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Hardcore Android fans are hard to please. We should know. So for a new company to attempt to please the most vociferous of Android users with a high-end phone that also manages to compete on price is ambitious to say the least. But that's what OnePlus, with their One phone, is doing. And if a day or so with the phone is indicative of the overall experience, they might have actually achieved success.

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The OnePlus One fits squarely in the super-sized "phablet" category with a 5.5" 1080p LCD screen, and other specs like a screaming Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a 3100mAh battery, and up to 64GB of storage put it near the top of the Android pack. Throw in the fact that the One is running a customized version of CyanogenMod (labeled "CyanogenMod 11S," built on KitKat 4.4), and you have a truly unique combination of hardware and software. It doesn't hurt that the phone is being sold Nexus-style in an unlocked LTE flavor. At $299 for the 16GB model, you've got a device that's worthy of consideration for any hardware junkie... at least on paper.

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The One looks and feels like a high-end Oppo device, and that's probably no accident: it's a big, smooth slab, with sharp corners for the edge and nowhere else. The rear of the phone has a slight bow outwards like the Nexus 5, making it a little easier to grip than a flatter device like Sony's Xperias. The configuration is pretty standard - you won't find any rear-mounted buttons or swiveling cameras here, just your basic slate layout.

On the front the black screen contrasts with the white and chrome shell (the 64GB model is black), and the capacitive navigation buttons beneath the screen are just barely visible with a blue illumination. These seem a little out of place on a "pure" Android device, especially considering the odd ordering: a pre-4.0-style Menu button on the left, Home in the middle, Back on the right. You activate the Recents menu with a double-tap of the Home button, and slide up to see the Google Now button. Not everyone likes physical navigation buttons, and I imagine that even fewer of our readers will appreciate the non-standard layout. You can change this up in the software - more on that later.

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The screen is circled by a chrome-painted plastic ring that's slightly recessed, then the white shell underneath. The MicroUSB 2.0 port is on the bottom, flanked by dual speakers (real dual speakers - this isn't a prosthetic grille like the Nexus 5). The slim and slightly hard-to-hit volume rocker and power buttons are on the left and right sides, respectively, and the only thing up top is the headphone jack. On the back you'll find the camera and dual LED flash in a surprisingly compact chrome module, with classy logos for OnePlus and CyanogenMod, plus the typical model and FCC info.

The physical design is very standard, very sparing, but it works well. The One isn't going to turn heads like the HTC phone of the same name, and it's not divisive like the dimpled Galaxy S5, but it's more than presentable. Screen size preferences vary greatly, and I usually don't go above 5" for my personal machines, but I will say that the thin bezels and 8.9mm body makes the phone much easier to use than it might otherwise be.

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The most surprising thing about the OnePlus One is just how solid it feels, for lack of a better word. Compared to the Nexus 5 (which uses essentially the same slate design) it's a rock, and it's close to the admirable build quality of HTC and Motorola. I always think of the Nexus 5 as the phone equivalent of a pony car: it's cheap and powerful, but the build absolutely reflects the purchase price. The OnePlus One feels like it should cost much more than the $300 it does. I know that the decision to forego a removable battery is a divisive one, but I doubt that the phone could feel so solid if the back came off.

Software is CyanogenMod. That's it. If you've used a recent CyanogenMod 11 build, you know what to expect here: stock Android with lots of useful additions and tweaks. The "11S" build has some unique touches, most notably in the lock screen, but otherwise it's a more customizable version of KitKat, with all the speed and stability that this suggests. The Play Store and Google apps are included from the get-go, and though the phone is not rooted out of the box, tinkerers will be glad to know that the bootloader is easily unlocked.

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The navigation buttons deserve some attention here. Just like CyanogenMod loaded up on a phone with capacitive buttons, OnePlus One users have a choice between the build-in buttons and a somewhat superfluous virtual nav bar, which can be customized to a degree. You can switch between them in the settings menu. When the virtual bar is enabled, the button backlight (which is pretty dim to begin with) turns off, and the buttons basically disappear. It's an interesting approach, but I get the impression that OnePlus is trying to have its cake and eat it too and please all users, rather than making a smaller phone by omitting the hardware buttons. That, or they're simply recycling some Oppo components and letting CyanogenMod handle the software side.

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After a solid day of use, everything seems to be pretty impressive, with one exception: the earpiece. While the One can pull down a reliable AT&T HSPA signal even in my remote area, the speaker above the screen is weak and low even at the highest volume setting. You need to place it almost perfectly over your ear canal to hold a conversation, even in an entirely quiet room. It's also important to note the lack of a MicroSD card slot, which some who "Never Settle" might object to. The 64GB model, which will be available for a very reasonable $350, may mitigate this somewhat.

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We'll have a full and exhaustive review of the OnePlus One next week, include all the nuts and bolts of the hardware and software. If you have any questions or features you'd like us to pay particular attention to, let us know in the comments section.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • jonathan3579

    This will make a great spare phone or a great thing to throw my money at just because I want it.

