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Quick comparison: iPhone 6 vs OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2 iPhone 6

We don't usually get too far through a day without seeing at least one person claim an Android phone assumes dominance over the iPhone for one reason or another, but rarely do you see the company making the hardware focus their energy on the same claim. OnePlus is such a company, and they don't just focus on claiming their hardware is better than Apple's. OnePlus is in the Flagship Killing business, it seems. Not just this year's devices, either. The branding attached to the launch of the OnePlus 2 makes it clear this phone is going to be better than all of the phones that come out next year as well. Brazen doesn't even begin to cover it.

By OnePlus logic this new phone should leave the current iPhone in a heap of molten slag in the corner and leave Apple seriously considering scrapping their entire 2016 launch plans and starting over. It seems only fair that we put the two phones side by side and see just how true that is.

iPhone 6 OnePlus 2

Lets start with the basics. With it's 5.5-inch 1080p display and 3300mAh battery, the OnePlus 2 starts out sounding like something we should be pulling out the iPhone 6 Plus to do a proper size and spec compare with. When you realize that larger display and higher capacity battery comes with 175g and 9.85mm of bulk, it really doesn't matter either way.

This phone is not only slightly heavier than the biggest iPhone, it's well over two millimeters thicker than both. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained in a conversation with Android Central this decision was made to keep the large camera sensor from protruding, but the end result is the same. Side by side with any iPhone, the OnePlus 2 is just plain chunky.

Looks familiar

Despite the obvious downsides to having a thicker, taller phone, OnePlus gets points for style. The bottom port is the first USB-C to appear on a smartphone, though it currently lacks the increase in data transfer or power output we've seen with the new MacBook. On either side of this reversible port you get a pair of symmetrical holes, one side for mono audio, the other for the microphone. While we'd be lying if we said the design didn't seem familiar, OnePlus succeeded where Samsung failed in making this design choice actually look nice.

Additional style points are awarded for an overall sturdy construction thanks to the aluminum chassis and user-replaceable backplate. OnePlus is making five options available at launch, including three wood panels, a kevlar panel, and a sandstone panel. It's a shame one of those panels doesn't offer the same polished metal feel the sides of the phone offer, but the ability to choose is something we've seen more and more Android manufacturers do recently.

OnePlus fingerprint sensor

OnePlus also included a touch fingerprint sensor in this new phone, and it is by far the fastest way to unlock any smartphone. This feature currently lacks the flexibility and interoperability of TouchID, but when it comes to just unlocking the phone it works well. Part of what makes the OnePlus version of fingerprint unlock just a hair faster than TouchID is the lack of a physical press in the unlock process. The fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 2 isn't on a push button, and the touch sensor wakes up even when the screen is off. By removing the added step where you physically push in the home key or power button to wake the phone, you get a slightly faster unlock.

Also found on the side of the OnePlus 2 is a physical switch for muting and unmuting the phone. This isn't something you ever see on Android phones, and unlike the switch on the iPhone it slides vertically into three stages. These stages currently are set to the three modes for Android notifications, All, Priority, and Mute, and seems to work well. Functionally it serves the same purpose as the switch on the iPhone, save for the ability to set the switch to do something other than handle notifications.

The 13MP camera on the back of the OnePlus 2 includes optical image stabilization and ƒ/2.0, using a dedicated laser sensor for autofocus instead of the phase detection found on the iPhone. We've not been able to take these two phones around the city and do a quality compare just yet, but the sample photos we've seen so far reveal a sensor that could compete with the current iPhone, not blow it out of the water.

Finally, the software. While a direct comparison between iOS and Android would take an entirely separate series of articles, there's one clear point where a compare is appropriate. Android phones made by big companies often struggle to update in line with Google's release cycles, but OnePlus has built a version of Android close enough to Google' version that rapid updates aren't likely to be a problem. The phone will never update the day something from Google is released, like you'd see from an iPhone, but in theory it's a significant improvement over the months long wait time usually seen with popular hardware in Android land.

As you can see, the OnePlus 2 is a phone that might give the iPhone 6 a run for its money if someone was seriously considering a switch away from iOS, but against the iPhone 6 Plus — and, perhaps more important, whatever Apple releases next — there's nothing here that is "killing" anything. It's a nice looking phone, despite being a little thick, but overall the bark is way worse than the bite.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at iMore. He's a passionate futurist whose trusty iPad mini is never far from reach. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Reach out on Twitter!

