The OnePlus One is a powerful new business phone with a unique set of features. The 5.5-inch Android device packs a huge display, a top-tier processor and a high-capacity battery. But those are features you'll find in other flagship smartphones such as Samsung's Galaxy S5. The OnePlus One adds perks like always-on voice commands and special security protections. It's also a relatively affordable phone compared to similar devices, making it a good pick for business users on a budget. The OnePlus One — not to be confused with the similarly named HTC One smartphone — launches on AT&T and T-Mobile April 25. Here are three features that make it good for business.
Always-on voice commands
Voice commands can make you more productive by letting you complete common tasks more quickly and easily. For example, instead of fiddling with menus and touch-screen controls, you can set an alarm, place an appointment in your calendar or access turn-by-turn directions simply by uttering a few words. The OnePlus One makes voice commands even more useful because they're "always on." Instead of activating the voice-command interface manually, you can just speak to your phone using an activation phrase, such as "OK, OnePlus," and it will start listening — even when the display is turned off. This functionality lets you multitask, since you can issue verbal directions while performing another task. It also helps you find your phone, since you can set it to emit a tone by talking to it — even if it's hiding behind a stack of books, or in your jacket pocket. Only a few other smartphones, including Motorola's Moto X, offer similar functionality.
Developer OnePlus may not have the name recognition of tech giants like Samsung or Apple. Nonetheless, its new smartphone can compete with other flagship devices such as the Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5s. The OnePlus One packs a high-resolution, 5.5-inch display that offers more than enough room to help you stay productive when you're away from the office. Under the hood, it packs the same 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor as the Galaxy S5, so users can expect speedy performance. Other hardware highlights include internal storage ranging from 16GB to 64GB, though the OnePlus One lacks a microSD card slot for expandable storage.
The OnePlus One offers a few notable security features you won't find in most other smartphones. For instance, the phone's Privacy Guard setting lets you block individual apps from accessing personal information stored on your device. The OnePlus One also ships with built-in encryption for SMS text messages, to ensure your private business communications remain private.