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OnePlus One!

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on August 11, 2014

Been a long time. But I am back with yet another phone.

Why Android?

I have been a fan of the Android platform for a while now. I started with the wonderful HTC Hero, moved onto the Samsung Galaxy, then to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and now the OnePlus One.

Android has been a love hate relationship. It has a fairly large app platform, with a mix of true high quality apps, and some so so ad ridden apps. The user experience is fine, but the Android performance issues and quirks do annoy you from time to time.

Anyways, onto the OnePlus One! This phone has two major selling points, the OS (Cyanogenmod) and the price. I purchased the $349 version with 64GB of internal storage. It can be had for $299 with 16GB of storage. This undercuts the value of the incredible Nexus 5!

Quick Thoughts

Cyanogenmod comes with built in support for the Apple TV, Chromecast, Miracast, and DLNA. This is perhaps one of the best device agnostic devices out there!

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Initial picture quality seems to be quite good, but also quite inconsistent. It is hard to get an in focus shot at all times. Battery life seems to be seller, heavy use all day no issue. Call quality is impressive, supporting HD Voice on the T-Mobile network (not VoLTE though …).

The antenna data performance also seems quite decent.

Not much to say about this mythical phone. It performs well, feels like a quality construction, and is priced quite competitively. If you were in a market for an unlocked smart phone, wanted a stock like experience, I’d consider the OnePlus One, I’d even consider it over the Nexus 5.