1. reeneebob's Avatar
    I did a bit of research on the phone because I had never heard of it before and wanted to know what the big fuss was about...it seems to have a nice feature set (especially for the cost), but there are some negative marks in comparison with the iPhone 5S, and since that is what Andrew Lima seems to be clamoring for so much, here's a few of them...

    - Limited 4G LTE usage...apparently this phone can only connect to certain high speed networks in the UK (which would almost assuredly carry over the same in the states)...and it's apparently due to the antenna build in the device itself (after reading some of the complaint forums from Vodaphone). iPhone 5S has the capability to connect to any high speed network, and is only limited by the carrier itself in terms of what they allow connection to.

    - Design cues...removable rear panel but no removable battery? What kind of sense does that make? iPhone has a better build quality all around and is a more solid structure with no (pointlessly) removable panels on the entire body.

    - Bigger battery but similar battery performance? Seems weird...since they were trying to really stroke themselves over the better battery than even the most recent Galaxy S and Xperia devices. Apparently the One PlusOne had around the same real world usage numbers as the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5.

    - Camera is not as good...period. They say the autofocus is extremely lackluster and that the device is more comparable to the Moto X, which consistently scores lower than the iPhone 5 on all camera related functionality. When a review has to qualify the picture quality by saying "Hey, this is a good camera phone for $300.", doesn't bode well for people looking at real hardware competency. It also defines the fact that more MP's does not make a better camera...

    - Lacking security features. I feel this doesn't need elaboration.

    ...I'm sure I could nit pick some more details out of it, but if you wanted some examples of what the iPhone 5 does better than this new device, there's a few for ya. Non-opinionated...taken straight from several unbiased reviews of the device.

    The One PlusOne is cheap...it's also a very capable phone for the price...but in the end, I'd happily pay twice the amount to stick with an iPhone, even a generation old iPhone 5S...and it still all comes down to preference.
    If I may, since I owned one...

    - had no issues with full LTE on Bell in Canada. Didn't even need to enter apn settings into the OPO

    - OPO is selling custom back covers. The phone is every bit as solid as the iPhone 5 S. It's damn hard to get that back cover off. I was planning on getting the bamboo style cover had I kept the phone.

    - I got double the battery performance out of the OPO. I could go 3 days with mid to heavy use and no battery saving on.

    - I didn't get to mess too much with the camera but any pictures I took were fine. I had no complaints.

    Now it was a huge phone which is why I sold it (that and I missed the sharing of information with my iPhone and my iPad Air) , and I knew I would be getting the iPhone 6, but thought I'd throw my hat in with my day in day out experience with the phone...something many haven't had.
    Last edited by reeneebob; 08-14-2014 at 10:36 PM. Reason: t
    08-14-2014 10:35 PM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I know Samsung is more concerned with all the phones coming out of China than they are with the iPhone. The iPhone will have it's market share regardless. But Samsung stands to lose ground against the Chinese makers. And there's a lot of them.
    08-14-2014 10:37 PM
  3. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    iFixit gives the iPhone another "one up" on the One PlusOne...repairability. Apparently this cheaper phone also has some difficult repair processes, and scored lower than any iPhone...ever.

    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/OneP...Teardown/26484
    08-14-2014 11:01 PM
  4. Speedygi's Avatar
    iFixit gives the iPhone another "one up" on the One PlusOne...repairability. Apparently this cheaper phone also has some difficult repair processes, and scored lower than any iPhone...ever.

    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/OneP...Teardown/26484
    I think repair ability is just about the last thing on consumers' mind when it really gets down to it...
    08-15-2014 12:04 AM
  5. Flow39's Avatar
    I think repair ability is just about the last thing on consumers' mind when it really gets down to it...
    True, but IF something goes wrong, it's nice to know it isn't going to be impossible to fix.
    zerog46 likes this.
    08-15-2014 12:48 AM
  6. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I think repair ability is just about the last thing on consumers' mind when it really gets down to it...
    I never mentioned anything about the relevance of repairability to the consumer...I offered this as another example of why some people may pay more for an iPhone vs. the cost of a One PlusOne. Thanks though.
    08-15-2014 01:10 AM
  7. Speedygi's Avatar
    I never mentioned anything about the relevance of repairability to the consumer...I offered this as another example of why some people may pay more for an iPhone vs. the cost of a One PlusOne. Thanks though.
    It's true, people do pay more for customer service. Whether it's a factor that is high up the hierarchy of needs remains a debate.
    08-15-2014 01:32 AM
  8. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I owned the OnePlus One for a week. Really good phone. Sold it and went back to my iPhone 5S.

    It's simply too big and the support if there are issues isn't there.

    Support......one of the main reasons I get Apple products. If I buy something I want it fully supported. I want to call someone and get it fixed.

    NOBODY does it like Apple.
    08-15-2014 07:10 AM
  9. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    It's true, people do pay more for customer service. Whether it's a factor that is high up the hierarchy of needs remains a debate.
    Remains a debate? To who? You alone? I'm pretty certain one of the TOP reasons people buy Apple products is because of the near flawless customer service.
    08-15-2014 12:36 PM
  10. Flow39's Avatar
    Remains a debate? To who? You alone? I'm pretty certain one of the TOP reasons people buy Apple products is because of the near flawless customer service.
    I know that's a huge factor for me. If anything goes wrong with the hardware, software, or anything with the phone, I can just take it in and know I will walk out of the store with a resolution to my problem. Customer service is a top reason for me.
    08-15-2014 02:58 PM
  11. zerog46's Avatar
    One of my top reasons to purchase Apple products. For personal and also work, I am in charge of our computer needs. Nothing like having an issue and running to the Apple Store 20 minutes away and having them fix the issue or replace the device, plus I get to go to the Apple Store.
    08-15-2014 07:48 PM
  12. Harry Wild's Avatar
    I've been spending the day pouring over information about the OnePlus One android phone. It's going to launch with cutting edge hardware specs, quality build materials, and a respected version of android free of carrier and OEM bloatware -Cyanogen - and get updates directly. It's already being called significantly better than Google's nexus phones by reviewers who have it so far, and will cost less.

    So here's the question. Aside from OS preference or whether you're already invested in android or iOS apps, what incentive is there to buy a $700 iphone , or android for that matter, when they're making this available contract free and unlocked for less than half the price?
    You cannot buy it easily! The time you spend either entering your name in a drawing (odds are 130-1) or finding someone to sponsor you to be able to buy one; you might as will go and buy a new iPhone! Complete waste of time!
    08-15-2014 10:29 PM
  13. sanibel's Avatar
    I'm not disagreeing with any of the above, but I can't help but wonder if those factors are really worth $400 more.
    Get yourself a OnePlus One phone and report your feedback back to us. If indeed you find the phone and its ecosystem better than the iOS and the iPhone then this entire thread is a moot point.
    08-15-2014 11:06 PM
  14. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    Support......one of the main reasons I get Apple products. If I buy something I want it fully supported. I want to call someone and get it fixed.

    NOBODY does it like Apple.
    That right! I had to call apple support this morning for my dads iTunes account, and the senior adviser gave me his number if I need to call him back. The support was amazing, and better then the support from any other company I've ever dealt with. One time I wasted well over 8 hours on the phone a freaking stupid Dell support rep, and all he did was install more freaking dell crap ware on my dads business computer. And then the ***** went on a spree about how much better dell laptops are then MacBooks. I subsequently chewed him out lol
    08-15-2014 11:36 PM
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