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OnePlus One Review

OnePlus One 8.6

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OnePlus One Review
OnePlus One Review
Call quality

The OnePlus One comes equipped with three microphones that work in tandem, allowing the device to isolate even loud background noise with a high degree of success. Voice is transmitted clearly, and the other side is well aware that it's you, since tonal information isn't lost on the way. Lastly, volume strength is excellent. Definitely above average on this end of the line.

As for the earpiece, things aren't as good. To start off, in order to make the best out of it, you need to keep the earpiece centered on your ear, otherwise you'll muffle it. Truth is, most of the time you will, and that means that volume output won't be very high, though it's definitely not worse than the average out there.


Believe it or not, we actually kept checking up with the OnePlus One during its battery test, as it became clear in the first few hours that we have a challenger here. The phone's score of 8 hours and 5 minutes proved that notion, and actually placed it just below the Sony Xperia Z2, which is the current flagship record holder, with 8 hours and 10 minutes. While this lets the Z2 keep the first spot, it's undeniable that the OnePlus One is just as good at staying online for extended periods of time – something we can confirm from having used the phone for a while now. Unfortunately for some, the 3100 mAh cell is embedded, so you can't remove it easily.

On another, related note, the OnePlus One comes with a wall charger that outputs the healthy 2.1 A of charge. This allows for very quick charge times, or, put in numbers -- 120 minutes from zero to full. That's on par with the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5, but much better when compared with the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
OnePlus One
8h 5 min (Excellent)
OPPO Find 7a
6h 6 min (Average)
6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
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Charging time

Lower is better
OnePlus One
OPPO Find 7a
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
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In a world where the big league game is increasingly about rehashing designs in order to aid recognizability, the OnePlus One strikes us as a welcome distraction from the status quo. This is a fresh alternative, and mostly on account of the used materials with the back shell and the minty-fresh operating system.

But it's not all about the exterior – the beastly hardware, along with the software on the inside, make the One what it is just as much. The lightweight CyanogenMod OS runs very fluidly, and, with some exceptions, proves to be a polished piece of software that can successfully compete with major manufacturers' custom skins. In fact, it probably has a hand-up over them, at least in the eyes of users who prefer Google's light approach towards Android. As for the hardware, it really does provide no-compromise performance, both on and off stage – the One offers excellent display, camera, and call quality, along with outstanding battery life. Add that low starting price of just $299, and you've got yourself one killer device, if you can get it.

Indeed, as we said in the beginning of this review, the OnePlus One is currently sold via an invitation-only system, which means that your chances of being granted the option to buy one are on the very low side. That said, OnePlus has been giving indications that it's planning on scaling up production in the coming months (July/August and beyond), though, at this point, we wouldn't consider this a done deal. Said otherwise, while the OnePlus One currently offers an incredible bang for your buck, it remains to be seen if that will continue to be the case going forward.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 4.4.2
CyanogenMod version: 11.0-XNPH25R
Kernel version: 3.4.0-cyanogenmod-geb9c0a5
Build number: KVT49L


  • Downright cheap for what you get
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Speedy, lightweight, and customizable UI
  • Unique use of materials at the rear
  • Color-accurate screen
  • Very good camera overall


  • Very limited availability
  • Fairly bulky
  • Materials used in the Sandstone Black (rear shell) version might fail the test of time
  • Camera UI has some weaknesses that we hope are addressed
  • Gallery lacking some functionality
PhoneArena rating:
8.6 Excellent
User rating:
9.1 43 Reviews

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posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:15 19

1. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

You caught the legendary Pokémon! Well done Chris!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:27 17

3. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)

Even Legendary Pokemons are easier to find lmfao

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 14:12 1

25. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

Lol, google should work with OnePlus for the Nexus 6

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 02:33

32. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I don't think that google will depart with lg in making nexus phones . Look at nexus 4 and 5 they're good flagship phones with affordable prices . This one plus sh*t invite system kills them , I don't think people will be interested in one plus 2, not unless they make it available globally.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 02:37

33. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I don't think google will depart with lg in making nexus phones. I mean look at the success of nexus 4-5 . They're are flagship phones with prices that are acceptable. This one plus sh*t invite system is so annoying . If they'll do this again to one plus 2 then this all hype of NEVR SETTLE is just plain BS.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 13:39

23. erroct (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)

AHAHAHA so did I :P

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:27 12

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

you forgot to mention that the phone is made out of unobtanuim

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:35 8

5. jellmoo (Posts: 1993; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Could you at least make some sort of pretend effort to explain the scores in your reviews? It's utterly nonsensical to see a device come through with a great battery, great screen and through the roof benchmarks all at a crazy low price, and then get a score lower than other flagships that don't perform as well.

