Saw two Acer phones at Costco -- Z410 for $150 and Jade Z for $270. Usually Costco has good deals, but I'm not sure about these ones. I'm looking for something close to high-end but without the ridiculous prices, and I don't these ones qualify. The $150 model has a 4.5" screen and I really didn't want anything smaller than 5". And at $270 for the other one (which is a 5" screen) I wonder if I could do better buying a higher-end phone second hand?
So I started looking at kijiji and eBay and getting a bit discouraged (people want *a lot* for their second hand phones). Until I came across something I had not seen before -- the OnePlus One (sometimes abbreviated as OPO).
OneTouch is a Chinese startup from a former Oppo VP. And when I started reading up on the OPO I also found out that Oppo also makes high-end phones -- the Oppo Find 7 (and 7a).
The Find 7 and OPO have very similar h/w specs. The OneTouch and Find 7a have the same display resolutions (1080p) while the Find 7 is 1440p. Although the 7a is the cheaper version at least one reviewer claims it's a better product because that higher-res display does not provide any benefit in a 5.5" screen, while reducing the battery life.
The OnePlus has some fancy carbon-fiber case with "Sandstone Finish" that's supposedly the best thing since sliced bread. It also has 64GB RAM but no micro-SD card support or a removable battery, whereas the Oppo has 16GB but supports a micro-SD card and has a removable battery.
The biggest difference is the price, where the OnePlus is nearly half the price of the Oppo. Except, of course, when it comes to used phones. Right now kijiji has an Oppo Find 71 for $250 whereas there are a couple ads for the OnePlus for $350 or higher (the Oppo ad is 10 days old, so could be gone).
Thoughts/opinions? I'm not ready to pull the trigger yet so chances are the ads I see now on kijiji will be long gone before that time. But if I was ready to take the plunge now, what would be the best option?