As a quick reminder, OnePlus is doing pre-orders for their One smartphone, right now. They initially planned to hold pre-orders for an hour, but due to demand and their struggling servers, they have extended the pre-order period to a full three hours. So, as I write this post, you have just over two hours left to get in an order. (more…)
Say what you will about OnePlus’s sales tactics, but it is tough to deny that the One is a stellar phone for an incredibly low off-contract price. The hardware is solid, to be sure, but it is thanks to a customized version of Cyanogenmod that the smartphone really shines. And the team behind the firmware is not resting on their laurels; an update that began rolling out earlier today, CM 11S 38R, includes notable feature additions and a litany of much-needed fixes. (more…)
Not only did the staff discuss a release time frame, but they even gave an extremely brief glimpse into the thought process of the upcoming phone’s design. Led off by a redditor’s claim that many users find the One too large, OnePlus was asked if they were going to launch a smaller device.
The staffer’s reply may make a few of you quite happy. (more…)
OnePlus, a company that has had quite the rocky start since announcing its first smartphone (our review), opened up an official blog today to share happenings in the company. One of their first posts talks about a brand new pre-order system, the next step in offering their fans a chance to order the OnePlus One. (more…)
OnePlus One owners, I hope you weren’t still waiting for StyleSwap covers to arrive, like the Bamboo cover pictured above that OnePlus unveiled back in July. The company announced this afternoon through its forums that they are officially calling off the StyleSwap project. Due to “technical difficulties” in mass producing the Bamboo cover, along with a terribly designed back cover removal process that puts your phone at risk of damage, StyleSwap covers are no more. (more…)
Not only are we giving away $300 in Google Play gift cards this week to the wonderful DL community, but we also have a spare OnePlus One in Sandstone Black to hand out. This is the 64GB model that most are interested in, and the same one that I had a chance to review a month or so ago.
We decided to give one away since OnePlus is ridiculously behind on their availability estimates. In fact, you still can’t buy a OnePlus One without an invite, even though OnePlus had initially expected to make them widely available by the end of June. In case you weren’t keeping track, we are now in September. It’s a mess, to say the least.
Aside from all of the drama that this company can’t seem to avoid, the phone is still one of the best of 2014. As of today, I would put it up there with the LG G3 as the best of the year, ahead of both the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5. It’s combination of high-end specs, build quality, and incredibly low price make for one hell of a desirable smartphone.
Who wants it? (more…)