The OnePlus One has grabbed more headlines over the past few months than almost any other phone outside of an iPhone. Some of them have been good, many have been, well, not so good. The phone boasts incredibly good specs with an equally good price point, yet the world isn’t able to buy one because OnePlus can’t seem to get their sh*t together. Apologies for the strong words, but this phone had the potential to be a game changer, yet here we are months after it was announced and the general public still cannot buy it.
We were lucky enough to pick one up because this is what we do for a living, but that also made this review quite difficult. You see, we have had our OnePlus for almost two months now and have absolutely enjoyed every minute with it. The problem is, reviewing it seemed silly if none of you could buy one for yourselves after we said our piece. Thankfully, more invites are about to open and a handful of readers have begun asking for this review in case they get the chance to buy one.
So, here you go – this is our OnePlus One review. (more…)
OnePlus, creators of what has become one of the most controversial phones of all time, unveiled its first StyleSwap cover for its flagship One, last night. For those new to StyleSwap covers, these are the removable/replaceable back plates that you can hot-swap onto your device to give it new life. OnePlus originally announced that materials like denim, kevlar, and exotic woods would arrive at some point down the road. Bamboo is the first and will be available in August for $49. (more…)
At what point are consumers pushed past the breaking point? For anyone still waiting to acquire an invite to purchase the One from OnePlus, these must be frustrating times for you. For that, we are sorry. Regardless of your frustration with the situation, OnePlus has taken to Twitter, teasing an upcoming announcement for a phone which is still not completely available. Wood backs, anyone? (more…)
In what might be an attempt to gain a bit of positive attention, OnePlus announced last Friday through its forums that the One will receive Android L within three months of the final build release from Google.
Three months, you say? That’s quite ambitious, especially from an OEM that is still having issues setting an actual release for its phone to the masses. (more…)
Update: Ignore. This was fake; @evleaks got “hoaxed.”
Could it be? Will OnePlus, in the midst of their current PR nightmare with the release (can we even call it a release?) of the One, even attempt to announce a new product? Let alone a OnePlus tablet? According to a leaked screenshot from @evleaks, the company may in fact have those exact plans. (more…)
Since the only way to get your hands on the OnePlus One is to be invited to buy one, today’s news might come as excitement to some of you. OnePlus is hosting a contest, allowing everyone to enter to earn a chance to win a free 64GB Black OnePlus One (just like we unboxed yesterday) or win a chance to purchase one for yourself. How exciting! (more…)
A few weeks back, Tim had a chance to go hands-on with the OnePlus One, the incredibly affordable yet high-end phone from a Chinese semi-startup. The phones he played with, along with those used in countless reviews over the last month, were pre-production models of the white 16GB variant that probably weren’t ready for prime time. The device we just received today (thanks to an invite), which is an official retail version of the 64GB Sandstone Black variant, is probably much more ready to be shown off to the world.
So, let’s unbox it! (more…)
It seems like an eternity since the OnePlus One was released, but the mythical smartphone has finally begun to make it into the hands of buyers worldwide. That is to say, people lucky enough to get their hands on a coveted invite. If you are one among the thousands of other less fortunate, there is another way to obtain a One, but it will cost you. (more…)