OnePlus One Review – Meet the UK’s Flagship Killer

The OnePlus One is exceptionally quick, boasts one of the most impressive smartphone cameras in recent memory and arrives with a gorgeous 5.5-inch screen.

Price: £250 Available from: Shopomo When it was first shown off back in April 2014, the OnePlus One looked set to shake up the smartphone market, with the mobile start-up company behind it offering specs you'd expect to find on phones from some of the world's most established names. Now that the dust has settled, is the OnePlus One still worth considering if you're looking for a new smartphone? Read on for our thoughts on OnePlus' 'Flagship Killer'. Look and Feel Obviously, the first thing you'll notice about the OnePlus One is its size. The 5.5-inch screen, which is actually raised…

OnePlus One Review

Design
Usability
Functionality
Value for money

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The OnePlus One offers great specs, a pretty design and stunning value for money.

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Price: £250

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When it was first shown off back in April 2014, the OnePlus One looked set to shake up the smartphone market, with the mobile start-up company behind it offering specs you’d expect to find on phones from some of the world’s most established names.

Now that the dust has settled, is the OnePlus One still worth considering if you’re looking for a new smartphone? Read on for our thoughts on OnePlus’ ‘Flagship Killer’.

Look and Feel

Obviously, the first thing you’ll notice about the OnePlus One is its size.

The 5.5-inch screen, which is actually raised slightly off the body of the phone, dominates the front of the device. The OPO has a good weight to it and it feels solid in the hand, but it’s not a chore holding this large smartphone to the side of your head.

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This pretty smartphone is available to purchase in two colours / textures: Sandstone Black and Silk White. Whilst the Silk White back cover of the phone is particularly smooth to the touch, the Sandstone Black model is gritty and far more rough to touch. Make no mistake, though, we really like the back of the Sandstone Black edition of the OnePlus One, even if it reminds us slightly of griptape on a skateboard.

Performance, Battery Life and Speed

The OnePlus One offers a great deal of power under the hood, arriving with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPUs.

Technical lingo aside, the OnePlus One is an extremely nippy phone. and we think you’ll be surprised by how fast it really is. Navigating the OPO’s menus is easy and the gadget is more than capable of running particularly intensive applications and games alongside a host of other processes.

Technical lingo aside, the OnePlus One is an extremely nippy phone

Using the OPO on a daily basis on the commute to work and during the afternoon and evening, we generally manage to get a day and a half of charge out of the phone, sometimes more. It’s nice to know that the OnePlus is still able to offer a good amount of battery life despite its large size.

Android and CyanogenMod

The OnePlus One comes pre-installed with CyanogenMod 11S, based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

For those not familiar with the work of CyanogenMod, the CM OS offers a whole host of customisation options that you wouldn’t find on stock Android. CyanogenMod brings with it a number of clever features and shortcuts that after a couple of weeks of using you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them.

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Quick Gesture support is one of our favourites, allowing users to map finger movements to open specific applications or run certain system commands. By default, for example, drawing a circle on the screen of a hibernated OnePlus One will open the camera application. Drawing a ‘V’ shape will activate the built-in torch, whilst drawing an arrow pointing left or right will help you quickly navigate through music you’re listening to.

Camera

The OnePlus One’s rear-facing camera is a 13-megapixel snapper capable of filming HD video, 4K video and slow-motion video. It’s also accompanied by a built-in flash, which is reasonably powerful.

Selfie addicts will feel right at home, as the front of the device features a 5-megapixel camera that takes some good-looking pictures.

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Using the camera features on the OnePlus One is fantastic fun and very simple and it’s the OPO’s back camera that is particularly impressive. It’s snappy to open, quick to take multiple pictures in succession and customisable to the point where you can frame and shoot a photo exactly how you want to. If you’re confident in going manual when it comes to mobile photography you’ll feel right at home here with the OnePlus One’s extensive list of options.

If you’re confident in going manual when it comes to mobile photography you’ll feel right at home

Swiping up or down when you have the camera open will enable a number of filters and modes, the full selection of which consists of Auto, HDR, Smart Scene, Beauty Mode, Slow Shutter, Action, Night, Steady Photo, Mono, Sepia, Posterize and Aqua.

Taking a photo can be done using the volume buttons on the side of the OPO or by tapping the camera icon on-screen and the size of pictures can be adjusted (this ranges from QVGA and VGA up to 13 megapixels) as can overall image quality and shutter speed. Touch focus duration and focus mode can also be played around with.

Overall

So, is the OnePlus One a smartphone to get excited over? It turns out the answer is a big fat yes.

You’re paying a low amount of money for a device that looks, acts and feels like a smartphone double or triple its value.

The OnePlus One is exceptionally quick, boasts one of the most impressive smartphone cameras in recent memory and arrives with a gorgeous 5.5-inch screen.

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