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The Underdog: You haven’t heard of the One Plus One?

The Underdog: You haven’t heard of the One Plus One?

Unless you’re an iFanatic & blind to all things outside the Apple universe (an understandable plight) then you really should know who One Plus are & why their One Plus One smartphone is so bloody brilliant.

Who are One Plus?One Plus Logo

A Chinese smartphone manufacturer who unbelievably only launched at the end of 2013. Since then they’ve taken the market by storm & are slowly but surely creeping in on the ‘big dawgs’ with their flagship model.

“We put the product and user first.”  – Carl Pei, Director of OnePlus Global

The company lives by the motto ‘Never Settle’ based on their business model to bring an affordable smartphone to market that doesn’t compromise on quality.

One Plus One

What’s so good about the One Plus One?

The first thing to note is the price; I don’t want to define this incredible piece of tech by it’s RRP, but the price has been described as ‘disruptive’ & they’re not wrong. We’re talking £200-300 depending on the memory size vs. £500-600 of comparable models from Apple, Samsung, Motorola…

Secondly it lives on a CyanogenMod operating system – a community built version of stock Android. To Droid fans like myself, then it doesn’t get much better than stock Android; it’s the closest to the true experience you’re going to get. There’s tonnes of settings & ways to personalise your device once it arrives so it will feel unique to you.One Plus One

Note: OPO are now ending their relationship with CM due to conflicting visions & business practices, but have already launched another variation of stock Android.

It would be rude not to mention the stonking hardware & software that makes up the OPO – from the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor to the Sony Exmor IMX214 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash – there’s a million reasons to drool over it.

“We tried to offer one device that would best serve all users’ needs that was also beautifully designed and crafted. The business model allows us to price it very reasonably, but we feel the phone stands alone on its design and performance.” – Carl Pei, Director of OnePlus Global

In my honest opinion…

As a new One Plus One owner, I can assure you they’re delivering on everything they promise (as far as my tech know-how goes).

It’s a dream being back on Android after a fruity stint for the last year. The two things I’m loving most are the battery – goodness it’s so satisfying having one that lasts the day (or even two!)- & the camera… I took my first photo & the clarity on the focus (on my pint of cider may I add) was exquisite. The camera on the Galaxy Note is on point, but this is another level. Oh, & did I mention it’s a fraction of the price?!

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