Poll results: Do you still think that OnePlus 2 is the best value-for-money phone?

Poll results: Do you still think that OnePlus 2 is the best value-for-money phone?
The closest competitor to the newly-announced OnePlus 2 handset are the Lenovo K80/P90 - a dual-SIM 5.5-incher with 13 MP OIS camera, 4GB/64GB memory, and a huge 4000 mAh battery, stuffed in a chassis thinner than the OnePlus 2, and going for about $300. Then there is the Asus Zenfone 2 with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage, which can be had for about $300, too, and also features a 5.5" 1080p display plus 13 MP camera on the back, just like the OnePlus 2.

Those two phones are lacking some of the features that the OnePlus team placed in its second handset, like a USB Type-C connector, laser autofocus, or a fingerprint scanner, but they do have NFC, for instance, unlike the OnePlus 2. In any case, we wanted to ask you if you still consider the OnePlus 2 the best value-for-money handset, like its predecessor undoubtedly was when announced.

On paper, the OnePlus 2 delivers Snapdragon 810, OIS camera with laser autofocus, USB-C, a 4GB/64GB combo, unique side and home buttons, and all the rest of the jazz for less than $400. There is still an invite system, though, and considering last year's time lag before the phone was widely available for the announced price, we were curious what you thought about this year's OnePlus edition. 

Well, it turns out that the optimistic camp still prevails, albeit slightly, with 60% of the respondents positive about the OnePlus 2 virtues, at least in its price range, whereas 40% think that there are better options out there now. We'll see how CEO Carl Pei and his minions will fare this year with the invite system, which has turned out to be the thing that can make or break a OnePlus phone.

Do you still think that OnePlus 2 is the best value-for-money phone?

Yes, as long as there is actual availability
No, there are better options out there

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh



1. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

OnePlus 2 is still the best value-for-money phone take it or leave it.

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Moto X Style would disagree, laugh, roll on the floor.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If the OnePlus company went with regular Android, then they might have a chance. but since they went with a forked version of AOSP, and made their own Android OS called Oxygen OS. Then OnePlus will NEVER be the best value for the money, take it or leave it.

20. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I hate how they claim to be a tech blog but they consider any two 13MP cameras to be equal to each other.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It looked like it would be, and then Motorola had their event... Now, not as much.

10. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Agree with you. OnePlus seems to have a great phone at affordable price, but Motorolla ruined it. .... Unless you want DUAL-SIM flagship (not snapdragon 600 series).

3. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

No, There are better working options out there even if they are a lot more expensive. At least those phones are working. The first OPO was a crappy phone hardware wise, with the touchscreen as the biggest failure.

4. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

it's like a best gadget, in dream. Cause we never have a chance to have it, until next year

5. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Good to have a lot of offerings from manufacturers in the sub 400$ price range.. To me something we change every two years shouldn't cost more than 500$. Phones like the zenfone2 and oneplus one are a necessity to keep the price competitive and to prevent the established manufacturers from ripping off the customers.

7. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Totally agree. It helps pull the FLAGSHIP texh down to mid range alternatives and encourage ingenuity in larger manufacturers..they need to keep making novel stuff to justify their outrageous prices..oneplus is basically lighting a fire under their asses

6. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Motorola is close..if they can slot in some nifty features with Android M they won't be far off at all

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

OnePlus 2 was best value/flagship killer for about 11hrs and then Motorola came to the party. But if it wasn't for Oneplus coming out last year, OEM's would still be charging is an arm and a leg.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

I beg to differ. Moto was offering affordable Moto X last year and same goes for one of many chinese mobile manufacturers

9. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It wasn't close at first, but yesterday's Motorola event cast a shadow on the OP2 in my opinion. Sure, the X Style's price has not been confirmed yet, but if it sells for $400 off-contract, it will could be very serious competition for the OP2, despite crucial differences between the two phones (fingerprint scanner, camera, screen, SoC/RAM combo...).

11. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

It's $400 for the 16gb version, while the plus 2 can be had for $389 with 64gb and 4GB of ddr4, instead of ddr3 and a big ass battery.

15. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

That is true. On paper, the OnePlus Two has better specs overall, save the screen, as well as the camera and battery life (because we have no idea which one will prevail in these two domains yet). However, the X Style will actually be easy to get, unlike the new OnePlus phone which will once again be sold through a dumb invite system. Availability is important and might give the X Style an edge. As for customization, I won't be so bold as to say one or the other is better than the other. The OnePlus Style had more choice on Moto Maker, but the OnePlus Two has swappable covers, so it comes down on personal preference. I'm not saying the OP2 is the best value-for-money phone (heck, it's not even available yet, so how can we be so sure it won't have reliability issues like its predecessor anyway and call it the best?), but I'm not saying it isn't, either. I don't think we can tell as long as it is not available on the market. All I'm saying is that Motorola's new announcement brought competition in the face of the OP2.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You are forgetting that Motorola has been excellent in keeping their devices up to date. The Moto E, G, X's are all running with the latest lollipop 5.1. Last years OnePlus One was recently updated to CM12 which is 5.0. Also this new OnePlus Two device is now using a forked version of AOSP called Oxygen OS. Right there for me, the OnePlus Two is not even in my purchasing scope.

23. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Indeed, Motorola has an excellent record when it comes to keeping its devices up-to-date. I own no OnePlus One, so I do not know how well OnePlus handled that stuff. Yet, technically, CyanogenMod is AOSP-based as well, so I'm not sure there will be a big difference between the OnePlus-managed OxygenOS and the OnePlus-specific CyanogenMod releases. But as always, I feel concerned about the fact that the manufacturer is in full control of the OS releases. That's something I'm never comfortable with. Now, long story short, I can't see anything exciting in the OnePlus Two. It has relevant competition in its price and specs range, and you can also find cheap phones with a very good value for money as well. It stands out less than its older brother in my opinion.

12. Bondurant

Posts: 782; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

One plus one was never the "best" value for money. There was always plenty of options. Only difference is last year most were illiterate on phones coming from China, and this year that's not the case.

19. alfieg40

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 19, 2015

+1 on this I've managed to find a reliable guy to buy from in China and it has changed my view on smartphones completely. Picked up a Nubia Z9 mini recently (to try before buying the bigger brother) landed for £216 and in my view (specs mean nothing in real world!) it's one of the best value handsets available. No lag, truly amazing camera, great build and stonking battery life. Next up LeTV Max when it's released. These phones get no coverage on mainstream tech media, because the journo's get nothing out of featuring them. Seriously, people that think you need S810 and 4GB just chase spec and fall for exactly what the manufacturers want, it's all marketing hype to sell phones! And to be honest, the journalists are in on the game too, they push this rubbish to keep the manufacturers on side for free handsets and peachy trips away for product launches! There really isn't a need for 99% of users who just message, call, use social media and take the odd picture.

21. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I use emulators sooo... Specs are needed. If you want to call and text, you can buy any phone at all :)

22. alfieg40

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 19, 2015

What phone do you currently have? Does the emulator work well already on your S801,805 with 2GB or 3GB RAM. Yep! New SOC does give you 4K, but 99% of users are are still on 1080p TV's at best! So again, 4K is a spec w***es marketing tool. The list goes on and on!

18. blinx

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

you should check out the meizu m2, the price tag for that kind of phone is amazing

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