Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th May 2014 20:26 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Engadget is one of the first large sites to review the OnePlus One.

For $300, no other phone comes close to what the OnePlus One offers. Not only does it look and feel like a premium device, but it also comes with specs similar to what you'd find in a flagship smartphone. If you want a high-end phone on a budget, look no further.

At this point, you really have to wonder why you would want to shell out twice as much for a Samsung or an HTC. Lack of an SD card slot becomes a moot point with the OnePlus One, as the version with 64 GB of storage is only $349. I obviously haven't used it yet, but from all the information that's out there, the OnePlus One and the Find 7/7a really seem to be the best Android flagships of the year.

I feel like a broken record at this point, but if I were Samsung or HTC, I'd be very, very afraid of these Chinese manufacturers.

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The reason
by WorknMan on Thu 8th May 2014 20:43 UTC
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At this point, you really have to wonder why you would want to shell out twice as much for a Samsung or an HTC.


The reason is because phones like the OnePlus One and Find 7 are TOO DAMN BIG! If they ever make a smaller version for people who don't wear MC Hammer pants, I'd consider buying one. Even my Nexus 4 feels kind of big in my pocket, so these bigger phones would be way too much for me. And for others who insist on one-handed operation of their phones, that becomes a chore with these.

Another potential issue is that you're probably not going to find very many accessories on sale for this phone, but I suppose if you can find 'generic' docks and such for 5.5" and bigger phones, this might not be much of a problem.

Edited 2014-05-08 20:44 UTC

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RE: The reason
by Drizzt321 on Thu 8th May 2014 21:03 in reply to "The reason"
Drizzt321 Member since:
2013-09-17

Absolutely agree with the size issue. I've got the original HTC One, and while originally the size (coming from Palm/HP Pre3) threw me off, but I don't think I'd want anything larger. So this phone leaves me out. If they came out with one at the same size as the HTC One, I'd be very, very tempted.

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RE[2]: The reason
by tkeith on Thu 8th May 2014 21:17 in reply to "RE: The reason"
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

It seems like everyone says the same thing: My current phone was at first too big, but I got used to it; but no bigger. But every year the phones get bigger and people keep buying them. Even Apple was forced to go bigger and will soon to bigger yet. It has to stop sometime right?

My guess is everyone will move to the smart watch because it will be too much work to get out their phone and use it.

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RE[2]: The reason
by Fergy on Thu 8th May 2014 23:35 in reply to "RE: The reason"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Absolutely agree with the size issue. I've got the original HTC One, and while originally the size (coming from Palm/HP Pre3) threw me off, but I don't think I'd want anything larger. So this phone leaves me out. If they came out with one at the same size as the HTC One, I'd be very, very tempted.

I have owned the HTC One since june. I still think it is too big. I liked and still like the HTC Nexus One with its 3,7 inch screen. It feels and is sturdy and easily fits in your hand.
But this is all because I don't watch movies on my phone. And when I use websites I use something like pocket to read them so you don't need a big screen.

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RE: The reason
by Johann Chua on Sat 10th May 2014 12:47 in reply to "The reason"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Tangent: Is there any particular reason why these huge phones all use micro-SIMs?

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RE: The reason
by sgtarky on Sat 10th May 2014 15:43 in reply to "The reason"
sgtarky Member since:
2006-01-02

I have to agree. I love my LG optimus g other than it having a 4.7" inch screen and I guess that is considered small now. I'd still be rocking my atrix if it didnt have a dead spot in its digitizer. I sure would love a new phone under 4"

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