Review Roundup: OnePlus One
The OnePlus One is, by all accounts, something of a stunner. Stupidly quick, outrageously cheap, solid in terms of battery life and with a decent enough camera, it's great - if you can get one.
Engadget90%
Pocket-Lint100%
CNET80%
PC Mag90%
Gizmodo90%
Mashable80%
Pros
  • Amazingly quick
  • Good battery life
  • Cheap with a capital C
Cons
  • Nigh on impossible to source
  • No 4G UK support
  • Not-great camera
88%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)
88%

If there’s one phone that’s done more to stir up the excitement of Android fans in 2014, then it’s undoubtedly the OnePlus One. A spin off from the Oppo brand, OnePlus stepped onto the centre stage and announced that you didn’t need to pay £600 for a phone with top of the line 2014 specs – you could pay £200. Many were sceptical, and though the company said it wasn’t looking to make a profit from the phone, we waited with bated breath for the reviews to come in. So, how did it all turn out for the little company that could? Read on to find out what the major reviewers thought of the OnePlus One:

Engadget:

“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.”

Pocket-Lint:

“All in all the OnePlus One is an amazing device for the price. There are a few little issues, but nothing that should stop 99 per cent of people from buying one. It’s just a pity actually obtaining one is such a pain – but that almost makes it a more alluring device. If you’re a 4G hound and want the fastest connectivity then your options are limited in the UK. But as 3G is no problem, and based on relatively hit and miss 4G coverage at present, we don’t think that’s a deal breaker by any means. 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”

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. It’s not one for smartphone novices or the faint-hearted, but it’s still a cracking bargain nonetheless.”

PC Mag:

“The days of the $600 smartphone aren’t over quite yet, but if the OnePlus One is any indication of things to come, the end is nigh. For $299 (16GB) or $349 (64GB), OnePlus delivers a remarkably high-end phablet that in many ways eclipses the quality on offer from big names like Samsung and LG. There are still a handful of bugs here, but none too egregious, and I’m optimistic that OnePlus can issue fixes in short order. From its name-brand processor to its impeccable display, the OnePlus One is every bit the hero device fans have anticipated. Dollar-for-dollar, it’s the best unlocked smartphone value around and earns our Editors’ Choice award for unlocked phablets.”

Gizmodo:

“Is the OnePlus One the flagship killer it claims to be? It certainly could be, but only if it finds a way to show up in force. 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.”

Mashable:

“The OnePlus One is an extremely solid phone by most measures. There are some shortcomings here and there — the camera could use some work, ditto the speakers. Also, expandable storage and a removable battery would be nice. But even with those quibbles taken into account, the One is more than just a good phone; it’s a statement on the state of the industry and a window of insight into a future where a brand-new phone manufacturer can take on the big guns less than a year into its existence. For under $300 no less. 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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