In Pictures: Unboxing the One Plus One

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“Never Settle” is the motto of the new smartphone startup, OnePlus. Their first release is dubbed the “Flagship Killer”. Still have no idea what we’re talking about? It’s the OnePlus One.
Nilosh Sathiyamoorthi (D Bro Fist on YouTube) got his hands on our dream phone this year – the uber-exclusive One Plus One. Everybody’s been waiting for this, so let’s get started!
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Unboxing the One Plus One just elevates the level of respect you have for the phone before you even touch the thing. It’s a very minimalistic package. You’re greeted with the phone with the screen covered with protective plastic.
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Underneath it you’ll find the USB cable and the SIM Ejection Tool. Yes, that’s it. No headphones and no manuals. Keeping it simple. The AC Adaptor comes in another separate smaller box since the type of pins vary in different regions
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Taking it out of the box you can’t help but feel a bit surprised at how light it feels. Coming in at 162 grams with with the beautiful Sandstone Black feel on the back,  the OnePlus just shows us that good things can come in small packages – and apparently for a cheaper price too.
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Under the hood you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHzAdreno 330 GPU with 3GB of RAM. Yes, 3GB of RAM, so multitasking is a breeze. You also get a non-removable 3100mAh battery. On the front  you get the 5.5 screen, a 5MP camera (yes, selfies) and capacitive buttons.
The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Cyanogen Mod preloaded out of the box. This is stock Android on steroids. The new theme engine makes it easy to customize the look and feel of the OnePlus One. You can mix and match different items such as icons, wallpapers and boot animations from each theme you have loaded to get just the right look. Coming from iOS, it was a bit hard to take it all in but after hours tinkering with all the options I'm starting to love it.
The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Cyanogen Mod preloaded out of the box. This is stock Android on steroids. The new theme engine makes it easy to customize the look and feel of the OnePlus One. You can mix and match different items such as icons, wallpapers and boot animations from each theme you have loaded to get just the right look. Coming from iOS, it was a bit hard to take it all in but after hours tinkering with all the options I’m starting to love it.
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On the back of the phone you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and f/2.0 aperture. Inside the camera you get a Sony stacked sensor that has a 6 element lens. The camera is okay. Not perfect but not bad either. It’s not the hardware but the software and it all comes down to the CM team to improve it with future updates.
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The One Plus One can record 4K video at 30fps, or it record a video with 120fps in 720p resolution. Pretty neat. I don’t have a 4K display to test that out; on the other hand 1080p video recording is smooth and really clear. The microphones also deserve credit in this instance since the sound in the test videos was top notch.

Let’s hear his final take on the phone:
“So you’ve read everything, you like it and you want to get it? Here’s where I trample your dreams. To buy the phone you need an invite. You get invites from people who have purchased the OnePlus One or by entering in contests. I was lucky enough to get an invite from the official OnePlus sub-reddit.
Even if you get an invite, the phone does not ship to Sri Lanka. You have to ship it to a friend or relative in one of the launch countries and wait until they come back. (Or you can use a mail forwarding service and get it couriered here, but then you have to deal with Customs and TRCSL).
So what do I say? If you can get it, get it. For around 55 thousand rupees (Sri Lankan) I got a top notch phone with a pure Android experience. It’s just too much to get away from.”

 

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