The OnePlus One is an interesting story of a phone that was hyped more than any phone this year, they built a whole campaign about how the phone was all about no compromise and they said it would be affordable. The way they kept themselves from going under with too many people buying their phones cheaply was by having an invite system. This simultaneously made the OnePlus One a sought after phone and elevated the brand to a point where it could be held up against HTC, Samsung, LG and Motorola as an equal competitor even though it was a newcomer to the market.
What makes the OnePlus One a great phone is that it runs a very minimalist version of Cyanogenmod which is basically one of the biggest Android forks other than Amazon’s own fork of Android. This operating system theoretically allows for far more customization than standard Android but still allows you to experience all of the things Android smartphones have and some things that they don’t. The display on the OnePlus One is a 5.5″ 1080P display, so it isn’t anywhere near as nice as LG’s G3, but the thing is that the OnePlus One is designed to be a mid-range phone in terms of price but still deliver fairly high-end features and performance. As such, it does have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor as well as a fairly nice 13 megapixel camera and 3000 mAh battery. So, with this phone you are pretty much getting the best or close to the best for a fairly cheaper price. And now that the invites are no longer a thing with OnePlus One you can get this phone for under $399 almost anywhere which is great because Google opted not to update the Nexus 5 and instead only make the Nexus 6 which is too big for many people (5.9″).