When the Essential phone launched, it carried cost nearly $700. Recently, Essential dropped the price to $499 - permanently. That places it neck and neck with phones like the OnePlus 5T and the Amazon version of LG's G6. So, is the Essential phone a better buy at $200 less than the original asking price? In short, yes!
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I just purchased one and so far I am very pleased. It is much smoother and faster than my galaxy 6. I love the lack of bloatware and I can switch networks anytime i choose with no loss in features. I also got the 360 camera with it but have not had a chance to try it out yet.
I wish reviewers would review how fast the camera opens, and lag. I am so GD sick of every phone be terrible in this category. Every time I need to take a picture, there is some reason the camera won't work. Won't open, won't focus, freezes up.
I can play 4K videos on mines too and I didn't have to root it. I bought my Essential PH1 Black Moon on December 6 so my phone can play 4K. I heard from another reviewer that the white version couldn't play 4K but I don't know that for sure.
There's really no difference between the colors of this phone but the first batch of Essential phones play 2K videos on YouTube. At least that's what I heard I don't know for sure. At the $499 price point this phone is an excellent buy.
This is the most badass phone in the planet. It is the most manly phone on the market also. It is heavy but I wished it could be heavier but this phone screams all man. Today's phones are so damn chick a fid, light weight, thin pieces of crap. Sprint at it right 15 years ago when they sold indestructible construction phones. I wish all phone makers would quit making the half ounce, girly pieces of crap phones and make some more phones like the Essential but make it heavier in weight.
Got it on Cyber Monday. This phone is just as good as any of the other flagships. Camera is awesome, with Google camera app or stock app. That combined with TMobiles new LTE Advanced! I'm excited for more updates!!
I bought this beautiful phone a week ago and after all the updates since purchased it's amazing. Premium hardware, stock software and I don't miss the headphone jack at all because the dongle it comes with has a built-in HiFi DAC. And also you can't beat the new price point.
I don't want to have to charge my headphones, it's not convenient at all. I already have so many devices I need to charge my headphones should NOT be one of them! I just want to grab them and go. Sure if you exercise and don't need to wires go for it but other than that they're just not convenient especially for long periods of time.
that's true but the main attraction to the essential phone is the reliability and the updates. it receives security updates just as quick as the google pixel (even beat the pixel phones for the December update) and works diligently to get software updates out. it's nice to note that essential supports project treble which will allow phones to receive updates much easier and quicker for many years to come. they didn't have to do that because only phones launching with oreo are required to support it. this is one thing OP got shot for because they released the 5T when oreo was already out for a good while and could have easily released it with oreo like sony did, but they decided to not do that. many people believe they did that because OP didn't want to support this project for updates as they all ready stated they have no plan to be support project Treble on the 5 or 5T. also as a little extra information; OP's security updates are one of the slowest in the industry. the company's monthly security patches are almost non-existing, updates are slow, and lack of support for their older phones. so that nice OP 5T doesn't have a long life span (usually 6 months) compared to the essential at least software wise.
sorry for the long rant but i thought i should state some of the good things about the essential other than the materials used. especially with a lot o people saying its a"bad" phone. it has its missteps but it has many areas where it shines as well
It's a great phone, I have been using it for a month now. Got it for $449. It's running oreo already(side load), essential encourage it. Runs smooth. Camara is good, better than z2 force, it's not going to beat pixel, Samsung or 🍎 but it does take good picture. I have a note 8 and the pictures to me look very similar
Got mine for 400 flat on Cyber Monday, 360 cam included. It was between this and the OP5. Chose the PH-1 since it was cheaper and used more premium build materials. Also, just really intrigued by a new startup that seemed so ambitious. Gotta say I'm loving it so far!
It's a POS, build issues after build issues, the ceramic back popping up (possible battery swelling) the coating on the back and front scratch easy, some buggy software issues and now Andy leaving, shit I doubt essential makes it past Q1 without folding like a cheap lawn chair.
