OnePlus One, the review of

OnePlus One

Today we will see the highly anticipated review of OnePlus One, a smartphone as expected by all of you readers, both for its incredible hardware configuration and for that promises to be an extraordinary quality / price ratio.

In recent months we have written a lot about OnePlus and it is now finally time to draw conclusions to understand if the media attention and the consequent expectation of the OnePlus One are justices of the same quality in the device.

OnePlus One, the review of

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OnePlus One: Design

OnePlus One
Although it can not be defined as an extremely innovative device, from an aesthetic and constructive point of view the OnePlus One is very well made. We have, in fact, already underlined the similarity of the device with the Oppo FIND 7 (of which we have proposed one exclusive review) but the general quality of the OnePlus One, albeit of an excellent level, is not equal to that of the current Oppo Top Range. Therefore, from this point of view, the price difference appears justified.

The dimensions of the OnePlus One are of 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm for a total weight of 162 grams well distributed.

OnePlus One

The OnePlus One features Qualcomm's powerful quad-core processor Snapdragon 801 da 2.5 GHz flanked by Adreno GPU 330 and well Ram 3GB. The device was launched in two versions that differ in the available storage space. What we are testing, from 16GB, and one with 64GB of internal memory.

Of the 16GB of internal memory well 12 are reserved for the user, for the installation of the app and the storage of personal files. This is something that we particularly like, especially because we have often tried devices with a limited amount of memory reserved for the user very thin, sometimes even reduced to a single GB.

If you need a lot of storage space, I recommend considering the purchase of the 64GB version, as the OnePlus One is without the expansion micro SD slot.

Here are the complete specifications of the OnePlus One

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The dimensions are generous enough so as not to allow easy use of the phone with one hand, mainly due to the absence of specific dedicated features.

OnePlus One

Very nice, and pleasant to the touch, is the effect between the satin and the rubberized back, as well as the general finishes; the OnePlus logo, for example, is carved into the body, making the finishes even more valuable. All these are details that can be appreciated and, in addition to technical specifications of course, is what generally makes us distinguish a premium device from a low-cost product.

From this point of view the OnePlus One definitely falls into the category of premium devices.

OnePlus One

In the back we find the main camera from 13 mega-pixels with double LED flash and aperture F / 2.0, with the same features that we have already seen on the Oppo FIND 7, or the ability to record videos in 4K and in slow motion.

As we will see later the video recording in 4K manifests one of the main bugs of the OnePlus One.

OnePlus One

On the back shell, moreover, we find the second / third (in total the microphones are 3) microphone for the reduction of the rustle, the OnePlus logo and the Cyanogen one.

On the left side there is the removable tray for the single micro SIM, flanked by the volume keys.

OnePlus One

On the right side, however, we find the only power button for switching on, off and stand-by the device.

OnePlus One

At the front we find, in order from left to right, the front camera from 5 mega-pixel, the notification LED, the brightness and proximity sensors and the audio capsule.

OnePlus One

At the center of the front body, which is not distinguished by extremely small frames, we find the large 5.5 inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, equipped with IPS technology, LTPS and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

OnePlus One

Below the display we find the three backlit touch keys (the menu key, the home key and the back key), unfortunately with a really low backlight level, but probably this bug will also be solved by updating the CyanogenMod 11S.

The functions of the three touch keys can also be transferred via software to the display.

OnePlus One

Below the micro USB port, the two JBL stereo speakers and the microphone, while at the top the only 3,5 mm jack for the earphones and an additional microphone.

OnePlus One

OnePlus One: Display

The OnePlus One features a diagonal display from 5.5 inches and resolution FULLHD 1920 x 1080 pixel. The panel is equipped with the technology IPS, with very good viewing angles and LTPS, therefore can also be used with wet gloves and fingers.

OnePlus One

As already seen on the FIND 7 you can wake up the smartphone with a double tap on the display, a feature that is much more precise and reactive on the Oppo. On the One, in fact, the response of the device is sometimes delayed or even it is necessary to repeat the double tap a second time.

