The OnePlus One was released in June, costing around 400 dollars. It’s an amazing phone which beats the Note 3 in many areas, although the Samsung model is more expensive, costing 541 dollars. Take a loot at the OnePlus One’s specs and convince yourself that is a great phone.
Designs and sizes
The OnePlus One has a minimalist appearance, looking a lot like its cousin, the Oppo Find 7, which has almost the same dimensions and chassis. The OnePlus One has a chrome plate around the rear camera, a monolithic black front screen and the logos of OnePlus & Cyanogen on the back cover. On the front of the screen, the OnePlus One has some capacitive keys which can be turned off so you can use the on-screen navigation bar. You can also notice the speaker grills at the bottom, a power and a volume button. So, this smartphone really looks premium.
The Galaxy Note 3 has a rich texture design, with the famous faux leather back cover that has been used by Samsung for a while. Is it a good or a bad thing? Some users said that they had enough of this design and want to be surprised with a new appearance. This device comes with the useful S Pen stylus and on the front panel, you’ll find a button which may help or bother you.
The dimensions of the OnePlus One are 152.9×75.9×8.9mm and it weights 162grams. The Note 3 is measuring 151.2×79.2×8.3mm and it’s 6grams heavier.
The Note 3 comes with a 5.7inches Full HD AMOLED display which offers quality in terms of contrast levels, color vibrancy and brightness, although the pixel density is of only 386ppi – lower than on other Android devices. But it seems that the color accuracy has been improved and it respects the standards imposed for the AMOLED panels.
The OnePlus One, on the other hand, has a LTPS LCD display of 5.5inches (Full HD) with the same resolution of 1080x1920pixels – supported by the Note 3’s screen, but the pixel density is 401ppi. So, the display of this device was manufactured by a Japan Display Inc company that used the Touch On Lens technology and the Low Temperature Polysilicon process contributes to a better brightness, color vibrancy, clarity and resistance to mechanical shocks.
The OnePlus One is slightly faster because it has a better Snapdragon 801 CPU, while the Note 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The phones have in common 3GB of RAM, which would be more than enough for multitasking or gaming.
The OnePlus One has 16 and 64GB of internal memory, but it doesn’t have a MicroSD card, although the back plate is removable. The Note 3 has three variants of internal storage – 16 and 32GB, expandable up to 64GB, and a 64GB variant.
The Oppo Find 7’s camera was amazing and without a doubt, the OnePlus One will impress you also, with its 13MP camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor. It is coupled with a 6 part optic system which removes most of the distortion, and the dual-tone LED is perfect for taking portraits. The secondary camera is 5MP, with an 80degrees angle.
The Note 3 has a 13MP primary camera as well, but not that advanced as the camera on its rival, although it has a f/2.0 aperture which helps obtaining good quality images. The secondary camera on the Note 3 is 2MP.
The OnePlus One runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS but actually, the operating system is based on the Android platform but it’s called CyanogenMod 11S. On this phone, you can change the interface: icons, wallpapers, general UI appearance, fonts etc. and they can be found in the built-in store. OnePlus’s voice commands wake up the phone, and with only a simple gesture, you can launch apps.
The Note 3 runs on the Android 4.3(Jelly Bean) OS, upgradable to the 4.4.2(KitKat). You’ll enjoy the multiwindow multitasking mode, plus the features enabled by the S Pen stylus.
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