My first thought on OnePlus One?
I usually don’t buy non-flagship phones made by smaller companies nor do I buy first generation products but I decided to break my first rule of thumb since OnePlus One seemed very promising, especially considering how cheap the phone is (I mean the price, not the build).
For $349, you can pick up a 64GB OnePlus One smartphone, which is as big as a Note 3 and even slightly taller. It’s got a whopping 5.5-inch 1080P LCD display, certainly not a phone for those of you who don’t like big phones like Note 3 or the LG G3. OnePlus One smartphone definitely belongs in the “phablet” class. If Note 3 or LG G3 is too big for your hands, this is definitely not the phone for you.
Packing the fastest processor “right now” with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, OnePlus One certainly is zippy out of the box, now that’s the same processor found on Galaxy S5 and LG G3. I found the UI to be super fast as it’s basically running CM11 ROM. OnePlus One runs a slightly-modified version of CM11 ROM dubbed “CM11S” with couple more features like screen-off gestures, soft/hard button toggling, Privacy Guard and WhisperPush. But otherwise this is the an Android smartphone with CM11 ROM (which I love btw). On the software side, CyanogenMod11S does a great job of moving things without lag and since I have that ROM running on many of my other Android devices, I am very used to the UI and its customization features.
Upon opening the OnePlus One for the first time, I was literally shocked at how big the phone was. It’s actually slightly taller than the Note 3 and slightly narrower. But the tallness of the phone makes it look HUGE. I personally fell in love with big phones on the original Galaxy Note and once you go big, you can’t go back. So, this is definitely one my new favorite phones along with my other Note 3 and G3. On the other hand, I hated my Z Ultra for using as a phone, it was just waaaay too big. There’s is certainly a limit to how big phones can go.
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