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
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" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3100 mAh

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114 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

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

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Once you go phablet, you could never go back... Trust me, my Note 3 is just wonderfully epic.

26. jeso86

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 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.

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I get your girl loves it though...

37. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

that's what she said

101. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

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

59. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

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

113. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol I am glad you get it. lol +1

38. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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.

46. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

49. grams17

Posts: 22; Member since: May 10, 2011

is infra red that important?

51. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

67. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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...

55. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

More options smartphone has more smarter it is.

114. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 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 :/

63. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

66. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I am using a note 3 and it is amazing.

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.

105. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

68. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

ITS TOO f**kING BIG

72. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

111. zhiae unregistered

Is this about 5.5 inch screen or buyn plus one?

2. butteredjelly

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

47. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 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...

58. itzmando

Posts: 119; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

60. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 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.

61. itzmando

Posts: 119; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

65. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

69. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hahahahaha

87. itzmando

Posts: 119; Member since: Oct 17, 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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