OnePlus 2 Review

OnePlus 2 Review
OnePlus 2 Review
OnePlus 2 Review
OnePlus 2 Review
OnePlus 2 Review
The 3-step switch on the left side - OnePlus 2 Review

The 3-step switch on the left side

Introduction


* Review based on the Chinese model of the OnePlus 2 running the global OxygenOS software

In many ways, the story of smartphone entrant OnePlus is one of success mixed with quite some controversy. In our review of the company's first product, the One, a little over a year ago, we noted that we were part of the cheering crowd when OnePlus unveiled its debut smartphone. And how could we not be? A full-blown flagship that seemed to have all the details down, sold for a measly $299? A revolution!

Of course, as hype died down, and reality took the wheel, us and many of OnePlus' earliest fans discovered that there's a catch: The phone could only be purchased with an invitation, and getting one was anything but easy. And while most of us understood the business side of that decision, it didn't make for a less unpleasant realization.

The invitation system didn't go away with the new OnePlus 2, nor did pricing remain the same. At $389, the 2 needs to offer an even better bang for your buck to be labeled as a success, and now we're going in deep with it to discover if it does.

In the box:

  • OnePlus 2
  • Wall charger
  • Flat USB to microUSB Type C cable (reversible)

Design

The OnePlus One may not have been the most beautiful device ever made, but it looked and felt good in our hands. The OnePlus 2 appears rougher, and we've lost our love for the Sandstone cover.

While OnePlus didn't exactly blow our minds with the design of the One — especially seeing as it looked like a variant of the Oppo Find 7 — we've got to admit that the Sandstone cover of the original was completely unique. In fact, by now it's something of a OnePlus signature move, so we weren't surprised to see that it made its way to the OnePlus 2.

Unfortunately, no matter from what angle you look at the 2, you'll probably like what you see less than with its predecessor. The distinct, protruding display up front is gone, replaced with a conventional solution, while the Sandstone cover on the rear is rougher and feels cheaper. This was likely a move intended to improve the cover's resistance to the elements, but the net result is negative in terms of the handling experience.

Still, the OnePlus 2 feels right at home in our hand, and we appreciate the effort with the solid metal frame encasing the device. It's also worth pointing out that OnePlus has kept the all-capacitive navigational keys up front, though the Home button now looks and feels like a regular, physical key. Incorporating a touch fingerprint scanner, it reminds of what you get with Samsung handsets, but you can't actually press it down — only tap — which is a bit weird. The 2 also features a dedicated, 3-step switch on the left side, allowing you to toggle between Do Not Disturb mode, priority-only notifications, and normal. On the right, you'll find the power key and the volume rocker, both of which are pretty flush with the surface, but offer a distinct 'click!' when pressed.


OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2

Dimensions

5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39 inches

151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.06 x 0.27 inches

155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2

Dimensions

5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39 inches

151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.06 x 0.27 inches

155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


OnePlus 2 Review

Display

The OnePlus 2 has a quality display, but definitely not one without issues.

Covered by Gorilla Glass 3, the 5.5-incher of the OnePlus 2 is of an IPS LCD make with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 401 ppi — more than sufficient to keep our eyes perfectly happy and oblivious to pixelization.

In terms of color accuracy, there are some notable problems with the display worth pointing out, though on the whole it's a quality unit.

Starting with the good, we've got an acceptable color temperature of 7500K (6500K is optimal) — giving the screen a colder look than ideal — and relatively low overall level of color errors at dE 2.18 and dE 4.7 for grayscale (bluish grays). Peak brightness is also excellent, reaching 564 nits, which is more than sufficient for use even outside.

What we definitely didn't like were the severely under-saturated reds across the intensity spectrum, nor the overly high average gamma of 2.46 (2.2 is ideal), which tends to darken highlights, though mid-tones are similarly affected too.

Again, a quality display overall, but not without its weaknesses.



