Dif­fi­cult to buy.

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

An­droid OS of­fers. OnePlus 2 has app-by-app per­mis­sion set­tings. While it's not a new con­cept, the OnePlus 2 does it makes the process feel more con­trol­lable than stock An­droid OS. There's also Shelf - a fea­ture that lists your most fre­quent con­tacts and apps, but it is es­sen­tially another ver­sion of Google Now. Pre­mium-grade qual­i­ties aside, the OnePlus 2 does carry the traits that make it a thor­ough Chi­nese-made smart­phone with fea­tures - even bad ones - bor­rowed from its harsh­est crit­ics. There's du­alSIM with LTE con­nec­tiv­ity on both slots, but no mi­croSD card slot. It may be one of the first com­mer­cially avail­able smart­phone with USB Type-C port, but it doesn't have USB 3.1 trans­fer speeds. The big­gest peeve is ex­actly the same one as its pre­de­ces­sor – you can only pur­chase the de­vice with an in­vite be­stowed upon you by OnePlus them­selves.

De­spite its short­com­ings, the OnePlus 2 is cer­tainly a grade above its mid-tier peers. To call it a flag­ship killer of 2016 is hy­per­bole, since it's only keep­ing up with the com­pe­ti­tion from this year's flag­ships. Nonethe­less, the OnePlus 2 is cer­tainly still an amaz­ing bang for the buck, if you can get an in­vite to buy one that is.

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