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Face Off: OnePlus 2 vs. Honor 6 Plus vs. Motorola Moto X Play

5.5-inch showdown. Has the arrival of the OnePlus 2 changed the mainstream market? We compare it to the $400 Honor 6 Plus and Moto X Play to find out if the OnePlus 2 is really worth its asking price.

If there's one thing OnePlus has proven to be good at, it's creating hype. The company has launched only two smartphones in its lifetime thus far, yet it carries a large following of fans with rumors and "leaks" rivaling even Apple.

Now that the OnePlus 2 is finally upon us, how does it actually perform compared to the competition? We pick two other 5.5-inch Android smartphones with very similar price points to see if the OnePlus 2 is really the killer deal it is advertised to be.

We encourage users to check out our dedicated review pages below for more data and detailed analyses of each of the three models. This comparison is by no means a replacement, but a condensed aid for those on the fence.

OnePlus 2 Review

Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review

Motorola Moto X Play Review

OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play

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Case

When comparing smartphones, it's easy to get lost in comparing subjective qualities. Instead of focusing on looks, we want to find out which smartphone is better built. Starting with the OnePlus 2, the back cover is removable, though a screwdriver is required for access to the battery. The cover itself is actually quite thin and easy to damage relative to the stronger aluminum and plastic design of the phone. Normally, these covers can be very flimsy and cheap as commonly found on inexpensive smartphones, but OnePlus has avoided the issue by offering versions with sandstone, Kevlar, and wooden textures. Construction quality is very good as we can notice no creaking or twists when attempting to bend the device. The heavier weight of the OnePlus 2 compared to the Honor 6 Plus and Moto X Play gives it a more substantial feel as well.

The Honor 6 Plus couldn't be more different than the OnePlus 2 in terms of design and material. It has no removable cover and its use of both fiber glass and plastic is not very common for smartphones. The Huawei phone comes noticeably thinner as a result compared to the OnePlus 2 and Moto X Play, but suffers from creaking and very slight twists when attempting to bend it. Customization options are far fewer than what the other two competitors offer.

Lastly, Motorola's phone is made almost entirely of plastic with rubberized surfaces for an improved grip. It is also the only device out of the three with a splash-resistant case. While the back cover is removable similar to the OnePlus 2, it is again purely for aesthetic purposes for users to change colors and designs as the battery remains integrated. Anyone who has held a Nexus 6 in person will have a good idea of the quality of the Moto X Play. Despite its all-plastic makeup, resistance to twists and depressions is very good thanks partly to its thicker size.

Users won't need to worry about case quality between the OnePlus 2, Honor 6 Plus, or Moto X Play. However, it is worth noting that the Honor definitely feels more susceptible to screen cracks if dropped. With quality being largely the same, we prefer the OnePlus 2 for accessibility with a simple screwdriver and averse use of glues.

Winner: OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play
151.8 mm / 5.98 inch 74.9 mm / 2.95 inch 9.85 mm / 0.3878 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 10.9 mm / 0.4291 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs150.4 mm / 5.92 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 164 g0.3616 lbs

Ports in Comparison

OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play

Connectivity

There are pros and cons for each device regarding connectivity features. On the physical side, the three smartphones all sport USB 2.0, though only the OnePlus 2 makes use of the reversible Type-C interface. This means no super-fast charging or transfer speeds for any of the models. Meanwhile, the Moto X Play includes MicroSD support and lacks dual-SIM, while the opposite is true for the OnePlus 2. We also want to note that OTG did not work during our time with the OnePlus 2 despite Android's native support for the feature. The Honor smartphone supports MHL for video-out to a supported external monitor.

On the wireless side, the Moto phone is the only one that supports both BeiDou and NFC, while the Honor is the only one with an IR blaster. The features are essentially a balancing act between the three smartphones as choosing one option would cut off others. It's up to the user to decide which is more useful.

