The OnePlus 2 Is the Perfect Antidote for a Nexus 5-Free World

Without any affordable Nexus option (yet) the OnePlus Two is almost the only option for Android fans trying to find value for money. Find more info on phone recycling here.

The OnePlus Two, like its predecessor, is quite a proposal. It has high-end specs, it looks extremely delicious indeed and it is packed with a lot of next-generation innovation as well as the current build of Android Lollipop, which will certainly be totally updated to Android M later on this year.

Is the OnePlus Two the finest Android phone right now? Not by a long shot, however like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 prior to it when you're talking about insanely low rates and high-end specifications and hardware, the definition of "exactly what's finest" undergoes a couple of changes.

In this context-- and without Xiaomi having any presence in the West-- OnePlus has something of a clear run at the mobile space. Nobody else is offering hardware of this quality for such a low price. Yes, you can get cheap phones like the Moto G but they are not like the OnePlus Two-- they are NOT flagship-grade handsets. And they certainly aren't similar to Apple's iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6.

All this could change should Google return to form in 2015 and make a Nexus 5-style handset, which a lot of sources suggest it will. Absolutely nothing regarding this handset is official yet, so we'll just have to wait and see how this plays out throughout late-Q3, early-Q4.

The OnePlus Two will be up for sale on August 11, but in order to get one you'll initially need to register for an invitation. Great deals of punters aren’t keen on this procedure and have actually voiced their issues quite a bit online during the past 12 months. Still, it hasn't stopped more than one million people registering with OnePlus for a OnePlus Two.

"Owners of the OnePlus One will certainly likewise get concern dibs on these invites and get their own welcomes to distribute to good friends and family, so very first time owners are looking at an even longer wait unless they know someone who has one (or are eager to strike up the secondary markets). One million individuals reserving a welcome does not imply one million people will certainly purchase the phone," notes 9to5Google.

I mostly use iPhones, generally because of work commitments. I do like to have an Android handset in my bag too, and for the longest time I've made use of Google's Nexus phones. Ever since the Nexus 6 this hasn't been the case. And this year, in spite of the claims a less expensive Nexus is on the cards for 2015, I'm kind of irritated that Google nixed its old design and tried to embrace something similar to exactly what LG, Sony and HTC perform in order making a bit more cash in the procedure, so, yeah, I'll be picking up a OnePlus Two for my Android repair in 2015.

The only thing I am a little concerned with is OnePlus' move far from CyanoGenMod OS to its own in-house setup. I haven't tested the OnePlus One with its new software and I've yet to obtain my hands on a OnePlus Two, though I do know there were lots of "problems" with the first iteration of OxygenOS.

A lot has actually been made about the handset not having NFC, and, as somebody who uses NFC rather a bit, I get the fuss about this. Still, I 'd be more upset about it having 2 SIM-slots and no microSD support or, while we're having a groan, no Quick Charge.

Why does not have it have NFC? Simple: right here's exactly what OnePlus needed to say on the matter-- "We learnt through a lot of users of the One and saw most of our users weren't using NFC". I 'd argue you could say the very same thing about Bluetooth ... however it is still good to have it laying around for the odd time you'll really want to utilize it.

Beyond this I have absolutely no grievances with exactly what OnePlus unveiled today; all the specs are there, it has a finger print scanner, hardly a deal-breaker, a good sized display screen (I'm delighted with 1080p), 4GB of RAM and the option to expand the storage, must you want, to 64GB. For the expense of a high-end handset-- ₤ 450-₤ 500-- this wouldn't be perfect, however for nearly ₤ 200 less it makes for a seriously compelling recommendation.

And unless Google comes back with a conventional Nexus handset in 2015, the OnePlus Two is essentially the only alternative for those people looking for high-end specifications and hardware for the expense of a mid-range phone.