Two Plus Two (Plus Two) Reasons Why the OnePlus 2 Sucks

I bought a OnePlus One only a couple weeks ago, being fully aware that the OnePlus 2 was around the corner. I knew the 2 wasn’t going to live up to my expectations and I was right.

  1. The display is still 1080p. It’s great that they’ve made it darker and brighter and whatever, but a 2016 flagship seriously needs a QHD display, if not higher.
  2. USB Type C is great as a future-proofing feature, but the transport is still USB 2.0. I’d have expected a 2016 flagship to come with faster USB 3.0 data transfers, especially given the capacious 64GB storage.
  3. It’s only 16GB/64GB again. 16 is too less for non-demanding use in 2016, and 64 is also too less for power users. I’d have liked a 32GB starting point, with a 128GB option for people like me.
  4. Still no Qi wireless charging. Why not? It’s a good feature and it’s been in phones for two years or more. Even desktop monitors are now starting to ship with built-in wireless chargers, so why the hell not? Why are we still plugging in wires in 2016?

Plus these few extra gripes…

  1. OxygenOS. This means that you’re at the mercy of OnePlus for updates. Given how there’s still no official 5.1.1 for the OnePlus One, this isn’t promising. It’s all up to CyanogenMod now.
  2. Not waterproof. I’m not demanding hardcore IP67, but at least make it work through the rains, or I’ll have to end up buying a new flagship every monsoon.
  3. The StyleSwap options aren’t varied enough. It’s either just wood or dull grey/blacks. I can understand if it doesn’t come pre-config’d in any fancy colours, but why aren’t there StyleSwap covers in red, blue, yellow, etc.?

They got some things right…

  1. The frame, this time around, is metallic, instead of cheap chromed plastic, which can get dented at the slightest bump or drop.
  2. It’s still 5.5, which is really the maximum a human hand is physically capable of stretching to accommodate. Anything higher is dual-hand territory.
  3. 4GB RAM is good stuff. No 2 ways about that. See what I did there?
  4. Larger battery, albeit only slightly. Well, even that extra 10% goes a long way.
  5. A 64-bit CPU is a good way to be future-proof. It’s clocked lower at 1.8GHz, but if that helps battery life without affecting the performance, it should be good.
  6. The prices—around ₹22,000 and ₹25,000 respectively—are respectable.
  7. The fingerprint sensor is a good thing to have. I don’t like the way it sticks out from an otherwise flawless looking front, but that’s just me.

Needless to say, I won’t be getting a OnePlus 2. I didn’t even sign up for the invite registration, so there’s one less person in the queue ahead of you to worry about.


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