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OnePlus 2 Review : Can lightning strike twice ?

OnePlus 2 Review

The OnePlus 2 is one of the boldest phones of the year. It’s a single piece of technology that’ll blow you away. But is it is the package as a whole that is remarkable? Let’s find out.

So far, the OnePlus 2 has been doing just that. Its lovely screen coupled with its new Oxygen OS and familiar old features have made it an impressive device. The OnePlus 2 is very similar to its predecessor, though it’s been improved in virtually every respect. It’s still dirt cheap when compared to other smartphones with similar specs.

It’s also still really hard to buy: OnePlus is using the same invite-based system to sell the phone, meaning you could be waiting a long time before you get the chance to buy one.

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But if you are able to buy a OnePlus 2, you’ll be rewarded with a great performing device that costs far less than a comparable Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone. I’ve had the chance to use the OnePlus 2 for the past week and while it’s by no means a flagship killer, it’s actually very very close to it and worthy of some measure of the hype that’s surrounded it.

Great Hardware and Design

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The OnePlus 2’s aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and polished stainless steel accents encase an HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD In-Cell display. One of the benefits of magnesium alloy is that it’s a bit lighter than aluminium. However, the OnePlus 2 is not a particularly light phone at 175g, this is no small amount in the phone world.

OnePlus 2 is a big phone, bigger than I personally prefer, thanks to its 5.5-inch display. It’s also dense and solid-feeling, this also makes it a little heavy. The OnePlus 2 has a sandstone back finish, sharing the same back texture as the OnePlus One, the rear feels a little rough and fuzzy, almost closer to a sort of fabric than anything else. I kind off like it.

Then there’s a little 3-way switch on the left side of the OnePlus 2 that turns all notifications off, only allows priority notifications and lets the lot through. It is very much like the iPhone but only more confusing to remember – but not a deal breaker.

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Side switch with three modes

The most important extra hardware feature, though, is the fingerprint scanner. Taking inspiration from the iPhone Touch ID sensor and the Samsung Galaxy S6 scanner, it sits under the Home soft key on the front of the phone. While it’s a bit slower than the iPhone 6 scanner, it’s about as reliable as the iPhone and I would say it’s accurate about 99% of the time.

It’s easily the best built phone I’ve used under INR 25,000 under hardware department. Kudos to the OnePlus 2

Good To Go Display

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Speaking of the display, it’s the same size and 1080p resolution as the OnePlus One, but it’s been improved in virtually every other respect. It’s brighter, has better colors and viewing angles, and is overall just better to look at than before.

The display on the OnePlus 2 is undoubtedly crispy and bright. The OnePlus 2’s beautiful display can perform in direct sunlight with 178 degrees of crystal clear viewing angles. These numbers have been culled from internal OnePlus testing which initially makes it suspect. It also has a 1500:1 contrast ratio, making for deep blacks and vivid colors. However, after taking it outside, the display is definitely visible in the sun.

Top Notch Performance and Battery Life

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Non Removable battery

Like its hardware, the OnePlus 2’s software can also be described as over the top performance – its Oxygen OS is a barely modified version of stock Android 5.1 Lollipop with just a few usability tweaks thrown in. The OnePlus 2 is lightning quick thanks to a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip. With up to 64GB of storage and eMMC 5.0 flash memory paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the handset was able to show off just how snappy its interface was.

The most ambitious change is the Shelf screen, which sits at the left of the home screen. It collects recently used apps and contacts and makes it easier to access them, but that’s about the extent of its capabilities. This is more or like the Spotlight screen on the iPhone and the News Magazine on the Samsung Devices – the only difference is that you CAN turn it off if you don’t like it.

Performance was smooth, apps never stalled, and I didn’t feel like the software ever got in the way. That’s because what you get is mostly stock Android. The tweaks you’ll find are smart and subtle, and never force their will upon users. That’s rare, and only bested by what you’d find from Motorola. Though the OnePlus 2 has a little of bloatware, if that’s what you like to call it. I found couple of really useful – and even if you don’t like the apps, you can go ahead and easily uninstall them.

With hardware and software so good, you’re probably wondering, “How is the battery?” I’m glad to say you’ll get plenty of life out of the OnePlus 2’s 3300mAh battery, which is a little bigger than the one included in last year’s model. It can easily last you a little more than a day as a moderate user.


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A lot of detail was put into was the camera. And I have to say: after peeping at images from a wide range of situations, the OnePlus 2’s camera did produce some great results – the laser autofocus works well and images are detailed. In good lighting, it can take really great photos, even providing a shallow depth of field effect in close ups. In poor lighting, however, it doesn’t quite match the image quality of other Flagships.

The laser auto focus however, is a on spot and brilliant. The laser auto focus on the OnePlus 2 sharpens and focuses the camera in just .33 milliseconds. That’s surprisingly fast.

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Additionally, the OnePlus 2 also supports 4K video and RAW images – where both will be available through an update shortly after launch. Aside from that zooming problem, the camera took crisp, clear photos with a definite distinction between its three shooting modes while being a quick snapper as well.

Hype of USB Type C and Lack of NFC

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USB Type-C Port

Equipped with a USB Type-C charging port, made popular by the new MacBook, the OnePlus is one of the few smartphones out that’s paving the way for the adoption of USB Type-C. It’s way more convenient. In one sense at least.

The downside is that you can’t use any cables you’ve accrued over the years to charge the phone. And if you lose the cable, replacing it could be a pain. Not only that USB-Cables are not easily available in India it’s also very expensive. It’s only really the socket that has changed too. You don’t get USB 3.0 speed. We like USB-C, but at this point using it is a mixed blessing.

Also how can you not integrate NFC into your device when taking into cost considerations. But unless you rely on NFC to get through the day, you shouldn’t avoid the OnePlus 2. That would be a horrible mistake. Although right now, NFC is still a power-user feature, but it’s clear that OnePlus’ main customer base at this point are power users, making it a strange omission.

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Final Verdict : The OnePlus 2 Is Easily The Best Deal You Can Get For a High-End Smartphone


If you are able to snag an invite and buy a OnePlus 2, you’ll be rewarded with a utilitarian device that’s more business than party, but is still pretty great. if you are able to snag an invite and buy a OnePlus 2, you’ll be rewarded with a utilitarian device that’s more business than party, but is still pretty great. Right now, the OnePlus 2 is a solid handset and asking INR 24,999 for the 64GB isn’t too shabby.


Display 5.5-inch 1080p
Processor 1.8GHz  octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor
ROM 16GB or 64 GB

5 MP Front Facing Camera

13 MP Rear Facing Camera with Laser Auto Focus

Battery 3300 mAh (Non Removable)
Water Proof NO
Operating System OxygenOS on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop

Get an Invite or Buy OnePlus 2 (Plus Invite Giveaway)

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If you have an Invite already and you are satisfied with our review and have made up your mind to buy the OnePlus 2 – then you can directly buy the OnePlus 2 from here.

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