polished stainless steel accents encase an HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD In-Cell display.

Camera

The OnePlus 2 has a 13MP rear facing camera that boasts six physical lenses, a dual LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture. Perhaps most impressive is the sensor, which contains large 1.3 micrometre light-collecting pixels to deliver low-light shots.

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The OnePlus 2 camera has been engineered for improved clarity and stability, accomplished with the addition of an advanced Optical Image Stabilization system. Rear mounted laser technology sharpens and focuses the camera in just .33 milliseconds and the wide-angle 5MP front-facing camera ensures every angle is covered.

The other unique features include a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port. The fingerprint scanner doubles as a home button and lets you unlock the phone without typing in a PIN code, but it doesn’t depress in the way the iPhone or Galaxy S6 fingerprint home buttons do. It’s accurate, but slow: there’s a noticeable (and annoying) delay from when I placed my thumb on the button and when the phone would recognize it. Still, it’s more convenient than typing in a PIN or tracing a pattern (either of which you can choose to do instead, if you prefer).

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I’m less enthused with the USB port. Type-C is clearly the future of USB cables, and it has a lot of advantages, like the ability to be plugged in upside down and carry more information. But it’s the only way to charge the OnePlus 2 — there’s no wireless charging or even quick charging here — and it’s not easy to find USB Type-C cables yet like it is with Micro USB cables that are probably lying around in most rooms of your home or available at any convenience store. That may not be a problem in a year from now, but it still makes charging the OnePlus 2 more annoying than it should be.

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