GG Choice: OnePlus One

A flag­ship smart­phone at half the price.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi Singal

De­signed for a smart­phone user who is look­ing for an up­grade, the OnePlus One was one of the most awaited smart­phone of 2014. Yes, it is a flag­ship smart­phone, but it is priced at less than half the cost of the iPhone 6, or even the Sam­sung Galaxy Note 4.

The first smart­phone from OnePlus, the One has got the best set of spec­i­fi­ca­tions. A solid built, 5.5-inch full HD touch dis­play; 2.5 GHz quad­core pro­ces­sor on Snap­dragon 801 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB in­ter­nal stor­age, Cyno­gen OS based on An­droid 4.4, and much more.

Weigh­ing 162 grams, the One has got a slightly curved back from the edges that make it look sleek and easy to grip. The 64 GB vari­ant launched in In­dia has got a good sand­stone fin­ish. The front is neat and has got a OnePlus logo along with Cyanogen writ­ten on the rear. Run­ning on CyanogenMod ver­sion 11 based on An­droid 4.4, the user in­ter­face is sim­ple and the phone gives ac­cess to all the Google ser­vices.

The One has got two themes that com­pletely change the look of the UI, in­clud­ing app icons and even fonts. I spot­ted ges­tures un­der set­tings where dou­ble tap­ping un­locks the dis­play, draw­ing a ‘v’ turns on the torch, and draw­ing a cir­cle launches the cam­era, all from the lock screen it­self. There wasn’t any lag while down­load­ing apps, switch­ing be­tween the run­ning apps, and even play­ing heavy graphic games. How­ever, at times, I was not able to search con­tacts from the dial pad. Just shut­ting the di­aler app and launch­ing it again worked.

The 13 MP cam­era on­board does a de­cent job un­der proper light­ing. There is a 5 MP cam­era for cap­tur­ing self­ies. There is also an op­tion of cap­tur­ing videos at 4K res­o­lu­tion. The One comes with two SIM trays, a 3100 mAh bat­tery that eas­ily lasts a day.

ONEPLUS ONE

21,999 for 64 GB PLUS: Dis­play, price MI­NUS: No Cyanogen for fu­ture stocks

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