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OnePlus 2 review

OnePlus 2 review

The OnePlus One was the surprise hit of last year, mostly because it boasted flagship specs at a wallet-friendly price.

Now comes the OnePlus 2, with an even more impressive spec sheet and price of just £239.

However, competition in the Android mid-range is fiercer than ever, with the Moto X Play and Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 offering plenty of bang for your buck.

So how does the OnePlus Two fare?


  • Great value
  • Good built quality
  • Decent camera


  • Hard to get hold of, due to invite-only sales model
  • Heavy at 175g
  • No expandable storage

First impressions

oneplus two side on

  • Well constructed
  • Feels more premium than it should for the price
  • Good screen

The OnePlus Two certainly looks very smart. The 5.5-inch screen is a decent size, and it's Full HD resolution, which is more than good enough at this price.

It feels quite heavy though. And while that's not a deal-breaker for us, it is something to consider if you like your smartphones to be featherweight.


oneplus two with box

  • At 5.5-inches, it's tall
  • Choice of back plates means ample scope for customisation
  • Metal band round the edge adds a touch of class

Like the Moto X, the OnePlus 2's back has a choice of finishes. Ours (Sandstone Black) felt like felt, but you can choose from Bamboo, Rosewood, Black Apricot wood or Kevlar.

Buy extra backs, and you can swap them in seconds. All the buttons are easy to reach, and there's a handy toggle on the left-hand side – this lets you switch between all notifications, priority notifications-only and alarms-only.

It's a quick and neat way to switch between modes.

  • Build: Metal and felt/wood/kevlar
  • Weight: 175g
  • Dimensions: 151.8x74.9x9.85mm


oneplus two back wood

  • Accurate colours
  • Default setting is rather too bright
  • Big and clear

1080p HD is fine at 5.5 inches, though not quite on a par with the QHD (quad HD, aka UHD) offered by the LG G4.

Viewing angles are good, and colour reproduction is very good. Blacks look black, whites white and so on.

By default, the screen is a little bright indoors for our eyes, so the auto brightness feature could use a tweak. But overall it's very impressive, especially given the price.

  • Size: 5.5 inches
  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080 pixels
  • Technology: LCD


oneplus two camera sample

  • Slow to focus
  • Punchy images
  • 4K video recording

The 13-megapixel snapper is kitted out with a laser-guided focus, dual-LED flash for better performance in low-light conditions and optical image stabilisation to minimise camera-shake.

These are all features you'd expect to see in a £500 phone, not one costing half that. Images are good, with lifelike colours, but they don't quite match the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The camera app could do with a bit of a redesign, but generally it's all good.

  • Camera: 13MP
  • Optical image stabilisation: Yes
  • Unique features: None

Performance and battery life

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  • Very good performance
  • All-day battery life
  • Gets a little hot

The OnePlus 2 runs its own Oxygen operating system, which is based on Android Lollipop. It's pretty intuitive, and gives you plenty of customisation options, if you can be bothered to look for them.

Performance is excellent, though – like most phones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip – it does tend to get a little hot during use.

Games run butter smooth and we experienced no slowdown while browsing, streaming or just idly flicking through the phone's menus.

You'll get a full day out of it, though if you're really caning it you'd better take your charger to the office.

One thing to note: it has a USB Type-C port, so you can't use your standard Android charger.

  • RAM: 4GB (64GB model), 3GB (16GB model)
  • Battery capacity: 3,300mAh
  • Storage: 16GB or 64GB
  • OS and version: Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop

Value for money

Starting at just £239, the OnePlus 2 is outstanding value.

However, you can only buy it from the OnePlus website, and only if you have an invite, unless you catch it on one of its special no-invite-needed days.

It's frustrating, but that's the price you pay for being a small company making phones to order.


  • Decent camera
  • Impressive construction
  • No complaints regarding performance
  • No microSD card slot
  • Unbeatable value
  • Swappable rear panels
  • Lots of customisation options in the software

Cheaper than the Moto X Play, the OnePlus 2 is a big, bold, customisable handset that has plenty going for it. If you can get an invite, it's a fantastic buy.

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