    • flosserelli

      More like whatever phone you have now will become a spare. No way I'd buy this phone just to keep in a drawer.

      • jonathan3579

        Lol, that's probably true too. I told myself I'd slow down on phone purchases this year but that may not happen after all.

      • Christopher Loughrey

        I have the Note 3 already, which is a better phone, so I care little for this more inferior phone, but I'd be curious to get it just because and have as a spare when I don't want to take the Note 3 to places where it might get damaged.

        • Saurabh Ghosh

          I beg to disagree! This one would be a far better than note 3 from samshit with their shitty touchwiz interface and a better processor and camera!
          http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5665&idPhone2=6327

          • Christopher Loughrey

            I just download Nova launcher and Touchwiz is gone. I never really had much of a problem with Touchwiz anyway. Two of the the major problems I have with the One is it lacks removable battery and sd card expansion. 64GB will be gone in a day for me. It also lacks a 3.0 USB port.

          • Matthew W

            You also have to compare this to someone who is in the market for a new, unlocked (no carrier) phone. The price difference makes this phone the obvious choice if choosing between this and the Note 3 (or a lot of other standard high-end phones).

          • Christopher Loughrey

            Yes, well in Europe we are lucky to be able to buy official unlocked versions. I got my note 3 brand new unlocked in Germany a month ago for 400 bucks which is just 50 bucks over the cost of a 64GB One. So I'd definitely prefer to pay 50 bucks extra to by a better phone with more features and removable battery and SD card expansion. In the US no doubt the carriers will prevent the unlocked version from being available. You may head to At&T for the One.

          • Anon

            If 64 GB only lasts you 1 day then wouldn't any phone only last like 3 days at most for you?

          • Christopher Loughrey

            Yes, but at least I only have to modify every 3 days or more, not every day.

          • Anon

            I think you might consider buying one of those wireless hard drives. Don't feel like the phone is the issue here ._.

          • Christopher Loughrey

            Yes, well I'm holding out for a 128GB Note 4 at the end of the year. Paid 400 bucks for my Note 3 brand new and unlocked so I'll basically get all my money back selling it second hand.

      • curt hunter

        You should choose a phone that have a great functions and is highly rated, so...you're sure to use it and not just let it seat in your drawer ( see http://www.consumerschoice.com/best-phone-guide/ for example...)

    • athorax

      This is most likely going to replace my G2 on Verizon when I move to TMo. I'm sure the G3 is going to be a beast, but this phone is so inexpensive. The capacitive buttons are in the order that I use my on screen buttons anyway..

      • zacman83

        Funny, I'm in the exact same boat. My G2 has the perfect form factor IMHO, but my screen is glitchy and not covered under warranty (bought it secondhand). If the G3 is as awesome as rumors suggest, I might just re-up with VZW when the G3 inevitably goes on sale for $100 with 2-year contract. But switching to a GSM pre-paid with the OPO is definitely tempting...

        • Cerberus_tm

          Doesn't the person you bought the phone from have a warranty? There should be a way to have it fixed under warranty.

      • Stephan Hall

        Moving to T-Mobile might be good. But giving up on a G2 ....... wow ...... that's still all the phone a person needs. My T-mobile experience has been great. I'm still loving my Nexus 5 and won't be swayed. But Oppo ..... would be a good choice.

    • mike

      This was exactly my position, but I'm beginning to think now that my iPhone5 may take a backseat to this next month.

      • Christopher Loughrey

        Gosh, iPhone is so outdated!

  • Alex

    MY BRAIN JUST MELTED

  • Hobie Helbich

    I feel like the earpiece volume should be able to be fixed on the software side... unless of course it is just a pre-production mistake.

    God i thought the N5 was sexy... but the One Plus One definitely beats it!!

    If only I wasn't locked into a Verizon contract.... :(

    • Michael J Carroll

      Let TMo buy you out! IIRC, they'll credit you on your bill up to $300 for switching.

      • trickinit

        True, but only if you're buying a phone from them. Of course you could just turn around and sell said phone to get most of your money back.

        • Vito Lee

          And then use the money for this :D

        • Donatom3

          You can buy their cheap flip phone keep it as a backup and then get a micro sim for another phone.

      • Hobie Helbich

        I would have switched long ago, but I'm in a family plan, and the rest of my family is VERY against switching right now... hopefully i will be able to convince them soon though

  • EH101

    Definitely wouldn't even consider this device with 16gb and no microsd but 64gb internal?... What's a microsd?

    Only thing that would make 64gb internal better is usb 3.0 data transfer speeds, but I'd easily be convinced to put up with usb 2.0 speeds until the new model with usb 3.1 comes out next year. Also, glad they kept hardware keys but what I would give for mechanical over capacitive. Oh well.

  • Brian Utne

    I love those initial impressions blog posts that don't have videos to go along with them.

    Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike ;)

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/MAT0R0 ℳατoгo Ẕεɭɨρħ

    Like whooooaaaa! The OnePlus One reminds me of a sleek limo!

