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

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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

Zack has always been a fan of anything with the tag "Gadget" on it, he has had used almost every phone brand except for the Palm and owns a OnePlus One, Moto 360 and a Nexus 7. His favorite camera is the Olympus EM-1. He is a full-time father of two great boys and happily married to his wife. Did we mention the Zack loves Video games? Add him to you circles: Google+

  • Erick Treetops

    Yes I agree. I would have accepted a Nexus 6 with 5.2 inch screen for $460. This version is getting a bit on the large size and at that price no longer a developer’s phone. But unless you sponsor me, I’m like most people out there unable to buy a oneplusone.directly,

    Erick

    • stephenlotus

      Invites are easy to get. This stigma that invites are nearly impossible to get is BS.

      • zizo79

        Agreed. Worst case scenario, you pay $5-$10 for one at eBay.

    • i dont know

      amazon?

      • Erick Treetops

        Amazon won’t ship this product to Australia. Welcome to the global market. Free trade only if you are a company not a consumer.

        • zizo79

          eBay?

  • _ _

    I bombed out 64gb One plus invitation for the following reasons
    Not 100% LTE compatible in uk
    £269 in uk plus shipping and import duty
    Shipping back to china at your expense for RMA
    Customer complaints deleted on forum and faults ignored.
    Yellow screen.

    Simply motorola nexus 6 is worth more as you will get a warranty worth talking about and better support, 3 months on I expect price of nexus 6 to drop- if it doesn’t early problems should be resolved as well

  • Aca

    No serious test writer would compare the two at any time of the day or night… I suggest that you write a piece on what issues OnePlus One phone owner faces, starting from ordering, getting it, initial feelings, operational issues, hardware issues, customer support issues, final determination, 2 week return policy… if you covered all above listed issues and elaborated, you would write a book… ppl, before you buy half a phone for $350 check OPO forums!!!

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