I thought I was ready to phablet again. All the indications were there. The desire hit me in waves because of the reveal of the snowboard-like Nexus 6. And the want of that phone persisted until I held one, and it was just a wee bit too big. like, it wouldn't fit all my shirt pockets too big. I saw myself bending over to pick up a laptop bag, and losing the top-heavy thing to the unforgiving concrete or road below. And while that killed the Nexus 6 for me, it didn't kill the phablet lust.
All my music and movies on what is essentially a smallish always connected tablet.
That's the dream.
The Oneplus One satisfies that dream for half the price of the Nexus 6 while not being half the phone, and while not being nearly as unwieldy. For 350 dollars unlocked (you should have ditched the carriers by now) your total cost of ownership for two years for a Sandstone Black Oneplus One and a decent prepay carrier is roughly 1400 bucks, and you'll have the freedom to change phones when you feel like it and only lose the difference between what you can sell the old phone for, and what you'll pay for the new one. Compare that to the over 2800 bucks you'd spend on a Nexus 6 from ATT that you'd be locked into.
1) It's not stock Android
That could be a deal killer. It's a version of Android named Cyanogenmod. And at this time, Cyanogenmod is 17 days late delivering on the CM12 Nightlies they promised. So folks are waiting to essentially beta test a Lollipop Android from the Cyanogenmod team while other phones already have official Lollipop Android releases. Now, that being said, the stock Cyanogenmod 11S rom is fantastic. So if you are normal, and don't mind waiting 3-4 months for a major OS update, the stock experience is exquisite. I adore Cyanogenmod 11S on the Oneplus One.
2) LTE may or may not work
This could also be a deal killer. The Oneplus One isn't registered with any major or prepaid carrier in the US. So despite having an LTE radio that will work on both T-Mobile and ATT, it may not work for you. I somehow lucked out and did get LTE on Straight Talk, but still elected to use HSPA+ on purpose because it uses less battery, and it's more reliable in the DC Metro area. Still, real LTE matters a lot to some folks.
3) You can forget about Verizon
Because Verizon uses their proprietary bullshit technology, with its weird voice/data issues, and ridiculous pricing structure, you won't be using the Oneplus One on their network. I'd consider this a plus because you'd also be spared their shit-fucking horrible customer service, but a lot of folks would not. Verizon actually has groupies, if you can believe that.
4) A whole class of things to complain about
unless you own an Android Wear device
|The right awesome Asus Zenwatch|
|A metal back and dedicated strap lugs. The way it's fucking supposed to be.|
So for those keeping score:
Nexus 6 + Moto 360 = 1000 bucks
Oneplus One + Zenwatch = 550 bucks
And both experiences will be very similar (fantastic).
And you want a smartwatch with a phablet. It's like the perfect use case for one. Ninety percent of the time you are pulling out your phone, it's to check some notification that you don't even have to reply to. You just have to acknowledge it. Better to have that on your wrist than to have to keep pulling out a big phablet.
Makes sense doesn't it?
Now, I'm headed in another direction as I'm wont to do....
But I did spend a very intense month with the Oneplus One. If you want to phablet, I can't recommend this price beating combination enough. This is the smartest way to phablet.