OnePlus 2: First Impression
OnePlus has launched its so called ‘flagship killer’ OnePlus 2 smartphone. It will be available starting August 11 for those who requested invites. If you are also interested in buying this phone, you can request invite to be in queue. I was lucky enough to get chance to see smartphone closely. First impression of the smartphone was good but few things were disappointing. Read this post to know more about OnePlus 2.
OnePlus 2 First Impressions
Design and Display
Design of the smartphone has not changed a lot from previous OnePlus One smartphone. But this time company has used the metal around the edges to offer more premium look. Back cover of the smartphone looks attractive and you can change the back covers with available back cover options to make it look much better.
It has a home button at the bottom of the display along with two touch buttons at both side. fingerprint sensor is also location at this home button. It has 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS In-Cell display and 1500:1 contrast ratio. Display is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Brightness seems to be low even on full brightness level.
At the bottom of the device, you will find the USB Type-C port with speakers at the both side. At the right side, it has power key and volume rocker keys. It has 3.5 mm jack at the top and notification control button at the left side.
Processor, RAM and storage
OnePlus 2 is powered by a Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor with 3 GB RAM or 4 GB RAM depending the model you have. 3 GB RAM variant will come with 16 GB internal storage model and 4 GB RAM variant will offer 64 GB model. There is no expandable storage option because company thinks that 64 GB internal storage is more than enough for users. For improved graphics performance, it has Adreno 330 GPU. It can play high-end games but you can feel heating.
Performance of the smartphone is good. I found the smartphone heating at the edges on metal frame. But this heating can be ignored. I spent only few hours with the smartphone, so I cannot say if it really heats too much on gaming.
It runs on Oxygen OS 2.0 based on Android Lollipop 5.1. It seems similar to stock Android and I found not so many interesting in this Oxygen OS. Cyanogen could be a big advantage, but company decided to keep it away to avoid any future problems. But there are few things worth to mention. These things are Audio Tuner, off-screen gestures, custom icon support, app permissions and easy notification access.
Camera is one of the most talked feature of this smartphone. It has a 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED Flash, Laser Auto focus, Object image stabilization, 1.3um pixels, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video recording and slow-motion at 120fps. Camera seems to perform very good. I found that image pinch to zoom annoying because it suddenly came back to original form. Tapping on image opens it in other app where you can zoom properly. But swiping left will not bring you back. So, tap on back icon at top to come back. This was confusing it takes 3 times to properly understand how to zoom and come back.
It has a 5 megapixel front camera which also captures good selfie. Low-light photography is also good. Object image stabilization was not in previous OnePlus model but this time, company added this.
It offers various connectivity features including 4G LTE, WiFi , WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and USB Type-C. Company didn’t include NFC this time because it is less used feature by users. Both RAM variant supports dual SIM connectivity.
It is packed with 3300 mAh non-removable battery. Battery performance depends on the usage, but larger battery will last longer. I cannot talk about battery performance because no one can judge it in few hours with device.
OnePlus 2 has been priced aggressively and offers high-end specifications. At this price, it will again attract lots of customers. Company has already confirmed to receive more than 1 million requests for invites. Although, I did not find it to be actually a flagship killer as company claimed. But overall the smartphone offers pretty decent performance. If you do not have high budget to buy Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6 Plus, this phone is best. You will never feel that you have compromised with features just because of budget. I recommend to go with 4 GB variant of the device.