1.- Unknown smartphone
The OnePlus One has high-level technical specifications, and it is most likely a very well-performing smartphone. However, there are smartphones with high-level features, whose operation is not even typical of a mid-range smartphone. We do not have references of old OnePlus One smartphones, nor are there many reviews of the phone, so buying it without knowing how it works can be risky. It is true that for 299 euros, nothing would happen if it did not work as a flagship, but it is something to take into account.
2.- Do you offer support in Spain?
The OnePlus One is going to be sold in Spain, and it is clear that it has to comply with the Spanish and European guarantee. That means we have a two-year warranty. The first year, as long as the company cannot prove that the errors are due to misuse on our part, it is assumed that it is a factory error. The second year it is up to the user to prove that it is a factory error. Be that as it may, hopefully it will be easy for us to replace the smartphone? They do not have development centers in Spain, and we do not even know if in Europe. They are probably not based in our continent, and at most, they will have a team of representatives in each country in which the smartphone will be marketed. That is not the same as buying a phone from Samsung and knowing that they even have a technical service and repair center in our country. That doesn’t assure us of a free repair, but it does convey more confidence, of course. Is a disadvantage of buying an import smartphone, as our colleagues from MovilZona already told us.
3.- Chinese brand
Not that all Chinese brands are bad. We have references such as Huawei or ZTE, which are brands that have been manufacturing electronic products for many years, and which have been true references in some sectors. However, this is not the case with OnePlus One, a newly launched company. Do you make high-quality mobiles? None of us can guarantee that. What we do know is that of some manufacturers with an important market in Spain, there are users who claim that the technical support does not answer and that they have no way of contacting them. If that happens with companies that have been launching mobiles for years, let’s imagine what could happen with OnePlus One. Have you tried to find a phone number to call them? Spending 299 euros for a smartphone that works well is a great opportunity. Spending 299 euros for a smartphone that needs to be replaced and not even having a phone number to call may not appeal to many buyers.
4.- Can a mobile cost 299 euros?
They say that cheap is expensive. In a world like smartphones, where manufacturers charge the prices they want, one cannot be guided by that saying, but the truth is that what is too cheap can be too expensive. When the Motorola Moto G was going to be launched, it seemed impossible that for 180 euros we could buy a mobile of that quality. Make no mistake, it still seems impossible. Companies like Motorola, which was Google then, could perhaps raise it. A company like OnePlus One that does not have a large production chain, may not have as many options as others. Let us bear in mind that the price of a Samsung Galaxy S5 that is at the level of this OnePlus One of 299 euros, would cost about 700 euros, and that without taking into account that it would not carry a 64 GB memory. An iPhone 5s with 64 GB memory costs 899 euros. Three times more than the OnePlus One. Our colleagues from MovilZona already analyzed in an article How can Chinese smartphones be so cheap?.
5.- Nexus 6
And finally, we do not want to forget the Nexus 6. The Google smartphone usually has very high-level features, and at a very low price. On the last occasion, we could buy a Nexus 5 for 350 euros. Spending 50 euros to have a smartphone manufactured by LG, sold by a company with offices in Spain, and that we know will respond to the guarantee, can be a great option. From what we know about the Nexus 6 so far, this could be a very high quality smartphone.
It is not that the OnePlus One is a bad smartphone, nor that with this we are recommending not to buy it. In fact, it is one of the best buys of this year 2014, as long as it is confirmed that it is finally a high-quality phone. However, you have to take into account the possible drawbacks of buying this smartphone.