My First Impression of the #oneplusone
64GB Sandstone Black. This may be TL;DR +Ron Dennis
Ever since I moved to the Nexus line, I never thought I would entertain the idea of getting a non-Nexus device. However, the OPO intrigued me, based on its price, its marketing approach, and its specs. So after much research and dialog with actual owners of the OPO (huge thanks to the OPO Community and +Noelle M
), I decided to use the invite received from +Trevor Vass
. While there were several negative comments about the device, there were lots of positive ones as well.
With that said, I was honestly still on the fence and quite frankly a little afraid when I accepted the invite. The reports of yellow tint on the bottom edge of the screen, low in-call volume, signal issues, and multi finger touchscreen issues are what made me extremely hesitant to pull the trigger. However, after careful thought and nothing to lose but time, I decided to go for it. Which up to this point, I'm glad I did!
I'm coming from a Nexus 5...which I really love a lot and still have. I love the Nexus 5 for its purity to the Android OS (Google’s version). No bloatware, unlocked, and top notch specs at a very affordable price. It has its quirks though. Battery life is the number one thing for me. I never understood why such a small battery (2300 mAh) was used for such a well built device. Then there is the camera. Now the camera had its issues in the beginning, but Google updated the software several times making it better. Was it great? Not in my opinion, but it was okay.
Starting with the packaging. This is the first device I have owned that came in extremely thoughtful packaging. I felt like I was getting a device that was extremely expensive. It had everything nicely seated and just looked damn good! It even included a red and white charging cable...which I wish were a little longer. The charging brick is white as well.
Picking up the device was actually devine. It just felt good! I saw so many reviews during my research that indicated the same thing. They all were spot on! The sandstone material has a very soft feel to it...hard to describe. It feels so good, I almost did not want to put a case on it! And that is rare for me with my devices. Also, it is not that big to me. I have rather large hands and it sat well. I was able to easily navigate around the screen too. OnePlus did a good job placing the power and volume buttons near middle, instead of near the top. I like that! In my opinion, it did not feel like its price tag. Instead, it felt like a premium priced device. It does have a little weight to it though...which I actually don't mind. We'll see how that works out, watching a movie on it, while holding it, lol.
Speed, fast! Very Fast! I'll leave it at that.
The display. Even though all newer devices hitting the market have higher resolutions, the display resolution on the OPO is gorgeous. It has a LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 PPI) display. The Nexus 5 has a great display as well and honestly, I am very satisfied with what I see on the OPO. This is a software tweak, but there are ways to adjust the display color on the device as well (just like on a TV). I like that and I currently have it set to vivid. This setting creates a subtle ‘pop’ to the colors, but not too much either.
The software. This is best part of the device I really enjoy the most. Being an Android purist and not chasing ROM’s any longer, CyanogenMod gives me all the customization that fits my needs. Making the device your own is easily accomplished with built in theme store. You don't want to change the theme. Well, you can just change individuals items. Nice! I'm currently running the AndroidL theme developed by QuantumDust. You can also play with the processor too. I decided to keep the stock settings. Overall, I love what I can do WITHOUT
rooting and/or ROMing the device.
The camera. The camera is very, very good and well designed! I love it! I only took a few shots and they all look good! The biggest caveat is 4K video recording! The only thing missing for me, is using an overlay grid...I could be missing it in options though. OIS is also not a part of the camera software, but I have read the camera has something close to it. Last, using the HDR setting can oversaturate photos, so I probably won’t use it as much as I did on my Nexus 5. Oh, I set the home capacitive button to open the camera (double tap)...I didn’t like the gesture function.
Battery life. This was something I was also concerned about coming from a Nexus 5. However, the folks I spoke with who own the device, all reported excellent battery life. I can not comment on it yet, I have not had enough time with the device. However, I can say the battery performed very well during the setup and first days of use. I’m talking all day use WITH
enough battery to spare. I can easily foresee a full days use and then some.
My only complaint is with auto brightness. It seems that it does not adjust very well. It could be the user on this one though, lol. I plan to play with the adjustments to see if I can get this going. I also only made one phone call (via a Bluetooth headset LG Tone Pro -- HBS-750) to Ron. It was in a rather noisy environment, but we had no signs of voice issues. I also wish the OPO had qi wireless charging, like the Nexus 5. I feel like I'll be stepping back to the stone age plugging it in, lol #firstworldproblem
Overall, I think this is one good device! So much so, I may not get the next Nexus device. Time will only tell and I have a full month to decide. After all, I am a gadget junkie ;-)
Those are my initial impressions.+Loren Ahrens +OnePlus