From the creator of the infamous OnePlus One comes the latest entrant, aptly titled the OnePlus Two. Touted to be “the flagship killer of 2016”, the new OnePlus Two certainly does seem to offer specs that are really good for the price tag.
Currently available at Dialcom for Rs. 77,000 for the 64 GB model, the OnePlus Two comes with a dual-SIM design, a 5.5 inch 1080*1920 screen and OnePlus’s own custom Android OS, Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop which works in tandem with the Snapdragon 810 CPU. Backing it all up is 3 GB of RAM for the 16GB model and 4 GB of RAM for the 64 GB model, sadly there is no expandable storage.
The packaging is similar to its predecessor with a red box with the OnePlus logo on it. Opening the box reveals the device, paperwork, power brick and the red USB Type-C charging cable.
Booting up the phone, you are greeted by a “Powered by Android” screen followed by an OnePlus boot-up screen with different white shapes in the center on top of a black screen. The initial boot is rather quirky as it takes a considerable amount of time to boot up (around 45 seconds). Once the device is powered on and ready, you can unlock the phone with standard unlocking security features such as the pattern or the device’s very own fingerprint scanner built right in to the home button.
The OnePlus Two has a rather different approach for the home button. It’s not a button per se but rather a touch trigger that once pressed will do what a normal button would do except for being pressed like a regular button. Speaking more on the buttons, the other 2 on the left and right would be the back button and the recents button. If required, you can disable these built-in buttons and switch to the on-screen navigation bar to display the buttons on screen.
The device feels solid and has a premium aluminum finish that is wrapped around the edges and standard sandstone back which gives you that extra grip to make sure it doesn’t slip off your hands. Similar to the OnePlus One, the back is removable and is swappable with covers that can be purchased online.
Once the device is unlocked you can swipe right to get to the shelf which you can customize to your liking. It usually shows a custom background, recent apps and contacts which can be replaced or changed with other widgets.
If you are a person who has a passion for gaming, be it on mobile or PC, the OnePlus Two handles all of your gaming needs without breaking a sweat. Watching a movie? No biggie. Although the device tends to heat up after a while, we suspect this is the infamous snapdragon overheating issue.
The 13 megapixel camera does indeed take some very good quality shots, even in low light mode. Granted it’s not the fastest snapper in the market but with software refinements that all may change. For those selfie addicts, the 5 mega pixel front facing camera manages to take decent snaps and selfies.
As for performance, well a simple benchmark using AnTuTu should reveal how OnePlus’s new entrant fares up against the competition, and it does so rather nicely too, if I may add.
Despite claims by OnePlus’s founder/CEO that the OnePlus 2 is future proof, it doesn’t actually bring a whole lot more to the table. Yes it does have a USB Type-C charging port but it will take some time for that to become the future standard of smartphone charging. Plus if you forget or misplace your cable, you’re up the creek without a charging cable.
Similar to the OnePlus One, the OnePlus Two also has features such as the small LED notification light next to the front-facing camera, the gestures such as DT2W or double tap to wake where you basically double tap the screen to wake-up, draw a circle to bring up the camera, draw a ‘V’ for the flashlight and pause gesture to play or pause music. Even the charging cable, which no one really takes notice of, stands out, built from high quality material and the design itself makes it stand-out from regular smartphone cables.
With regard to it being the Flagship killer, it seems to have much to be desired. For example, battery life is not as great as its’ predecessor, so running intensive applications would result in you scrabbling for the nearest USB type-C cable because after all, that’s all it supports. But wait, it doesn’t come with fast charging which means it would take a while for the phone to be fully charged. Swap out the battery? No can do as the phone has a non-swappable battery which is a huge let down.
Speaking of non-swappable batteries, the non-expandable storage issue has to be mentioned as well. It would’ve been great to have the capability to expand the storage of the device like regular phones. The other most discussed issue among the community was the removal of NFC. I am not a big user of NFC but I would love to have it in the device I use since Android is all about sharing.
In the end though, the OnePlus 2 is indeed a device worth for it’s relatively low price stand point where it incorporates features from high-end smartphones in the market. The sense of customizability and useful features add to make the experience even better. The materials used to build and design gives you the feeling that you’re using a premium device. The software although is okay at the moment, could use some upgrades in the future. Not having a removable battery, expandable memory card slot and NFC is a huge let down for the users who are coming from using the OnePlus 1 and other similar devices.
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The OnePlus Two: Flagship Killer?
ICTA is organizing a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Review Workshop in partnership with (ISC)2 Colombo, Sri Lanka chapter. The maximum seats allocated per company is limited for
ICTA is organizing a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Review Workshop in partnership with (ISC)2 Colombo, Sri Lanka chapter. The maximum seats allocated per company is limited for 3.
The fee is highly subsidized with limited seats available per programme and will be reserved on first come first serve basis upon Payments.
Training Resource Provider: (ISC)2 Colombo Sri Lanka Chapter
Dates: 17th, 19th, 24th & 26th October 2017
Time: 8:30AM to 4:30PM
Workshop Fee: LKR 20,000/-
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Special rate for University Students (Final year undergraduates) and Full-Time lecturers: LKR 10,000/-
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Early Bird Cut-Off Date: 26th September 2017
Application Closing date: 06th October 2017
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries.
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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee