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On the off chance that you are not familiar with OnePlus (where have you been??), they are a Chinese manufacturer of high-end smart phones at mid-range prices. I can vouch for OnePlus as phone manufacturers since I have owned the OnePlus X as well as the OnePlus 2 and I’m planning on picking up a OnePlus 3 shortly. They are fantastic phones, period. I’ve been through my share of smart phones and since my iPhone 1, I’ve been well and truly hooked on these smart devices.

There are certain things that really “grind my gears”

  • I don’t want to be locked into a 2-year contract in order to get a phone. I want to buy a phone and beat up the providers when my 12-month contract comes up for renewal
  • I hate that providers lock their phone to their network! If I take my phone to the USA or anywhere outside of Europe, ill buy a local sim card with my unlocked phone
  • The price of these devices is really not justified. I understand that marketing. R&D etc. is expensive but come on! More of the pricing of these products (in my opinion) is to make the user feel elitist by having an expensive phone. That is until you drop it in the toilet because you were playing candy crush.

The price of the OnePlus 3 is €399 and for the spec, this is unbelievable value especially when you compare it to the rivals. Take for example the S7 from Samsung – a whopping €749. Don’t take it from me though. Have a look at the following from Stuff: OnePlus 3 Vs Samsung Galaxy S7

I think it’s fair to say that many people’s opinion of a Chinese smart phone maker that is not available on the high street is something to be avoided and will have questionable build quality, safety, battery life etc. Let me tell you from experience….. OnePlus  are serious contenders in this market.

The OnePlus 2:

The OnePlus 2 is a great phone, with fantastic build quality, excellent battery life, clear screen in mist lighting conditions, beautifully designed (it’s a shame I have it in an Otter Box to be honest) and support is quite good also. My main phone with is the OnePlus 2’s little brother, the OnePlus X is also a great phone offering unbelievable bang for your buck. I have it in the standard case and have dropped it from a height and there isn’t a scratch on it. I work “on the tools” so keeping a phone this long (7months) is a rarity. Don’t get me wrong, OnePlus devices have their issues but show me a phone that doesn’t!

OnePlus 2 with various snap on rear covers

 

If you are thinking of upgrading your phone and ditching the contract (as well as the bloatware), then check out the specs of the OnePlus 3:

The OnePlus 3 from Chinese manufacturer OnePlus
The OnePlus 3 from Chinese manufacturer OnePlus

 

 

  • 5.5-inch screen
  • 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display (401ppi)
  • Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4mm
  • Weight: 158 grams
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage (32GB variant may be offered in some markets)
  • 16MP main camera
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • USB-C port (Dash Charge 5V/4A)
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • NFC
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Oxygen OS (Android 6.0.1)

UPDATE: The OnePlus will be available in gold from July (just in case you are not pimpy enough!)

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Connor

The author Connor

I have worked in the technology industry since around 1999. This has been mainly in the field of structured cabling. For the last 10 years, I have expanded into the fields of computing with certification in areas like MS AD, Cisco certification and various security certifications also. I am passionate about my work and run my own business servicing customers in Ireland and primarily in my home city od Dublin. I have been in love with technology for many years and spend a lot of time reading about new technology and testing it out for myself when I get the opportunity. I'm also a keen gamer and I'm lucky enough to have a selection of consoles and nice PC rig to test out the latest and greatest that today's developers are churning out. I write this blog as a hobby in my spare time (usually when I can't sleep) but I do have plans to bring in some more authors to help the site grow.

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