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Why I turned down an invite to buy a OnePlus Two

When the original OnePlus One came out I commented that the invite system had frustrated me and I’d decided not to buy one. However, as soon as I received one I changed my mind – the features you got for the money was too much to pass on.

Now the OnePlus Two is out – more powerful and with more features but with that same invite system. I got sent an invite on Friday with 24 hours to claim it and…. left it to expire. Why? Let me explain…

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Manually Updating your OnePlus One to Lollipop

The Lollipop version of Cyanogen has been available to OnePlus One owners since early in the week but, due to a slow OTA rollout, many have yet to receive it. If, like me, you’re impatient to try it then there’s an answer – it doesn’t require your phone to be rooted, it doesn’t wipe your existing data and it comes with pretty close to zero risk. I’d just recommend that you have a decent amount of battery left before proceeding.

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Useful Links for OnePlus One Owners

Check/Report any OnePlus Issues

Known as Bacon to Cyanogen, you can track known software issues with the OnePlus One on the Cyanogen site. If they’re not already aware of it, you can add the issue yourself. Before discussing ANY issue I would recommend searching this site first.

Rooting the OnePlus One

If you wish to root the OnePlus One (for instance, to install a different variation of OS) then the guide from the OnePlus One forums is a recommended read.

OnePlus One Blog

If you’re not following it already, I would recommend the OnePlus blog for the latest news, software and accessory releases.

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Why you should never quote OnePlus One battery figures on Twitter

I was particularly impressed with the battery life of my new phone (and still am) and so responded to someone that OnePlus had retweeted (they do that) talking about the same. What I wasn’t expecting was the amount of cynicism and down-right hatred that I’d get in response. I was accused of Photoshopping my battery life screenshot and generally lying.

Oddly the person most vocal is a huge fan of the phone, but is just unable to get the same kind of battery figures.

A chap called Brian is now beginning to see the same after also mentioning his impressive battery life.

Let’s get straight to the point here – if I get battery life of a number of days that does not mean you will. It simply means I use the phone as much (if not more) than my Nexus 5 and that only got a days charge, two if I used it very little. With the OnePlus two is the minimum. For me, that’s impressive. However, if you’re watching videos, playing games, etc, then you won’t get that. It’s not rocket science and at no point did I say anything to suggest otherwise.

Some people just need to wind their neck in.

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Yes, I’ve Bought a OnePlus One

So, after deriding OnePlus for their shoddy distribution practise I’ve gone and bought their phone anyway. How did that happen and how two faced can one man be?

Well, I did what I said I was going to do. I got sick of their method of sending “invites” to buy a phone via competitions. Smashing phones and all sorts were required – basically, hoop jumping. I stopped trying. However, I did get emails from them telling me when they were giving more invites anyway and many of them consisted of nothing more than following them on Facebook and Twitter to be able to enter. I was already following them so I simply had to click a button. That kind of hoop jumping I can do.

None-the-less no one was more surprised than me to get an invitation on Wednesday night but, I have to say, I wrestled with the decision for some time as to whether to buy one or not.