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OnePlus 2: Did it deliver on expectations?

by Brandon Russell | July 29, 2015July 29, 2015 5:00 pm EST

Following the OnePlus 2’s announcement on Monday, a very vocal group of naysayers quickly rose up, pitchforks in hand, ready for blood. It was disheartening, to say the least, and took a lot of the fun out of a very important release.

While overlooking the many things it offered, these people were firmly focused on the smartphone’s perceived shortcomings: no NFC, no wireless charging, no expandable storage, no removable battery, etc., etc., and on and on. How soon they forget.

Buy it or not, phones like the OnePlus 2 are important to the mobile market’s growth, and challenge its much larger competitors to do better. It proves that flagship phones don’t have to be expensive.

For just $389, here’s what a OnePlus 2 offers:

Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel camera with OIS, USB Type-C, 3300mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor, which the company says has a 0.5-second response time. Of course you also have the $329 option for 3GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, all other features and specs remaining the same.

What other phone on the market offers those specs at that price? Not many.

All that and the phone is unlocked. A powerful, beautiful, immaculately crafted phone without the hassle of carrier contracts. Many of the OnePlus 2’s competitors are hundreds of dollars more, making the company’s new flagship an incredibly attractive offer. And with many more units built in anticipation of its Aug. 11 launch, it should be more accessible than ever.

As a bonus, OnePlus 2 customers can choose from cheap back plate replacements, while the USB Type-C cable will be offered at cost for just $5. You won’t see an Apple or Samsung or LG make such a generous gesture. Yet another reason why, even if you don’t plan on picking one up, we should be congratulating OnePlus, not chastising the company for not catering to your every last need. We expect a lot—and rightly so; we spent hundreds of dollars on technology—but sometimes our expectations can be a little unreasonable.

Yes, it sucks that it doesn’t have NFC, and there are people out there who are disappointed by the lack of wireless charging support. But all features that we can live without. You might be inconvenienced, but the trade-offs are well worth it. All you need is $389.

There’s a wave of cheap phones hitting the market, and that’s only good for consumers. OnePlus—and others—are proving that a low price doesn’t equal low specs. The OnePlus 2 has some of the best specs on the market, and all at a sub-$400 price. What is there to get mad about?

For more thoughts on the OnePlus 2, check out Jon’s video above.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.