Last year the OnePlus One surprised just about everyone by offering an experience comparable to a high-end flagship device at a far lower cost than established manufacturers are offering. The OnePlus One wasn’t perfect but there was plenty to like about it and the price made any issues pretty easy to forgive. The OnePlus 2 doesn’t immediately seem like a huge upgrade but OnePlus have made a number of improvements while still keeping the price low.
The OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor (the same one found in the HTC One M9) and the option of a 16GB storage version with 3GB of RAM or 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The rear-camera is 13-megapixel and has optical image stabilisation and the front-camera will be taking some high-resolution selfies with its 5-megapixel sensor. The internals are very much on par with the top flagship phones but at just $329 (just over £210) for the 16GB model and $389 (just under £250) for the 64GB model you’ll pay a lot less to get your hands on a OnePlus 2.
The OnePlus 2 has a 3,300mAh battery which is more than you’d get from other top Android handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9 and hopefully will mean you’ll not run out of juice even after a day of heavy usage. The OnePlus One didn’t feel too premium in your hand but the switch to a metal frame makes the OnePlus 2 feel immediately more like a premium device. There aren’t many dual-SIM phones on the market, let alone good ones so the fact the OnePlus 2 can handle two SIM cards is a relatively unique feature.
You get the same sort of features as many high-end phones such as a fingerprint sensor which OnePlus claim is quicker to pick up your fingerprint than Apple’s TouchID sensor and a phsyical switch to switch notification profiles is a great addition. You can purchase StyleSwap covers to change the look of your phone, something that isn’t for everyone but a great feature to those who prefer a more unique look to their phone.
Many manufacturers put their own stamp on Android with custom interfaces and dozens of pre-installed apps but The OnePlus 2 uses OxygenOS which adds some nice features and optimisations while maintaining the clean, stock Android look and feel. Over the next couple of years it looks like USB Type-C will replace micro-USB as the standard connector for phone chargers. Like Apple’s Lightning connector it’s reversible so you can just stick the connector in without ever worrying if it’s the right way round.
The OnePlus 2 is a great phone with some nice ideas but combine that with the price and you’ve got a device which is just begging to be bought. We can only imagine how great the OnePlus 3 is going to be! Getting your hands on a OnePlus 2 requires you to get an invite so you may have to wait a while but getting one will become easier over time.