    But one thing that I would like to know is, how does the OnePlus One feel in the pocket? I am assuming it could get pretty uncomfortable, especially when sitting or jogging (unless you wear some baggy gangsta jeans).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Feels fine if you're used to phablet-sized devices. It's roughly the size of the Note 3.

      • Serotheo

        Shouldn't it actually be easier to handle than the Note 3 since it has a much more comfortable shape, design?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I didn't notice much of a difference, they're quite negligible. The point is, if you've used a phablet, you won't be surprised or shocked. If you haven't... then you better give it a few days and be amazed at how awesome phablets are.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Bigger than I like, but like I said, 5" is about as large a phone as I like. It's heavy and kind of sharp, much more noticeable than my more rounded DROID MAXX.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/MAT0R0 ℳατoгo Ẕεɭɨρħ

        Thanks! I got to remind myself once I get my hands on that phone to avoid doing parkour rolls, otherwise I might snap the phone in the process. Boy! It would really be a transition from my Galaxy Nexus to this!

        I don't suppose anyone knows any good 5" phone cases that could hold up against extreme parkour stunts? All I can think of is a phony fanny pack. :p

  • woodenoldgoat

    Just a heads up Michael the back does come off! You have to eject the SIM tray and then you need a gentle tug around the edge.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      That seems more like disassembly than anything else.

      • woodenoldgoat

        Let me know how it goes I am curious about the actual ease of removal.

  • Jerish Brown

    I really want to know how the camera is. Most Android phones have sub-par, or even unacceptable quality cameras (I have the M7 HTC One). I'm pretty sold on this phone, but the camera is going to be a big deciding factor.

    • David Li

      It uses the same sensor as in the Oppo Find 7(a). Aside from HTC's recent flagships, smartphone cameras on the android side have been pretty superb. Take a look at the Note 3's 4k footage, it is incredibly crisp.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Based on my very limited testing, yes it is quite subpar but I'd like to believe a lot can be done in further software updates.

      • Jerish Brown

        That's disappointing. Hopefully the issue is software side, not hardware. But hey, it's probably better than what I have now :P

        Thanks for the response. Looking forward to the review!!

        • Serotheo

          It should be a software side issue as it utilizes the very same sensor many other 13MP equipped flagships are.

          • Cory S

            Doesn't really make the problem any more likely to be resolved. usually the software "problem" is they cant afford licensing for good software. Most android phones have pretty good camera hardware.

      • bobygk

        Hey Artem, will it be possible to include couple of photos, including one in low-light, in next week's review?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I'm not the one reviewing it, but I'm sure Michael will address these in his review and possibly compare to an existing device he has.

          • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

            "Get to work, Michael!"

      • jnt

        So the leaked photos before this was released were hyped (or done on a tripod in perfect conditions)? I can't imagine them doing someth... oh wait...

    • Alberto Blasi

      Anything but subpar imho. You can check some samples i shot here:
      http://forums.oneplus.net/threads/photomania-albertos-oneplus-one-camera-photos.6466/

    • ainstushar

      Try LG G2 or Galaxy S5 or Xperia Z2... M7 HTC One has a pitiful camera. I switched from M7 to LG G2 and it was amazing!

      • Stephan Hall

        Love the G2! A lot of phone for todays price. About a little over $400.00 ... a steal!

  • RichHomieGuan

    the guys over here at AP and DroidLife both have a standing ground as mine... why are smartphones; especially Android smartphones, getting so god damn big? I understand that phone size is a preference which I'm not against on that sort of argument, but what I'm b*tching about is the fact that manufacturers are continually focusing on bigger devices! the Moto X is awesome therefore I'll wait until the new one in the coming days, in other words if the OnePlus One was the same size factor as the Moto X I'd be sold in a heartbeat

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      More people want bigger phones. You follow the dollars.

    • Jason Romero

      And also once you use a bigger phone it is hard to go back... from my experance anyway, been waiting for a 5.5" phone that wasn't a samsung device lol finally

      • Serotheo

        Well I guess it depends. I have a Note 3 and a Nexus 4 - going back in terms of media experience is very hard, but in terms of the ease of handling a smaller device it is wonderful. I remember when I first went from a G2x to an S3 and I thought it was hard to reach the top but I definitely have 0 problems doing that now.

    • Joe

      Need a global view here. Phones are international designs. A lot of big markets in Asia and Europe people ride hours on public transit with two hands and hours to spare to watch news and movies. Americans drives a lot therefore needs are different but we are the minority. Cars and gas are a lot more expensive else where.

  • jbkly

    THE biggest question I have left is what the battery life will be. I love my LG G2, but I still have yet to find the flagship phone that can be relied on to last all day in the heaviest usage situations, when I most need it: exploring a new city, relying on GPS navigation, using the camera, listening to music, and browsing the web in downtimes.

    • Linx

      See that's what I'm saying, what good are all these specs, quality feel, screen res, etc if the damn battery goes dead by quitting time.

