Video: OnePlus 2 unboxing and first impressions


oneplus 2 review

Today I received the OnePlus 2 and as I am sure you are all waiting to hear about this self-proclaimed “2016 Flagship Killer” I quickly put together an unboxing and first hands on impressions.

The OnePlus One was a phone that I didn’t fall for. I admit it was (and remains) a good phone, but it wasn’t a device that really got me going and I just didn’t feel completely happy with it, which is why I sold both OnePlus One I had.

Perhaps part of the reason I didn’t like the OPO so much was because I had really high expectations (and the fact the Vivo Xshot arrived on the same day and was a much better all round device). If expectation was a factor with the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 already has an advantage as I simply didn’t have any for the “2016 Flagship Killer”.

I am already throughly enjoying phones that are easier to buy, cheaper (in some cases) but I wonder, can the OnePlus 2 take me by surprise and become my daily driver?

OnePlus 2 Unboxing Video

OnePlus 2 hands on gallery

OnePlus 2 First Impressions

First impressions are good. I’m not blown away, but I’m not disappointed either. The first thing I am sure many of you are going to ask “is the OnePlus 2 as ugly in real life as it is in photos?”, the answer is “No,”. It’s won’t win many beauty contests, but it is far from ugly. The very good build quality and material choices really help the phone out.

oneplus 2 review

I’ve not used the phone much but what I can tell you is Hydrogen OS doesn’t have Google services, (but it should be very easy to solve) but the OS is very good-looking and clean. The performance seems good, but I’ve not really taxed the phone and need to get some games on it and use it for a day or so to see if the Snapdragon 810 lags in any way. There is a little heat generated when using the camera, but the alloy body of the OnePlus 2 really wicks the heat away very effectively.

Laser autofocus is good once I realised that it is only really effective at certain distances. Too close and it’s not notably faster than regular focus. At more distance the laser autofocus can be so fast you don’t even see the lens adjust its just instant. As I type this the evening is drawing in and I plan to go out and test the night capabilities so watch this space.

oneplus 2 review

I’m impressed by the fingerprint scanner and surprised that the button isn’t actually a physical button but just a simple lens. Once set up you can wake and unlock the OnePlus 2 with a touch and it is very very fast and accurate.

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Finally I also like the fact that the rear of the phone comes off much easier than it did on the OnePlus One, and I look forward to getting some nice wooden options to choose from.

Is there anything to complain about? At this point, no there isn’t. The OnePlus 2 is handsome, well made and more compact than the previous OnePlus 2. The performance is fast so far, and I am happy with the features I have tried. I can also happily report that the Chinese version of the OP2 works with Vodafone LTE in Spain.

oneplus 2 review

The real test is how I will feel with the OnePlus 2 after a day/week of daily usage? Can the 2016 Flagship Killer replace my trusty and amazingly good LeTV Le1?

If you are interested in buying the OnePlus 2 without having to wait for an invite then read our 5 stores you can buy the OnePlus 2 without an invitation article.

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13 Comments

  1. iKosh
    August 10, 2015

    It’s going to be very interesting to folow the battle between the LeTV and the OP2.

    • Tim Watts
      August 10, 2015

      It is, I asked Andi a few days ago what he thought I should buy between the mi note the Letv or the OPT he rightly suggested I wait for the reviews to come in but yesterday I got trigger happy and ordered the OPT, I’ve loved my OPO so I’m sure I made the right choice, it looks better with each review I see

      • August 10, 2015

        So far I have to say the LeTV feels faster.

        • Tim Watts
          August 11, 2015

          It was a tough choice especially given how better priced the Letv is, I´m happy though, I’ve absolutely loved my OPO and still do, I change roms constantly and love the fact its a true developers phone, I´m sure I wouldn’t be able to do this on the Letv or the Mi Note, the camera samples im seeing are also better than I expected and will only improve with updates from Oneplus and the community, the overall package suits me too I´m not a big fan of all white phones, looking forward to getting my hands on mine which should ship today 🙂

        • August 11, 2015

          Ok switched to Oxygen OS and now the OP2 is performing. Feels like its finally alive 😀

          • jolu
            August 11, 2015

            Sounds great. I’m so curious at the full camera test and fingerprint test. I might donate my Be Touch 2 to my sister and buy a OPT for myself.

      • August 10, 2015

        Oh, you should really wait Andy to review it. OPO and OP2 is very different. You can’t easily judge OP2 base on OPO.

  2. AdM
    August 10, 2015

    I can’t wait for the full review. Keep on the good work Andi!

  3. The Special Juan
    August 11, 2015

    Good work in getting this out so fast Andi… Keep up the good work. How do you think this compares to the mx5? I have a 32gb mx5 but Also signed up for a invite to buy a op2 on the off chance I was successful.

    • August 11, 2015

      Will let you know once I get my MX5

  4. Faux-News
    August 11, 2015

    Andi, will you be doing a review of Huawei Honor 7 ? I would like to see them compared with OPT, MX5, Lettv as Honor 7 has a similar spec, with metal build, similar A53 octo core chipset as the Helio X10, 20mp IMX 230, finger print scanner with swipe gestures, dual sim/expandable memory, 5.2 inch screen, 3100mAh battery.

    • August 11, 2015

      I would like to get an Honor 7. MX5 is on the way.

      • amirexpressir
        August 11, 2015

        why not huawei p8max??I really want to see imx278 on it versus other leaders camera qultiy/performance
        but really thx
        keep up the good joob you have always done