OnePlus 2 Review


OnePlus 2 - Software Overview
As we all know OnePlus 2 is a sequel to one of the most successful phone OnePlus One in era of smartphone all thanks to its powerful specs and most of all its price point which made it best in the category phone and a surprise hit.
So far, the OnePlus 2 has been doing just that with amazing specs like 4GB RAM and latest 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor oupled with its new Oxygen OS and a lovely screen it has impressed already. The phone was launched in July 2015 and now officially available on Amazon without the invite which was not the case when OnePlus was launched.
 

Specs and performance

OnePlus 2 specs
The OnePlus 2 is lightning quick thanks to a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip, the four Cortex-A57 cores runs at 1.8 GHz and four Cortex-A53 running at 1.56 GHz. With up to 64GB of storage and eMMC 5.0 flash memory paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM for 64 GB model, and 3GB RAM for the 16GB model. Well in shorter version, the OnePlus 2 is fast and future proof.
The GFXbench benchmark score of OnePlus 2 really impresses:

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As many people suffer from their smartphone getting heat up, well you don’t need to worry about heating issues with OnePlus 2 does not suffer from overheating issues and performance stuttering. Still, unless you’re holding the phone in landscape you usually don’t notice it even if that happens.

Software Overview

OnePlus 2 - Software Overview

OnePlus 2 will be shipping with OnePlus own operating system, OxygenOS. The Oxygen launcher aims to bring a nearly vanilla Android experience enhanced only by few, but useful software tricks. OnePlus has also added fingerprint security support as well as drivers for the new Type-C USB port – both will be coming as part of Android 6.0. There are also configurable capacitive keys, a few nice gestures and some advanced UI customizations. Most of the Android interface is intact – it’s the Material design and icons we first met in Android Lollipop. All vanilla Android fans will be pleased to find out OnePlus touched almost nothing as far as homescreens and menu visuals are concerned.

Hardware Design

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The Phone’s design and build quality of OnePlus does well to tastefully improve a familiar design. The magnesium alloy frame is a strong but not overdone accent, while the back of the phone has a texture called Sandstone Black just as before but the finish and texture are somewhat different and more plastic compared to the OnePlus One.

OnePlus 2 Covers

In addition to OnePlus’ signature Sandstone Black there will be a range of covers including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar. The additional styles can be bought from the OnePlus website. At just 175 grams, the OnePlus 2 has a nice weight to it and is noticeably heavier than the OnePlus One. It’s also visibly thicker than its predecessor.

The OnePlus 2 is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, which is another feature the OnePlus One didn’t have. Users can now wake and unlock the device with one of five stored fingerprints supposedly in less than half a second, though I didn’t notice it loading up particularly fast. Additionally, the OnePlus 2 features an alert slider for quick access to custom notification settings. Unprecedented on an Android device, the alert slider can silence the device with a simple click.

Camera

OnePlus 2 Camera-lens

The OnePlus 2 has a 13MP rear facing camera that boasts six physical lenses, a dual LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture. Perhaps most impressive is the sensor, which contains large 1.3 micrometre light-collecting pixels to deliver low-light shots. The Oxygen launcher brings a custom camera app, which offers very clean interface and just few settings. The available modes are Photo, Video, Panorama, Slow Motion and Time-Lapse. The standard Photos mode has some advanced shooting modes as HDR, Beauty and Clear Shot. The Clear Shot option snaps 10 photos and combines them into a single image for better quality.
OnePlus 2 Camera
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.

Display

OnePlus-2-display

The OnePlus 2 comes with a 5.5″ screen of 1080 x 1920 resolution for a pixel density of 401ppi, this 5.5inch full-HD IPS panel can’t live up to the ultra-crisp Quad-HD resolution of phones such as the Galaxy S6 and LG G4, but OnePlus balances between a decent display and one that places too much drain on the battery. Comparing S6 we will be fooling you by saying that you can’t tell the difference but the display on OnePlus’ screen is very decent nonetheless, and the company is keen to point out that its 600 nits brightness compares well to the 559 nits of the iPhone 6. Viewing angles are good, too, at 178 degrees.

Battery life and Connectivity

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OnePlus 2 is powered by a non-removable 3300 mAh battery, coupled with the brighter screen and the upgraded hardware. Despite our concerns, the OnePlus 2 scored a respectable overall rating of 61 hours – the expected time between charges if you use the device for an hour each of calls, browsing and video playback a day.

oneplus 2 -USB type C

The OnePlus Two offers a solid connectivity package with quad-band GSM, and a combination of HSPA and LTE bands, the supported LTE is Category 4, which means theoretical maximums of up to 150Mbps of downlink and up to 50Mbps of uplink, there’s stereo Bluetooth 4.1, as well as microUSB 2.0 with On-the-go support and not to forget OnePlus Two is among the very first devices to support USB Type-C.
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Note, however, that the Chinese model sold by Geekbuying does not support 800MHz/Band 20 LTE. This means OnePlus 2 customers (which is the only UK network to rely solely on 800MHz for 4G) will not be able to get more than 3G connectivity. O2 customers looking to buy the OnePlus 2 will need to get the UK or India/SEA version (sold directly through OnePlus) which does support 800MHz in order to benefit from 4G.
Well to mention OnePlus 2 doesn’t support NFC and an IR blaster either.

Connectivity Options
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
NFC No
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

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Ayush Chandel
A tech enthusiastic,developer and blogger who loves to write about technology and help bridge the gap between techies and mainstream readers. Always ready to suggest people on technology and especially the web development. He's also the Founder of this site and just hate Taylor Swift.

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