In general, the OnePlus One display shows an excellent color balance, which are very realistic and well calibrated. In particular, blacks are very deep, while whites tend to slightly distort towards a shade of blue.

The brightness sensor works perfectly, with adjustments that are always very precise and fast. Furthermore, through a specific software function, it is possible to set the sensor behavior based on different levels of external brightness, in a range from 0 to 1000+ lux.

OnePlus One LUX adjustment

Excellent touchscreen, although, from time to time, I happened to have to repeat twice the touch to perform the operation required.

OnePlus One: CyanogenMod 11S

Cyanogenmod 11S - OnePlus ONe

As well as the other releases of CyanogenMod, even the 11s installed on the OnePlus One allows a good number of customizations by the user. A brief focus on the main features of the ROM is included in the video review.

OnePlus One: connectivity

The OnePlus One is equipped with support for 2G, 3G and LTE networks (category 4 with download speeds of 150 Mbps e 50 Mbps in upload). Furthermore, the 802.11 Wifi a / b / g / n / ac, the Bluetooth version 4.1, L 'NFC and GPS.

Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS tests have been absolutely perfect and reliable. In particular, the GPS has shown itself very fast in the FIX of the satellites, as well as very precise in navigation.

On the other hand, the telephone reception of the device is a sore point, absolutely not at the level of a TOP of the GAMMA. Very often, in fact, I happened to detect zero notches and then not being able to make calls.

Another bug, already well known, is what concerns the volume on reception in auricular capsule, so low that sometimes it was also difficult to communicate with my interlocutor. We will see with the update, which, as I have already pointed out, is already available and on which I will achieve a focus in the coming days, if this and other bugs will be resolved, so as to understand if it is a software problem or worse, a bugs of a hardware nature.

Even the audio in call with speakerphone is rather low, but certainly better than the one in the headset capsule.

OnePlus One: photographic industry

Now let's talk about the photographic section of OnePlus One.

The OnePLus One features a Sony 13 mega-pixel main camera, a good sensor accompanied by a good camera app, very complete, even if, in my opinion, a bit confusing and, I would say, in some functions poco "User-friendly".

In the pre-launch phase, the OnePlus One was the protagonist of a photo-comparison with a Reflex, a comparison that, in light of the results obtained in the context of this review, now appears to be very risky. With this I do not want to say that the OnePlus One camera is not a good level, indeed. The shots made for this review testify to the quality of the already known Sony IMX214 sensor from 13 mega-pixel.

Here are the shots made:

In particular, the macros are very detailed and in general good photos are made with good / excellent brightness levels.

Especially the photos in low light conditions are not up to the situation, as they are quite "noisy". However, the shooting level is still good.

OnePlus One: photos taken with active LED flash

I also found another bug related to the flash that, when it works, does it in an optimal way, with a good diffusion of light on all the elements in focus. I wrote "when it works" because some times, although it was enabled, the flash did not work.

OnePlus One: Panorama mode

Panoramic photo taken with OnePlus One

OnePlus One: Video in 4K

Regarding the video recording in 4K I detected a serious problem with the focus, as well as a bug related to the recording of audio that occurs in mono and not in stereo. Probably both bugs depend on this non-mature version of the firmware and, therefore, we will also talk about this in the next focus on the new software version.

Here is a video recording test in 4K

OnePlus One: Audio

The OnePlus One audio playback is performed by a pair of JBL stereo speakers. The two speakers provide good sound and playback, unlike what is seen for video recording in 4K, is done correctly in stereo.

OnePlus One App Equalizer

As for audio playback, the default app on the OnePlus One is Google Play Music. Very interesting the possibility to set the audio preferences (also live, during the reproduction of a piece) by the equalizer app, in which we will find, in addition to the possibility of acting on the settings through virtual potentiometers, even pre-sets.

