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10 Apr, 2017 ,
After the glorious success of Oneplus One, OnePlus decided to launch the ‘OnePlus 2’ as another Flagship Killer but it did not turn out to be as great as it’s predecessor. The OnePlus 2 launched with its own original OS created by OnePlus named as ‘Oxygen OS’ which initially did not turn out to be fully stable and had glitches and bugs which made the consumers irritated and which led to the downfall of this device. OnePlus 2 however has great specifications for a mid-ranged budget Smartphone like the OnePlus is famous for and the ability to change the firmware of the device without voiding warranty did not stop the consumers from buying this device. Let’s find out what this device holds
The OnePlus 2 has sandstone back like the OnePlus One and it provides the same grip and a rough hold of the device unlike the slippery glass or plastic backs in other devices. This Sandstone back of the device is removable however the battery is not removable and the sim slots are located under the sandstone back. OnePlus 2 has a weight of 175g which is average when it comes to smartphones, not one of the lightest phones. The OnePlus 2 is available only in one color which is Sandstone Black and no other color options provided for the device which is a disappointment. The Camera is place in the top half of the rear side of the device and OnePlus logo is carved right below it. The volume button and Power button is placed on one side of the device and a slider is provided on the other side of the device to change the profiles of the device from Ring > Do not disturb > Silent/Vibrate. This device also features a fingerprint scanner right below the screen and speakers placed on the bottom of the device to give the best experience.
The Oneplus 2 features a LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. This display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which is approximately 401 ppi pixel density. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is reliable and does a decent job of protecting the display. This display is not the best when compared with other high end phones but does a decent job. However, there have been some complaints about the display not showing the accurate colors and some dead spots in the display for many consumers. The display can be adjusted depending on the user if he wants to use the on-screen buttons or the physical buttons. The display is not good under direct sunlight but it does have good viewing angles.
The Oneplus 2 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 which is not the greatest processors as it had issues of over heating when high resolution content was played on device and this forced the manufacturers to push an update to the device which would underclock this processor to some extent to avoid this issue. 3 GB of Ram with 16 GB variant and 4 GB Ram with 64 GB variant provided enough source to the device for multi-tasking and having many applications running at the same time. The Oneplus 2 has the same downside like the Oneplus One where the device does not provide any option of external storage and is limited to the options of 16 GB and 64 GB. The non-removable 3300 mah battery is not the greatest and does only a decent job; however, the charging ability of this device is very slow and takes around 2 hours to charge fully from 0 to 100%. The Adreno 430 GPU is a really great tool to play the high resolution content and games.
OnePlus 2 comes with the Oxygen OS 2.0 which is based on Android Lollipop but is upgradable to Oxygen 3.5.6 OS which is based on Marshmallow. Although OnePlus promised the Nougat update for OnePlus 2, they are really late as Google has already announced their plans for Android O.
The OnePlus 2 has a rear camera of 13 Mega Pixel with OIS technology and Dual-LED Flash and f/2.0 aperture. The camera has a 1/2.6” sensor size and Laser autofocus technology which helps the device in focusing in images very seamlessly. The camera application in Oxygen OS offers different features like Time lapse and Slow motion video and other modes to bring out the best out of its camera. Other customizations like White balance adjustment, Color Tone and Manual Focus is also offered by the camera application. It records video at 2160p at 30 fps and 720p at 120fps. The secondary front facing camera is 5 MP with f/2.4 aperture and records at 1080p at 30 fps. The gallery application in Oxygen OS provides basic editing tools like Cropping, Scaling and drawing over the pictures.
The Oneplus 2 with the latest update of v3.5.6 supports 4G VoLTE and works with Reliance Jio. This update however has caused many network problems including dropping of network between calls and switching internet between sim cards. The call quality on this device is poor and Wi-Fi too disconnects randomly at times. This device has Bluetooth v4.1 which is decent and provides good file transfer rate among devices. The USB Type-C is a great feature of this device which has reversible connector and provides good data transfer speeds between computer and the device. One of the flaws of this device is that it does not have NFC Technology and lacks many of the features that could be used with it. OnePlus 2 has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac which is decent.
High Resolution Content and games run very smoothly on this device thanks to the Full HD screen and High processing speed. The headphone output is great on Bluetooth as well as the 3.5mm Jack and gives a good experience of music and other sound output. The speaker placement at the bottom makes sure the device gives the best surround sound like feel when playing content. The speaker however is decent and not that great and just does the job of playing music or sound. The Camera and Gallery have lots of options to give the user the ability to customize pictures and other content. The camera quality is average and takes good pictures but not something which would attract consumers.
OnePlus 2 even after years of its launch does a great job at processing things at a seamless rate. A good mid-ranged budget phone with high end specs gets a Thumbs up from Suggestto and recommends the device to people if they are looking for budget smartphones with great ability to play multimedia content.
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