Without a doubt, those of you who have been keeping an eye on tech news the past few months know about the OnePlus One. If you have been keeping an eye on the device for the past week, you saw the announcement and the whole commotion with the startup’s Smash the Past contest.
The full details have just been released and everyone can now sign up. One hundred will be selected and accepted into the contest. Upon smashing their phones on video and giving OnePlus all the proof, these lucky participants can get a shiny new OnePlus One for just $1.
This may be one of the craziest marketing stunts smartphone manufacturers have tried, but this stuff actually works. OnePlus is spending no money in advertising, yet they have hyped up the whole tech community online! It is stunts like this that allowed OnePlus to achieve this fame, but not everyone is happy about these moves.
People all over the web have been bashing the manufacturer, telling people they shouldn’t be so wasteful and destroy perfectly working smartphones. Especially when there is a limited list of devices you can smash, and most of them are new and relatively expensive.
Is it really a bad thing that I want to smash my phone for a OnePlus One?
Most tech personalities writing and ranting about this topic pull out the moral card. Why waste and destroy a working smartphone when you could do so many other things with it? Arguably, it is a bit selfish to do such a thing just to get a new phone. The device will end up in a wasteland instead of someone else’s pocket, being useful.
Instead, you could donate it, sell it, trade it, give it away, use it as a music player, set it up as a server and a million of other options. I may get some hate out of this, but I believe these tech journalists are stepping into territory where they don’t belong.
We are not here to give you moral lectures, or at least not to make you feel bad about your decisions. We are here to give you our honest opinions on mobile devices and everything that surrounds them.
Don’t get me wrong, I do hope most of you choose to be good samaritans and keep making the world a better place in every way possible. But if it’s your choice to destroy a phone to pieces in order to get a OnePlus One, I will stand next to you… watching in awe.
After all, it’s up to you what you do with your property. If you do the “right thing”, you will walk away with the beautiful feeling and a clean conscience. If you find Smash the Past to be a convenient deal and a good opportunity, you can walk away with an amazing smartphone before most of the world can even buy one.
Who are we to tell you you are wrong if you choose either of these options? There is one thing I will tell you, though. Be smart about it!
Should I smash my phone?
I mentioned this when I first heard of the contest. Whether it’s convenient to smash your device or not depends what device you have. Many of us believed one would be able to smash any phone, but OnePlus released a list of devices (see image to the right) that can participate in this contest.
Most listed smartphones are new and expensive. In most cases, you could sell your current device and break even. In some cases you can even make a profit! If you find yourself in one of these two situations, your best bet would probably be to just sell your current smartphone and wait for the OnePlus One to become available to everyone (or you can try and get an invite).
Now, let’s take a closer look at the list. Some devices here are worth nowhere close to $300, which is the price of the OnePlus One. A used Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2 (among others) will cost no more than $200. That is if they are in optimal condition! I personally wouldn’t even pay $150 for a used Galaxy S3 at this point.
Who is signing up for Smash the Past?
Like I mentioned above. I believe you are all available to choose what your best option is, but make sure you give your options some thought. Don’t run smashing smartphones if you can find a better alternative.
With that said, don’t let anyone blame you for wanting such a sexy smartphone! Who is going to try and sign up for Smash the Past? Which phone are you planning to let all your anger out on?