Ports and Connections

OnePlus 2 Honor 6 Plus Motorola Moto X Play
USB 1x Type-C USB 2.0 1x Micro-USB 2.0 1x Micro-USB 2.0
Cameras Rear + Front 13 MP, f/2.0, OIS, auto-focus, dual-LED Flash + 5MP Dual 8 MP, f/2.0, dual-LED Flash + 8 MP, f/2.4 21 MP, dual-LED Flash, auto-focus + 5 MP
Connections and Features 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz, GPS, GLONASS, Miracast, OTG, Fingerprint sensor 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz, GPS, GLONASS, DLNA, WiFi Direct, MHL 2.0, OTG, IR Blaster 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, OTG, NFC
SIM slots 2x Nano-SIM 1x Micro-SIM, 1x Nano-SIM 1x Nano-SIM
Storage 16 GB or 64 GB 32 GB, MicroSD 16 GB, MicroSD

GPS & Voice Quality

We compare GPS accuracy against the Garmin GPSMAP 64s standard. The OnePlus 2 and Moto X Play are most accurate and less than 1 percent off from the actual path taken. The Honor showed sharper turns at intersections as its location refreshes less frequently. The results are very close nonetheless and all phones are reliable for general navigation.

In terms of voice quality, we find the OnePlus 2 offering clearer voices for both the caller and receiver. The Honor 6 Plus suffers from slightly more distortions and echos while the Moto X Play suffers from hums and noticeable distortions at higher volume. This means voices are clearest at a middle sweet spot before degrading in quality on the Motorola phone.

Winner: OnePlus 2

Garmin GPSMAP 64s
Garmin GPSMAP 64s
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play

Cameras

OnePlus, Huawei, and Motorola are taking different approaches to improving camera quality on the OnePlus 2, Honor 6 Plus, and Moto X Play, respectively. On the OnePlus 2, the manufacturer is sticking with a basic 13 MP camera with laser auto-focus for split-second focusing. Its Optical Image Stabilizer (IOS) aids in reducing blurred pictures. Unfortunately, pictures tend to have a blue cast and are simply not as sharp as on the costlier Galaxy S6 or LG G4. The laser auto-focus can also be quite distracting when shooting videos as it attempts to focus and re-focus constantly. Picture quality is actually pretty good in low-light conditions with less noise than expected.

For the Honor smartphone, Huawei has equipped two 8 MP rear cameras that promise sharper pictures in low-light conditions. The separate images are automatically combined to create a final 13 MP image. While colors do appear more natural than on the OnePlus 2, sharpness is again not as good as the Galaxy S6 or LG G4.

Motorola has tackled the camera with raw power and no trickery; The Moto X Play uses a large 21 MP rear camera. While megapixel count isn't everything, sharpness is actually quite impressive on the Motorola, so the high megapixel count is certainly put to good use. On the flip side, colors are overexposed to the point where leaves on trees can appear homogeneous instead of individual elements with defined edges. This is only noticeable upon closer inspection with high magnification. Otherwise, overall quality in both bright and dim conditions edges out both the OnePlus 2 and Honor 6 Plus.

Winner: Motorola Moto X Play

Canon EOS 70D - Outdoors
Canon EOS 70D - Outdoors
OnePlus 2 - Outdoors
OnePlus 2 - Outdoors
Honor 6 Plus - Outdoors
Honor 6 Plus - Outdoors
Moto X Play - Outdoors
Moto X Play - Outdoors
Canon EOS 70D - Low Light
Canon EOS 70D - Low Light
OnePlus 2 - Low Light
OnePlus 2 - Low Light
Honor 6 Plus - Low Light
Honor 6 Plus - Low Light
Moto X Play - Low Light
Moto X Play - Low Light

Input Devices & Controls

The 10-point capacitive touchscreens on all three models are responsive and reliable. Such basic properties may sound like a no-brainer, but many entry-level and low-cost smartphones continue to have trouble with registering user inputs reliably. Fortunately, the OnePlus, Honor, and Motorola smartphones are popular mainstream devices with no such issues.

