OnePlus One – an affordable high-end mobile phone

OnePlus OneSince the battery of my current phone (Nexus 4 running Cyanogenmod 12) isn’t lasting as long as it used to, I’m considering getting myself a new phone.
Needless to say, it will have to be bigger, better, faster, and last longer on a battery charge. And… I don’t want to spend a small fortune on it.
And this is where many high-end phones get disqualified: the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Edge), the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Google Nexus 6, the Nokia Lumia 1520, and, of course, the iPhone 6 (Plus).

What remains? Well, that would be the OnePlus One. Similar quality and specs to most of the above-mentioned phones, but… cheap!

‘There must be a catch’, you might say. Well, actually there are a few minor ones if I compare the One with the phones mentioned earlier:

  • OnePlus does not ship to Norway (where I live). This can be easily circumvented by having it sent Poste Restante to the nearest post office in Sweden, 30 minutes drive from where I live.
  • OnePlus lets you order on Tuesdays only (unless you have an invite code). A bit quirky, but no major issue for me. It’s Tuesday once a week! 😉
  • The One doesn’t run Windows Phone or iOS (since I mentioned the Lumia 1520 and the iPhone 6). This is no issue at all for me. Quite the contrary!

A little price comparison between the phones I’ve mentioned so far:
(prices are cheapest available in Sweden, according to Prisjakt, for a 64GB model):

phone modelcost in SEK(US$)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge94901101
Apple iPhone 6 Plus8180949
Samsung Galaxy S67990927
Apple iPhone 67250841
Google Nexus 65990695
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (32GB!)5791672
Nokia Lumia 1520 (32GB!)4999580
OnePlus One2849331

Can you do the math? I sure can… 😉

According to the Laptop Mag Battery Test 2015 the One has excellent battery life, only to be surpassed by the mid-range Huawei Ascend Mate 2.

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