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OnePlus 2 review

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The OnePlus 2 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 40 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Fast and fluid performance
  • Clear and bright display
  • Customizable back covers
  • Long battery life
  • Good daylight and night time picture quality

What's bad

  • No NFC
  • Limited editing and settings for camera
  • No Quick Charge

Called the "flagship killer" by reviewers and the public alike, the OnePlus 2 offers top of line hardware at a fraction of the cost of other flagship Android devices. While the specs might look great on paper, does the OnePlus 2 live up to the hype?

The first thing experts noticed was the premium design and build of the OnePlus 2.The back cover is removable and you can swap it out for four different finishes – Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar. A slightly curved design combined with the gritty texture of the sandstone finish gave critics an excellent grip on the phone. Its frame is made out of an aluminum-magnesium alloy with stainless steel accents. Due in part to the metal frame, the phone is quite hefty at 175 grams. It is also a fairly large phone measuring in at 6 x 3 x 0.4 inches. Still, most critics had no issue using it one-handed thanks to the narrow bezel space between the edge of the phone and screen.

Making up the majority of the phones size is the 5.5-inch full HD (1080 x 1920p) LCD display. While there are QHD and 2K resolution phones available on the market, critics could barely see any difference in sharpness when they compared the OnePlus 2 alongside 2K displays. They credit this to the fairly neutral color balance with Androidpit adding, "It's less 'showy' than many screens…but the realistic shades were to its credit." One of the biggest marketing points of the OnePlus 2 is its brightness. When put to the test experts did find it bright with excellent sunlight legibility and wide viewing angles.

As with other flagship phones, the OnePlus 2 sports top-of-the-line hardware: 1.8GHz octo-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. As with other processors running on an octo-core, the OnePlus 2 puts some processors to sleep during basic tasks to prevent overheating and save battery life. Luckily, critics did not notice any issues with performance whether they were launching apps, editing photos or watching HD videos. They were also able to play a wide range of games from casual to more graphics-intensive ones without stutters or crashes. Thanks to the 3,300mAh battery, they were able to get over a full day's worth of use under normal circumstances and around ten hours when playing games and using 4G. Unfortunately, the OnePlus 2 does miss the mark on a couple parts including lack of Quick Charge and NFC (allows you to establish communication with other devices with NFC like registers that take Apple Pay).

Another big improvement from its predecessor is the camera. While the OnePlus 2 main camera still has 13MP the phone now has optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash and laser auto focus. With these new features, critics were able to take clear, detailed images in daylight though they noticed pictures were over processed in HDR mode. Where most camera phones struggle is under low light situations. Thanks to the OIS and auto focus, experts could capture crystal clear shots even in poor lighting. Still, the camera itself has fairly limited functions offering only a few editing options such as "beautify" and panorama.

For the price, reviewers consider the OnePlus 2 a quality phone with few drawbacks. Times of India states, "…it's certainly the most power-packed and feature rich phone that money can buy at the moment." First Post adds, "…we would definitely recommend this phone…Although you also need to be aware of its shortcomings."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


About

So, here’s the thing with the OnePlus 2: hardware is rock solid, software needs a bit of work, and some major corners were cut to bring the cost down. The 16GB variant costs $329, while the 64GB version is priced at $389. If you don’t use NFC, don’t care about wireless and fast Cha...

- Faryaab Sheikh, About
G Style Magazine

The OnePlus Two for its price isn’t a bad smartphone in terms of what you get. But it just doesn’t feel as impressive when its OnePlus One sibling dropped last year. The OnePlus Two does have USB Type-C but doesn’t really help with anything. Also no NFC, wireless charging or even t...

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine
Tech Advisor

The lack of NFC, a microSD card slot, a removable battery, and quick- and wireless charging means the OnePlus 2 is not a flagship killer. It does have some killer new features though, including USB Type-C, 4G dual-SIM support and some powerful hardware. At £289 (we don't recommend the 16GB OP2...

- Marie Brewis, Tech Advisor
Android Magazine

The OnePlus One was a great phone at any price. The OnePlus 2 is a very good phone, but at this price. Unfortunately, it’s not worthy of a top score. The lack of NFC we can probably overlook, but the current doubt and problems around the sensitivity of the fingerprint reader/home button togeth...

- Jamie Frier, Android Magazine
TechRadar

The OnePlus 2 packs the latest power, an improved camera and fancy fingerprint scanner into a new design, and it's finished with a price tag that puts the rest of the high-end mobile market to shame.Is it the best phone on the market? No. If you're looking for pure mobile excellence the Samsung Gala...

- John McCann, TechRadar


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Screen Size
5.5"

The OnePlus 2's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3300 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 1829 minutes, 485 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

OnePlus 2 Specs

Overview
Release date August 11, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 16/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.795 W/kg
Body: 1.447 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 508 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 485 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1829 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Sandstone Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.5 x 1 cm (6 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 175 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitve touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, DivX, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

Built-in Fingerprint Sensor
Support USB OTG

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