6 Dec 2014

OnePlus One phone (India) Review

When OnePlus One was launched initially, there was a lot of speculations about the specs that Indian users would be getting. It was expected to launch in India anywhere between INR 25,000- 28,000. But when it was launched formally on 2-Dec  though Amazon.in, I was one of the users who was left
dumbstruck at the launch price INR 21,999.

With the raves around the world for the specifications and performance, it was beyond my imagination that it would come true. true to its motto, "Never Settle," representing the Chinese company's mission to build and sell the perfect smartphone at low cost.

Here are the specs of the phone, credits to GSMArena
OS                       Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat)
Chipset               Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
CPU                       Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPU               Adreno 330
Sensors               Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Browser                 HTML5
Radio               No
GPS                       Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Internal               16/64 GB, 3 GB RAM
Primary Camera   13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash,
Secondary Camera  5 MP, 1080p@30fps

What attracted millions of people is the flexibility to more customizable Android experience. It is an exclusive partner with CyanogenMod, so its very first phone comes with the firmware (build 11S, based on Android 4.4.2) directly. For those who are wondering what CyanogenMod is: it's custom firmware based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which gives user more freedom to fiddle around with nearly every aspect of the Android experience.

The OnePlus One doesn't look like a cheap phone. Its polycarbonate build, elegant chassis and top-of-the-line specs could easily fool anyone into thinking you paid INR 30,000 for it. Probably because devices of other brand with similar specs are sold more than INR 45,000. So one might be thinking how a startup company like OnePlus can sell a flagship phone like this for so less. I think that they want to prove and gain peoples trust first, and create a market space for them initially.

Value for money
One of the best display
Premium hardware
Top specs
Customizable firmware

Minor stutters in processor-intensive tasks
By invitation only
Non removable battery

As i mentioned earlier also, it is truly unbelieveable to get hold of such a device with much muscle underneath as S5, Note or Oppo Find 7. You will not you can't get any faster, as the phone sports a 2.45GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, a 578MHz Adreno 330 GPU (muscle for graphics) and 3GB of RAM. There is no lag as far as the eye can see, but playing heavy games can be a little sluggish. The reason is seemingly obvious, with one single storage to do all the IOPS, at some point it time it has to show its limitations. If it could allow miniSD, i would partition the mount points and make it more blazing flash.

The CyanogenMod's firmware gives you the flexibility to change your performance profile from power conservation to battery sucker. However this is definitely for advanced users and I wouldn't recommend you try it unless you know what you're doing.With 3,100mAh non-removable battery it would last for few days in idle state and about 1-2 days on 3G. Overall I would say it is the most awesome phone available at the moment with top-of-line specs and performance.

 At this point in time, I am not able to leverage all the features and options. Look out for more posts on OnePlus tricks and tips.


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