Here is the one striking similarity between OnePlus and Apple

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Everyone seems to have strong feelings about Apple and that's no surprise: the company is a hard-liner and makes some of the world's most popular products.

It's also a one-of-a-kind company in the phone world: it makes only one phone, the iPhone. Up until recently, it was only one size also.

There is no cheaper model, no lighter model, no cameraphone model, nothing else. One phone that the company works on until it perfects every detail. One phone that gets updated regularly, features extremely solid, almost bug-free experience, with smooth performance, very good battery life and camera that is among the best out there.

Now look at the world of Android phones. It's a wonderful place if you look from afar: all sorts of devices in various shapes, forms and prices. But look closely and you see issues big and small: some are not getting updated fast enough, others that are affordable don't get design right, yet other with bold ideas fail on the interface front, and the list just goes on and on. As every Android phone maker works on a ton of different devices to address all the different price points, it seems that the focus on the most important flagships is less intense.

Here is where OnePlus comes in. The company has just recently announced that it will no longer release its OnePlus X and is sharpening its focus to just one phone: the OnePlus 3. No smaller phone, no larger phone, no other fancy gimmicks.

If there ever was a company that wants to become the Apple of Android, OnePlus - as surprising as it may sound for a two-year-old start-up out of China - is it.

It's got the OnePlus 3 right: at a killer price, this phone has no weak spot. Yesterday, the phone also became available right away in a whopping 31 countries, a launch close to the size of what Apple and Samsung pull off. If it indeed lives up to expectations, and updates maintain it fast and fluid, it's a great offer that might shake things up in the near future.

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37 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I wouldn't go as far as insulting them with such title. We don't see them hypocritically suing others for patents they stole (if they've even done such for that matter), insulting the competition just to later follow suit, dictating what you can or can't do with a device you paid for, nor selling inferior yet overpriced devices with a high price tag just for branding. They have a long scumbag way to go before they can earn such title IMO.

15. Unordinary unregistered

Dictating what you can or can't do with a device you paid for? LMAO. Sounds a lot like Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, Sony, etc. Think about how stupid you sound for a moment lol.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'm talking about OnePlus here dumbass, not Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, Sony, etc...nice try in making a point though.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude...really? I can do whatever I want on my Note. I set the apps I want to open the file types I want. Can you on the iPhone? I can change the lock-screen type, how many icons show on the screen, put widgets and more, can you do that on an iPhone? Look how many years it took to change wallpapers. Look how many years it too to use 3rd party keyboards. I can purchase and install apps from 3rd parties. Can iPhone users? Locked down ecosystem suck. Microsoft ruined Windows Mobile with doing this BS with Windows Phone. RIM ruined the Blackberry OS going this route too. There is no freedom and locked down money hassling platforms. Lock-down platforms are solely for the benefit of the OEM who makes them. It to lock people in to insure that they have one source for everything. It has its good, but its mostly bad for consumers. No OEM can dictate anything. Its very simply. I know what I want from my phone, either you offer it or you don't. If you do I will buy it no matter what others think or how expensive or cheap...its my money after all. But if you don't have what I want, I won't buy it. PERIOD!

37. Unordinary unregistered

Stopped reading after first paragraph. That being said, what about the people who can't use their SD cards for everything they want to??????

39. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I really hope this is sarcasm, because it sounds pretty darn stupid if it isn't.

19. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

The more accurate article should put "Here's why oneplus is the new Nexus for Android" Less bloatware Developer friendly Most important, affordable!!

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

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3. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Ooh and, neither company usses their own R&D either. They just use other companies work. (Oneplus - Oppo) (Apple - Well, That would be a long list).

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Oneplus is sub-brand of OPPO, just like ZUK for lenovo and honor for huawei of course those sub-company still rely on its parent since they only focusing on cheap phones, while most of their revenue come from parent company

22. dalabi

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

I thought One plus and Opportunities split after some disagreement with the One plus One?

24. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

I know. And oneplus relies on Oppo for most of the stuffs. Even some of their parts import as OPPO brand.

29. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I don't think that's entirely accurate...

4. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Which is bad for android. Btw, Except the iphone is overpriced and except that the oneplus doesn't have a unique selling points too.. Let's face it, the phone industry has become too stale for some years now. We need more phones like the Moto Z and the S7E tbh. You know innovation has gotten to a peak when you hear people arguing over things like shape and location of a fingerprint scanner. Lol Phones like oneplus are good, but those are just assuming that money is a concern, but on the other hand if money were not to be a concern pund for pound, innovation for innovation, design for design and feature set for feature set I don't see any reason why anyone wouldn't go all out on the Moto Z and the GS7E tbh.. Yeah, they're not cheap but that's the point, technology and innovation isn't cheap, hence they're targeted at a different audience. That being said, No, oneplus isn't the new apple of android.

5. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Should I sell my HTC 10 and buy the OP3? The €300 I save, the 2 extra GB of RAM and the larger display make it really appealing. The pros of the 10 however are a nicer design, the high quality DAC and the QHD display (which wouldn't really make much of a difference but after holding a OP2 next to my G3 it really does make a difference for me at least).

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dont wanna wait for nexus? (or note?)

8. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would but my LG G3 is almost dead. I really need a new one like now... :/

10. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Aside design of HTC (which I find boring tbh), and the DAC, I don't see anywhere the HTC is better than the OP3. HTC has nothing going for it at this point at least compared to the Moto Z, G5, S7E, and even the rumoured Note 7 and the Iphone.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

do they make overpriced phone, with boring design and huge bezels?

11. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

My only concern is their after sales support.Surely Oneplus 3 features and specs were great.It even surpasses flagship phones in ram department by providing 6gb ram.Time has come that there after sales support also reaches flagship class.At present Oneplus is way behind in after sales support.

30. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

What exactly are you classifying as after sales support? They've got a drops and screen crack warranty for OP3 - what have been your issues?

12. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're the polar opposite of Apple. Where Apple charges a huge premium for older hardware and lower specs, OnePlus charges low prices for higher end hardware and specs.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

Last time I checked Crappel has three iPhone versions at different price points with different specs (screen resolution and sizes etc). The humungously ugly, huge bezelled 6S Plus, the nice looking 6S and the four year old 5SE rehash. The fact they released the old 5 design shows a muddled clusterf*ck going on at Crappel. Couldn't Mr Narcissit Jonny Ive design a new phone? This from company that said anything above 4.5 inches was unnecessary and overkill.

18. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I agree the bezels on the plus model are huge!

16. simonkane00

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

OK we get that the iPhone is the most popular phone in the world but is it me or is everybody else getting sick and tired of all these iAndroid rose gold wannabe iPhone clones. I think OnePlus are a great company that have done some amazing different looking phones in the past but the OnePlus 3 left me thinking here we go again. Also has anyone seen the Samsung Galaxy C5 & 7 as they look identical to the OnePlus 3.

21. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You mean the Samsung 'C'opycat edition?

20. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Oh C'mon PA are you serious with this title? It's really unfair to call OP the Apple of Android considering that the 400$ OP3 is as good as a 750$ 64GB iP6 Plus if not better! I'm not saying iPhones are bad I'm just saying that OnePlus simply offer what Apple Offer for almost half the price, but anyway as you say the iPhone will still be the most popular, I guess people are afraid of change!

25. dalabi

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

Really!? I feel like some of you guys didn't read the article. PA didn't say that One plus was like Apple in general; PA said that One plus was like Apple in the sense that they are focusing one phone until they perfect every detail (like old Apple), a phone that gets regular updates, has solid features, has an almost bug free experience, etc. All said in the third paragraph. It would be disrespectful if PA just made a blanket statement that OP is like Apple in general. PA just said that OP shares Appel's strong points.

26. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

So we have a company that doesn't fully control software. hasn't built up either an ecosystem or a platform, hasn't built in a variety of user centric services, has no brick and mortar stores, has no appreciable customer service to speak of, doesn't offer a variety of payment or ordering solutions, and is priced in the value sector as opposed to the premium sector, and you call it the "Apple of Android"? If anything, they are the utter opposite.

27. sukrith2194 unregistered

Apple does charge the premium of $350 for these and considering how underspeced the iPhone is and the price u pay... i think that u pay $350 for the features and $50 for the phone and $350 as a profit to Apple... 1+1 is way better!

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