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The Essential Phone is one of the most anticipated releases this year - and we spent a few days getting familiar with this unique Android phone.
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For me this phone is perfect. Great display and super fast. I only use bt headphones and even after installing my music and all the apps I usually have I still have 92gb leftover. And I only payed $449.00 at Best Buy for the unlocked version.
All in all, a mediocre and unexciting phone. No 3.5mm jack. No SD Card capability. Only 4GB RAM. Screen to body ratio not significantly better than the S8+. Sub-QHD display resolution. Only 5.7" diagonal on a 19:10 aspect ratio display. Not IP67 or IP68 water resistant. Only 3040 mAh capacity on the battery. (We'll see how that pans out.) Introduction of yet another proprietary expansion port, which reminds me very much of desktop computers in the late 1970s. No wireless charging. After all the hype, pretty much a big nothing. I'm certainly not regretting my decision to go with another brand of phone.
Would be nice to have a phone that charges through a magnetic clip on charger. Less worry about a charge port waring out. Of course the magnetic type may ware, power wise,, then always falling off. Hmm, guess there's no easy fix.
This is the first iteration of this phone. I am sure that with each new build some of the "essential" features that people want on/in this phone will be included. Upgrades will enhance and improve the cameras, and things like water and dust resistance will be increased and improved upon in time. Andy Rubin is a forward thinking person. Let's give him a chance to succeed with his new company.
Manpet Epetrop I've never used more than 128 GB. Not everyone needs radio. I've never used IR
I'm looking at this phone because of the nice build quality and purest form of android. Most phones are moving to no headphone jack.
And IPA rating doesn't matter to me because I don't use my phone near water. I guess this phone is for a niche market but I think it has a gorgeous look to it
This phone is around $700... Which I believe is going to be their mistake. With other high-end/name-brand flagship devices near that price... It only makes sense to go with your gut an follow the safest route. Maybe if this was about $200 cheaper, more would consider this and give it a chance.
Question please. have you noticed the dot matrix(which is what I think they call it) with the screen. My unit is noticeable a lot more than I would expect. Also have you been able to watch YouTube or anything else above a 1080p resolution? I only have 1080p as a choice for YouTube nothing higher
All I want to know is, is the camera any good when taking pictures of small moving objects? - e.g. cats and children
I feel we've hit a bit of a plateau with quality, but speed of taking photos (That aren't a blurry mess) are what I need - and have wanted for the last 5 years - but every upgrade comes a slightly better experience but no where near what I'd like...
Whatever people say, this phone is good. The most interesting thing is implementation of fron camera and screen around it. It look premium, and the best thing is that is not branded. When people who are not gadget freaks will see this phone, I bet they will say: Wooow, what a phone. What is it? And you can make a cool face and say: I don't know, it doesn't say :) Too bad is pricey for me.
How can you charge a phone and have headphones plugged in at the same time? I often listen to news in bed before going to sleep with one earbud, and obviously charger is also plugged in. So how do I do this without headphone jack?
I know a lot of people still need a headphone jack and thats fine. But now that ive got a couple pairs of wireless head phones i dont care any more. Wireless earbuds themeselves are getting cheaper and the quality aint to bad.
Well it fails, like others, because it has no headphone jack. No headphone jack means it cannot be charged while listening to music. It is a gigantic fail to not understand this. It doesn't just mean I can't listen to music while it's charging it also means I cannot use my headset for calls unless I spring for a wireless one that is just another thing I have to charge. Andy, YOU FAILED.
Did you try making a call with the phone? There is no speaker on the top so does it work the same as the Mi Mix thru vibration ? That also means everyone in a quiet room will hear your conversation. Very awkward moment.
I can't see anything essential on this since some other smartphones do better. I feel like being told what's supposed to be essential which is way further from my own preferences. Made by Founding Father of Android doesn't mean it can easily beat Samsung Galaxy, Pixel, iPhone, or even chinese smartphones. Let's see how good it does in real life experience.