My OnePlus One (OPO) arrived about a month ago. This phone popped up in reviews all over the internet, which all stated that the OPO was bringing great value for an incredible low price. And since my previous phone was already four years old I decided to make the order. There was only one problem: you couldn’t directly order the phone. Although it was possible to buy the Chinese version through shops like Banggood, the international version was sold on the official oneplus website only through an invitational system. Which seemed incredibly annoying. I guess everything comes at a price?
The Chinese version does also support the English language but has slightly less LTE (4G) bandwidth options compared to the international version. Please check your mobile network provider too see if you will be able to use the 4G connection. We also recommend you this post about LTE bandwidths on the oneplus forum and the official oneplus website in general for phone specifications. Luckily for me a friend of my knew someone who just received a couple of ‘invites’ to give away and I did manage to make the direct order after all.
The first thing that shocked me a little when I unpacked the OPO was its sheer size. Of course I’ve read about the 5.5″ diagonal screen in the specification list but I didn’t fully realize how that would look like until I actually had t in my hands. I know it has become a rather standard size in the Chinese market, and with the new iPhone 6 Plus it will gain more ground in the European and North American market as well, but for me it was a first. I had a mixture of being impressed and being scared. Is this thing supposed to fit in my pockets? After weighing it in my hand I noticed that the phone is really light (162g/ 5.71oz) and flat (8.9mm/ 0.35in), which gave me some hope again. I promised myself I would at least give it a week to see if I would get used to it and if not I would sell it on again on ebay.
And guess what: after a week I was hooked. Once you get accustomed to a big screen size it is hard to give it up again. I must admit that I am a bit of a comic fan and the screen size enables me to comfortably read my favorites on the go. But for the non-comic-readers amongst you: the screen is also excellent to watch tv-shows or movies on it with it’s 1080 x 1920 pixels and roughly 401 ppi pixel density. And although it might be hard to fit the OPO in your skinny jeans pocket I haven’t had any problems with fitting it in the pockets of my trousers. I mainly attribute this to the fact that it is so light and flat that I don’t notice it much. However you must be able to handle some jokes from you friends, asking you whether it is a tablet or even a television that you’re holding in your hand.
Another big plus for me was the 13mp camera at the rear which shoots some pretty nice pictures through the use of one-touch-focus. And the 5mp front camera is not too bad either. Personally I chose for the 64GB model since one of the cons of the OPO is that it doesn’t provide a memory card slot, and I just didn’t want to worry about disk space while being on a holiday, taking pictures and recording movies.
With its Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM and 3100 mAh battery it brings you performance which rivals that of the flagships by the big well-known brands such as Apple’s iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S5, but for half the price!
The picture above was a reaction by OnePlus to the announcement by Apple to introduce a bigger screen size for the new iPhone series.
All in all I am pretty happy with my purchase and can recommend it to anyone who is willing to adjust to a slightly bigger size then most westerners are accustomed to.
If you are unable to order it directly from OnePlus, since you either don’t have an invite or you have to wait a long time for a pre-order, you can also buy it from one of the Chinese web shops on our website. Please check out our Phone Best Buy Guide of August for more pricing information.