Although most of Android community is still striving for invites to the Oneplus 2, we have been lucky enough to buy the phone and test it to the maximum. We do not have any invites to share for now but we do bring in this post some of the highlights of our Oneplus 2 device.
We purchased the Oneplus 2 64 GB that comes with 4 GB RAM while rest of the features are common with both the devices (16 GB & 64GB). While the phone shipped with H2 OS we manually installed Oxygen OS on it (here’s how). After 72 hours of extensive usage, this is what we have to say.
It’s definitely one of the claimed highlights of the device and lives up to its name. We tested it on landscapes, city, night, indoor & motion. It comes out in flying colours in almost all settings. The laser autofocus does a great job and even without any manual settings or filters we had decent ready images. The night images lacked lustre but there is hardly a phone that delivers night images. Some images below for reference.
The OS is definitely not as we remember it. The look & feel appears similar but there’s a lot more you can do now. Customizations to the lock screen, wallpaper, color scheme, dark theme. And its quite smooth. The device and OS work great together, we didn’t have the same opinion on the H2 OS despite a more vivid visual appeal.
Screen & Display:
As if there were room for improvement, Oneplus Tech have managed to put more vibrance on to the screen. The photos come to life and videos are a sight to watch. Although we do plan to tweak around the dpi but the device seems well in place even with the default.
Look & feel:
The Oneplus 2 has a solid uni-body feel. The weight feels just about right while its dimensions for the general user are almost identical to the Oneplus One. The camera feels a bit out of place on the middle of the phone but perhaps it just takes a while to get used to it. The Notification slider on the side is a blessing and a much needed add-on for Android. Speakers seem well in place and overall the device looks premium and feels premium.
USB Type C:
We haven’t noticed any significant differences of the USB Type C port other than the fact that lead can be inserted in any direction. There is no Fast Charging but both of them aren’t deal-breakers to be honest.
One of the main new features of the device was the Finger print sensor which is also going to be a key upgrade in Android Marshmallow. After setting up the fingerprint with about a dozen taps to increase the accuracy, we enabled the sensor lock. The button doesn’t require pressing like the iPhone and was faster than we expected with just about 1 error in 3 days. By error we mean, placing the finger didn’t unlock, we did it again and voila.
A faster processor, higher RAM, richer screen, fingerprint lock, laser autofocus, are all good ingredients for a battery disaster. Our fears were almost realized. The Oneplus 2 does not the same battery backup as it’s predecessor. A full charge lasted exactly a day for us and it took around 2 hours to charge the drained battery fully. This could be due to our extensive usage and is still better than most Androids but certainly not as good as the Oneplus One.
The ingredients above can also lead to a heated device if used optimally. We tested the device for video, photos, time-lapse, gaming, music and the usual. The phone did heat up quite much in outdoor photography but on further analysis, even the peak levels were within the expected levels of 40-45 degree Celsius.
Here are a few images from the phone. Let us know what you think of this review. Ask us what you’d like to know about the device.