One Plus 2 Review – Full Detailed Review with Exposing all Features
The One Plus 2 (OP2) is a Smartphone that is designed by a Chinese company One Plus. This company was founded by Pete Lau who is the former vice president of OPO. The co- founder of this version is Carl Pei. This version is the successor to the One Plus One. One Plus launched the phone on July 28, 2015 virtually using the Cardboard visor of Google and their app. The One Plus 2 offers ultimate value in the smartphone market. This is a flagship phone with high end specifications. One Plus has managed the sales of One Plus 2 completely via its own website similarly as the One Plus One’ period. This is called invite system.
However at the time when you needed an invitation to buy One Plus 2 directly from One Plus you didn’t need to hang around if you were ready to buy it from a third party distributor. We need to weigh up the risks of purchasing from a grey-market site. But I would recommend Geek buying, which many people have used on many occasions in the past.
The invite system in case of One Plus 2 is more efficient and economical than the invite system used for the sales of One Plus One. There will be 30 to 50 times more demand of this series. Within 6 to 7 days of being launched the One Plus 2 had already reached over 3 million peoples. And as of September 2015 this figure has accumulated over 5 million.
The main feature of One Plus 2 is a revamp design to put it on high level with all of its flagship competitors. This smartphone incorporates an aluminium-magnesium alloy chassis with power and volume keys along with new notifications control switch along with a polished stainless steel accent and the rear side of the phone accompanied with a textured Sandstone Black plastic back cover. Users also have the option to customize its back covers with choices of Kevlar or assorted wood offerings including rosewood, bamboo and black apricot.
New feature to the One Plus 2 is its fingerprint sensor which can optionally perform as a captive home button along with back and navigation keys. But they can be allowed in favor of customizable navigation (soft keys) on screen. Even better, the fingerprint sensor is operational even when the phone screen is inactive. On the down side, the home button is also sometimes unresponsive or slow to respond.
A hardware part that hasn’t changed is the screen. The One Plus 2 and its predecessor (the One Plus One) have comparable 5.5″ LCD 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution screens display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Compared to its predecessor (One Plus one) the phone is 1 mm shrunken in height and width.
There are two versions of One Plus 2. The White Basic version features 16GB internal storage and 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. The Sandstone Black Premium version has 64GB internal storage with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 64-bit octa core chip purposely under clocked to 1.8 GHz for resolving any overheating issues.
The system on chip includes an Adreno 430 graphics processor which is clocked at 630 MHz. Connectivity options include the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS, although you won’t get a microSD card slot or NFC in One Plus 2. For its rear facing camera, One Plus 2 has an Omni vision OV13860 13 megapixel image sensor with a 1/2.6 inch sensor size f/2.0 aperture.
It has optical image stabilization, dual tone LED flash, laser autofocus, 4K and slow motion 720p video recording ability. If we compare it to its competitors like LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6, both of which have 16 megapixel sensors. The design of One Plus 2 is very similar to that of One Plus One. As before, the camera is set at 5 M.P. and 13MP at the front and at the rear respectively.
For standard photography it offers a dual-LED flash, optical image stabilization, a laser autofocus, which focuses in 0.3 seconds, and an f/2.0 aperture, 1.3μm pixels and six lenses to avoid distortion and color combination, and One Plus 2 can shoot 4K, time lapse and slow motion videos.
The smaller mega pixel count of One Plus 2 versions, allows for each pixel to be made bigger. Bigger pixels capture more light per pixel than smaller pixels and this in turn minimizes the amount of digital noise in photos especially in low light conditions. The front-facing camera contains a wide angle 5 mega pixel camera.
Other features include a dual SIM card layout with 4G LTE compatibility and the handset is the first smart phone in the world, which has been released with the feature of USB Type C port, which will emerge with 2016 flagships as Google builds in USB Type-C support.
Unlike One Plus One phone, which shipped a single model worldwide, One Plus 2 will ship different models per area (like most of the other companies). As a consequence of this, 4G (LTE) connectivity is only possible in the area where the phone was bought, because of different LTE standards. The back cover has the same grippe sandpaper like rough texture as that of OPO which is a very useful feature for a large 5.5in Phablet that could otherwise be easy to drop, which allows you to swap in a new back cover and gives access to twin small SIM tray and non removable battery. The back cover is removable, thin and flimsy.
Also new feature to One Plus 2 is a hardware notifications slider known as an Alert Slider. It’s the first of its kind we’ve seen on any smart phones in the market, and allows us to toggle between no interruptions, priority interruptions and all notifications without taking the phone out of our pocket.
However features left many confusions including lack of NFC hardware and quick charge capabilities found on many other flagships and resulting in full charges that could exceed 3 hours as per One Plus. One Plus explained that NFC was not used by enough One Plus One users for NFC to be added to One Plus 2.
Finally, it has some killer new features though, including USB Type-C, 4G dual SIM support, some powerful hardware and many other things. It’s an unrivalled deal for us.