OnePlus One: Performance

The results obtained by OnePlus One in the benchmark tests performed confirm the very high potential of the smartphone. Here they are summarized:

OnePlus One: Antutu benchmark - 36.713 points

OnePlus One: 3DMark benchmark - 19.492 points

OnePlus One: Quadrant, Epic Citadel, Nenamark2 Benchmark

OnePlus One - Benchmark Quadrant

OnePlus One - Benchmark Nenamark2

OnePlus One - Benchmark Epic Citadel

OnePlus One: Gaming

Thanks to the Adreno 330 GPU the OnePlus One guarantees in gaming a perfect reproduction of all the elements, as well as a very fluid gaming experience. The sound is also excellent, even if, from this point of view, the OnePlus One shows a positioning not really happy with the two JBL stereo speakers, since the same, during the game, tend to be covered by the hand in the handle. However, the sound is not particularly suffocated, also because fortunately one of the two speakers is always "discovered".

In the gaming test I performed with Real Racing 3 in the video-review you will have the opportunity to see the perfect reproduction of all the elements of the game (including details such as, for example, the view from the rear-view mirrors) and the fluidity of execution by of OnePlus One.

OnePlus One: Battery

Under the elegant cover of OnePlus One we find a 3100mAh battery that in tests was a bit 'discontinuous in autonomy. In fact, in the face of a few days of testing in which I managed to arrive until the evening and in which the device has shown great reliability in this regard, in others it has barely guaranteed autonomy for half a day of activity.

I got the best result in one day of intense use in which I arrived at 20.06 with a residual autonomy of 14%, with 3 hours and 39 minutes and 13 sec of display turned on a total of about 11 hours.

OnePlus One battery

In this case too, I underline what I mean by intense use:

  • 3G always active (with 3 email accounts in push, whatsapp, facebook, hangouts, skype and twitter with active notifications);
  • WiFi surfing of around 2 hours;
  • GPS navigation of 15 minutes about;
  • about 40 minutes of voice calls;
  • bluetooth always active;
  • use of the camera to realize some of the photos of this review;
  • use of the WordPress application to update;
  • about 15 minutes of gaming.

In a less intense dayon the other hand, with the display turned on for 2 hours and 30 minutes approximately I arrived with an 24% of remaining autonomy at about 22.20 on a total of 13 hours and 50.

So, a battery with autonomy certainly good, but on which I do not feel to express a definite judgment, which will be postponed to the next test performed with the new software version.

OnePlus One: Final considerations (provisional)

My opinion on OnePlus One, although, despite the bugs, is already quite positive, it must necessarily be postponed to the next test with the final version of the firmware.

For now, therefore, I will express a necessarily provisional judgment, in which the final rating of the device is negatively affected by the various bugs detected.

OnePlus One

I refer, for example, to the bugs of low audio in capsule, to that of the proximity sensor, to that relating to flash, to video recording in 4k, etc. All these are to be considered as more or less small problems of different nature and referred to different sectors of OnePlus One, which most likely will have been resolved with the latest firmware update.

However, having already run the tests on this previous version of the firmware, I preferred to give it to you anyway, also because in this way we will have the possibility to test the possible "reactivity" of OnePlus in the resolution of the problems.

OnePlus One

The provisional grade assigned to the OnePlus One is a 7 and a half tending to 8, an evaluation that, however, can potentially tend to top marks. The device, in fact, is equipped with exceptional hardware and OnePlus is a young company that has already proved to be very good at marketing, albeit with actions that, in some cases, have raised some criticism. But this, perhaps, is part of the game, a game in which we all, more or less unconsciously, play the role of participants.

The main problem remains the "how to buy the OnePlus One". By now you will all be aware of the various ways proposed by OnePlus: invitations, contest for the distribution of invitations, etc. but all of them translate, in reality, into a current non-availability of the product.

For our part, to give the possibility to at least some of you readers to try the OnePlus One, we started a contest, with which the lucky extract will have the opportunity to test for a few months the device.