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Oneplus One – review

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Welcome to my review of the Oneplus One.

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In my review, I am going to cover off all the different sections of the phone but first let’s take a look at the official specs.

– Dimensions – 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
– Weight – 162 g
– SIM Micro-SIM
– DISPLAY LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
– Size – 5.5 inches (71.9% screen-to-body ratio)
– Resolution – 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi pixel density)
-Multitouch – Yes, up to 10 fingers
– Protection -Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– CyanogenMod 12 (after SW update)
– Snapdragon 801, CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400,GPU Adreno 330
– MEMORY Card slot – No
– Internal – 16/64 GB, 3 GB RAM
– CAMERA – Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality
– Features – Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR + more after update
– Video -2160p@30fps, 2160p(DCI)@24fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, stereo sound rec, 4K after update
– Secondary -5 MP, 1080p@30fps
– SOUND – Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
– Loudspeaker -Yes, dual mono speakers
– 3.5mm jack – Yes
– COMMS WLAN -Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
– Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP
– GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
– NFC – Yes
– USB – microUSB v2.0, USB Host
– Sensors -Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
– Messaging -SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
– Browser – HTML5
– ANT+ support
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– BATTERY – Non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery
– Colours – Silk White, Sandstone Black

First Impressions
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As you can see a lot of attention went to the quality of the contents and it does look really superb. If you have a nano sim it even comes with a nano sim to micro sim adapter. 

The phone either comes in 16gb or 64gb storage with no micro SD card slot. I have the 16gb white and am managing just fine. Despite being a 5.5 inch screen phone it is comfortable to hold due to it’s curved back. So once I opened the box it was time to charge the phone and then I updated Cyanogen from CM11 to CM12. CM12 is a lollipop rom and it improves performance according to many threads on several forums. In fact if you head over to XDA Developers or Oneplus’s own forums there are thriving threads offering so many different tweaking options. This may sound like a complex thing to do, but the Oneplus One is a tweakers dream and many options are simple and as quick as taking a few minutes. Of course, get it wrong and you could brick your phone. 

I mentioned in my first impressions that the firmware options seem to take 3 paths. Cyanogen which in my mid offers an incredible firmware, Color OS and Oneplus’s new firmware offering Oxygen OS.  If you stick with Cyanogen you will have one of the best roms, just take a look at the screen shots at the end of this article.

Audio

The Oneplus One has dual mono speakers located on the bottom edge producing a healthy 87db. Excellent for podcasts. The headphone sound is nothing short of a miracle. It includes MaxxAudio as its EQ option. With this on, a flat EQ but just tweaking the bass and treble controls if you need too, the output is powerful and superb to listen too. The most powerful headphone amp I have heard on a phone which was able to power my AKG K702 effortlessly. In terms of audio quality it is very good, just slightly behind that of the Samsung Galaxy S6. And that is impressive!

Camera

So what is the camera like. Well below are camera samples from the default camera app.

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

The photos look just ok but remember this is in poorish lighting conditions being somewhat overcast. In good lighting the camera performs slightly better. However, it’s weakness is lower lighting or indoors. Shutter speeds drop and so does the quality and noticeably too.This is the real weakness of the whole phone. Indoor shots are poor. Also on the odd occasion I had a couple of issue with anti banding when filming up against florescent lights. It didnt happen all the time, just twice in 5 hours of using the camera. To counter it’s sub par photo quality, it does have endless options from shutter control up to 8 seconds. Installing Camera FV-5 will give you shutter control up to 60 seconds, so light trails and more are possible with this phone. So while low light can be a weakness, it is possible to take long night exposures and get a result just not top notch quality. The Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 or LG G4 will totally outclass the Oneplus’s camera quality. 

However this being a developers dream phone there are many apps available that offer a better camera performance including the camera app from Color OS and the Oppo Find 7. Just look at the camera options available from the Oppo camera app.
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Below is a HQ shot at 13mp in file size instead of the 4mp. However, I cant see the extra quality with the HQ shot.The super macro mode is insane and combines digital zoom to take some close up shots. But I’ll repeat my point above. In anything but good lighting the quality does drop compared to the top end flagships and even mid range phones. Software does compensate a little (but is no cure) and in other ways offers some artistic creations. 

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Performance

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Whilst I don’t care for benchmarks, the Oneplus One really does fly around the apps and the operating system and this is backed up by the AnTuTu score. The phone comes with a 3,100maH battery which seems to last forever versus my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The S6 Edge manages a screen on time of 3 hours, while the Oneplus One clocked in at nearly 6 hours screen on time. 

Basics

Phone calls and cellular reception were good on the Oneplus One. WiFi and Bluetooth worked fine too. At the end of the day, it is a phone too!

All the Rest

The display is a 1080p affair and with CM12 offers adaptive display, screen colour calibration from hue, saturation, contrast and intensity, sunlight increased visibility mode, adaptive backlight and more. Tap to turn the phone on is present and tapping the status bar will turn it off. The status bar is configurable in the settings, as is pretty much everything on this phone. Cyanogen and Oneplus did a cracking job with this handset. If you like themes Cyanogen has you covered. Gestures are also included although I didn’t find them that useful other than drawing a V when the phone is off to enable the torch. 

Conclusion

Just ask me again how much this phone doesn’t cost! It offers so much as such a small premium. Great sound, excellent headphone audio with only the camera offering a weaker performance than the top flagships that costs £600 upwards. Not bad for a £250 phone!