Do you use a random number generator to calculate the final score?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:54 10

9. Rydsmith (unregistered)

It's called reading the review, you should try it sometime.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:49 4

16. jellmoo (Posts: 1993; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Then please, enlighten me oh wise and learned master. Please share with me how this magical score is calculated. Please give us some of your vaunted wisdom you've picked up from this "reading" you speak of. Us humble peasants cannot hope to understand things at your advanced level. We can only read the words that are here, and not the ones you are making up in your head.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:57 3

17. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)

Here you go knave,http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate now begone! Or else you shall be banished to the depths of the dungeon!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:02 1

19. jellmoo (Posts: 1993; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Alas good sir, that still doth not explain overmuch.

A device that benchmarks higher, comes with what they measure as a great screen and great battery life and half the price of competition is scoring lower than said competition.

There doth need to be a better explanation.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:02

18. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)

Simple : You came to the wrong age.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 13:54 3

24. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

No, its a random # generator

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:04 2

11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

Your right the author of this review just seemed to throw out a number with out thinking about it. The great battery, great screen, the through the roof benchmarks all at a crazy low price and then there is this crazy invite system making it next to impossible to actually buy one....I personally would have given it a lower score. Just my 2 cents though!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:04 10

20. jellmoo (Posts: 1993; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Should availability be taken into account though? It's an honest question. Are we grading the overall ability and quality of the device, or should something like limited availability be taken into account i n the final score? Was it with devices like the Nexus 4 and 5, which had their own availability issues?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 22:45

29. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

Yes I do believe that availability should factor in to a devices rating. I will agree that there have been some problems with the launches and availability of Nexus devices but it has not been on the scale that One Plus has. Also when a Nexus device is launched it is available for order to anyone to order and just because the initial stock sells out does not mean that anyone who did not get in on the first batch will not be able to order one. I could go on the playstore right now and order a Nexus 5. Can you order a One Plus One right now (without an invite)?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:39 3

6. Grenmad (Posts: 35; Member since: 06 Jun 2014)

Hated this phone marketing gimmick until I got my invite yesterday and ordered one lol.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 19:57 1

38. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

lol same got an invite this morning

posted on 11 Dec 2014, 03:52

46. loloonline (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)

I agree Totally with you

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:48

7. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

Ordered 2 OnePlus phones yesterday (dont ask me how, glitch on their part) going to keep one and sell the other. I hated, and still hate their marketing gimmick, and the way they went about selling phones. Glad they finally eased up a bit on the invites and finally started handing them out to early forum members. Looking forward to getting the device, just worried about the size, coming from a Nexus 5. I'll give it a few days, but if it is too big for my liking, I'll keep my Nexus and hope the Nexus 6 isn't quite as large.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:54 1

22. jove39 (Posts: 1967; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

OPO is larger than N5...but feels comfortable in hand...if small phones is your thing...you probably won't like it just because of size. sandstone back cover is good...no need to worry about finger prints...and also it doesn't slip from hand.

So far best features I liked in OPO over N5 are excellent audio playback quality and battery backup. And ofcourse, it comes pre-installed with CM 11S...you'll have a lot to play with.

One gripe - If you try to use iPhone headphones with OPO it's mic won't work.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 09:19

45. ferraribrain (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)

i am not satisfied with the size other. my company gave me an iphone 6, which is compatible with our servers and client inputs. did you sell it. i just got mine november 16, 2014. where did you put it. i used craigs list; no takers.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:52 2

8. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

If not for the 5.5 inches and it's availability, I would pretty much say it's the best of H1 2014. However as there are too much gimmicks, It's not.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:06 1

12. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Is much better, with class prestige materials

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:26

21. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

The Oppo Find 7's screen sucks, has lower benchmark scores, and much lower battery life.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 10:00

35. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

PA got a defective model with bad screen

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:07

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

So this is a rooted handset?

With CM11 Rom
So we can tinker with the Cpu, Gpu, voltage settings?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:36 1

15. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

B-b-but this deserved like a 9.5. The phone practically doesn't exist b-b-b-but it so kills these flagships.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 16:13

26. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)

I'm wondering how its camera compares to the G3's

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OnePlus One

OnePlus One

OS: Android 6.0 5.1 4.4.4 4.4
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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size6.02 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches
(152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm)
5.71 oz  (162 g)

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