OnePlus 2 Review, Flagship Killer?

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Remember the OnePlus One? You know, one of the most tempting flagships from last year? Well, time passes quick and the top-notch features from last year are outdated, of course, so the Chinese company released another high-end device for meeting today’s standards and kicking a lot of butts, pardon my French. Ladies and gentlemen, the OnePlus 2 is here and, just like its predecessor did last year, will probably draw a lot of attention due to its rich package of features that comes for a small price compared to its competitors. The phablet sports a 5.5 inches display, a Snapdragon 810 chipset, a 13 MP camera with OIS, 4K video capture, a 3,300 mAh battery and more. All of these are packed inside an attractive body and the best part is that this quality product also goes easy on your pockets, its starting price being around $330 for the 16GB version and $389 for the 64GB one. Keep reading and see if this baby is what you’ve been looking for!

The OnePlus 2 comes packed in a stylish red box among with a 2A charger and a USB type-C cable which is tangle free. There are no headphones in here, just like last year, but that shouldn’t be a deal breaker by any means, considering that we’re dealing with a budget phone, after all.

Following its predecessor’s footsteps, the OnePlus 2 strongly resembles with it and has almost the same measurements, standing at 151.9 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm and weighing 175 grams. The handset is made from a high quality plastic and its rear texture, called Sandstone Black, has a finish that rejects smudges, fingerprints and ensures a good hand grip. If it doesn’t really appeal to you, the back cover can be replaced with a bunch of StyleSwap covers, which are made from wood or DuPont Kevlar. Needless to say that the handset is extremely solid and well put together. It’s also stylish, having a metallic frame that surrounds the body and adds a touch of class to the overall design, which is nothing short of premium.

The OnePlus 2 holds a 5.5 inches LTPS (low temperature polysilicon) LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 401 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The handset is offering a better performance than its predecessor, pleasing the eye with some really deep blacks, great contrast, accurate colors and a good sunlight legibility.

At the software department, the OnePlus 2 comes loaded with Oxygen 2.0, which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 and replaces the CyanogenMod that came with the OnePlus One. The interface offers an almost pure Android experience, offering a few tweaks for improving it. Before unlocking the screen, which can be done with a fingerprint as the handset features an accurate fingerprint scanner, there are a few gestures meant to enhance the experience. You can wake up the screen by double taping on it, draw V for turning the flashlight on and off, an O for accessing the camera and < or > for the previous or next track.
The lockscreen displays the time, date, notifications and two shortcuts for accessing the dialer and camera. The homescreen features support for widgets, folders and wallpapers. Swiping down from anywhere on the homescreen will reveal the notification area, which holds your notifications, naturally, and another following swipe will display the quick toggles, a brightness slider and a Settings shortcut.
The interface is a pleasure to browse through and can be customized with a dark theme and an accent color chosen according to your preferences.

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In terms of performance, the OnePlus 2 comes powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset, having a 1.8 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 CPU and a quad-core 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM for the version with 16GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM for the 64GB model. The handset is an excellent performer and will handle every task without any hiccups. And, the most important, it doesn’t overheat, like some other competitors running on the same Snapdragon 810 chipset.

For snapping pictures, the OnePlus 2 is equipped with a 13 MP camera with laser assisted autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels, features optical image stabilization and is accompanied by a dual-LED flash in low light conditions. The camera application features modes such as HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion, Time-Lapse, Beauty and more. The photos produced are great and reveal accurate colors, a high amount of resolved detail and a good contrast.
The video camera is also very decent and will produce some smooth 2160p videos @30 fps.
Also on board is a front facing 5 megapixels snapper for taking selfies and making video calls.

Some other useful goodies brought by the OnePlus 2 are Google Chrome for offering a smooth browsing experience, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for finding your way in the unknown, Google Docs and Sheets for handling document files and more.

The OnePlus 2 holds inside a 3,300 mAh non-replaceable battery and will last for two days under a moderate usage.

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