My thoughts on the OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 has managed to make more riples than the OnePlus 1, thanks to the clever marketing strategy and hype created around the mobile. Last year when the OnePlus One was launched, not many knew about this company and today people are crazy about the OnePlus. Much of this success is attributed to the legendary OnePlus One. Now we have its next iteration, the OnePlus Two. Here are my thoughts on the OnePlus 2.

Read my full review here

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Design

  • With its metal rim and sandstone black finish at the back, this mobile has got a solid construction. It feels much more premium than the OnePlus One.
  • I have been sporting this device in my hand for over a week now and not many noticed that I have a OnePlus 2. The design does not have much of an unique factor. In short, its not a head turner.
  • The Alert slider was exciting at first, but then I never used it. The volume and power buttons have a good tactile feedback and comfortably placed.
  • The android navigation buttons are just two lines. Their functions can be swapped, but you will have to remember it. By looking at it, you can’t say its a back button or a multitask menu button.
  • The fingerprint scanner is neat. It works fast and unlocks the mobile without any hiccups, 90% of the time.
  • The removable back is made of plastic. It is easily removable and it feels very flimsy when removed. But when fit back on the mobile, it feels rock solid.
  • It is such a relief to see a flagship device which has done away with the need for a SIM ejector design.
  • I really don’t find any pressing need for NFC of wireless charging in the near future. But it would have been a good to have them on-board.

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Display

  • When compared to the OnePlus One, the screen is brighter and crispier.
  • Technically, it is still the same 5.5 inch Full HD 1080p display as the OnePlus One.
  • It is not over-saturated and produces near natural color output
  • It is somewhat resistant to fingerprint smudges and can be easily wiped off, it there are any.
  • I really don’t care about having a 2k or 4k display. The display on this mobile is brilliant and that would suffice.

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Performance

  • It runs on the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm: The Snapdragon 810 with Adreno GPU 430 and when I say that, the biggest question in your mind would be, does it heat up?
  • Yes, it has a bit of heating issue. It heats up while recording videos, It heats up while playing games for an extended period. But it does not heat up unexpectedly and I would brush off this issue.
  • Needless to say that this 4 GB RAM device is a master with multitasking.

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Operating System and UI

  • Runs on the latest version of Android Lollipop with the Oxygen OS UI on top.
  • The Oxygen OS is pretty much vanilla and it has very less noteworthy features.
  • I like the fact that it isn’t heavily skinned. It retains all of the pure android material design.
  • It is still at a very nascent stage and has a few bugs and occasionally lags and force closes apps. (I wish OnePlus and Cyanogen were still friends)
  • But it is a straight forward UI and what must work, works. So no major disappointments there.

Unofficial ports of the Cyanogen ROM is available on the net, but it does not support laser autofocus and fingerprint sensor. Bad news for power users that, there are not many custom ROMs avaialable for the OnePlus 2, yet.

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Camera

  • It has 13 MP rear camera with 1.3 micro meter pixel size (large pixels), f/2.0 (large aperture), optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and dual LED flash. The 8 MP front camera is also a killer.
  • Whats awesome: The image output quality (See camera samples)
  • Whats gruesome: The boring camera UI
  • The laser autofocus system was buggy at times, especially under low light conditions. Having used the LG G4, I can confidently say that the OnePlus 2 has a Laser focus system that is nothing better than any traditional focus system like the contrast or phase detection systems.
  • Where is the gallery app? The camera UI does not have an integrated gallery app. You will have to open the photos in Google Photos or install a 3rd party gallery app. This is even more painful when you preview your recent shot. You cant zoom in on your recent shots. You will have to open the 3rd party gallery app and then zoom in or out.

Let breakout and talk about the camera. The sensor and the assisting hardware for the camera is a huge upgrade from the OnePlus One. The image quality is also truly marvelous. The depth of focus this camera delivers is amazing. Perfect color reproduction and amazing levels of details. But the camera UI is a drab. These days, even the basic mobile have amazing camera UI. This camera UI has 5 modes and switching between these modes is a pain. When am in the photo mode, why should switching to a video mode or panorama mode be so criptic? I have swipe the screen or find the mode swiching menu by sliding on a particular area. The zoom is pinch or drag? Its confusing. The volume button does not click the shutter. I cannot set the speed of a slow motion video. I cannot set the time interval in a time lapse mode. The HDR mode is brilliant, but what the heck is the clear image mode?

The Camera UI on OnePlus One was much more functional and feature rich, though bad on user experience. OnePlus better upgrade the camera application on OP2 with better usability and better list of features. Else the camera UI would be the Achilles heel for this mobile.

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Battery

  • Battery is non removable and rated 3000 3300 mAh.
  • It lasts for a around 14-17 hours on regular usuage.
  • But what really disappoints me is the choice of USB-C port. You will be required to carry a USB-C type cable with you at all times. The convenience of reversible port does not over-weigh the inconvenience of a rare USB-C port.
  • It takes painfully long to charge from 0-100% (about 2:30 hours). OnePlus 2 does not have quick charge

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If you didn’t read any of the above, read this…

I would recommend the OnePlus 2 because of its

  • Sturdy design
  • Premium finish
  • Fantastic display
  • Beast of a performer
  • Amazing image quality out of the camera (See camera samples)

I would not recommend the OnePlus 2, if you are concerned that

  • It has a nascent operating system. It is immature and has a long way to go.
  • Noobish Camera UI which lacks a lot of feature and functionality.
  • A rare USB-C port, analogous to rare blood group
  • It is not available easily, due to its Invite system.

 

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