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What is a OnePlus 2 and should you buy it?

First things first for those of you that has never heard of OnePlus, they are the self-proclaimed flagship smartphone killers and by our measure they are definitely living up to that title.

Coming straight out of China (because of course they are) OnePlus pride themselves at offering high-spec smartphones to rival your top of the range Samsung’s, Iphone’s, HTC’s etc. and all at a fraction of the price. The company itself is barely 3 years old and all ready they are amassing a cult following of loyal customers who know the quality they are getting when they buy a OnePlus.

Right so let’s get down to business! The OnePlus Two is the current flagship killer from OnePlus. And to put it simply, it is the best phone you are going to get for 320 quid. Boasting a 5.5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass screen with an outer frame made up of an aluminium and magnesium alloy, the OnePlus 2 feels and looks as premium as you would expect from current flagship phones. If the basics aren’t enough for you, then the StyleSwap covers is what your looking for. These covers give you the option to express your own style all without taking away from the OnePlus 2’s beautiful form factor.

Underneath the 2 is packed full of power and space. It comes with a massive 64gb of memory and 4gb of ram. This is all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for fast and reliable interaction. If that’s not enough then the massive 3300mAh lithium-polymer battery will guarantee a full days use from a single charge. The fingerprint unlock is a nice little feature thrown in, cuts down on those tedious few seconds it takes to put a code in to unlock your phone. With the new USB Type-C charging and data port never again will you stick your charger in upside down. And with a 13 Megapixel main camera and 5 Megapixel front camera you can rest assured that your selfies will entail every little bit of your ugly(crossed out) beautiful mug.

Day to day what you are going to be using is an android phone. However the OnePlus 2 uses its own variant of androids operating system called OxygenOS. Now while this isn’t the crème de le crope of mobile operating systems, it is android and it does have everything you need along with a few nice little features. The off-screen gestures, customizable main button, personalized themes and a feature to manage individual app permissions make this a very powerful operating system. It’s not going to blow you away now to be fair, but it does have everything you need and more which makes it very simple and practical to use. Which if you are like us, is exactly what you need in a phone.

So to sum all of this up, should you buy a OnePlus 2? The simple answer is yes. With looks and specs like that, the OnePlus 2 is ideal. It isn’t quite the flagship killer that was promised, but with being over a year old at this stage and with a range of other smartphones realesed since then it has fallen behind somewhat. Maybe OnePlus will however, be able to reclaim the flagship killer title with the newly released OnePlus 3. Only time will tell.  But in all honesty you are not going to get a better phone in this day and age, that looks and works so well for less than the price of a heavy bank holiday weekends drinking.