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

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

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

Size doesn't matter, I'm getting one as soon as it hits my place
42.44%
The price is very tempting, but I'll wait for a few reviews before I leap to such a big device
41.12%
I appreciate the value-for-money offer here, but still can't imagine carrying around and using a 5.5-incher
16.45%

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  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3100 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    CyanogenMod UI

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114 Comments

110. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Wouldn't mind but I still prefer my 4.5 device.

103. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

i want one it's look powerful, promising and beauty too.

100. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Loving my Note 3. I don't plan to ever buy another non-phablet phone. I was using a Galaxy S3 a few days ago. Man it's annoyingly small.

98. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i wil defintely switch...and is immediately...haha

88. chebner

Posts: 251; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No! But I'd love to pay that little for something in the 4.7 to 5 inch range. If the trend continues when I'm up for a new phone in a couple years the minis are probably going to be in the 5" range. If so, the better have flagship specs. I would consider a 4.5" "mini" today if it had flagship specs. Why do they have to be crippled by low to midrange hardware. If they do that because they're afraid more people would go for the mini if it had flagship specs then maybe that should tell them something.

86. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

No microSD card slot = Not for me

93. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

64gb internal ain't enough for you? What the heck do you plan on doing with the phone?

96. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Because I already have a microSD card with lots of photos, some music, other files so I want to keep it with me. Don't feel like doing all that cloud stuff yet. What if you were at a place where there was little/no data connection then you at least have physical media with you.

97. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

But on the phone if I can use a USB cable to connect the phone and move files between the internal storage on the phone and PC like I can with a sd card, then I might change my mind.

99. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Of course you can transfer from one phone to another on a comptuer. I personally only use cloud storage so save from my computer to transfer to my phone (not to store photos or other stuff). Anything else gets transfered via USB.

85. raul333

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Brick phone.Nope.I am waiting for Iron Vega 2.Anyway,LG G3 will be the king of the year,no doubts.

82. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

5.5" would probably be my limit. An iPhone feels a little too small for me, I currently have an Atrix HD (4.5", same with the Galaxy S II I had before it) and it feels in my hand, though it can be awkward using touch controls on certain games (such as on-screen buttons). A 5" phone would probably be perfect for me, but I wouldn't mind going the extra half-inch, especially at a price like that.

81. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

from another country, YES ABSOLUTELY ! But I'm serious, No. Because I live in Vietnam and it's from China, the threat is obvious ( look at our ocean and islands )

74. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Definitely just be available in my country and take my money! :]

73. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The answer that I want isn't on here. My answer would be "The price is tempting, but it doesn't have the software that I want." In other words, I would look to switch to the OnePlus One if it had equivalent software to my Note 3.

62. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

5.5 inch screen is not big when there are 5.9 and 6.4 inch screens in existance. But at 5.5 and larger I tend to use landscape mode. Yet this and most designs give you nowhere to put your fingers. Only Sony seems to have acounted for that. And people keep complaining about the large bezels at the top and bottom. Those are great for landscape use.

56. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

I just need a big enough screen to play HD games and for it to make calls and for the GPS, I would buy this. $299 is cheap for a beastly specs.

54. Apoorvtheman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Battery and camera is the main concern for me with after sales service

52. desgua

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

For me it will depend on camera quality (compared with others) and battery.

45. papss unregistered

I don't find 5.5 inch phones that big actually.. my 1520 is the perfect size and when I use my m8 it feels small in my hsnds

43. joee0208

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Unfortunately, that's other flagship which might not arrive to Brazil. :(

36. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

I thought the onePlus One was invite only? in any case, as with any phone I wouldn't make a decision until after I've held it or a variation of it/it's software to mess with it for a while first. EDIT: also, 5.5" device with no stylus :(

35. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

this is like the nexus + awesome battery and a higher res camera, so i'm pretty sure there's a big crowd for it.

33. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

This option is missing--"Sure I want to own one but cant afford flagship price."

92. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

$299 is not flagship price...

30. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

5.5?? no thanks

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Most if not all are going to wind up big, Phablet is dying, it'll be just a big phone. This phones value for buck is hard to beat currently. Stellar specs for decent money, though I think we're about to take a small leap ahead in price/performance from others coming soon. (Nexus for ex) Other Chinese OEM etc..Tablet will be threatened big time, maybe even relegated to couch use only. Then phones with questionable builds will be caught in the crossfire of low cost super phones an premium super phones. Not pointing any fingers at anyone there, or even suggesting what a premium is at this time,just saying. Boiling down to, tablets being eventually redundant and phablets a forgotten term. Jmtc.

28. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

It's not a huge upgrade from my Nexus 5 but $350 for a 64gb top-notch device is insane, I'll wait for reviews though.

27. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'm on both the first and second options. I would love to own it immediately, but I'll wait for a few reviews in case there are any major shortcomings

25. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Price doesn't really matter for me, but 5.5 is way too bog for me, I had Note 3 for a while and I can't imagine go back to such big phones, 4.5-4.7 is perfect for me, Lumia 920/1020 and LG OG are perfect size for me.

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