59 Comments
  • I definitely do not think that the OP2 looks chunky. It looks like it tapers down to a point where it's thinner than the iPhone, and a curved back (just IMO) offers easier ergonomics.
  • Looks and dimensions aside, it at least looks easy to grip, unlike the 6Plus (should rightfully be the iPhone variant being compared here, considering the size category) which is as slippery as a bunch of eels copulating in a bucket of snot.
  • The curved back will make it a pain using flat on a table/desk though. I remember how irritating the old iPhone 3GS was to use because of its curved back.
  • I dont think it will as curved as the Motorola did. Posted via the iMore App by OnePlus One
  • I am disappointed in this article. I expected more from anyone who isn't Rene. You call yourself a 'tech enthusiast' in your description. You fail to earn that title. 1. The "flagship killer" tag of the OnePlus is to point out that despite it having flagship level specs, it costs about HALF of what flagships cost these days. Half. You fail to make note of that anywhere in this article. 2. With the 5.5 inch screen, it would be more accurate to compare this to the 6+. Although you make note of this "Lets start with the basics. With it's 5.5-inch 1080p display and 3300mAh battery, the OnePlus 2 starts out sounding like something we should be pulling out the iPhone 6 Plus to do a proper size and spec compare with. When you realize that larger display and higher capacity battery comes with 175g and 9.85mm of bulk, it really doesn't matter either way.", you fail to actually follow through. I note that you go on to use this to side with the iPhone both in terms of size and weight. "Despite the obvious downsides to having a thicker, taller phone" This is unacceptable from any reviewer. Side by side with the 6+ the weight is close, the 6+ is nearly a centimeter longer, and the extra thickness is welcome in making the phone hold-able, and protecting the camera unit. Protruding glass on either side of a phone tends to make it delicate when dropped, after all. 3. For the amount of fuss you make about the 2 millimeters of difference in thickness, it makes surprisingly little real difference, and, if anything, is in favor of the OnePlus in terms of easy grip. Thin, smooth, rounded sides aren't exactly good for grip. 4. OnePlus runs a version of Android that is not intended to be another tweak of Google's. It is different on purpose. You fail to note this anywhere in your article. This article is poorly written, and deserves to be called out in its failures.
  • But it's an apple forum. It's absolutely impossible for it to be objective too it seems! :) I agree with you. An unfair and biased review, but I'm expecting that from iMore these days. Sent from the iMore App
  • The author is a contributing editor of Android Central.
  • Not every member of iMore is so biased. But this article sounds like Rene wrote it.
  • Yeah, you're right - Renee didn't criticise the OnePlus 2 for not having NFC and thus not supporting tap and go mobile payments like Apple Pay on the iPhone. A bit to biased there Renee!
  • Oops, Russel Holly wrote this article, not Rene.
  • I think that confusion has been made a few times already :) Sent from the iMore App
  • Very well said. I am an iPhone, iPad, and Mac owner but this article is so biased that would even make Tim Cook blush. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well said, well written and on point.
  • On the contrary, the iPhone has never played the compete on price game (sell at razor-thin margins) so this device is only competing with Android Flagships, not the iPhone. iPhone buyers are buying into the rich vertically-integrated iOS ecosystem so a comparison that leaves out apps, Business support, top tier games, accessories and peripherals ends up being unconsciously biased *towards* Android as a result. The fact that Renee didn't criticise the OnePlus 2 for not having NFC and thus tap and go mobile payments support ala Apple Pay also shows the review's bias towards, not away from the Android device.
  • The fact that you don't even know who wrote the article shows that you just blindly follow and defend the iCrowd regardless of what common sense is.
  • I was trusting an earlier commentor but corrected my mistake in a comment further up.
  • I actually thought it was a good article Russell. Seemed really fair and balanced to me. Other than not comparing it to the 6 Plus (same size display, includes OIS), I enjoyed reading about the differences. As someone who uses both platforms on a regular basis, it's good to see a neutral pov not arguing that one is automatically better because who makes it, or what platform it's on. Kudos.
  • Really? You didnt think the author ahould also mention that the 64GB costs only $389?? I mean, thats "kind of" a big deal, if this is actually written to inform consumers.
  • The 64 doesn't cost $389 though. AC said the 16 started at $399 with silicone back. Wood, leather, and additional storage will cost extra. At the time of their post pricing for additional storage was unavailable to them.
  • @msm0511 "If you happen to get your hands on an invite, you'll be paying $389 for the high-end model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the lower-end model will arrive in Q4 2015 for $329 with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage instead." http://www.androidcentral.com/where-you-can-buy-oneplus-2
  • I'm such a dummy. I was getting the Moto X hands on and OnePlus hands on confused. Sorry, it's been a long day.
