Review Roundup: OnePlus TwoThe OnePlus Two is a few software tweaks away from perfectionIB Times100%Ars Technica85%Engadget86%The Verge85%Pocket Lint100%Boy Genius Report95%ProsSuper fastWell builtSuperb priceConsSome software isn't 100% yetNo NFCHard to buy2015-08-2092%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)0%Sequels aren’t easy, especially when you came out of nowhere to land a hit on your first try. The OnePlus One launched on the 25th of April 2014 to rave reviews, it had power, class, neat software and a pricetag which made it irresistible to all that heard it. For their follow up, OnePlus made it more powerful, added a better screen, revamped the camera and even included a fingerprint scanner, all whilst keeping that low price. Can it live up to the expectations laid down by it’s predecessor? I scoured the Internet to find out. IB Times: The OnePlus 2 features great build quality, a large and bright screen, intuitive software, good performance, and a decent camera. You get all of that for £300 less than you would pay for an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6. What’s not to like? Calling the OnePlus 2 a 2016 flagship killer is a big mistake in my opinion. This phone is not better than the iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy S6 – but it is as good as, or better than, pretty much all other smartphones on the market. And this is what OnePlus should be crowing about, not trying to use the “flagship killer” gimmick. ARS Technica: We talk about the OnePlus 2 like it’s a flagship and compare it to devices like the iPhone and Galaxy S6, but the real kicker for the OnePlus is the price: $330-$390. That’s a fantastic price for these kinds of specs, even if you include other low cost firms like Xiaomi. The best part of the device is the software. Oxygen OS takes stock Android and extends it, rather than replaces it, and that’s something we wish more OEMs would do. The skin seems to hit most of the common grips about Lollipop with a permissions system, dark theme, equalizer, and some customizability options. It’s also great to see a device with an unlocked bootloader. If you want to just buy a phone now, OnePlus isn’t really an option, you have to earn it. We can only imagine what kind of buyer’s stockholm syndrome this instills in OnePlus’ customers. Could you imagine clawing your way up to the top of the invite list, waiting weeks for it to ship, and then being disappointed or getting a defective unit? Engadget: Smartphone aficionados have been clamoring for the OnePlus 2 since, well, the days of the OnePlus One. Now it’s here, and it’s mostly great, especially if you’re looking for horsepower. The second-gen version looks more expensive than it is thanks to its impressive build quality, and its powerful internals help the phone punch above its weight in performance tests. Still, the lack of NFC and expandable storage, along with a few software bugs (we’re told they’re being worked on), mean the OnePlus 2 won’t be for everyone. The Verge: What does it mean to use a flagship smartphone in 2015? It likely means that you’re using a phone with a great display, fast performance, good battery life, good build quality, and a great camera. If I’m being honest, I have to say that the OnePlus 2 doesn’t hit all of those marks, but it hits most of them and does so at a price that’s just over half that of a comparable iPhone. It’s not a flagship killer by any means — this year or next — but it’s a really solid smartphone that does most everything you need it to do really well. It’s easily the best deal on the market right now if you want a high-end smartphone. Pocket Lint: The OnePlus 2 is an exceptional phone, without just taking the price into consideration. Yet the fact it’s less than half the price of most flagship devices is what really impresses. However, there are some niggles: no microSD card storage; the absence of NFC when there’s a decent fingerprint scanner on board is just illogical; and the actual process of buying one, via invite, is a pain in the behind. But it’s that last point that almost gives the OnePlus 2 added allure, garnering it even more worthy attention. Really the OnePlus 2 lives in its own space, because nothing else at this price point delivers nearly as much. It’s single-handedly demolished the mid-range market, and while it lacks some elements of flagship finery such as a QHD screen resolution or NFC, we’ve not missed such features during our week of use. BGR: It certainly isn’t easy to purchase a OnePlus 2, but it’s well worth the effort. This gorgeous Android phone competes with and beats mass market flagship phones that are twice as expensive, and it offers the pure Android experience that so many users crave. The OnePlus 2 truly is the best smartphone in the world by a staggering margin when taking quality, performance and value into account. In fact, no other mass market smartphone even comes close. The OnePlus Two can either be purchased directly from OnePlus with an invite or from our trusted partner BangGood at this link.