      • Cesar B

        What kind of job do you have that you spend all day playing on your cell phone anyways? I can use my Nexus 5 and get almost 2 days worth of charge if it's used for work related stuff like calls and emails. My iPhone 5 work phone last 3 days on a charge and that's only calls, emails, texts.

        • scion676

          I'm one of those fabled heavy users where normal battery tests don't apply. I'm in sales and travel to multiple states on a regular basis. A normal day could consist of 4 hours of calls, 2-4 hours of navigation, an hour or 2 of hotspotting, 4 or 5 hrs of screen on time... etc... the only thing that's been able to keep up with my heavy usage for work is a Note 3 with an Anker 6400mah battery. But I'm the exception, not the rule.

          • Cesar B

            Wow, I would carry a charger and battery pack everywhere in that case. I have to plug in when using navigation cause that is a huge battery hog. I'm actually glad you revert to that as an exception though. That's not very common for daily usage. Usually people on here or xda bitch and moan that a phone has to be specifically designed for them only because of their super rare usage. I'd definitely buy you a beer just for that. Cheers!

    • lordmerovingian

      A phone could have a 10,000mAh battery and be as skinny as Kate Moss and someone would still find a way to not have it last a whole day and still complain about it not lasting a whole day. I'll bet there are lots of people (me included) whose LG G2's last them a whole day and more "exploring a new city, relying on GPS navigation, using the camera, listening to music, and browsing the web in downtimes", and there are others like you who need more.

    • Justin Foster

      Guess you've never tried a galaxy note device. My Note 3 lasts all day

      • Aki I.

        3100+ mah batteries Ftw. Something seems to have drained my note2 battery quicker than normal today and, without power saving on, I still have 30% left after 13 hrs and 2h50 screen time.. But usage type really does matter.

        • jibust

          Yes, you are draining pretty heavily, I get 6 hours screen time with my note 2 on a 14 hour day

    • sweenish

      Navigation shouldn't count, as you would plug it in. The battery should be able to hold steady while navigating. There's no excuse to not plug it in while navigating, especially if you know you'll need to phone to do a lot more.

      • jbkly

        It's hard to stay plugged-in when you're navigating around on foot or bike all day :)

        Also, it's not great for battery health to be discharging and charging simultaneously. Sure it works in a pinch, but that shouldn't be the requirement.

  • Linx

    Congrats to One Plus for making a fairly priced quality device. I personally feel that the sizes of these phones should have already maxed out a while ago, I can't speak for anyone else but my hands aren't getting any bigger.

    Also, at this point not having a removable battery is no longer an option for me. Just today I was with a friend who's iphone went dead & had to go crazy looking for a charger & a wall outlet. My Samsung S5 my have it's faults, but that spare battery in my pocket more than makes up for it.

    Lastly, I think calling this phone the "One" is a marketing mistake with an already better (LMAO Robert Downy JR & U don't want me to get started at the joke called HTC) branded new phone on the market.

  • IronPlumber

    You mention that the button layout is odd:
    "especially considering the odd ordering: a pre-4.0-style Menu button on the left, Home in the middle, Back on the right."

    I glanced down and noticed the layout matches my S3 although mine has a big home button.

    Checked the wife's S4. Same.

    Hmm. S5? Same.

    Ok, I gotta check. Grabbed the OG Galaxy S Captivate off the desk. Same (but all capacitive) but with a 4th button for search.

    Maybe they're just using what "most" people are used to seeing. I just found it interesting if not a bit predictable.

    • lordmerovingian

      Don't give yourself a potential aneurism trying to make "sense" of that statement. In their world, nothing else seemingly exists but "pure" Google/Android/AOSP etc..

      • Serotheo

        I'd say its a considerably odd experience when we're talking about the fact that OnePlus is using CM software and is surely supposed to be following Android Design Guidelines yet don't follow them and use the antiquated menu key. That's not to say it can't be re-assigned to recents in CM or even use the softkeys though.

    • RyanWhitwam

      The Galaxy S5 isn't the same. It has a multitasking button instead of menu.

      • IronPlumber

        10-4. I don't have one, just went through a few Google image thumbnails. Maybe that'll be the new layout for the OnePlus Two.

      • Guest

        There's no point calling it the menu button on the One, since it can be any button. Also: on such a big phone, using it as a menu button does make sense, IMHO. You just can't reach the top easily.

    • Rayun Mehrab

      Agree with you here, I've mostly used Samsung devices so far, and absolutely LOVE that they decided to go with the Samsung layout. Old habits die hard.

      • flosserelli

        Agreed. I am right handed and I use the back button a lot more than the menu button, so having the back button on the right makes the most sense to me. But props to the OnePlus team for making them customizable.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The good news is that you can re-assign any hardware button function, so you can make any layout you want. Unfortunately, the buttons will still display the menu and back symbols, but they're so dim, you won't even notice. So just remap to your heart's content and enjoy more screen real estate.

