Five reasons to buy a OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5

Five reasons to buy a OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5

Ok, ok, before I get started I should stress that there are obviously several reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One, and indeed, in the interest of fairness, I might well pen a feature detailing those reasons. Er, next week.

In the meantime, it’s death to the Samsung Galaxy S5, and bring on the OnePlus One, baby; five reasons to shun the former and embrace the latter.

1. Big, tough display

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1in 1080p Super AMOLED display (432PPI), while the OnePlus One weighs in with a 5.5in 1080p LTPS IPS with TOL (OK, “RAOFLMAO”) display (401PPI).

The interesting part there for the OnePlus One is its TOL technology, which stands for Touch On Lens. Essentially, the distance between the touch sensors and the display panel is reduced, yielding a display that’s significantly more shatterproof.

IPS (in-plane switching) of course means sexy viewing angles, while LTPS stands for Low Temperature Polysilicone.

2. More RAM

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has 2GB of RAM, compared to 3GB of RAM on the OnePlus One.

To be fair, the Samsung Galaxy S5 seems to get by just fine with 2GB of RAM, and it’s not clear if the OnePlus One actually needs 3GB of RAM. But on paper, at least, it’s another victory for the OnePlus One.

3. Bigger battery

Another on-paper victory here for the OnePlus One, which has a 3,100mAh battery compared to 2,800mAh on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

In the interest of this admittedly one-sided feature (again: I’ll give the Samsung Galaxy S5 similarly favourable treatment next week), I don’t want to hear anything about the S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode. Or the fact that its battery is removable. No sir.

4. CyanogenMod 11S

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with TouchWiz atop KitKat Android 4.4, and all the silly software features and apps we’ve come to know and, er, expect from Samsung. Yes, it might be more scaled back compared to the bloat-heavy Samsung Galaxy S4, but it’s still TouchWiz.

For our money, we’d much rather have the stock-like experience offered by CyanogenMod 11S, which was developed specifically for the OnePlus One.

5. The price

Here’s one comparison where all subjectivity is cast aside: any way you look at it, the OnePlus One is significantly cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Specifically, OnePlus One price comes in at £229 for the 16GB Silk White model, rising just £40 to £269 for the 64GB Sandstone Grey.

As for Samsung’s flagship, the best Galaxy S5 SIM free deal we’re seeing at the moment is probably over at giffgaff, where the phone costs £529. For the mathematically challenged, that’s a whopping £300 more than the 16GB OnePlus One. Heck, you could buy a 16GB and 64GB OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5 and still have £31 left over.


Joking aside, there are obviously reasons to go for the OnePlus One and the Galaxy S5, but even putting one’s faith in tried and trusted Samsung, is the latter really worth more than twice the price?

It’s a similar case with the £100 Motorola Moto G, which has seriously made people question if any phone is genuinely worth £500 – never mind the 64GB iPhone 5s at £709 (ouch).

Of course, it remains to be seen how much life the whole OnePlus thing has in it - the One being the startup's first phone. Yes, the OnePlus One has won over a lot of nerds, but it might well be tough to come by at first.

But assuming it does take off, you’d be seriously hard pushed to justify buying a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2014 at 15:36

6) It's NOT Samsung. It doesn't serve 'us' customers one bit to have ONE dominant Android maker. Not just in terms of innovation - the pace dictated by Samsung. And real innovation by others mostly ignored after a bit of chit chat on a quiet news day. No, price as well...

Just look at this offer. That's a 50% pricedrop in a year or so... As if that weren't bad enough for anyone hoping to sell their SGS4 to upgrade to the 5, nope... this offer is still higher than the price of the OnePlus...

Of course, most non-Apple phones lose big time within 6-12 months, but Samsung aren't 'most'. They churn out Galaxy after Galaxy with, often, absolutely no point other than to disrupt
competition. That may be a fair strategy in a competitive market, but the consumers suffer.
And I reckon in the long run it'll bite Samsung in the back.

An example id the Galaxy Camera that floats around my household.
Its zoom capabilities aside, that device is a disaster. It has bad battery life, apps crash randomly, the gallery app takes 20 seconds to load a hundred pics. SloMo is crap, it has idiotic features (like: NO way to start it without starting the camera and driving out that zoom lense, even if you just wanna use a non-cam feature...
That is a level of dumb and non-caring that is unrivalled.)
And the thing is, after numerous updates the device is pretty much as bad and buggy as it was on launchvday. Samsung stink in that regard. And after not fixing that Camera's software sufficiently, they instead launch another one? Cynical much? And MORE people need to experience something else.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 24, 2014 at 23:46

Want a low to mid range smartphone? Buy a Moto G.

Want a high end smartphone? Buy a OnePlus One.

Really, I think the market has got to the point where they are the ONLY logical choices. Even if you prefer iOS can you really justify the hugely inflated price tag? You can have two 16GB OnePlus Ones or 3 16GB Moto Gs (both options would also leave you with a considerable chunk of change) for the price of one 16GB iPhone 5S. I'm sorry, but you'd have to be either rich to the point that money is no object, or an absolute idiot, to buy a 5S, S5, One M8, Sony Z2 or even a Nexus 5 instead of a OnePlus One or a Moto G.

If OnePlus can keep their head above the water financially, they'll gain UK market share as quickly a Motorola have with the Moto G.

screenshot  Apr. 25, 2014 at 06:36

this phone is the one iv'e been waiting for..i believe its on general release some time late guys at mobot..please keep us informed on where to buy it and when


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