I absolutely love my phone. I took over a month to decide on the Galaxy Note 3. It is an amazing piece of technology. and for my $300 upgrade price or the $700+/- outright cost it had better be. Now, three months later there is a $299 device that meets or exceeds all of my Note 3’s specs. Meet the Oneplus One, which may just be the perfect Android phone.
Touted by Oneplus as a flagship killer, the One ‘s body is 6 1/4 inches by 3 inches by just under 3/8 inch thin with a 5.5″ 1080p screen, quad Snapdragn 2.5GHz processors and 3GB 1866MHz RAM. With quite the spec sheet, this beast also ships running Cyanogenmod 11S.
The One also has a top notch camera setup. With a rear facing Sony six lens 13 megapixel camera with an f stop of 2.0, and a 5 megapixel front facing camera the One impresses. The Oneplus site gives sample images that look beautiful, not needing the qualification of “for a smartphone.”
Oneplus also wants you to be able to show off the phone’s good looks. The screen is Gorilla Glass 3 for improved resistance against shattering. To keep the phone from being wrapped in a bulky case Oneplus has introduced their line of StyleSwap back covers. These covers allow you to change from an old scuffed case to a new one with ease and will be available in kevlar, bamboo, and denim in addition to the original cases.
Initially available for use on AT&T and T Mobile, the most impressive thing about the Oneplus One has to be it’s price. The 16G Silk White model will be available Q2 of this year for only $299 and a 64G Sandstone Black model will run you $349. The cost alone of the One makes it the flagship killer it was claimed to be. The quality components it contains at that pricepoint is amazing; making a top of the line android smartphone available to the masses.
I expect to see a lot of Oneplus Ones once word gets around. It will also ge great to see what the responses are from big names like LG, Samsung, and HTC not to mention Google’s own Nexus line. In the mean time, anyone want to buy a 3 month old Galaxy Note 3?