Unless you’ve been avoiding every Android news blog in the world over the past few weeks, you’ve heard about the OnePlus One.
The OnePlus One is the highly anticipated smartphone made by an “independent” smartphone company in China. That “independent” company has close ties to Oppo, but that doesn’t really matter.
What does matter is the phone’s price and tech specs. Priced at $299, the OnePlus One features world-class tech specs that rival any of the flagship phones produced by the major tech companies.
Thinking of buying the OnePlus One for your next smartphone? Here are 4 reasons why you should consider the OnePlus One:
4) Streamlined Android with no bloatware
The OnePlus One runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box. However, instead of running modified versions of Android like Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense, the OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod, which is the world’s most popular custom ROM.
That means you get an experience similar to Android without the bloatware and spammy apps of other Android versions. For a lot of people, that’s a huge benefit. CyanogenMod is the subtle Android version that millions of users already know and love.
3) Awesome tech specs
The OnePlus One features amazing tech specs for its price. Those tech specs include:
-2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor
-Adreno 330 GPU
-Full HD 1920x1080p screen
-13MP rear camera
-3100 mAh battery
No other device even comes close to the OnePlus One – even smartphones like the Galaxy S5 cost twice as much as the OnePlus One.
2) No contracts
Most carriers have way better deals for off-contract phones. When you buy a subsidized phone on a two-year contract, the carrier locks you into a minimum monthly plan that ensures they make lots of money from you.
To some people, paying $299 today in exchange for cheaper monthly contracts is a bad deal. These people prefer buying a brand new smartphone for $100 and locking into a 2 year contract with a carrier. That’s okay.
Others see the value of paying $299 today and buying a plan for as little as $20 or $30 per month. In the long run, the contract-free price is almost always cheaper, and that’s a huge advantage of the OnePlus One.
You can buy other Android devices with all of the benefits listed above. Unfortunately, none of them are priced as competitively as the OnePlus One.
The only other device which comes close is the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 costs $349 for the 16GB model while the OnePlus One starts at $299 (and the first 100 will get the smartphone for only $1).