However, we will note that the OnePlus 2 is the only smartphone of the three to sport dedicated Android buttons on the bottom of the device instead of onscreen commands. Users have more screen real estate as a result despite their identical 5.5-inch screen sizes. The only drawback is that the OnePlus 2 is just a couple of millimeters longer in length. Additionally, we find the Alert Slider button quite useful for scrolling through notifications without needing to unlock the phone or touch the screen.

Quick video rundowns on the UI and responsiveness of the each of the smartphones can be found on our dedicated review pages.

Winner: OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play

Display

Unlike on notebooks, the primary means of interfacing with smartphones is through the display. Thus, first impressions are everything for a smartphone. These three in comparison all offer exceptional 1080p displays, so we're here to cherry pick the best one.

First, the display on the OnePlus 2 has been significantly improved over the original. Contrast has doubled, colors are much more accurate, and the backlight is slightly more powerful. It is also the only phone in this comparison to sport Gorilla Glass 4 as opposed to Gorilla Glass 3 for improved resistance to cracks. However, CalMAN readings show that Orange colors tend to be pale and appear more Yellow than they ought to be. Its 90 percent sRGB coverage is very good and better than most high-end notebooks as well.

Next, the Honor phone is the least accurate of the three smartphones with higher DeltaE deviatons. Color temperature is also slightly cooler, so overall picture quality has a more prominent Blue tint. The manual White Balance feature does little help the phone reach the same quality levels as the OnePlus 2. Measured contrast, however, is slightly higher on the Honor with its deeper Black levels.

Color accuracy on the Moto X Play lies comfortably between the OnePlus 2 and Honor 6 Plus. In general, colors tend to appear oversaturated during our CalMAN tests. The smartphone's trump card in this Face Off is its incredibly bright backlight of almost 650 nits, which is brighter than most consumer smartphones in the market including the iPhone 6 Plus. This makes the Motorola a better choice for outdoor use.

While the OnePlus 2 and Honor 6 Plus carry slightly more accurate colors and higher contrast, respectively, the significantly brighter display is much more desirable for everyday use.

Winner: Motorola Moto X Play

OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play
Displays at a Glance

OnePlus 2 Honor 6 Plus Motorola Moto X Play
Size 5.5-inch IPS LTPS 5.5-inch IPS LTPS 5.5-inch IPS
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Pixel Density 400 PPI 400 PPI 400 PPI
OnePlus 2Honor 6 PlusMotorola Moto X Play
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (15, 29)
Response Time Black / White *
25.6 (9.2, 16.4)
PWM Frequency
Screen
Brightness middle
451
472
641
Brightness
446
471
620
Brightness Distribution
90
93
93
Black Level *
0.3
0.28
0.4
Contrast
1503
1686
1603
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.84
6.33
5.37
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.97
7.39
6.01
Gamma
2.46 89%
2.34 94%
2.44 90%
CCT
7283 89%
8227 79%
7806 83%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58.07
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90.14
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

OnePlus 2 color profile (sRGB)
OnePlus 2 color profile (sRGB)
Honor 6 Plus (sRGB)
Honor 6 Plus (sRGB)
Motorola Moto X Play (sRGB)
Motorola Moto X Play (sRGB)

Performance

CPU Performance

If based on core specifications alone, the OnePlus 2 comes out ahead by far. Its Snapdragon 810 is one of the most powerful SoCs from Qualcomm that gives the OnePlus an almost consistent edge over the Honor 6 Plus and Moto X Play in synthetic benchmarks. The faster eMMC performance according to AndroBench and higher RAM capacity only add to its advantages.

See our dedicated processor pages on the Snapdragon 810, Kirin 925, and Snapdragon 615 for more comparisons and benchmarks.