      • Double_a2013

        Exactly what I will be doing

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        Thank you, a die-hard android fan that can appreciate that hardware buttons mean more screen space... It seems most people here don't seem to understand that the bottom bezel can't get "much" thinner than it already is and therefore why not use the space.

        On the topic of this phone, I love how they've solved it by giving the user the options, maybe if they expanded this idea and had the possibility of having the buttons change what they're displaying (Thinking along the lines of only having a few presets for each position) would make this perfect.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I agree, but alas, I don't think that's the case with this device.

  • Josue D. Lopez

    Please tell us more about some hidden feature, like the possibility of radio FM and some screenshot of that app. Greeting from Argentina!

  • Matthew

    Great looking phone and price but I feel it's just a bit too big for me and my small hands. Then again going from the Nexus 4 to 5 I thought the 5 was way too big, was wrong there... wish I could get my hands on this first to test somewhere.

  • lensgrabber

    I want this phone but the invite system almost guarantees I won't be getting one. By the time it's open for normal purchases it will probably be July or August. Let's see what the Moto X+1 brings to the market.

  • hp420

    I've heard rumors of 3 launch firmwares to choose from. I believe they were CM11, CM11s, and AOSP. Does anyone know if this is true?

    • awaaas

      CM11s, Smartisan OS, MIUI and recently they announced ColorOS (as seen on Oppo and some other phones as well) as well.

  • freedomispopular

    I don't know, would it be really be that much smaller if they had omitted the hardware buttons? That lower bezel is basically the same size as the Nexus 5's. Kudos to them for giving people the choice.

    • Sqube

      I'm conflicted here. On the one hand, yay for options. But on the other hand, why do something like that and go with a non-standard setup? I understand that every manufacturer is trying to get as many phones in hands as possible, but I don't think the One is going to be battling the S5 (or the other One, or the G3...) for supremacy any time soon.

      • freedomispopular

        My understanding is that people on that side of the world love hardware buttons, and that layout is what they're used to.

        Me, I couldn't care less...I'd just disable the lighting and use Xposed to change the button functions.

        • marhensa

          the problem with hardware button is there's menu button but no recent / multitask button. i dont really care it's on screen button or hardware button, as long as recent app button is there, i'll love it.

        • Jay T

          There's no need for Xposed. Cyanogenmod has the ability to change the menu button to a recent apps without any modding.

          • freedomispopular

            Oh, that's cool. OmniROM is the same way. Though I still prefer Xposed Additions because if the added flexibility in comparison.

    • Serotheo

      I doubt it'd be too much smaller - capacitive keys, from what I understand, are usually an extension of the touch layer of the display panel. So, like the HTC One logo hack, its not really a big deal to enable or disable that touch layer - it'd likely not alter the design.

  • Anthony Michael Lipani

    most likely gonna sell my htc one m8.. i have the gold one so i can probably get a few extra bucks for it. use $300 to break my verizon contract , use the rest to put towards the 64gb Oneplus one and head over to AT&T .. wasnt even a thought before i saw this phone but i want this thing for sure

  • Ray Charles

    android over iphone any way. althought the new bigger iphone with bigger screen is going to be tempting

    bathmate

  • shlk7

    Have there been any software updates (towards the final release version) that have reached you yet?

  • warren

    In the last image of the article does anyone else see the gamecube logo?

  • Aditya Swaminathan

    Do a comparable battery test guys. Something like GsmArena or PhoneArena. Don't just say it lasted a day of twitter and videos. We can't make anything out of such a statement.

  • Masson Liang

    Is this the final production unit?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Near-final hardware but not final software, we were told. In fact, an OTA should roll out any day now. 

  • RH

    Hope you give a rundown on how well bluetooth works, because I haven't held a phone to my ear in 4-5 years...I BT everything.

  • mikeym0p

    The lockscreen intrigues me, I hope 11s is easily pulled apart

  • Mark Camenzuli

    ”but I doubt that the phone could feel so solid if the back came off.”

    I thought the back cover did come off. The battery is just not user replaceable.

    • moehre

      so it is!

    • JaySee

      Yep, the back comes off to show off the big RED battery laughing in your face that you can't swap it. LOTS of design flaws for a company that claims to focus on design above all else: speakers in the wrong place, capacitive buttons in the wrong order with an outdated button, no SD, no IR, no USB 3.0.

      • Zombie

        Well, it's 349$. Is a Nexus 5 better than the 1+1?

        • JaySee

          Is that an actual question, or are you being facetious?

          I hate the Nexus 5 design and the general design philosophy of Google Nexus. No SD, no buy. No swappable battery in a phone, no buy. On-screen buttons, no buy.

          • Zombie

            Cool, you can always spend double that price (unlocked) and get a Samsung device.

          • JaySee

            Nope! Not unless Samsung fixes their design and bloat. I'll just wait until OnePlus fixes their design flaws, Project Ara goes live, or another company does something better. If you had a brain, you'd figure out from this: "capacitive buttons in the wrong order with an outdated button" I have no favoritism towards Samsung.

