OnePlus One after 1 month
The OnePlus One Journey
I received my OnePlus One exactly a month ago from now and I have been using it since then. I had my all favorite nexus 5 before as I was a hardcore nexus fan until the overpriced Nexus 6 came. Well, letâ€™s try to stay on topic and not get into that Nexus zone.
Things I like about the 1+1
I can proudly say that the OnePlus One is definitely a better phone than the Nexus 5. In short, I donâ€™t miss my nexus 5. I have the 64GB version which provides me with a lot more storage to save my high-quality pictures and HD/4K videos. The cyanogen mod is working great on the phone and the operating is definitely better than stock android as itâ€™s filled with a lot more features.
The best thing about the OnePlus One is its battery life. I used to charge my Nexus 5 every night, which is not the case with the Plus. OnePlus One gives me two days of battery life, with moderate usage. By moderate usage, I mean, the smartphone is always on LTE network and at about 50% brightness. I text and browse the web A LOT. The two day period also include taking tons of pictures and videos, and playing a little bit of games. GPS is turned off!
During this one month time period the OnePlus One has NEVER crashed on me. Cyanogen mod is very smooth and doesnâ€™t lag at all. The phones 13 MP camera is definitely better than the Nexus 5 and the video quality is amazing. A few days ago I showed a video to my friends on an HD TV that I recorded on my OnePlus One and they were amazed when I told them thatÂ I didn’t use a DSLR, but the 1+1.Â Also, I have never seen such a great front facing camera on a smartphone before. This 5 MP front facing shooter with HD recording is just awesome for doing hangouts.
Gestures are amazing! I use the tap to wake gesture to wake up the phone, which is pretty cool. Watching videos on a much larger 5.5 inch screen is just a far more better experience. Now, the Nexus 5 screen feels a little too small. It is true that once you get used to a larger screen size, you canâ€™t go back.
My Nexus 5 would get hot while playing games, but thatâ€™s not the case with the OnePlus One. I can play games constantly for a long period of time but the phone would never get hot to touch.
I havenâ€™t rooted my OnePlus One yet, as I didnâ€™t yet find it necessary to do so. The phone already has a lot of custom rom and other root features that I didnâ€™t find the need to root it. Here out my article: “No Need to Root OnePlus One“! Although, I am soon planning to perform a full backup and root my phone.
I am just in love with the off screen capacitive buttons. Turning the on-screen buttons off and using the capacitive buttons provides more room on the screen.
Things I don’t like
I love the phone for the price I paid for it. Still, there are a couple of minor things about the phone that gets annoying sometimes. Even though I prefer a larger phone for a many reasons but it gets annoying sometime. For example, itâ€™s really hard to hold and use the phone with one hand while you are lying down. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.
Cyanogen is better than stock android is many ways but, the CON is that itâ€™s not stock. This means that you might experience some minor bugs in the system sometimes. For example, sometimes the clock from the status bar just randomly disappears; and then it comes back randomly. I have contacted the cyanogen team, and they were kind enough to reply me back stating that they would fix this bug in the upcoming update.
Other than that, I donâ€™t think I had any bad experience with the phone. That was basically what I wanted to share with you guys. Feel free to ask me any questions about the phoneÂ n the comments below.