Why pay Apple prices when you can get Apple-quality for way, way less? Off-contract, a brand new iPhone 6 will cost you $649. This new phone is just as powerful, but it only costs $329. It's removing the distinction between a budget phone and a flagship phone.
The manufacturer, OnePlus, isn't being coy about its new OnePlus 2 Android smartphone. Its website announces it as the "2016 Flagship Killer."
The phone's being praised by early adopters like Gizmodo reporter Sean Hollister. It looks great, the hardware is impressive, and you can't beat the price.
There are some drawbacks though, which is probably inevitable for a brand-new product with huge aspirations. The primary drawback is that, although the OnePlus 2 went on sale August 11, that doesn't necessarily mean you can get one now. And you might not be able to get the one you want.
First, here are the pros of the OnePlus 2. It's an off-contract phone, so you purchase it and then pick your carrier (more on that later). It's got a powerful Snapdragon 810 processor, LTE for high-speed data, a fingerprint reader, a 5.5-inch screen with 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera and up to 64 gigabytes of storage. It also uses the new-ish USB Type-C cable to charge, which is reversible, so you don't try to plug it in the wrong way 50% of the time.
As for the cons, first of all you have to request an invite to buy the phone, and the only one available now is the $390 64 gigabyte model. Also, shipping to North America has been delayed two to three weeks because of production issues. And because OnePlus is still working out some bugs, it's slowed the invites.
Another potential issue is the phones are only compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, not Verizon or Sprint. Still, if you're looking for a great Android smartphone at an affordable price, without a carrier contract, the OnePlus 2 should be first on your list. Check it out in the video below.