OnePlus One ReviewOnePlus One 8.6
Not the very best, but definitely up there. The UI is clean-looking, and, with some exceptions, easy to navigate.
The OnePlus One is equipped with a 13-megapixel, 1/3.06'' Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor paired up with a dual LED flash. The unit has a wider-than-average, f/2.0 aperture, and a 6 lens setup that is said to eliminate color aberration and distortion at the edges. Up at the front, you get a 5-megapixel shooter that is actually pretty good.
Our only two complaints with the UI are that, firstly, the viewfinder shows a 16:9 preview, while the camera churns out snaps in a 4:3 aspect ratio. This makes it impossible to know exactly how much of what you see is going to end up in the processed image. And secondly, flipping through shooting modes is done with a vertical swipe up and down, and that can make it kind of hard to quickly get to a shooting mode that happens to be the farthest from your current one. This is made worse by the fact that effects, such as Sepia, Mono, and Posterize, are also on that list, taking up slots. Thankfully, you can remove those, and cut the list down to the essentials, and access the wealth of extra shooting modes (night portrait, snow, candelight, backlight, etc.) and effects (neon, emboss, negative) through the circular icon on the menu.
Turning to image quality, we've gotta say that the OnePlus One delivers on the whole. Perhaps most importantly, we came across no significant deviations in terms of color reproduction. That said, occasionally we got underexposed snaps that are too dark. As for HDR snaps, these are pretty good on the whole, though highlights occasionally get some visual artifacts added to them. Generally, images have a fine look to them, detail is good, and noise, while present, is kept at acceptable levels.
When indoors, the OnePlus One also does a decent job. Colors are, again, fairly accurate, though it should be noted that snaps are on the warmer side (and a few exhibit a slight pinkish hue). As for environments in complete darkness, the OnePlus One's dual LED flash configuration proved capable enough to illuminate just enough of the scene, allowing the camera to snap a fairly realistic snap. That said, don't let the addition of an extra LED flash fool you – we've seen more powerful implementations out there, and without an extra lamp.
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As for video capture, the One is solid. You get the now usual flagship feature set, including UHD and 4K DCI video capture at 30 frames per second (FPS), 1080p FHD capture at 30 FPS, and even slow-mo's that are shot at 120 FPS and 720p resolution. Thankfully, all of the above modes produce high quality footage.
The OnePlus One offers a well-rounded multimedia package.
The built-in Gallery is the only essential app that OnePlus and the CyanogenMode team felt needs direct intervention, and, to that end, the app here is skinned, and is more modern-looking. For whatever reason, the Gallery takes a about 2 seconds to open an image (thankfully, moving from one to the other is quick enough), and we never found a way to check out the expanded details of a certain photo (e.g. Resolution or EXIF data) through it, which is just odd. The video player, like with the stock Android Gallery app, is not stand-alone, and is instead only available through the One's Gallery. Again, oddly enough, video files won't show their name. That said, all the popular video encodings run smoothly at 1080p resolution.
As for music playback, the One again relies on a stock Google solution – Play Music. The phone's secret weapon is the AudioFX app that comes with a bunch of ready-made equalizer presets, and also allows you to add reverberation effects. The loudspeaker is potent enough to fill a small- to medium-sized room with above-average quality sound.
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