Four reasons why OnePlus 2 is not going to be my next smartphone purchase
OnePlus 2 might be one of the hottest smartphones on the planet for the year 2015, but there are some hardware specification details, and other features that have prevented me from making this device as my next smartphone purchase. Here are four reasons why OnePlus 2 has been cut out from my next purchasing list.
- OnePlus 2 features a chipset that overheats too much
Yes folks, you have guessed it right, OnePlus 2 comes running with Snapdragon 810. While this chipset is Qualcomm’s flagship ‘system on a chip’, it suffers from overheating and thermal throttling issues, the kind that you have never seen in a mobile device before. Xperia Z3+ is one handset that features the same chipset, and when the smartphone was taken for a benchmarking run, the phone crashed in a record 35 seconds to prevent permanent damage to the device.
Qualcomm and OnePlus have come together to incorporate a clever engineering method to prevent the chipset from overheating. However, this has also required the company to forcefully downclock the processor speed in order to prevent OnePlus 2 from going through the same phases as other smartphones. Currently, a Snapdragon 810 runs the following octa-core processor:
- One quad-core Cortex-A57 running at 2.0 GHz
- One quad-core Cortex-A53 running at 1.5 GHz
Instead of running Cortex-A57 at 2.0 GHz inside OnePlus 2, the processor is running at a clock speed of 1.7 GHz. Even with this speed reduction, I highly doubt that OnePlus 2 will escape the fiery clutches of the overheating chipset.
- No microSD card support (once again)
When OnePlus One was launched, I applauded the company for releasing a terrifically priced handset that featured impressive hardware. However, one thing really bothered me; the smartphone did not possess a microSD card slot. Similarly, OnePlus 2 does not feature an expandable storage option, but does come in the 16 and 64 GB internal memory capacities. For me, that is a complete deal breaker. If smartphone manufacturers expect us to spend ridiculous amounts of money on smartphones, then should at least incorporate some flexible features in it, such as a microSD card slot.
While several executives will claim that a high-end smartphone featuring a microSD card slot willhave its performance affected, clever consumers will automatically know that companies do this to reduce costs and maximize profits. Whatever happened to putting customers first and your pockets later? If a high-end smartphone does not feature a microSD card slot, particularly one that is running the Android operating system, then I will not bother to look at it the second time.
- No fast charging feature
Smartphones that are running Qualcomm chipsets will support the company’s Quick Charge 2.0 feature. This feature allows users to charge their smartphone’s battery up to 60 percent while only being plugged in for 30 minutes. That is a very handy feature to have and it is a real shame that OnePlus 2 does not sport such a feature. However, after researching some more, I found out that the main reason why the smartphone does not provide support for Quick charge 2.0 is because instead of possessing a microUSB charging port, the smartphone features a Type-C USB port, which is also found in Apple’s 12 inch MacBook.
In short, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 feature will not kick in because a Type-C USB port is not compatible with the rapid charging feature. So unless I only have a few minutes of charging a OnePlus 2, I will have to purchase a separate high capacity power bank, for which I will have to spend more money on. Thank you once again OnePlus.
- I would rather settle for a Doogee F3
I can imagine not many people are aware of the Chinese smartphone company Doogee. Rest assured, the company makes really great Android handsets and its F3 caught my eye. Why? Because Doogee F3 not only sports really impressive hardware specifications, it also features a microSD card slot and will cost $350 when it is launched later this year.
OnePlus 2 however, comes in the following models:
- $329 for the 16 GB model that will feature 3 GB of RAM
- $389 for the 64 GB model that will feature 4 GB of RAM
In comparison, Doogee F3 features a Snapdragon 810, 4 GB RAM, and a microSD card slot for you to expand your external storage up to a whopping 128 GB. Sure, Doogee F3’s 32 GB internal memory might be a bit on the low side, but consumers will forget all about that as soon as they see support for a microSD card slot. Now that is a deal maker.
There are those who will be compelled to purchase OnePlus 2 because the device brings such impressive hardware to the table at such a low price tag. However, for me, additional features also go a long way for the ideal smartphone purchase. Unfortunately, this particular handset does not have them, which automatically prevents me from purchasing it. What do you guys think? Do you feel that OnePlus 2 should have included these features? Let me know.