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124 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Damnnn

28. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

LOL! Flagship Killer is killed by Chris P.

33. FluffyBled unregistered

Flagship killed? :P

38. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Oneplus deserves it considering its stupid invite system is more than frustrating to give it that rating

55. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah underwhelming battery life is more than iPhone 6/6 plus. Just add those to test the most underwhelming thing here is this review. Not to mention this phone have less than half of the price of most flagships. How about compare it with phones in its price range this review is very very very weak.

70. sasch

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Your comment is totally pointless . Just because it's cheep(er) you should vorgive that this phone is a total waste of money and ignore the flows ? You better getting a motor g trust me in had the OP2 and I love the design and the screen but I gave it away after one day ..battery live only lasted me a couple of hours. And this with a battery that neat takes 3 hours to fully charge .. unforgivable ..

72. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

There are phones in the $200 range that have a better camera, it has an S810 and lags, and it has a poor UI. Just because it costs $400 isntead of $600 doesn't mean that is forgiveable.

106. elimartinez7

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2015

'How about compare it with phones in its price range' Oneplus pretty much did it to themselves, by claiming it to be the 'Flagship killer', they should be held accountable for their own words.

52. MSi_GS70 unregistered

I knew it will be crap

80. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

OnePlus+ didn't pay their advertising bill?? :p

71. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Wow. Is it reviewing this poorly elsewhere also or is PA an outlier?

74. jimberkas

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

definitely the worst review so far on PA. Most sites give it 7-8/10 as i mention in post 69, PA seems to be reviewing some weird bootleg version of the phone. I suspect they bought it from a chinese reseller who installed OxygenOS and a bit of malware. Chinese version should come with HydrogenOS

87. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe they found this cheap crap on ebay, and decide to write review about it

119. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1090; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don`t know what`s wrong with PA but lately they have been acting shady while reviewing phones. I own this phone, coming from an android flagship, I find it absolutely amazing device. Build quality is top notch, it feels awesome in had, has very clean minimalist looks, good battery life, awesome display and a good camera. I own a Nexus 5 also and I find the UI smoother than my Nexus 5. The camera isn't the best but its very good with no problem with laser focus. Also people saying that $200 phones perform better than this please tell me which phone you talking about. I have owned Moto G1 and G2 and those phones aren't in the same league.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Now this PA is an honest review. Just because a phone is a good value, doesn't mean the actual phone itself is going to be good. Well done.

48. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Yup totally agree with you. And good job Chris, expecting more honest reviews like this from PA.

56. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Honest i don't think if it's honest to compare a 400$ phone with a 800$ one.

58. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Why not? They have similar specs and it is supposedly a flagship killer. So it should be compared to flagships.

63. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

When OP2 is called "Flagship Killer" it should be compared with the same.

86. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Let's see how they review iPhone. 2 points should be subtracted just for offering 16GB in a $650 phone.

88. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

lets wait review for i6s from this guy, lol

93. buccob

Posts: 2951; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Agree... they should make honest reviews to phones with high prices too.

3. HASHTAG unregistered

Wow. I don't think I've ever seen a flagship device get beaten up so harshly in a review on PhoneArena. When One Plus stated they were creating a flagship killer, they literally meant it - just the other way around.

4. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

i don't believe it....

5. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Everyone gave this phone over 8, why the harsh rating?

20. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Well they gave their reasons in the review

34. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Because it's not an Apple or Samsung product... What did you expect from PhoneArena?

42. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Or maybe because its a piece of cheap Chinese junk.

45. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Yes the chineese version is a piece of crap full of bloatwares which slow down the phone and make a bad feeling. But the international one is quite good. I don't blame the reviewer for the mark but for the fact that he tested a chineese version.

59. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I agree with the Apple product but Samsung devices get underscored and they pour the money into their flagships and it rows in their R&D bills and the fact that they use the highest end materials for everything. 8.7 fir the GS6 edge + and 9 fir the Note 5 is low.

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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

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