Winner: OnePlus 2

Hardware at a Glance

OnePlus 2 Honor 6 Plus Motorola Moto X Play
CPU 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 1.8 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 925 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
RAM 3 GB or 4 GB LPDDR4 3 GB 2 GB
GPU Adreno 430 Mali-T628 MP4 Adreno 405
OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
818.77 MFLOPS ∼28%
Honor 6 Plus
420.615 MFLOPS ∼14%
Motorola Moto X Play
275 MFLOPS ∼9%
Single Thread (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
630.326 MFLOPS ∼62%
Honor 6 Plus
191.4 MFLOPS ∼19%
Motorola Moto X Play
134 MFLOPS ∼13%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
2526 Points ∼68%
Motorola Moto X Play
1291 Points ∼35%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
2272 Points ∼51%
Motorola Moto X Play
1025 Points ∼23%
Browser (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
4526 Points ∼60%
Motorola Moto X Play
1849 Points ∼24%
PCMark for Android
Computer Vision score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto X Play
1756 Points ∼14%
Storage score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto X Play
3900 Points ∼12%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto X Play
3293 Points ∼28%
Work performance score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
4282 Points ∼22%
Honor 6 Plus
2859 Points ∼15%
Motorola Moto X Play
3589 Points ∼18%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
739.6 ms * ∼8%
Honor 6 Plus
742.8 ms * ∼8%
Motorola Moto X Play
1235 ms * ∼14%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
7650 Points ∼39%
Honor 6 Plus
6680 Points ∼34%
Motorola Moto X Play
3917 Points ∼20%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
6955 Points ∼13%
Honor 6 Plus
6370 Points ∼12%
Motorola Moto X Play
3764 Points ∼7%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
6585.3 ms * ∼11%
Honor 6 Plus
5500.9 ms * ∼9%
Motorola Moto X Play
11694 ms * ∼20%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
80 Points ∼10%
Honor 6 Plus
94 Points ∼12%
Motorola Moto X Play
56 Points ∼7%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
923 Points ∼45%
Honor 6 Plus
797 Points ∼39%
Motorola Moto X Play
710 Points ∼35%
Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
2631 Points ∼9%
Honor 6 Plus
776 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto X Play
785 Points ∼3%
Memory (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1297 Points ∼17%
Honor 6 Plus
532 Points ∼7%
Motorola Moto X Play
595 Points ∼8%
System (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
2536 Points ∼15%
Honor 6 Plus
2141 Points ∼13%
Motorola Moto X Play
1177 Points ∼7%
Overall (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1681 Points ∼20%
Honor 6 Plus
916 Points ∼11%
Motorola Moto X Play
701 Points ∼8%
ANDEBench PRO
3D (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
31.64 fps ∼24%
Motorola Moto X Play
11.89 fps ∼9%
Platform (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
272.9 Points ∼4%
Motorola Moto X Play
139.6 Points ∼2%
Storage (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
8658 KB/s ∼8%
Motorola Moto X Play
7883 KB/s ∼8%
Memory Latency (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
2152 KOps/s ∼27%
Motorola Moto X Play
2781 KOps/s ∼34%
Memory Bandwidth (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
8520 MB/s ∼41%
Motorola Moto X Play
3731 MB/s ∼18%
CoreMark-PRO/HPC (Base) (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
3264 Points ∼51%
Device Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
9260 Points ∼36%
Motorola Moto X Play
4329 Points ∼17%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
13.94 MB/s ∼6%
Honor 6 Plus
6.12 MB/s ∼2%
Motorola Moto X Play
16 MB/s ∼6%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
21.87 MB/s ∼11%
Honor 6 Plus
20.8 MB/s ∼11%
Motorola Moto X Play
16 MB/s ∼8%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
125.51 MB/s ∼21%
Honor 6 Plus
54.29 MB/s ∼9%
Motorola Moto X Play
75 MB/s ∼13%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
234.21 MB/s ∼16%
Honor 6 Plus
109.83 MB/s ∼7%
Motorola Moto X Play
139 MB/s ∼9%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
4154 Points ∼5%
Honor 6 Plus
3250 Points ∼4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1066 Points ∼22%
Honor 6 Plus
900 Points ∼18%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
4804 Points ∼13%
Motorola Moto X Play
2558 Points ∼7%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1140 Points ∼23%
Motorola Moto X Play
717 Points ∼15%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
1534 Points ∼24%
Motorola Moto X Play
1069 Points ∼17%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
5395 Points ∼26%
Motorola Moto X Play
1818 Points ∼9%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
6632 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto X Play
2457 Points ∼0%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
44133 Points ∼22%
Motorola Moto X Play
23839 Points ∼12%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
126720 Points ∼17%
Motorola Moto X Play
10592 Points ∼1%
System (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
6462 Points ∼29%
Motorola Moto X Play
3050 Points ∼14%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
58535 Points ∼59%
Honor 6 Plus
44523 Points ∼45%
Motorola Moto X Play
29699 Points ∼30%

