OnePlus is eyeing the huge market with its OnePlus One smartphone by exclusively providing it online via Amazon India, not Flipkart, to be available from December 2 onwards.
The mobile phone OnePlus One is only available on the basis of “Invite” which will be sent by the company to those who subscribe its online newsletter. Aping the Xiaomi strategy, OnePlus procedure that has been made too clumsy and burdensome for buyers through “the invite only” process should be bought within two days only or 48 hours.
Price to be revealed later, though reports hinted at Rs.25,000 range, one has to enter his or her details at the contests and events page of the company to get an invite. Once the unique link is received, the user should register and press the BUY button on Amazon.in page.
The phone listed in ‘Sandstone Black’ on page should be selected and enter the invite code and proceed to checkout. If the device is not bought within 48 hours, then the user has to go through the entire process of regenerating the invite again.
Otherwise, the OnePlus One is an exclusive first smartphone in 3GB RAM range sporting features include 5.5″ display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, adaptive backlit technology for sharp display, besides the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with a quad-core processor at 2.5GHz with Adreno 330 GPU.
It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat version with a 13MP rear camera sporting IMX214 sensor with a six-lens array and f/2.0 aperture of quick shutter at the speed of 0.3-seconds, while the second one is a 5MP front camera. The only defect is that is comes in fixed 16 GB or 64 GB with no privision for microSD card.
From connectivity viewpoint, it sports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. The battery is non-removable at 3,100mAh capacity.
Here is a round up of reviews as they appear:
Giving the device 4-and-half out of 5 stars, Indian Express reviewer Nadagopal Rajan says, “OnePlus One can take on any flagship heads on and give a good fight.”
ON POSITIVE NOTE:
Saying that the device is “without doubt a flagship killer” Rajan writes: “The matte finish granite like rear panel syncs well with my concept of style and sophistication while a lot of my friends found the same weird. The design is minimalist in every sense and you have just the volume rocker and power buttons on either side.” On its performance, the writer says apps load fast and the user can move from one app to the other easily. On other scores, he gave the device full rating.
ON NEGATIVE SIDE:
With tweaked Android 4.4 Kit Kat version, the device, according to the reviewer, is loaded with Cyanogen 11S, which he says has some issues. “I noticed that often calls drop as soon as you have answered it. Then, some Android apps have trouble starting. Plus, some features like the call log take some getting used to.”
In an ironic reference to Indian Express review, the writer Nimish Sawant says, “Flagship killer or not, an impressive smartphone at Rs 25,000”, perhaps taking cue from the review in the Express and giving phone 8 out of 10 rating.
He says, “The Sandstone cover has a lovely texture which feels somewhat like a softer version of a regular sandpaper and it gives a great grip on the phone.” Finding the settings screen of the OnePlus One entirely different from the other Android phones since it comes with the Cyanogen Mod 11 distrbution of Android 4.4.2, he says: “CyanogenMod is the unique selling point of this phone which makes this phone pre-rooted and unique from most of the other phones out there which either come with a skinned user interface atop the Android OS or stock Android OS. One of the major advantages of pre-installed CyanogenMod firmware is that you have the root access and you can do a lot of customisations.”
On legibility in sunlight, the phone is given positive feed as the reviewer says his “Watching movies was a good experience on the One and there’s no visible light bleeding during dark scenes.” Even the video performance test too was positive with the output quite good.
However, the reviewer has more negative points to list than the Indian Express reviewer. To begin with, he says “OnePlus One does not have the Ingress Protection certification, i.e., it is not water and dust resistant.”
On call quality, he complains that “there were a lot of occassions, when on accepting calls the phone switched to speaker phone and we had to manually disable it.” On the AudioFX effects front, he says, “you need to invest in a pair is because the bundle does not include any headsets.”
On the video performance test, he says it is not a phone to shoot videos with while walking. “The lack of image stabilisation creates a wobbly video thanks to jitters or breathing movements. This will get even more pronounced if you are shooting 4K.”
Another flip-side of the OnePlus One is that the back of the phone heats up when shooting full HD or 4K videos, he writes.
On battery front, the official charger, rated at 2100mA, charges the OnePlus One 100 per cent in 2 hours 15 mins but takes 5 hours using a 1A charger.