That is the mantra of a new and innovative company looking to sweep the mobile industry by storm. Today, gentlemen, we are going to review the OnePlus One 2014 Flagship Killer (smart phone).
The “One” is manufactured by a Chinese startup company, OnePlus. There are two ways to look at the name. “One” represents the status quo or an individual. “Plus” is to go above and beyond or to share. This philosophy behind the name OnePlus One in a way resonates with ManPossible and our continuous drive to provide greater insights on grooming and lifestyle.
Before we go any further, let’s check out the hardware on this puppy.
· Size: 5.5 inch JDI
· Resolution: 1080p Full HD (1920x1080 pixels)
· Back Camera: 13 Megapixel – Sony Sensor, 6 lenses
· Aperture: f/2.0
· Flash: Dual-LED
· Front Camera: 5 Megapixel
· Video: 4K resolution video, Slow Motion 720p video at 120fps
· Speakers: Bottom Facing Dual Speakers
· Microphones: Tri-microphones with noise cancellation
Under The Hood:
Underneath the Silk White/Sandstone Black shell rest:
· Battery: rechargeable 3100 mAh
· CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs
· GPU: Adreno 330.578MHz
· RAM: 3GB
· Storage: 16GB (Silk White)/64GB (Sandstone Black)
All the jibber jabber just means that this phone is equipped with the latest and greatest hardware. However, the body is only as good as the brain that drives it. In the case of the One, the brain is known as Android 4.4 Cyanogen 11S mod. This, my friends, is no ordinary Android operating system you get from your typical carrier. This right here is Android on steroids. Cyanogen is a customized operating system based on the open source Android OS. With Cyanogen, users are given a much wider range of capability to tap into and explore the functionalities of their phone. You are literally able to customize and transform your mobile phone into a personalized computer (if you are smart enough).
If you are not yet impressed, this will simply and surely get the functional job done… What really make this device a one of a kind and dubbed the 2014 Flagship Killer is the price. The phone comes in two versions: a 16GB Silk White ($299 USD) and a 64GB Sandstone Black ($349 USD). Now, let’s see if your Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone 6 can beat that!
WAIT!!! Before you all take out a wad of cash and say, “just shut up and take my money”, there is a slight caveat. As of right now, the only way you are able to get this phone is through what they call an “invite” system. Those who’ve purchased the phone before are given an invitation code in which they in turn are able to share with one other individual. As exciting as this sound, there are drawbacks. The only way you can get an invite is if you know somebody who has one or you’ll have to join their forum and troll for one. The company has also been a bit behind in sending out the invites. This means you’ll have to wait a while before being able to purchase one.
However, we at MP just got our hands on one… (“evil laugh”).
Check back for Part 2 for an in-depth review of the phone.