* ... smaller is better

GPU Performance

The OnePlus 2 consistently trumps the Mali-T628 MP4 and Adreno 405 in the Honor and Motorola, respectively. 3DMark Ice Storm scores are over twice that of the Honor and over four times that of the Motorola. We are able to play demanding games from the Play Market like Asphalt 8 at the highest settings without any issues. This isn't to say that those same games are unplayable on the Honor or Motorola, but the Adreno 430 is certainly much more appealing to users who frequently play 3D smartphone titles.

See our dedicated GPU pages on the Adreno 430, Mali-T628 MP4, and Adreno 405 for more comparisons and benchmarks.

Winner: OnePlus 2

3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
10985 Points ∼13%
Honor 6 Plus
13420 Points ∼16%
Motorola Moto X Play
6839 Points ∼8%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
31858 Points ∼6%
Honor 6 Plus
14441 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto X Play
7796 Points ∼1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
22400 Points ∼9%
Honor 6 Plus
14201 Points ∼6%
Motorola Moto X Play
7561 Points ∼3%
Epic Citadel - Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
59.1 fps ∼96%
Motorola Moto X Play
31.9 fps ∼52%
Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
21533 Points ∼49%
Motorola Moto X Play
5084 Points ∼12%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
33287 Points ∼74%
Motorola Moto X Play
10637 Points ∼24%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
OnePlus 2
15.68 fps ∼41%
Honor 6 Plus
4.38 fps ∼11%
Motorola Moto X Play
5.8 fps ∼15%

Stress Test

Throttling issues are becoming more common on smartphones in order to prevent overheating. The GFXBench Battery Test shows the OnePlus 2 and Honor 6 Plus throttling in GPU performance quite significantly halfway into the 30-minute stress test. While it's not likely that many users will play such intensive games for very long periods, the reduction in performance is a big asterisk to users who want the best hardware for their smartphones.

Performance from the Moto X Play is much more consistent as frame rates at the end of the test are about the same as the beginning of the test. Battery temperature also rises more slowly and at lower levels compared to the OnePlus or Honor.

Winner: Motorola Moto X Play

OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Honor 6 Plus
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play

Emissions

Temperature

Surface temperatures are lowest on the Honor smartphone both when idling and under demanding processing loads. This is despite the fact that the Honor is thinner than both the OnePlus 2 and Moto X Play while still having the more powerful processor than the latter.

The OnePlus and Motorola are quite warm even when simply idling on the Home screen. This is perhaps unsurprising since Snapdragon SoCs are notorious for their high running temperatures, especially the Snapdragon 810. To top it off, the OnePlus 2 has the steeper temperature gradient than both competing models, so one end of the smartphone will feel much warmer than the other when gaming or browsing for extended periods.

