Despite conflicting reviews, the OnePlus 2 seems to have a lot of interest among its fans. The invite waiting list has crossed 4 million users and the hype train seems to be going full steam ahead. However, if you are planning to buy the OnePlus 2 or have already bought one, you better spend Rs 699 more and get this accessory. Also Read - OnePlus phones in future will continue to run OxygenOS despite merger with Oppo: ReportAlso Read - OnePlus Nord CE gets first software update: What’s new, how to download
One of the new features in the OnePlus 2 is the USB Type-C port. In fact, the OnePlus 2 is one of the first smartphones to have the latest USB Type-C port. While it makes the smartphone ahead of the curve but it comes with its own set of usability problems like I found out last week. Also Read - OnePlus - Oppo integration: What this partnership means for smartphone users?
I have been using the OnePlus 2 as my primary smartphone to check out the software updates the company is pushing out to improve performance. I was attending a global press conference last week when I realized the phone’s battery had dipped to 5 percent. I had forgotten the USB Type-C cable in the car but assumed it won’t be difficult to borrow one considering I was surrounded by tech journalists and bloggers. But that wasn’t to be. Everyone I asked had a power bank and micro USB cable but none had the Type-C cable the OnePlus 2 requires. Eventually, I ended up with a dead phone before I could lay my hands on the cable in my car.
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Imagine, if I couldn’t get a USB Type-C cable in a gathering full of tech savvy people, what are the odds of getting one at a regular place? The incident reminded my of my early iPhone 5 days when Apple had first introduced the Lightning connector and it was almost impossible to find someone with a Lightning cable if you ever ran out of battery.
Thankfully, OnePlus has a USB Type-C to micro USB adapter, which is very similar to Apple’s Lightning to micro USB adapter. OnePlus is selling it on Amazon India for Rs 699, which might seem pricey but after my experience, I found it to be small price to pay. For comparison, Apple’s Lightning adapter costs about Rs 1,500. I swear by the Lightning to micro USB adapter and this USB Type-C adapter is something I would recommend every OnePlus 2 user to buy. It will be a life saver. The only thing I am surprised about is why OnePlus hasn’t marketed this tiny accessory so far?