The OnePlus Two, like its predecessor, is quite a proposition. It has high-end specs, it looks very tasty indeed and it is packed with a bunch of next-generation technology as well as the latest build of Android Lollipop, which will be fully updated to Android M later on this year.
Is the OnePlus Two the best Android phone right now? No. Not by a long shot, but like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 before it when you’re talking about insanely low prices and high-end specs and hardware, the definition of “what’s best” undergoes a few changes. This is what Google seemed to missed last year when it altered its Nexus handset program, making it more premium and more costly.
In this context -- and without Xiaomi having any presence in the West -- OnePlus has something of a clear run at the mobile space. No one else is offering hardware of this quality for such a low price. Yes, you can get cheap phones like the Moto G but they are not like the OnePlus Two -- they are NOT flagship-grade handsets. And they certainly aren’t comparable to Apple’s iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6.
All of this could change should Google return to form in 2015 and make a Nexus 5-style handset, which a lot of sources suggest it will. But nothing regarding this handset is official yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out during late-Q3, early-Q4.
I predominantly use iPhones, mainly because of work commitments. But I do like to have an Android handset in my bag too, and for the longest time I’ve used Google’s Nexus phones. But ever since the Nexus 6 this hasn’t been the case. And this year, despite the claims a cheaper Nexus is on the cards for 2015, I’m kind of irritated that Google nixed its old model and tried to adopt something akin to what LG, Sony and HTC do in order to make a bit more cash in the process, so, yeah, I’ll be picking up a OnePlus Two for my Android fix in 2015.
The only thing I am slightly concerned with is OnePlus’ move away from CyanoGenMod OS to its own in-house setup. I haven’t tested the OnePlus One with its new software and I’ve yet to get my hands on a OnePlus Two, though I do know there were plenty of “issues” with the first iteration of OxygenOS.
Beyond this I have zero complaints with what OnePlus unveiled this week; all the specs are there, it has a fingerprint scanner, hardly a deal-breaker, a decent sized display (I’m happy with 1080p), 4GB of RAM and the option to expand the storage, should you wish, to 64GB. For the cost of a high-end handset -- £450-£500 -- this wouldn’t be perfect, but for almost £200 less it makes for a seriously compelling proposition.
And unless Google comes back with a traditional Nexus handset in 2015, the OnePlus Two is basically the only option for those of us looking for high-end specs and hardware for the cost of a mid-range phone.