          • Paul Taylor

            Wow. You and I will never buy the same phones as each other then. You probably refuse to buy cars that don't have CD changers in. Each to their own.

          • JaySee

            I refuse to buy things with backward design, so no I would not want a car with a CD changer. I wouldn't want a car with a stupid hard drive in it either. The car should have no CD drive and an SD card slot instead. Moving forward, not backwards like Google Nexus.

          • Paul Taylor

            Fair enough, but it's only your preferences that deem an SD card slot is moving forward in this cloud-based era. You're the customer, I think you should be able to get what you want. But we don't all want the same thing.

          • TechAce01

            The cloud doesn't work for everyone. The very places I need allot of data are the very places I have little to know data connection. ie Road trips, visiting friends and family outside of metro areas, etc.

            Also there are more variables in the equation when dealing with the cloud vs. and micro SD card. For example, in order for the cloud to work, you need a stable internet connection, enough data allotment if you have a capped plan, a fast enough connection to avoid buffering, good battery life, (Because powering the cellular radio drains more power than scanning local storage) and most importantly a source that holds your data.

          • JaySee

            See above. There's no reason to delete the option of an SD slot. It doesn't hurt those that don't want it. Cloud is stupid for a mobile device unless you have unlimited 4G data AND connectivity everywhere you go.

          • Stephan Hall

            ever heard of Wi - Fi?

          • JaySee

            I can tell by your replies, especially this one, that you're an absolute moron. What part of MOBILE device do you not understand? Do you not understand that wi-fi is NOT MOBILE? You can move within a restricted area. Do you have free wi-fi everywhere you go? Get a clue with your backwards iPhone wannabe Nexus.

          • Stephan Hall

            Yeah I do have wi-fi most of the time. The definition of a mobile device is as defined "A mobile device, which is also referred to as a handheld, handheld device or handheld computer, is a pint-sized computing device. Mobile devices usually come with a touch or non-touch display screen and sometimes, even a mini keyboard.

            There are many types of mobile devices, the commonest among them being, mobile phones, smartphones, PDAs, pagers and Personal Navigation Devices."

            Tell me you friggin "Idiot" ...... where is Wi-Fi in that description according to the webster dictionary or any other description?

          • Stephan Hall

            yea .... Nexus is backwards ....... when I am using 4.4.3 and you will be reading about it! Nexus 5 .... best phone I've every had. You can call Nexus whatever ...but backwards ..... are you kidding? Your an idiot!

          • JaySee

            Have fun with the best phone you "every had." It's a cheap iPhone wannabe and a dumbed down LG G2.

          • Stephan Hall

            Oh .. I am having fun .... with the rest of the android developers and hard core enthusiasts that use the Nexus phone as their preferred "go too"! I'm having a blast!

          • Stephan Hall

            "Apple fan-boy Alert"!!!!

          • JaySee

            LOL! This is the best!

          • TechAce01

            That car analogy doesn't hold up because if you don't like the stock radio, you can always install an aftermarket one.

          • sluflyer06

            By your criteria that certainly limits what phones you can buy

          • JaySee

            Yes, at the moment it is 0. I hope OnePlus lives up to it's motto and makes an actual phone with good design or Project Ara comes so I can have the phone I want.

          • sluflyer06

            Are you sure you NEED that much storage? You can't listen to 6 months of music in a day or even a week, and there are better options for storing mass amounts of video if you need that much at once (since you can only watch so much in a day) like using USB otg to an external drive. I'm just curious how 64GB is not enough in a phone.

          • jibust

            Some people wiht multiple devices obviously will have issues without an SD. Think about it, just pop your sim and SD and you will have all your music/media in any phone you use.

          • JaySee

            Yes! Not even switching between phones, but to a car, a tablet, a PC. You can easily pop the card in and out of multiple devices without having to worry about wifi connections, bluetooth compatibility, NFC, internet connection to get on a cloud, etc. It only costs manufacturers a few cents to put in and does not take up a lot of space on the device. It's a lot better than carrying around a USB OTG everywhere you go. Bottom line is, it's an option for the user and there's no downside to not putting it in.

          • DirkBelig

            Basically no phone by a Samsung suits your "standards" and you don't like their "bloat" so there is literally no phone that you will buy. Why are you even here other than to whine your butthurt over the lack of this or that? Pffft, Baby.

          • JaySee

            I know you're just an idiot troll, but at least TRY to follow the thread to make a relevant troll post. You're not even close to the topic.

          • DirkBelig

            Why do whiny butthurt haters always accuse others of being trolls when they decline to join in the hater pity party over how butthurt the hater is that no one is meeting his exacting needs for a phone that doesn't cause butthurt.

            Bub, just own your hate and own your butthurt and quit demanding everyone put butter on it and agree to hate along with you.

