When it comes to marketing, nothing gets people more interested in a product than telling them they canít buy it.
Meet the One from OnePlus. It has guts which are similar the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, LG G3, HTC One M8 but at $299 it costs half what they cost. Oh, and if you want to buy one, you canít unless you get an invite from OnePlus.
Now Iím not cool enough to get an invite but Andrew definitely is and was kind enough to lend me his.
Letís check it out:
How much does a $299 phone really cost?
A Samsung Galaxy S5 costs around $699.99 + taxes off contract which brings the end price too $790 here in Ontario, Canada. Donít forget to tack on another $20-$50 for an unlock.
The OnePlus One is a little more complicated. Andrew picked up the 64GB version for $349.
His $349 ended up costing him $479.06 in the end. Hereís how it worked out:
|64GB OnePlus One||$349.99 USD|
|total chargeís to Andrewís credit card:||$414.53 CAN|
He also had to pay DHL $64.53. Working backwards, thatís around $54.50 worth of taxes and around $10 to DHL for brokerage fees.
So, his $349.99 ended up costing close to $500 because of shipping, currency conversion, currency conversion fees, taxes and brokerage fees.
Since most of the competition only offers 16GB (GS5/Z2) or 32GB (HTC One/LG G3) weíll assume the 16GB OPO will cost around $415 since the difference in cost is $50 (which works out to around $60 once you take into account currency conversion + fees and taxes)
$415 is about half what a GS5 will cost you off-contract. Also, donít forget that the OPO is unlocked whereas the GS5 is locked even if you buy it off contract.
left to right: LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8, OnePlus One.
The OPO is much taller than itís competition. The reason why, is because it has a biggest-in-class 5.5Ē display and menu buttons below it.
top to bottom: OnePlus One, HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3
The body itself is pretty solid. Thereís no more creaking or flexing when you squeeze it than the competition.
The back cover is replaceable and has a very interesting texture on it. Itís like fine-grit sandpaper.
Thereís actually a very thin plastic frame right around the display. all of that lies on top of a chromed frame.
In terms of usability, the OPO is a fairly large phone but then again so are the competition. While it will fit in most front pockets, it will probably stick out if you put it in a back pocket so be careful if youíre going to the washroom!
Even though there are buttons below the display, I didnít press them by accident too many times like I do when I use Samsungís Galaxy S series of phones. Anyways, if capacitive buttons below the display arenít your thing, you can turn them off and use on-screen buttons instead.
The buttons have press with a nice click but sometimes I wish they stuck out a little bit more.
MicroSIM slot, headphone jack
headphone jack, microphone
speaker, microphone, MicroUSB