Finally, I thought it would be good to leave you with some screenshots to give you a feel for lollipop (CM12) on the Oneplus One.

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Oneplus One Camera Samples

My main review of the Oneplus One should be live at some point tomorrow. In the meantime, have a look at some of the camera shots taken using the default camera app.

There is another camera app available (plus a few others) that helps improve the quality. But just to get you started take a look at the below. The weather was poor for taking these shots as well.

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Random photos around Princetown, Dartmoor with the #OneplusOne

Oneplus One – Update

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So it’s been just under a day with the Oneplus One. And it’s been a remarkable day. First up this is the 16gb version running CM12 (android 5.0.2) which provides a slick and speedy user experience. When I first powered up the One it was running CM11 based on android 4.4.4. So I quick download later, into the recovery menu and a flash of the new firmware and voila. 

My thoughts are that the speed of the phone jumping between all the various screens is really smooth. Double tap to wake up works well. Themes are present and offer a nice touch. CM12 offers endless settings tweaks to really create the experience you desire eg Gestures to activate the camera, control music and operate the flashlight. The status bar is customisable too. See photo above and note the circular battery icon and time in the middle of the status bar. These are just two of the items that can be tweaked in terms of style and text options.

So what else have I noticed. The One comes with AudioFX which is an Equaliser powered by MaxxAudio. This is one monster of an EQ and means the phone can power a wide range of headphones really well and also produces excellent music over Bluetooth. Booming sound!

The screen is reasonable. Not a patch on the Samsung Galaxy S6 but then the pay off is crazy good battery life. After starting at 7am it’s only dropped 30% and has apparently 20 hours still left. 

I haven’t tried using the camera properly, but I did notice the default camera app allowed shutter control up to 8 seconds. After installing Camera FV-5 this extended the shutter setting to 60 seconds and a quick as 1/5000. ISO control ranges from 100 to 3,200. It will be interesting to see how good the long shutter photos turn out. As a comparison the Samsung Galaxy S6 can only offer a longest shutter speed of 1/7s. Tonight I shall be filming midnight exposures. 

I have also have had a brief look at various roms and there seems to be a few to choose from. Color OS for example apparently offers a superb camera experience and has better post processing software than that from Cyanogen CM12. There is also Oneplus’s own Oxygen OS to try out as well. 

So this is not only a tweakers dream device, but also a durable, competent and surprising low priced reasonable phone based on my first day experiences. 

To recap my first impressions click here – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/04/30/oneplus-one-first-impressions/

To be honest, I acquired the Oneplus One to review and then sell on. Not sure I want to sell it now😄
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Oneplus One – Available Today without an invite

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The Oneplus One is now available for 24 hours to purchase without an invite. It is £229 for the 16gb and £269 for the 64gb version.

This represents good value but I do feel that in a months time or so there will be all the new phones and maybe it is worth holding fire.

If you want a Oneplus One head over now – https://oneplus.net/uk .

If you happen to own one of these phones, you will be receiving an OTA update for the Cyanogen rom. This is not lollipop but fixes for kitkat.

OnePlus One – Quick impressions

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So yesterday I got to spend some time with my friends OnePlus One. You can now buy the 16gb version from a buyer that’s fulfilled by Amazon all for £259. Amazon link. Note the 64gb is not Prime or fulfilled by Amazon. My friend was gloating as he changed from his LG G2 to this phone.

It’s a 16Gb Chinese version with CM11S loaded on: – http://www.gizchina.com/2014/06/12/differences-international-chinese-oneplus-one/

The OS didn’t have OTA enabled, so you will need to download the 33R “signed flashable zip” to the device from:-
https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/official-cm11s-download-links.141825/

Then enable “Developer Options” and check “Advanced reboot”. Reboot into “Recovery”, selected “Flash Update”, selected the download on the device and flash. After loaded on, the OTA updates will keep coming until flowed you reach the current 44S versions (4.4.4). The 4.4.2 version that was on initially was stable.

Should you have to do all of the above. Not at all. I reckon OTA updates were disabled as there were some buggy releases. Did I like the invite system. No it was pathetic. However, moving all the above to one side the OnePlus One is a very nice phone. Comfortable to hold in one hand due to the grippy and weighty curved back. Heck even the 1080p screen was good. There is no memory card so really 64gb would be preferable.  In fact in the white finish I really wanted to take my friends phone away for my own use. 

But, it’s £258 which whilst it sounds cheap, for £42 more it is possible to buy the LG G3 with all its bells and whistles. So which do you choose?

 

OnePlus One – a High Spec Phone at a Price you won’t believe

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OnePlus is a new company formed from ex directors of Oppo. Their first phone is the OnePlus One. It is a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display with LTPS and TOL (Touch on Lens) technology, Gorilla Glass 3 screen, 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM, 4G LTE support, 16/64GB storage, 13-megapixel 6-lens Sony Exmor camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash and 4K video capture support, 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 80-degree capture angle, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and embedded 3100mAh battery that should offer “more than a full day of use”. The phone measures 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm and weights 162g.

And the pricing. £229 for 16gb or £269 for the 64gb storage model!

In addition, the phone will feature always on voice commands, gestures and Cyanogenmod 11S rom running on android kitkat 4.4. Software features include advanced album and camera app, privacy guard, theming built in and the option to switch on the fly between on screen or capacitive buttons.

Question is, who isn’t buying one!

But a word of caution. This is a new company and a new product and with that are associated risks.