          • JaySee

            You're a troll because you add nothing to the conversation but your immature insult: "Why are you even here other than to whine your butthurt over the lack of this or that? Pffft, Baby." You're so stupid you forget or don't know the topic of this entire page is OnePlus One, not Samsung.

          • Stephan Hall

            It's not about trolling or etc. It's that you give the impression that the only good opinion is yours and you criticize everything else. Your the idiot.

          • JaySee

            You're the idiot. You might want to get the grammar right when you try to troll.

          • TechAce01

            I'm in agreement with you. The *only* reason I'm using a Samsung device is because it has a micro SD card slot, a removable battery, and captivate buttons. (the physical button is a plus, but I can live without it)

          • Mickey A Valentine

            So Ubuntu design, mashed with SD up to 10TB, Electromagnetic charge like Nikola Tesla wanted to wirelessly power a device, booming beats sounds system, coupled with mind predicting implants as buttons and keyboard, and wireless network body implant for continuous connection to sync to your car.

            Jus kidding, I get the SD Thing and battery since I use that a lot, my gnex is great but an SD would be nice, but they're limited to 128gb. Mac can't even satisfy my needs for 26TB or movies, music and photos. (never had real buttons though for a phoneany buttons seem pointless sadly)

          • Stephan Hall

            Don't pay attention to Jay see .... he's still got his flip phone waiting for the one phone that meets his approval!

  • hyperbolic

    Looks great!
    Looking forward for full review

  • Sophia Patel
  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    You know, now that I think about it - if all OEMs started including the same feature for turning on either capacitive or onscreen buttons like on OPO, this could make, for example, Samsung devices so much better and actually usable

    • Omar

      Samsung will always have a physical home button, it's their "thing". Kind of defeats the purpose of having an onscreen button as well as a physical home button, don't you think?

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Yep, that's why the Home button needs to go away

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    No Qi wireless charging is a disappointment...

  • GeesRiK

    If you can do something in the review about the 120fps slow mo, and how the software does it. no one seems to be doing anything on this. I'm hoping its like the Sony Z2 where you can slow down and speed up your video in the bits you want, not just take one long slow mo video.

  • Roi Katz

    It's HUGE!

    • Guillaume

      She said that to me too

      • Roi Katz

        She just wanted you to feel special.

  • Markoff

    how is Back capacitive button on right odd choice? I always find odd to put it in left side, since it's more important button than Menu button and more people are right handed so now try to reach with your thumb Back button on left especially with 5.5" mobile...

    • flosserelli

      No matter how good a product is or what it offers, some people will bitch & moan. Those same people also conveniently ignore the fact that these buttons can be customized in the settings, or they just choose to complain. Some people would bitch about getting a blowjob.

  • Eszol

    But, I want that snarky David to do the review :-(

  • Chris P

    I'm gonna be That Guy and say that the legacy menu key and backward (heh) back button are deal breakers. Sure, you can disable or even remap them, but it doesn't change the fact they exist. Being 5.5" doesn't help either...

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Agreed. I want this phone, but my OCD is going to know those damn buttons are there even when I turn them off.

  • ekerazha

    Nice pan... waiting for a 40″ model.

  • Caleb hancock

    great article so how about an invite? :)

  • Umar Ghouse

    Alright! Looking forward to the review!

    One question though, Can you change the layout of both the capacitative buttons and the virtual buttons or just the virtual ones?

    • flosserelli

      CM lets you change hardware button assignments.

      • Umar Ghouse

        Alright sweet! Thank you for the reply flosserelli :)

        P.S. CM is awesome. :D, Stock android could really do with a few of these features ;)

  • rickneworleansla

    I'd like to hear more about the hands free features in your full review. How well does the voice wake/unlock work for making phone calls, sending texts, and searching? Can you set a custom wake command? Does it trigger Google now, use its own feature, or strictly wake where you can then "OK Google"? Any extra battery drain for this or does the 801 work well? How is the speakerphone and mic clarity/volume? Can you wake, dial a number, and set to speaker phone completely hands free? Can you wake and send a text completely hands free? I use my current note on speaker 95% of the time while multitasking so this is real important for me, especially for a larger phone.

    My other questions may be a little more difficult to answer. Can you set the One Plus to a completely stock android look and feel? I'm guessing installing the GEL will work but what about the dialer, texting app, etc? How quick and often will the updates come after new Android releases? Will there be nightlys released for this device? Any word on this from One Plus?

    Thanks!

  • Aaron Stevens

    Has the onboard storage been benched? Was wondering why this phone is affordable, and had a suspicion they might have cheapened out on the onboard storage.

    • Zombie

      It's eMMC 5.0, the fastest flash memory now available. It's theoretically capable of a transfer rate of 400 MB/s.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    I'm impressed. I think the button choice option is a great idea. I usually don't like capacitive buttons, but it does seem to give more room on the screen, which is cool. This may have to be my next phone. Although, I await the review for more specifics.

  • Kostas

    How is the screen response on this one? In a lot of videos it seems
    to lag quite a bit behind the actual touch. How is the screen quality
    (brightness and colors) compared to an S4 for example?

