Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 24th Jun 2014 07:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The OnePlus One is among the most talked-about phones these days. Both because of its high-end features and affordable price, making it one of the flagship models of 2014, but also because it's... impossible to get one. These are my first impressions of the device so far.
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aptX?
by stelios on Tue 24th Jun 2014 07:58 UTC
stelios
Member since:
2011-03-03

Aren't IOS devices using aptX instead of A2DP? Maybe that's the reason sound quality is better.

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RE: aptX?
by Eugenia on Tue 24th Jun 2014 08:03 UTC in reply to "aptX?"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

It's possible, I don't know this detail. All I know is that both OSes are connected via bluetooth to my receiver, and one sounds amazing and the other one sounds very flat and thin. Using the included AudioFX app that comes with the Cyanogen phone, that allows to equalize, doesn't really address the underlying problem.

EDIT: I just had a look at the AptX site, and they mention that the Z Ultra and Moto G supposedly include that codec. We own these phones, and we have tested them here. Their quality is NOT the same as iOS', it's in fact the same as OnePlus One's (thin/flat).

Edited 2014-06-24 08:10 UTC

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RE[2]: aptX?
by remenic on Tue 24th Jun 2014 09:04 UTC in reply to "RE: aptX?"
remenic Member since:
2005-07-06

30p/60p/120p I think you meant fps ;)

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RE[3]: aptX?
by remenic on Tue 24th Jun 2014 09:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: aptX?"
remenic Member since:
2005-07-06

This wasn't meant as a reply btw.

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RE[3]: aptX?
by Eugenia on Tue 24th Jun 2014 09:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: aptX?"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Ah, yeah, thx. Late night writing (2 AM here).

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RE[2]: aptX?
by adkilla on Tue 24th Jun 2014 11:21 UTC in reply to "RE: aptX?"
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

APT-X requires that both the phone and the BT receiver support it. iPhones support AAC streaming over BT provided also that the BT receiver supports it. Apple refuses to support APT-X on their phones/tablets even though their Macs support it.

The benefit of APT-X over AAC is that it supported over a larger number of devices and supports up to 24-bit/96kHz loss-less audio streams.

I use my Galaxy Mega with a Phiaton PS 210 BTNC and Azio BTD-v400 BT receiver. I stream FLACs to my headphones and HTPC with equivalent audio quality to just plugging them in directly.

For an exhaustive list of APT-X certified audio equipment:
http://www.aptx.com

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RE[3]: aptX?
by Eugenia on Tue 24th Jun 2014 11:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: aptX?"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

It is not specified if my receiver model (high-end model 2013) supports Apt-X, however a Google search reveals that Onkyo did license the codec in 2011. But if iOS doesn't support Apt-X, then it's the AAC trick you mentioned probably that makes it sound better than A2DP. My receiver does support AAC. Regardless, in my situation, iOS sounds better, so I will still have to keep around my old iPad for that reason.

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RE[4]: aptX?
by adkilla on Wed 25th Jun 2014 10:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: aptX?"
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

Here are a list of Onkyo devices that support it or add-ons from Onkyo that could enable APT-X for your device:
http://www.aptx.com/brand/onkyo

Unless you share the model number for the Onkyo device that you have, I would not be able to give you a specific solution.

APT-X support is broader than AAC, but devices with APT-X only started coming to market in late 2012. Some manufacturers provide a way to support it on older devices through the use of external dongles or add-ons. So if your receiver does not support APT-X natively, you could use the following for example:
http://www.aptx.com/category/receivers-transmitters

While the downside with using external APT-X BT modules is an additional device, the plus side is you could also use these anywhere that has audio-in without loss in quality. So you could these on your home theater or car for example.

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RE[5]: aptX?
by Eugenia on Wed 25th Jun 2014 18:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: aptX?"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

My model is not on that list (that's just two old products). But this does not matter, the point is that iOS manages to sound better, no matter what. AptX or not, A2DP via iOS' AAC just sounds better.

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Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 24th Jun 2014 09:12 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm still torn between the OnePlus One and the Find 7/7a. They're more or less identical in specs and essentially come from the same company. The advantage of the Plus is that it comes with CM, while the Find 7/7a comes with the horrible ColorOS by default, forcing a custom ROM. On the flipside, the Plus has the stupid invite system which is just douchy.

Alternatives are a possible successor to the Nexus 5 - as long as they release another version in that flaming red colour.

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Minor textual issue
by jal_ on Tue 24th Jun 2014 10:19 UTC
jal_
Member since:
2006-11-02

"a fast Adreno 330, 578MHz CPU" -> that should be GPU. It sports a quadcore 2.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU.

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How fast is fast enough these days?
by christian on Tue 24th Jun 2014 10:31 UTC
christian
Member since:
2005-07-06

Looks nice, but I've just paid ~£50 for my Huawei Y300, which is pleeenty fast enough for my needs. What are people doing with phones these days that require so much snap? Or am I just getting old and showing it?

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Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

There are really "basic" things that you can do on a smartphone to put it through it's paces and you'll definitely notice the difference between a budget android phone and a high-end one.

Examples include:
- web browsing - more ram and cpu power = less lag when navigating complex sites
- video playback - if your gpu doesn't support a particular codec in hardware it's going to get choppy
- multitasking

Might get flamed for this but android doesn't have a stellar reputation in the UI speed department. So the higher end phone you have the less annoying ui lag or stuttering you'll see. They improved it quite a bit in the 4.2-4.4 versions but it's still not perfect and on a low-end device it can get really annoying.

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v Most Talked About?
by jared_wilkes on Tue 24th Jun 2014 11:57 UTC
Er...
by BushLin on Tue 24th Jun 2014 16:02 UTC
BushLin
Member since:
2011-01-26

There's a hack to change the DPI, but the Trebuchet launcher does not adapt the same way the Android native launcher does (so for example, you still have a row of 4 icons instead of 5).


Settings > Launcher > Homescreen > Gridsize

You have that option on previous Cyanogenmod releases, can have 6 or 7 if you like.
Would be mystifying if they'd removed such a useful feature.

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RE: Er...
by Eugenia on Fri 27th Jun 2014 04:46 UTC in reply to "Er..."
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

That would be on the trebuchet settings normally. It's not there.

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Where did you get/buy the phone?
by Wondercool on Tue 24th Jun 2014 18:51 UTC
Wondercool
Member since:
2005-07-08

hi Eugenia, where did you buy or get the phone if I may ask?

I plan to buy this phone and retire my WP8 phone but am losing patience rapidly. Did you get an invite, review unit or bought it from a Chinese seller?

I live in Ireland and the local Android forums have a huge thread on cheap Chinese Android phones and the OnePlus One specifically. This phone is massively popular but people are losing faith the phone will ever be produced in large quantities in time.

Edited 2014-06-24 18:53 UTC

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

I got an invite.

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Wondercool Member since:
2005-07-08

Thanks for the info, it seems less than a handful were able to buy the 1+1 over here, I guess some more waiting is in order ;)

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Comment by Mystilleef
by Mystilleef on Tue 24th Jun 2014 20:54 UTC
Mystilleef
Member since:
2005-06-29

I haven't read a review from Eugenia in years. Good to see you back.

I don't understand why Bluetooth is so crappy on Android. Between bad audio, bad voice, lag and random disconnects, it is a terrible experience.

It's almost as if Bluetooth is an afterthought for Google.

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