  • No worries, we've all been there ^^
  • I'm not sure why this wasn't compared to the iPhone 6+??? It seems like an odd choice to compare to the 6 instead of the 6+...Honestly it seems like an intentional choice to skew the perception of the opposing phone. Why on earth would you compare a 4.7" phone to a 5.5" phone? Of course the 5.5 would be much larger. Why wouldn't you compare a 5.5" phone to another 5.5" phone?? I love my 6+ but some of the design choices (like the thinnovation protruding camera) are less than optimal. From he looks of the One Plus 2 it not only solves this problem, gives a large battery while doing so, but also is more usable with one hand thanks to it being shorter - making the top of the screen closer to your thumb. Anyhow, how be a legitimate Apples to Apples comparison here? A little journalistic integrity goes a long way. Please don't be a shill.
  • Obviously they try to do an selective comparison. And that's what make this article childish. Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Indeed, where's the criticism of the OnePlus's lack of NFC and mobile payments? :-)
  • Please mention the price next time in your comparison. I mean the one plus is a great phone when you consider that you could almost buy two of them for the price of one non contract iPhone 6 with 16gb. With the increased price of the 6+ which is the phone this should have been compared to, you may be able to buy two of them. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • That would be fair and imformative though. This is iMore. Im pretty convinced the sole purpose of the site is to further the technology ignorance bubble iPhone users are notorious for. It should be compared to the 6+ and immediately recognized for costing half as much.
  • You need to read closer, and you will see that the writer is from Android Central. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I'm assuming he doesn't own a 6+ Contain your mammaries y'all. Damn. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • As he is a tech writer, I find it highly unlikely he would not have access, either through work or a colleague, to a 6+. Also note, he does not say he doesn't have access and instead says "Lets start with the basics. With it's 5.5-inch 1080p display and 3300mAh battery, the OnePlus 2 starts out sounding like something we should be pulling out the iPhone 6 Plus to do a proper size and spec compare with. When you realize that larger display and higher capacity battery comes with 175g and 9.85mm of bulk, it really doesn't matter either way." despite that the 6+ comes in at 172g and nearly a centimeter longer than the 1+2. As tech readers we are right to expect quality articles. Russel is supposed to be a professional, not a hobbyist. He is held to a higher standard.
  • It seems like They don't actually all live near each other or meet in a central office. So the podcasts wouldn't be done over a Hangout. So it's highly believable, professional or no, that he only a owns and has access to a ip6 right now. And timely information is better for their profit, and for our readership. If it offends toy that badly that he compared it to the 6 instead of the 6+ you can add in OIS, a 1080p 5.5 inch screen, and the battery capacity yourself. If anything, the criticism would be for him to at least add the dimensions of the 3 phones in the article. That's information he has access to, and in use both iPhones are more than similar enough that he would only need one. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • The vast majority of the points he uses against the 1+ regard its size. Therefore, it is entirely relevant and important which size of iPhone he compares it to. The few points not about size regard that it isn't iOS and it isn't Google's version of Android, which aren't really points either direction. The 6+ is common enough that at least one of his friends should have one.
  • Really, you don't need to own a 6 Plus to compare the phone, does he own a OP2, no he doesn't. Based on his review I suspect OP won't ever send him one again. Reviews should unbiased and objective. I use Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS X have all the latest Apple and Android toys and I can be objective but I call out those who trash either side just to be sporting.
  • He talks about in hand feel, which implies that he's held one, and possibly has one. Seeing as he's an Android writer. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Seems weird to me to do a phone comparison and not show the view you'll see all the time, up front with the screens on. Maybe too on the nose?
  • ROFL not one mention of the price. Nuff said. This comparable device costs HALF as much as the other. But I guess thats irrelivent to consumers.
  • It is irrelevant to iPhone buyers for whom the OS and rich iOS ecosystem of apps, accessories and peripherals and lack of malware is more important.
  • @Rocwurst, Then based on your twisted logic, this whole article is irrelevant because the "iPhone buyers" will always only buy the iphone so no point in writing articles about other phones. And if the point was to inform iphone buyers of what the competition looks like, then mentioning that a competitive alternative costs HALF of an iphone is obviously important.
  • My point is that price has always been a minor factor for purchasers of Apple gear as everyone knows that there have always been cheap devices out of China and elsewhere that attempt to compete with the iPhone. The reality is however, that no matter how many OnePlusOnes or Xiaomi's there are out there, an increasing number of people will continue to choose iPhones every year for other reasons.