    Thanks for your time. I hope to see those answered in your review :)

  • greyski

    The only thing stopping me from proverbially "pulling the trigger" is lack of LTE on 1900. After the T-Mobile LTE expansion gets rolling it puts the nexus 5 in better straights network wise.

  • McLean Riley

    Why does it not have QI? It's a $3 add on at most. If the battery is non removeable, I would think that QI is a no brainer.

  • h4rr4r

    Back on the right?
    Go home One Plus, you're drunk.

    • Michael Pahl

      S4 is the same.

      • h4rr4r

        It is, but not sure why that matters.
        Samsung does it on just about every phone and it is one of the reasons I avoid them.

  • Semianonymous

    Can you do some size comparisons using as large a variety as phones as possible, or at least compare it to another 5.5in phone?
    Pretty please and thank you

  • yankeesusa

    I have to say, this phone looks really nice. I wish they would allow people to buy it now. I don't mind the size since it's like getting a note 2 again.

  • keith

    I can get over the missing card slot (due to the 64GB onboard), but the earpiece is a little bit of a surprise downer. I already have trouble hearing calls on my current phone, so hearing this is low volume is kind of sucky. Let's see

  • fallenyogi

    I hate to be that guy, but what's the wallpaper on the OnePlus One? I still really miss the original "Galaxy" live wallpaper from the 2.1 days.

    • Net Workdood

      Wallpaper is an easy fix - download an app or upload your own to the device...

      • fallenyogi

        Sorry, I mean I love this galaxy wallpaper in these photos, and I want to know where to find it.

  • Dave

    Guys: Based on some further information I've been reading on ONEPLUS ONE forums, it sounds like this was a software issue that will be remedied when the device gets released en masse. Let's hope...

  • Bill B

    What's the battery life like. If possible, can you simulate heavy use (I'm a travelling consultant and rely on my phone a lot throughout the day and evening).

    I'm also wondering if they will be able to offer a back cover that has wireless charging built in.

  • Vinnie Vegas

    I hope the earpiece volume is louder in the released version. That would kill it for me.

  • http://www.bloodflame.com/ Patrick

    I'm looking to upgrade from my Nexus 4 this summer, and I'm having a really tough decision between this and the Find 7, considering I could even get the Find 7 in Canada. And I'm talking the real F7, not the dumbed down "a" version.

    Price is definitely a deciding factor. The 64GB OnePlus is still half the cost, and although the F7 seems a little better on paper, I'm not sure it's really worth double the price.

    First world problems - gotta love 'em :P

  • Stephan Hall

    Everybody can't be happy. I like this phone.What i say is not a criticism because many are okay with it. But, for me .... it's to big! I'm a big CyanogenMod fan too! if it were between 4.7 and 5" .... i'd be tempted. However, The OnePlus one gets my applaud. I love it. Samsung and the rest might take note. It's great what has been done here.

  • Justin Merithew

    Hoping these guys come out with a real "mini" at some point, and not a super neutered phone like the other companies do. I think a 720p screen is perfect fine on a small form factor phone, but gimping the ram and cpu is just lame.

  • Bequer

    Hey some of you know if this phone comes factory released to use it here in Latin America.

  • Abhishek Adhikari

    What the camera quality looks like is it good or an average one??????

  • Francesco Sgnaolin

    A quick impression on battery life? :) I can't wait a week

  • Valerio

    I'd like news on the notification led. Could i change its color?

  • pretobrazza

    For years I stuck with my Samsung Mini G-S5570 while awaiting a miracle which might bring all the good elements together in one tool - I think this day has finally come true with the One Plus One ..

  • joykiller

    Will this phone allow the use of my att sim card.

  • Louis

    don't forget to review the voice wake up Moto x style too

  • Belaar

    In the full review I'd like to know more about the dual speaker sound quality. I'd like a comparison if it's better or worse than other flagships out there, and in what way.

  • Net Workdood

    The phone reviewed was not the final production of the phone...just to let you know....

  • Jamnick

    "Hardcore Android fans are hard to please" - yep - they want some stupid features like ability to actually buy phone.

  • Masol the king

    It would be nice to get a good camera comparison to compatitors like the s5, 5s, m8 etc...

  • Madhav

    Is the inadequate uncomfortable experience of holding a conversation with what you've said about the earpiece a deal breaker then? Because at the end of the day, its supposed to be a phone. No?

  • nick

    Why hardware keys?

    ( http://goo.gl/ZDTX1N )

  • stop.spamming.notinterested

    yeah go suck your uncle in your uncle's jeep and record a video and upload that to internetwork from your only working pc at home.

  • 33mt11

    @jonathan3579:disqus@flosserelli:disqus, that's if you can get a way to actually purchase this, for you who's not following the news, the only way to purchase this phone officially is through an invite, so other than that, probably you could get them through ebay with a heftier price

  • BronzeLincolns

    the phone will basically be out for everyone late june. it will go to select people who get invites before that.

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