- Cherlynn Low , Tom's Guide
Although it doesn't quite live up to the hype, the OnePlus 2 offers good performance, a unique design and a fast fingerprint sensor for an affordable price.
- Chris Velazco , Engadget
The OnePlus 2 is worth your cash if you're looking for a capable, powerful Android phone on the cheap.
- Fast and fluid performance
- Clear and bright display
- Customizable back covers
- Long battery life
- Good daylight and night time picture quality
- 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."
Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)
Hardware is rock solid, software needs a bit of work
Snappy performance, great picture-taking and decent audio
Magnificent Android phone & not just for the money
A very good phone with disappointing software side
Low price for features
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 Galaxy S6, with its premium price tag, is still the pinnacle, but for those on more reasonable budgets the OnePlus 2 is a barnstorming buy.
The omission of a microSD slot and NFC may be too much for a select few, the lack of wireless and/or fast changing is a little disappointi... Full review
Quality smartphone, but not good enough to boast to your friends about
As you know we don’t give grades anymore to handsets, so I’m going to say that I like the very “lite” software here, pretty close to stock Lollipop, but I miss the customization of CyanogenMod. The screen and camera are good, but the video capture is not and the design is quite unpleasant. There’s no lag or bloatware and the price is 200 euros less than the big brand flagships this year, which is a good thing. Overall, OnePlus 2 is the kind of phone that may be bought by people who want good features, but don’t want a phone to show off to their friends, b... Full review
Excellent performer, adequate battery life
The OnePlus 2 may be the best phone you can buy for $479 CAD, but it comes with a bunch of caveats, the most notable of which is that it is really difficult to purchase at the moment. The phone’s flaws are all the more potent because its virtues are so obvious, and while OnePlus has scored high in its second go-round, it bodes well for the company’s third venture, likely available this time next year, pending its ability to properly scale to meet demand.
Once in hand, though, the device shines with enviable performance, ample battery life, a great screen and camera, a... Full review
A magnificent Android phone & not just for the money
Bang for your buck with very few compromises
Let’s get the glaringly obvious thing out of the way. First, that this is a flagship spec phone for less than flagship money. Is it going to complete with the newcomers announced by the big boys around IFA time? Yes and no. To put this phone up against things like the Samsung S6+, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and the iPhone 6S Plus is not really a fair comparison. However that is exactly what will happen to those who are looking to own this phone. There is one simple reason for this, and that is price. I have deliberately not pitched it against these devices as that would be silly. However... Full review
Specs are pretty good, especially for a phone at its price
Even with a few of the fun software tweaks you can perform, decent build quality, and that attractive price, the downsides to this device — plus the complete lack of future proofing — I would not highly recommend this device to any potential buyers.
Mobile payments are a real thing now in 2015, so the lack of NFC is a major downside. Even if people “don’t use it,” having the ability to turn it on when and if you want it would have been nice. Instead, OP wanted to save a few dollars, at least from what we assume. Combine these struggles with the inabi... Full review
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