Since April, the OnePlus One smartphone has been available only to an exclusive club. Outside of a few limited-time sales, customers have to be invited just to buy the thing. Invitations are admittedly easy to come by—it only took me a few minutes to track one down on Reddit back in January—but that's still a silly way to sell a sweet handset.
Happily, OnePlus has decided to open sales on a more regular schedule. Every Tuesday, starting at midnight Pacific Time, the One will be available for anyone to purchase. The window will only be open for 24 hours, after which the existing invite system will take over until the following week. Fresh invites will continue to be issued to buyers regardless of when their purchases are made.
The 16GB and 64GB versions are both part of the program. They're priced at $299 and $349, respectively, which is pretty darned cheap considering the specs. You get a 5.5" 1080p display with an IPS panel, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor backed by 3GB of RAM, a lightly skinned Android install loaded with customization options, and an unlocked Micro-SIM slot with no carrier obligations.
I've had the 64GB variant for about a month, and I really need to get around to writing up my thoughts about it. The short answer is that I'm very impressed given the price. Some aspects of the One definitely aren't as nice as on the latest flagship devices from Apple, Google, and Samsung. But the One is half the price, and it's a lot more than half the device.