Think the Nexus 6 is too expensive? Get a OnePlus One for half the price


As a OnePlus One owner and huge Android fan, I think this phone is the closest thing to a Nexus device. And guess what, it is darn cheap for what it offers in terms of performance and aesthetics. The OnePlus One costs half the price of the newly announced Nexus 6. I believe that this reason alone will deter a bunch of folks from getting the Google device. Let’s face it, not everyone can fork $650 for a phone.

The OnePlus One runs on CyanogenMod 11S which is a modified version of Android. A lot of its users, including myself, will tell you that CM gives you a near-stock-Android experience. If you’re concerned about quick updates, the OPO received an OTA update every month since its launch. The developer is always listening if you have concerns or bugs to submit. You can also root the phone and flash nightlies if that’s your thing.

Spec-wise, the OnePlus One packs a 2.5GHz Snadragon 801 processor, 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 3,100 mAh battery and Android KitKat (CM11S). The Nexus 6 sports a 5.96-inch QHD display, 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 3,220 mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop. The N6 has the newer SOC, better display (who needs QHD in a 6-inch display), slightly bigger battery and Android L. Can it be justified by $300 price difference? I don’t think so.

check out the table comparing both phones below:

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I don’t mean to bash the Nexus 6. It is high end, probably the best Android phone to date. However, since the release of the Nexus 4, Google somehow made us expect to see am affordable phone year after year. I knew the N6 was going to be more expensive than the Nexus 5 but I didn’t expect it to almost be double in price. I am still going to buy one because I need it for the blog but I am not sure the average Android users can shed $650. In fact, the only way they can avoid doing that, is by signing a 2 year contract – AT&T may sell it for $50 with a 2-year commitment. Perhaps that is why Google and Motorola partnered with US carriers.

If you’re willing to sign your life away to a carrier or have the cash, then get the Nexus 6. If not, I would definitely recommend to get the OnePlus One (read review). You may need an invite now but the Chinese phone company said that they’ll start a pre-order system by the end of October.

Do you guys agree?

Also see: Think the Nexus 9 is too expensive? Get a NVIDIA SHIELD tablet for $100 less