OnePlus 2 – First Impressions

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IT’S HAPPENING! The OnePlus 2 is finally official! Let the battle begin!

The OnePlus 2 is certainly no slouch when it comes to high end specs. Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4GB RAM, FHD screen, fingerprint scanner, metal construction, OIS, 64GB storage, and the first phone ever to offer USB-C. All this for under $400. It’s the perfect phone right? Everything you ever wanted?

I’ll tip my hat to OnePlus for once again pushing the boundaries of what an affordable super phone can be. So why are we all feeling a bit underwhelmed, despite the massive spec list? I think it’s because we never expected the OnePlus One to be superior to the OnePlus 2 in any way, shape, or form. We expected the OP2 to blow us away, and make the decision to upgrade an easy one. But for many people, that decision might not be as easy as OnePlus had hoped.

This second offering from OnePlus will certainly please those of us who yearned for spec bumps, style swap covers, premium build quality, and a better camera. It certainly sounds like a more than capable device, but I think the majority of the attention is being focused (rightfully so) on what the OP2 cannot do. But first, lets take a look at some of the awesome shit we can look forward to.

Likes

Build Quality/Design

The build quality of the OnePlus 2 looks to be far superior to the OnePlus One. Even though I don’t quite understand the placement of the camera on the back (looks a bit low), I still think it is a good looking device.

Style Swap Covers

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The style swap covers look awesome, lets just hope they are actually produced this time around.

Camera Improvements

The camera looks like it has had a nice overall improvement. OIS is a welcome addition, and the sample photos I have seen look great. But real world tests will need to be preformed to get the final word.

Home Button/Fingerprint Scanner

The new home button and custom navigation keys might just work. The finger print scanner will probably go unsed by myself, unless I am traveling, but I know a lot of you are very happy it’s there.

Alert Slider

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The alert slider looks like it could be useful. I am not too familiar with these types of switches or functions (never owned an iPhone), but I look forward to it’s usefulness.

What’s Missing?

As you probably know by now, the OP2 does not feature NFC, nor does it feature fast charging. Features of the OnePlus One (and every other flagship for that matter), but lacking in the OnePlus 2. These features have become standards on virtually every other flagship for the past two years or so.

Fast Charging

 

USB-C is probably the culprit for the fast charging issue. Being the first to adopt new technologies rarely comes without sacrifice. Lets not bring up the fact that USB-C also means that you cant use any of  your old chargers any more, and your buddy probably doesn’t have one yet either. So if you leave your charger at home, you might be in a bad situation. I am not sure how readily available they are as of yet. You probably cant just go pick one up at a drug store if you’re in a bind. Apple went through this issue when they first launched their lightning cable with the iPhone 5. They seemed to get through it okay, but adoption still took awhile. I’m not saying USB-C does not have any potential benefits, but I am not sure if the timing was right. It seems a bit risky on their part.

NFC

USB and charging issues aside, I cannot fathom why the fuck OnePlus left out something as basic as NFC. Would it really have added that much expense/weight/thickness to the phone? Maybe? But how much of a sacrifice would it really have been? Hell, they could have raised the price by $10, still be under $400, have NFC and avoided this “left out” fiasco. I don’t even use NFC all that often, but I still care, I still want the option. Mobile payments are finally starting to become more mainstream. You would think NFC is more important to the end-user now more than it ever has been.

Other Omissions

Wireless charging and microSD expandable storage were other notable omissions. Although these features would have been awesome to have, I don’t think that anyone really expected the OP2 to support either. But, considering the fact that the OP2 doesn’t support NFC or fast charging, I think the addition of wireless charging and/or expandable storage would have gone a long way towards folks being able look past the OP2’s faults.

Wrap Up

This write up may seem a bit pessimistic, but we don’t have a lot to go off of right now. OnePlus hasn’t addressed our concerns (I know, its only been two days), they might be cooking up some answers as we speak, but who knows if and when they ever will. Don’t get me wrong, I am still excited for the OnePlus 2, but I don’t think I can look past all the other manufacturers. The OP2 is not the only phone on the block offering big value for a small price.

I don’t think OnePlus is doomed by any means, I’m still a fan and I’m still going to pick one up ASAP (pending invitation) and I’m sure many of you will as well. But with some heavy ass competition such as the Moto X Pure EditionZTE Axon Pro, and Nexus devices (hopefully), lingering on the horizon, now is not a good time fuck things up.

I’ll reserve my final judgement once I have a OP2 in my hands to review. Check back often, I’ll be posting my review as soon as I possibly can. Until then, peace out bitches!

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