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OnePlus One: Pros and Cons

Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
Adreno 330
3 GB / 16 GB
5.5 inch (1080 x 1920 px)
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus

OnePlus announced the launch of the One smartphone in 2014. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5.5 inch LTPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC SoC, and 3 GB of RAM. It comes with Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat) out of the box, and a Li-Po 3100 mAh, non-removable battery. This smartphone has a single camera on the back (13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus). Is this phone worth its price? Hopefully, it will become clear by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the OnePlus One smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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OnePlus One specifications

BrandOnePlus
NameOne
ModelONE
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.71 oz
Dimensions6.02 x 2.99 x 0.35 inch
Colorssandstone black, silk white
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of OnePlus One is about 5.71 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. A micro SIM is a smaller version of the standard SIM card used in mobile devices.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
CPUQuad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330

The OnePlus One comes with Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat) out of the box. Google has integrated many services with Android. These include Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive. The mid-range CPU can deliver fast, efficient performance for many tasks. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeLTPS
Screen size5.5 inch
Resolution1080 x 1920 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5.5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

Memory, storage

RAM3 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotno

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The One has only 16 GB. The internal storage of the OnePlus One (3 GB) cannot be expanded.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus
FlashDual LED
Selfie camera5 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The One does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCyes
FM radiono
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB host
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The OnePlus One supports 4G/LTE networks. This phone like all modern smartphones, is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The One smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Po 3100 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Po 3100 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is a light-weight, rechargeable battery. The battery of One isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 3, Sony Exmor Sensor

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). Gorilla Glass is very scratch resistant. It reduces the likelihood of everyday scratches and abrasions.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this OnePlus phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • Corning Gorilla Glass shield

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient internal storage
  • non-expandable storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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