I Still Don’t Settle – My Second Oneplus One Review

I Still Don’t Settle – My Second Oneplus One Review

I’m no smartphone expert, but I like smartphones.  I’ve always been fascinated by the features and possibilities that they offer, technology and design-wise, and they never cease to amaze me.

About a year ago I wrote my first review of the OnePlus One phone on TechMyMoney.com.  Almost a year later, and being a happy owner of a OnePlus One for 6 months now, I’m here to confirm everything that I said back in September 2014.

So here’s my humble opinion from my direct user point of view:

This phone rocks!

A Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AC) 2.5GHz processor with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16 GB or 64GB internal storage capacity, 4G LTE Global, 13 megapixel SONY Exmor IMX214 camera with six lenses, 5 megapixel front camera, 4K DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) video recording, smart long life battery, triple microphone with stereo recording and noise reduction and…


Although the OnePlus One features a customized version of the CyanogenMod 11S by default, the MultiROM boot manager, based on Android’s latest 4.4.4 KitKat built, activates when your device starts allowing you to choose from different Android ROMs to boot (first you need to install those additional ROMs).

The dual-band WiFi allows for a download speed of up to 50 Mbps and the 4G  LTE reaches up to 15 Mbps.  For real!  Tried and tested with the Ookla Speedtest App.

Two high-speed video recording setting modes: the HD 1080p, which allows 60 fps capture and the 720p of 120 fps, create incredible high definition slow motion videos.  My 5-year-old kid trying to play tennis in slow motion?  Priceless!

The back case is made of magnesium with a rough surface that feels great to the touch.  This elegant looking case has anti-slip properties which allows more grip on all kinds of surfaces.

Additionally, the 5’5-inch screen with its 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, the customizable main screen grid and icons, and the powerful battery that lasts up to two days makes this phone quite impressive!

One positive change from the last few months is that now you don’t have to wait to get your hands on an “invitation to buy” an OPO, you can directly purchase one from their online store.

They also won an iF DESIGN AWARD 2015, and they totally deserve it!

Although I still have the old version, before OnePlus and Cyanogen split, I’m looking forward to the new OnePlus 2 which, according to TechRadar, will be launched on July 27th.  I still have lots of use for my current phone (It’s only 6 months old) so I’ll probably wait for number 3 before replacing my “good old” OPO, although I’d love to try for myself the OnePlus 2 new features and see them in action.

Are you a happy owner of OPO just like me?

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