  • I think the Oneplus looks pretty nice would like to see how it looks software wise.
  • Wow, negativity. Sincerely, if you guys like the OnePlus 2 better than iPhone or other Android phones, you should absolutely buy one. Yes it is half the price (actually a little less than half but I won't quibble) and assuming that the lack of NFC doesn't bother you, go for it. I am sure that Android sites will have a review of it soon.
  • The negativity is due to failure to mention undeniably important points, not one's preference of phones.
  • Dude. The NFC in iPhone is only there for 1 purpose. And that is Apple Pay. You won't be able to perform touch pairing with any one your NFC enable Bluetooth device. Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S6
  • And Apple Pay is a killer feature that has already captured over two thirds share of the mobile payments market worldwide. That is why it is so important in if Apple hasn't yet widened access use cases for the NFC feature.
  • One point that is super important to me and I almost never see mentioned regarding OnePlus is the after sales support. I know several people who bought the OnePlus One and some have had issues with the phone and the support was lacklustre to say the least, if not almost inexistent. Support may not be as important to all, but for me this is a point where Apple is in a class by itself and if you happen to be lucky enough to live at a reasonable distance to an Apple Store then it is unbeatable.
  • As already been mentioned by Moodyz, Mr. Holly is a 'contributing' editor for "Android Central". The focus of his article was to challenge some bold claims by the makers of the OnePlus 2 smartphone, and in my opinion, he succeeded.
  • The reviewer leaves some things out and questions the marketing claims but still calls it a nice phone; the hyperactive commenters leave out he's from Android Central, but still manage to again bash iMore and Rene. Android Central must be a very boring site given how many Fandroids spend so much time and energy over here...
  • Do you actually read AC or any other Mobile Nations site? I actually visit all of them daily, though I do visit iMore and AC more. The point is if you are going to do a review you do it with comparable products unless your intention is to create and off balance article. Do you compare a Porsche 911 to a Chevy Malibu, they are both cars, sure but not the same. Perhaps a brand new Corvette Stingray Z06 against a Porche 911, that is more realistic and on point.
  • "Do you actually read AC or any other Mobile Nations site?" No, obviously. The point is that this was not a complete review shootout, just a quick comment on the validity of the marketing hyperbole. Again, should be obvious.
  • I actually wonder if Russell was quoting OnePlus marketing claims. The paragraph that starts "By OnePlus logic,..." did someone from OnePlus actually publish that which followed? References/Links? Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Price is key. You have to mention that in a comparison especially when it's so radically different.
  • In time OnePlus will become a bigger company, as I read today they only have 900 employees, it takes 3 weeks to get a phone from start to finish. Their strategy is perhaps slow growth, but as a recent article mentioned their growth has exploded with more than 50% of their sales coming from the US and India and china is slowing down. If they can get the support up to snuff and support the devices properly then they will do well. I would easily drop $389 on the full 64GB version why not, its not too expensive, its about $100 ,more than the Zen Fone 2 ASUS sent me and it works well. I do look forward to the 6S Plus 128GB but I will be swapping my nano SIM between many phones on a regular basis.
  • Even if I wanted to switch to an Android phone. The fact I've spent over $500.00 usd at the Apple iTunes Store would prevent me from ever doing so. I'm not buying all that software again. Sent from the iMore App
  • Why. You can always use both platforms! Posted via the iMore App on my iPad Air or iPod Touch 5
  • Pay for two telephones? I only need one. Sent from the iMore App
  • True but keep the old and buy a new Android phone just to try it out and you can always use both if you wish ha-ha. Or maybe a Android tablet. Idk that's just me Posted via the iMore App on my iPad Air or iPod Touch 5
  • Disappointing article. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • The main point against it seems to be the chunkiness, but I think this is a straw man argument. Only Apple really has that obsession wit thin and I don't think it's fair to diss another device for not having a feature that only Apple really strives for. Everyone talks about how thin and light iOS devices are, then they put them in a chunky rubber case that makes it thicker than an old 3Gs. I think it's fair to say that every phone that has been produced in the last five years or so is at least within acceptable range in terms of thin-ness. None of them are really so heavy or thick as to be really worth mentioning, so to me, this is a false comparison.
  • IPhone wins here for once why simple. No NFC in the OPO 2 which was an absolute blunder and the upcoming iPhone 6s will definitely have NFC. It seems OPO is not future proof I'm that regards especially with Android Pay coming and such. Posted via the iMore App on my iPad Air or iPod Touch 5