Reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions on the OnePlus One

Frequently Asked Questions on the OnePlus One

The release of the OnePlus One came with several questions regarding its features and capacity. Here is a quick run through of the answers to the frequently asked questions regarding the device.


Design and build quality




The good points:

  • The OnePlus One is something that you would call a premium device. The bezels are surrounded by silver accents that give it a sophisticated yet simple look.
  • The device feels solid to hold and it looks appealing
  • It has a removable back cover though it is a bit difficult to actually remove it.

The points to improve:

  • The OnePlus One has a really huge size – at 5.5 inches. It’s size is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
  • As a consequence of its big size, the OnePlus One is not something that you can use with just one hand. You can try; but it is not as comfortable as other phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5.


Screen and display




The good points:

  • The OnePlus One has a 1080p panel
  • Display of the device is impressive, providing good color reproduction and vivid images.
  • The screen is very responsive, so you won’t be annoyed when using it.
  • You can manually adjust the auto brightness level so that it would become brighter than usual.

The points to improve:

  • Maximum brightness is not as bright as other devices so if you plan on using it outdoors – in broad daylight and on a sunny day – then you might not be as impressed as what other devices can provide.


Capacitive and on-screen keys

The good points:

  • The OnePlus One gives its users the option to use a capacitive key or an on-screen key. Switching between those two modes are hassle-free and can be easily done by anyone. This option can be found on the Settings menu. CyanogenMod lets you customize this.
  • Using the on-screen keys gives you the liberty to rearrange the buttons and to add or remove some.
  • The on-screen keys are preferred by majority of users, and given the huge size of the OnePlus One, the space occupied by the on-screen keys will not be an issue.
  • Using the capacitive keys lets you choose the features for the single and long-press of the buttons.




The points to improve:

  • Capacitive keys are the menu button, home button, and back button.
  • Choosing to use the on-screen keys will completely disable the use of the bottom bezel. Thus you will have to be very precise in clicking when you are using the on-screen keys.
  • The capacitive keys are still present even as you choose to use the on-screen keys.



The good points:

  • The OnePlus One is packed with a 13mp Sony sensor and 6 lenses
  • The camera of the OnePlus One is rather impressive. It takes immediate photos well when you are using Auto mode.
  • The device gives you several options for filters and manual exposures.
  • Photo quality of the camera is exemplary. It has vivid colors and everything is clear.
  • You can expect barely any noise in your photos when you are using Auto mode, given that your hands are not too shaky when taking the photograph.





The points to improve:

  • White balance is not perfect, but this has always been the weakness of devices so it is not that big of a deal.
  • It has no Optical Image Stabilization so you might have a hard time taking photos in poor lighting conditions
  • The photos may be prone to over-processing.
  • The HDR mode of the camera produces images that are sometimes too bright and unnatural.
  • The OnePlus One still has a 16 to 9 aspect ratio viewfinder for 4:3 photos. So don’t expect the photo in the viewfinder to be similar to your actual photo.


Speaker and sound quality




  • The OnePlus One has two “stereo” speakers two inches apart found at the bottom of the device.
  • Loudness of the speakers are great and is above average. However, if you are an audiophile, you might not be too impressed with it.



The good points:

  • OnePlus One has CyanogenMod 11S, and the overall experience of using it feels just as good as when you are using stock Android.
  • CyanogenMod provides good themes and the Gallery is also outstanding.
  • Performance-wise, CyanogenMod exceeds expectations as it performs reliably and does not give you stutters or lags.




The points to improve:

  • CyanogenMod lets you customize your operating system, and these are activated by default. This becomes a point of annoyance for some people, similar to how they have reacted in the TouchWiz of Samsung. The good news is that as soon as you have disabled the customizations, these settings will never bother you again unless you decide to enable them again.


Battery Life




  • The OnePlus One has a satisfying battery life. Given its 3,100mAh battery, one would expect it to perform admirably on this parameter, and it thankfully lived up to the expectation.
  • The device easily provides 15 hours of usage time even as you leave the sync on for all of your accounts. It also has 3 hours of screen on time.


Network carriers

  • The U.S. version of the OnePlus One is available in the T-Mobile and AT&T networks. Sadly for those who are fans of Verizon and Sprint, the device will not be available for those carriers
  • LTE connection of the OnePlus One is weaker by 5 to 10dBm.
  • Speed and connectivity on both the T-Mobile and AT&T networks are similar to the one provided by Samsung Galaxy S5. The only difference is that the radio seems to absorb less signal compared with other phones.




To sum it up, the OnePlus One is a great and premium phone. There is still room for improvement, but what it has to offer now is already great that people would surely look forward to using it.


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