Winner: Honor 6 Plus

Average Surface Temperature

OnePlus 2 Honor 6 Plus Motorola Moto X Play
Average surface temperature when idling 36.2 C 32.4 C 36.3 C
Average surface temperature under high loads 41.3 C 39.9 C 43.4 C
Ambient temperature 23.8 C 24.3 C 24.1 C

Battery Life

Battery capacities are not significantly different between the smartphones. Runtimes, however, are definitely on a wider scale. Under similar WiFi testing conditions, the Moto X Play is able to last for hours longer than the OnePlus 2 and Honor 6 Plus. This test involves running a looping browser script at a 150 nit brightness setting until automatic shutdown. The Honor phone has the edge in battery life when idling on the Home screen with no timeout, though this is not exactly representative of real-world use.

The Motorola phone wins this round based solely on its superior WiFi runtimes.

Note that our data in the table below is represented in minutes.

Winner: Motorola Moto X Play

OnePlus 2
3300 mAh
Honor 6 Plus
3600 mAh
Motorola Moto X Play
3630 mAh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1393
1645
1145
WiFi v1.3
356
535
674
Load
229
238
174

Verdict

No one smartphone feels like a complete set as each is lacking features that the others may have. The unequivocal winner will have the features that matter most to the user.
No one smartphone feels like a complete set as each is lacking features that the others may have. The unequivocal winner will have the features that matter most to the user.

For the first time in our Face Off series, a clear winner cannot be narrowed down to one or even two models. The OnePlus 2 will net you the more powerful hardware, accurate display, easier accessibility, but battery life is poorer and there is no MicroSD or NFC support. The Honor 6 Plus is the thinner and lighter solution with higher contrast, MHL 2.0, and IR for superior multimedia functionality, but lacks both 802.11ac and a removable battery and is more prone to bumps and bruises. The Moto X Play supports MicroSD, includes a much brighter display, and can run for much longer, but lacks dual-SIM support, a removable battery, and uses weaker hardware. It's very tough to recommend one over the other without strongly-worded backlash.

We can say, however, that the OnePlus 2 has certainly failed to meet the hype it created. The device was heralded to be a high-end smartphone for a mainstream price, yet here it can't even outpace the Honor 6 Plus or Moto X Play in features. The manufacturer claimed that certain common extras had to be cut including NFC and wireless charging, yet they still managed to include a fingerprint scanner instead of a more desirable MicroSD slot.

The OnePlus 2 lacks a host of features that ultimately brings it down to the level of a typical mainstream smartphone. Any one of these three devices will make for a good smartphone depending on the needs of the user.

Buy OnePlus 2

Buy Honor 6 Plus

Buy Motorola Moto X Play

OnePlus 2Honor 6 PlusMotorola Moto X Play

+ Most color accurate display with Gorilla Glass 4

+ "Hard" Android keys on front

+ Fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM, 802.11ac, USB 2.0 Type-C, Alert Slider

+ Better accessibility

+ Faster CPU and GPU performance

+ Better voice quality

+ 3 to 4 GB RAM

+ Lighter and thinner profile

+ Lower surface temperatures

+ IR blaster, MicroSD, dual-SIM, and MHL 2.0

+ Slightly higher contrast

+ Brighter display backlight

+ BeiDou, NFC, MicroSD

+ 21 MP rear camera

+ No major throttling issues

+ Splash-resistant chassis

+ Long battery life

- No MicroSD slot, no NFC

- Shorter battery life

- Access to battery requires screwdriver

- Dimmer backlight brightness

- Throttles under very high loads

- Higher surface temperatures

- Non-removable battery

- No NFC

- No case customization options

- Throttles under very high loads

- Least color-accurate display

- Weaker CPU and GPU performance

- Non-removable battery

- No dual-SIM support

- Thicker profile

- Higher surface temperatures

- Poorer voice quality

- Less RAM (2 GB)

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Allen Ngo, 2015-09-23 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.