So I bought a One+ One phone. It’s a new phone company founded in 2013 by Pete Lau. I’ve owned an Samsung Note 2 for some time now, and I wanted to upgrade a little. The Note 2 after a couple years of being hacked, rooted, many ROM’s installed, and other abuse (including flying out the window of my Truck) was a great phone. I handed it down to my nephew, and it still works good in the hands of a teenager today running Android 4.4. But the One+ One offered a few things:
- Shiny. New. Yeah – I’m a new phone junky. I’ve had sweet cell phones from before anyone knew what they were. I even had a smartphone before anyone knew what they were. (Kyocera for the win) But yeah..
- It has GLONASS which I wanted to try out on my adventures in the backcountry.
- It’s friggin CHEAP – $350 or so for an unlocked unit with 64GB. Cheaper for the 16GB version.
- Did I mention shiny?
- Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches (~401 ppi pixel density) display
- 64GB of Flash, no SD Card slot.
- 3GB of RAM (What?)
- 13 Megapixel primary camera, 5 Megapixel selfie cam.
- A-GPS, GLONASS geolocation
- 3 Microphone active noise cancellation
- LTE, WIFI, Bluetooth 4, NFC – Basically Wireless heaven
- Cyanomod 11S, Android 4.4.2 – with the promise to update to Android L when it arrives.
I like this phone! I know there’s a lot of gripes about their invite only system. Also many people have had some technical issues, but overall I’ve had an amazing experience with it. I really like Cyanogenmod and the camera is great. Performance is totally there. I was really surprised by the battery life. It has a 3200mAh battery, which my Note 2 would eat up in about 14 hours. This phone will last a solid 2 days if I stretch it. TWO DAYS. I’ve never had an android phone that would even approach that. If I’m really banging on it, it still lasts 24 hours plus. It’s really great! I’ve also really enjoyed the camera. It works way better than the 8MP one in the note, not sure I care about megapixels so much, but the clarity is really nice, and it’s fast. The included camera app is pretty decent. Performance wise, it’s better than my old Note 2. This is to be expected. It’s also note quite as snappy as iOS. This is also to be expected. Overall it’s not a huge improvement, but better. This weekend I’m going out to the Mojave desert to experiment with the GLONASS + GPS stuff. I’ll update this post once I have a stronger opinion. In the city (LA) it seems faster than my experience with other Android devices, but hard to say, they’re all pretty fast at positioning. Build quality is really good. Not a single complaint. It fits nicely in my hand, feels very solid, more so than the Samsung, kind of reminding me of my old HTC that I loved. But bigger.
There’s some tricks that this phone does. That’s for sure. It’s built to compete with the newest generation of phones, but in the end it’s all about value. THIS PHONE IS UNDER $400. Think about that. The only phones on the market that can compete in features in speed at all are almost twice as much money. TWICE! I think the Note 4, which comes out soon will retail for almost $900, and this phone competes with it. Probably doesn’t beat it, but it’s close, and I think that’s pretty amazing.
If you want an amazing phone for the price, this is your huckleberry. I don’t think there’s anything on the market that can compete value wise. Not even close. If there is, I’d love to know about it.