What’s goin on guys, I’m Jerry Neutron and this is the OnePlus X. A $250 #smartphone targeted towards those non-tech savvy moms, grandparents, poor bastards like me – and believe me, we are poor, right Prince – or just anyone in general looking for an inexpensive phone.
I’ve been using one for just over a month now so I wanted to talk a little bit about it and let you guys know about my experience with the #OnePlus X.
So let’s start with the build quality, it’s got a metal frame with chamfered edges surrounding the device as well as edge to edge glass on both the front AND the rear which gives the device a nice premium feel. It’s honestly a LOT nicer than I was expecting and easily one of the best built devices in it’s price range. That glass back is super nice but it’s fingerprint prone and most of the time I used the included silicone case so that I didn’t scratch the damn thing. Either way though I’m pretty happy with OnePlus’ design choices here.
As for the rest of the body, it’s got a headphone jack up top, micro USB on the bottom – no quick charging support which is really hard to go back if you’ve used it previously but expected in this price range, volume and power on one end and a physical notification slider on the other end which allows you to choose between receiving all notifications, priority only or no notifications without having to unlock your phone which is a nice touch although I pretty much never used it.
Display-wise the OnePlus X sports a 5″ AMOLED screen with a 1920×1080 resolution and 441 pixels per inch. The display is a little on the small side by today’s standards but you can’t really go wrong with AMOLED as it offers low power consumption which is good for battery life as well as nice vibrant colors. Just don’t go expecting this to look like a Galaxy S6 because they are on two different levels but you can totally make fun of the display on your friends Nexus 5X.
Speaking of power consumption, this phone comes with a 2,525 mAh battery, non-removable, which resulted in just over 3 hours of on-screen time at 100% brightness. When you factor in stand-by and talk time this will easily get you through a work day so I really have no complaints about the battery life.
As for the rest of the internal components – You get a Snapdragon 801 processor, the same one that came in the original OnePlus One which is aging but still capable. 3GB of RAM which is a plus in this price range but about the minimum you should accept these days, not expect but accept. And 16GB of on-board storage with a micro SD card slot so you can carry over your giant music library.
As for the LTE band support issue, where I’m located here in Phoenix it made no difference. I spent the majority of my time connected to LTE band 4 which the OnePlus X supports so I got the same terrible T-Mobile LTE speeds whether I was using THIS phone or a Nexus 6P. I’m more bummed at the lack of 5Ghz WiFi support to be honest.
Moving on to the software, the OnePlus X is running OxygenOS which is based on Android 5.1.1. It basically feels like vanilla Android with a few extras, like something you’d download from the XDA forums. The performance has been pretty smooth overall though with a few hiccups every now and then but something I would expect to be addressed in future updates. I was able to jump right to this from a Nexus 6P without wanting to gouge my eyes out so I think that’s saying something.
The last thing I wanted to address is the camera. This phone has an 8MP front facing camera with an f/2.4 aperture and you should never use it unless absolutely necessary, especially if you take pictures like me. It may be okay for the occasional Snapchat story but really that’s about it.
In the rear you get a 13MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture which takes overall decent photos. On the phone the photos look pretty good but once you blow them up on the computer they look a little bit soft and grainy. Low light photos can be rather noisy as well. On the plus side the camera app gives you plenty of options with time-lapse, panorama and slow motion modes. The last OS update even introduced a manual mode so you now have control over your ISO, white balance, shutter speed and focus which is a nice touch for people that want more control over their camera. Unfortunately you don’t get those same controls in video mode but you do get up to 1080p recording at 30fps and 720p at 120fps for the slow motion mode. Still, if I need a good camera to bring with me somewhere this one’s probably getting left at home but considering this is a $250 phone I can’t complain TOO much.
And you know what? Overall the OnePlus X really holds it’s own. It may not have luxury features like quick charging, a fingerprint sensor or a flagship camera but it does have solid build quality, a nice display and a battery capable of getting you through a work day. If grandma wants to get her first cell phone or Dad’s Nokia brick finally the crapped the bed and he needs a replacement or maybe your teenager needs a cheap phone, I’d recommend the OnePlus X, it’s more than capable in those scenarios.
But I think that about wraps it up guys. Would you buy this phone for $250 bucks? Let me know down in the comments below. Don’t forget to like this video if you did, subscribe if you haven’t already and until next time…see ya!
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