OnePlus 2 review: Bounty Hunter

GSMArena team, 24 August, 2015.

Telephony and messaging

The contacts manager features tabbed interface, which displays all contacts and the favorites. You can sync with multiple accounts including Google and Exchange. A button to add a new contact is constantly present in the bottom right corner - you can choose which account to sync the new addition with.

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Contacts app The Phone app and its dialer

The phone app comes with a tabbed interface for speed dial, recent calls and all contacts. The dialer is invoked by taping on its dedicated key and supports smart dialing.

The loudspeaker this time around is just one and is still placed at the bottom. Its sound quality isn't among the best we've heard so far and it could improve on both high and low frequencies for a deeper sound. Still, our test confirms the speaker is probably of the same variety used on the original One - everything came loud and clear, achieving an Excellent score.

Sound quality is not going to win any contests as it's tinny, but the equalizer helps things to an extent.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 67.3 65.7 66.5 Below Average
Huawei P8 66.7 66 68.5 Average
LG G Flex2 66.5 65.8 70.5 Average
Oppo R7 65.6 66.5 73.1 Average
HTC One M9 65.2 64.6 76.1 Average
Samsung Galaxy S6 68.1 66.3 73.7 Good
Huawei Ascend Mate7 66.7 65.7 75.7 Good
Huawei Honor 7 72 66.6 77.5 Good
BlackBerry Leap 71.3 73.8 79.9 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi Note 75.9 68.9 83.3 Excellent
OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent
OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent


Messaging is pretty much as straightforward an affair as on every other droid out there. The generic Email app is being decommissioned in favor of the Gmail app. If you tap on its icon, it will tell you the Gmail app is the client that will handle all your emails from now on.

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Messages app Gmail Google Keyboard

As expected, the default Google keyboard is on board as well. It offers two sleek-looking, brand new skins - Material Dark and Material Light. The duo matches the new look of Android Lollipop.

Some regional versions come with SwiftKey pre-installed and neither this, nor Google Keyboard can be removed.

Multimedia

Google Photos is onboard as well with unlimited backup of your images. Upon opening the app you'll see two tabs - one for all photos and another one for highlights.

Viewing a single photo gives you a number of options. You can share it, set it as wallpaper or contact photo, or edit it. The built-in Photos editor is incredibly powerful too.

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The Photos app viewing and editing images

The Photos app also handles the video files as Android Lollipop lacks dedicated video app. Available video decoders include Xvid, DivX, H.263, H.264 AVC (MKV files), and MPEG-4. The app will play most major file formats, though serious video fans should certainly seek out a more capable solution from the Google Play, as the lack of AC3 audio support is quite limiting. Subtitles aren't supported either.

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Watching a video

Finally, Google Play Music is the default player for your tunes on the OnePlus 2. The app has been treated to the new material design, though it functionality remains unchanged - it can play your local files, as well as stream music from the cloud.

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Google Play Music Maxx Audio enhancements

You can tweak the sound via the built-in equalizer, enhanced by MaxxAudio. You can choose between Music, Movie and Game default audio enhancements, or you can tweak those to you preferences. Courtesy of MaxxAudio are the manual configuration for the bass, treble, space, dialog and balance.

Audio output is a two-part story

The OnePlus 2 went off to a flying start in our audio quality test. When connected to an active external amplifier, the smartphone posted excellent scores top to bottom and garnished them with very loud output for one of the best performances out there.

Unfortunately, the second-gen company flagship failed where it mattered more - our headphones test. Plugging in our standard set caused rather big hikes in stereo crosstalk and intermodulation distortion, while the frequency response started to fluctuate. Volume levels dropped from impressive to just above average, so we can call the results here decent at best.

Anyway, here go the results so you can do your comparisons.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
OnePlus 2+0.01, -0.03-94.292.80.0023 0.0086-94.3
OnePlus 2 (headphones)+0.65, -0.21-93.892.60.014 0.470-50.9
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+0.03, -0.01-95.692.80.0023 0.0078-95.7
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (headphones)+0.05, -0.02-92.692.50.0028 0.044-76.9
Samsung Galaxy S6 +0.01, -0.04-95.692.80.0024 0.0094-94.5
Samsung Galaxy S6 (headphones)+0.02, -0.05-92.691.90.0025 0.042-83.4
LG G4 +0.04, -0.07-93.493.30.0021 0.050-92.6
LG G4 (headphones)+0.93, -0.13- 91.491.90.013 0.244-50.4
HTC One M9 +0.02, -0.06-94.893.00.0049 0.026-93.7
HTC One M9 (headphones)+0.03, - 0.05-93.792.70.0082 0.030-91.6
Apple iPhone 6+0.06, -0.02-94.093.90.00120.0065-73.4
Apple iPhone 6 (headphones)+0.11, -0.06 -93.893.80.00220.099 -65.1

OnePlus 2 frequency response
OnePlus 2 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.