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Last year's flagship phone is this year's bargain.
Indeed, step into the not-so-way-back machine with me and return to August, 2015, when the OnePlus 2 arrived to replace the highly celebrated (though hard to get, thanks to the company's odd invitation-only store) OnePlus One.
Back then, the 64GB model would run you $390. Today, it costs $299. But right this minute, and while supplies last, Cell Force (via Ebay) has the new, unlocked OnePlus 2 (64B) for $239.99 shipped -- the lowest price I've seen.
Because this is a GSM phone, and because it's unlocked, you can pop in a SIM card from any GSM carrier -- AT&T, Cricket, Mint SIM, T-Mobile, etc. -- and get to work. In fact, the OnePlus 2 has dual SIM slots, making this an excellent phone for international travel. When you get where you're going, grab a local SIM card for inexpensive local service.
Unfortunately, the phone doesn't have a microSD slot, same as its predecessor -- but I suspect that 64GB is ample for most users.
The OnePlus 2 provides a 5.5-inch HD display (protected by Gorilla Glass 4), a fingerprint sensor and, thank heavens, a USB-C port. (See you in hell, microUSB!) The power and volume buttons are now all on the same side (the One foolishly arranged them opposite each other), making room for a new feature called the Alert Slider on the other.
From CNET's review: "The slider has three settings -- receive all notifications, receive only priority alerts, or mute notifications entirely. It's a handy and quick way to manage your smartphone usage, though you'll need to manually set which applications can show when you have it turned on for priority alerts."
Speaking of that review, read it. It'll tell you everything you need to know about whether this should be your next phone. For what it's worth, the vast majority of other reviews I've read also peg this as a 4- or 4.5-star product.
This is a high-end phone with a decidedly mid-range price. Your thoughts?
Bonus deal: Game time! Speaking of things that get cheaper if you wait a little while, Origin currently has Star Wars Battlefront (PC) for $14.99 when you apply coupon code ORIGIN50 at checkout. (Note: If the automated link isn't working, go to Origin.com, search for "Star Wars Battlefront" and select the edition that normally sells for $29.99.) That deal is for the Standard edition. You can also get 50 percent off Deluxe and Ultimate with the same code. This is, to me, the ultimate Star Wars game. Big, big, big fan.
Update, 9:05 a.m. PT: Added an alternative way to reach the Star Wars deal.