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The OnePlus 2 Returns With Another Indie Phone Powerhouse

If you’ve been out of the Android game for a while you’d be hard-pressed to understand why people love OnePlus so much. These phones, conceived by the folks who initially launched Oppo, are aimed at the Android connoisseur, if such a person exists, and they have a rabid fanbase of folks who clamor for units with every launch. It’s hard to find them, you’ll probably never see one in the wild, yet they are some of the best Android devices I’ve used.2-1 First, here’s what the OnePlus 2 isn’t. It’s not the thinnest phone out there nor the lightest. At $329 it’s not the cheapest. It’s not packed with features and apps like Samsung’s offerings. It a solid phone with 4 or 8GB of RAM and it doesn’t run like a tubgboat thanks to Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810. It isn’t the same old same old. It runs Oxygen OS, a version of Android 5.1.1 with a few UI tweaks thrown in. It isn’t a low-res phone thanks to the bright and crisp 5.5-inch display with 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. In fact, the screen is one of the best I’ve seen.2-3At its core, the OnePlus 2 phone is a worthy successor to the original phone with a slightly better camera and fingerprint sensor. In fact, it is so similar to the original that you’d wonder what exactly they changed. First, they dumped Cyanogen for pure Android and they’ve upped all the specs. The phone has dual SIM slots but no memory expansion slots and no removable battery. There are only three buttons on the phone – a large physical do-not-disturb switch, volume buttons, and a power button. A dark fingerprint reader sits below the screen and can be used to unlock the phone although the feature wasn’t quite usable in this build.

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