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Would you switch to a big 5.5" phablet like the OnePlus One, if it offers you flagship specs at half price?

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Would you switch to a big 5.5
The OnePlus One announcement must have put the big names in the mobile industry in a jiffy to respond, as it's essentially a $300 phone that carries the specs of a $600 handset from a major manufacturer, and then some. It's still a huge 5.5" phone, though, which won't be to the taste of everybody, so we are curious to know if you would consider such a large gear, if it has the value-for-money ratio of the OnePlus One. The phone is about the size of the Note 3, but more narrow, and is larger than the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), or the Xperia Z2. Granted, its dimensions are far from the 6" monstrosities like the G Pro 2, but when it comes to one-handed operation, the sizable 2.99" (75.9mm) width still makes it impossible to reach the upper left or right quadrant of the screen with your thumb only.

On the other hand, you'll be sacrificing pocket and palm comfort, but getting a 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, stereo speakers, and a large battery, all for the price of $299 without any carrier subsidies. When we add the lean, mean Cyanogen OS that will be running on the phone, quick updates to the latest Android version are all but guaranteed. Thus, if size is of concern to you in terms of portability and pocket comfort, you might still be swayed by the amazing value-for-money proposition that comes with the OnePlus One. What do you think, can you stomach the phone's dimensions at this breakthrough $349 price point for the 64 GB version? Check it in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

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Would you switch to a big 5.5" phablet like the OnePlus One, if it offers you flagship specs at half price?
42.44%
1992 votes
(1992 votes) Size doesn't matter, I'm getting one as soon as it hits my place
41.12%
1930 votes
(1930 votes) The price is very tempting, but I'll wait for a few reviews before I leap to such a big device
16.45%
772 votes
(772 votes) I appreciate the value-for-money offer here, but still can't imagine carrying around and using a 5.5-incher

4694 votes

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posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:58 8

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


I wouldn't switch, I'll would definitely buy and use it together with my Z2 and the incoming G3!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:06 15

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Once you go phablet, you could never go back...

Trust me, my Note 3 is just wonderfully epic.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:22 5

26. jeso86 (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


had Note 2 and gave it to my gf, now I have Nexus 5 and don't regret it at all, it's just so much more comfortable in hand.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:45 3

34. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I get your girl loves it though...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:54 5

37. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


that's what she said

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:33 1

101. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Someone just HAS to say it, don't they?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:39 1

59. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


i see what you did there.. you sir deserve more thumbs up :P

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:03

113. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol I am glad you get it. lol

+1

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:54 1

38. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


I have a nexus 5 too, I won't trade it for a oneplus one despite its higher specs, though I wouldn't mind using it.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:14 1

46. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


note 3 >>> everything else.
it will only be dethroned by note 4.
btw does 1+1 have infra red? if not no.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:18 3

49. grams17 (Posts: 22; Member since: 10 May 2011)


is infra red that important?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:29

51. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


for some people yes. i like having all my remotes in one place. and i like to change tv channels in public places or wherever im invited. what you can do is limitless :) its fun.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 12:54 1

67. ianbbaa (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Funny how IR became a must for a phone :) actually, i was thinking about this One+ device but this comment made me to stick with a device with IR as it became my daily habit to use phone as a remote...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:11

55. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


More options smartphone has more smarter it is.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 03:15

114. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Hmm .. yes
I have had my note 2 for more than an Year now and I still love it But the only thing i miss Is the infra red :/

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 12:11 1

63. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3038; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


The size doesn't do it for me,but apart from that, the OnePlus doesnt support the LTE frequency my provider uses. And I like my Nexus 5 too much.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 12:48 1

66. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I am using a note 3 and it is amazing.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 22:33 1

102. express77 (unregistered)


4.7 inch(even 4.3 inch) is perfect size for me but since they are increasing day by day, I will just take what they offer with some choice.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 00:01 2

105. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Will surely shift to this because of monetary reasons alone ,64gb is a real steal

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 13:06 4

68. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


ITS TOO f**kING BIG

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 13:58 1

72. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Using 5.5" for a while and then see 5" you will said wth, is that iPhone.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 03:04

111. zhiae (unregistered)


Is this about 5.5 inch screen or buyn plus one?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:59 3

2. butteredjelly (Posts: 25; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I'm fine with my S5. But it is very tempting.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:16 5

47. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 May 2013)


S5 size is the most I can handle. Not being able to comfortably carry a phone in my pocket is a deal breaker for me, and the S5 is on the edge of being too big. Women have handbags so they can put a phablet in there, but as a man I usually only have my pockets to put it in, so unless you're wearing very large pants, I don't see how you can manage to carry around a 5.5" or 5.7" screen device...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:15

58. itzmando (Posts: 115; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I wear men's skinny jeans and reg. slim fit pants. My Note 3 fits perfectly fine in my pockets with no annoying awkward sitting or walking. I also have a Spigen hybrid case on my Note 3 that gives it an additional protection, thats the beauty of R&D from Samsung, they are able to package a 5.7 inch phone to be pocketable.

So it's pretty manageable.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:39

60. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 May 2013)


I guess it's a matter of getting used to it, but for the most part I've had the Note 3 for a short period and found it too cumbersome for my taste.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:52

61. itzmando (Posts: 115; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I have somewhat large hands and I dont find the Note 3 to feel awkward or a pain to hold. I like the size and the screen is still gorgeous. I agree that some cases when taking photos it can be difficult to take pictures.

It takes some getting use too, I had the Gnexus which was 4.6 in. screen and now I have a Gnote3 so the transition was intimidating but you'll get use to it.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 12:32 8

65. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


For god sake please don't use a skinny jeans unless you are a girl

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 13:16

69. deewinc (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Hahahahaha

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:59

87. itzmando (Posts: 115; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I see nothing wrong with wearing men's skinny jeans. I am not going to wear normal size pants that look baggy on me, this is not the early 2000s look anymore. Plenty of young men are wearing them who are slim built.

Accept it or don't comment with a derogatory word e.g. "pussy".

Thanks.

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