I'm running the Oreo beta on this phone and no issues I got excellent battery life way better than my LG G6 no battery drain with my wireless beats on all day for the price is a very solid essential phone does the job right
Lots of comments already about EP v OP5T. I went from an OP3 to the EP on a bit of a whim, at $400. After fondling the OP5T in a carrier store I confirmed it is just too big. My opinion is that smaller bezels are an opportunity for more screen in a smaller body, not silly aspect ratios in enormous phablets that can't even be held securely. No, Essential didn't include a 3.5mm jack, waterproofing, AMOLED, dual speakers or wireless charging. But of those, OP is only better by way of the (lower-resolution and density) AMOLED and the 3.5mm jack - and neither is super important to me personally. The EP camera isn't at the same level as the Pixel, but it continues to improve with frequent updates and is realistically on a par with the OP5T now. It really misses optical stabilisation, especially for videos, but the mono feature is a bonus where the OP5T second lens is largely wasted.
Fundamentally though, I wanted something unique and interesting to own as it is developed. What OP used to feel like, basically. I miss OxygenOS a bit and the OP notification slider, but stock android is great and the EP chassis is an unprecedented joy to handle. Obviously I'm a bit anxious about the Andy Ruben situation but I'm hopeful that is precautionary and won't influence Essential as a going concern...
It's a matter of preference, actually. I have this phone for over 5 months now and I am enjoying it. I use Bluetooth connection for convenience. I don't have to worry of wires. I take photos a lot and the 128gb storage space is okay in my opinion. I dropped this phone numerous times and still works. Plus, the phone is heavy due to titanium body and ceramic back support. If you throw this to an attacker, they might get a concussion (joking). So, if you like an expensive phone that is "plasticky" feel of it. That's your decision.
I have big hands and holding it kinda small - which I like it, actually. The only setback to this texting. Big fingers are sometimes a problem. the corners aren't too rounded compared to S8s as if it was the old iPhone 5 series phones. IMO.
Ori Gami how does the phone feel in hand overtime? I got play with one for a while and I can't get over the fact that it feels like you're holding a brick. I like everything about it except the part where the corners dig into your hand. That for me is the only deal breaker.
There are a lot of great phones out this year - One plus 5T, PH-1, iphone X, Note 8, Pixel 2, etc. Luckily, there are plenty of videos here on youtube reviewing all of them so check out those videos; read review articles; then go to phone stores and demo them yourself. After watching tons of review videos, I ended up choosing the Pixel 2 XL (just bought it yesterday!) and I'm really liking it so far :). Upgraded from the iphone 6. Good luck.
It's much better than the OP5T after the price cut. The design on the 5T is even more so a copy of the 7+ and I don't want to be carrying around a knock-off. The 5T has such an incredible software experience that the hardware feels like a last minute decision to just take what Oppo gives them.
Essential Phone on the other hand is unique and that edge-to-edge display looks much more futuristic than the minor change in the 5T. 85% screen-to-body ratio is even higher than the Xiaomi Mi Mix and the Mi Mix 2. Plus, it has the best hardware arguably from any phone released to this day without looking bad (cough, cough Vertu).
The Essential team is working hard on their software. They even do bi-weekly Q&As on Reddit. This is the kind of phone that will improve overtime & it already has.
As loathe as I am to admit it, the Mi Mix 2 is arguably as nice-looking. Software is utter garbage, meaning that I'd still recommend the PH-1 or the OP5T over it (not to mention U.S. availability), but boy does that phone look nice.
An extensive camera update just dropped in the last couple of days, if you check the Essential subreddit you'll see us fanboys are pretty pleased with it now. More than that, it's great to see so much dev work being maintained on it.
How many camera updates has it been through? I heard the latest one still isnt up to par with the galaxy S8's camera. Dont really care about the dual camera bokeh effect. The S8 was $575 during BF so I will wait for another price drop when they announce the S9.
Right well I have some questions about all of this.
First the price drop is quite steep which means that, A: they're selling near or below cost, B: they were blatemtly screwing people over before. If it's the latter then what can be said about the company's ethic and if it's the former then what kind of long term support are we looking at here?
My other question is kind of commentary to the first theory in my first question. If they're selling at or below cost, with Andy Rubin having to take a leave of absence from Essential for something that could cost him his job, how will the company survive? The main marketing point was made on him being the inventor of Android.
So even at this price I'm a bit too worried of ending with a $500 ceramic brick in a near future.
My opinion is that there's a load of internet forum froth going on at the moment which is making the challenges seem bigger than they are.
Price drop - I think Essential, fuelled by the tech media, got over-excited about Andy Rubin being a draw factor for buyers. I can ask 500 people in my office and 1 would know who Rubin is. I think Essential priced the phone expecting more customers to come and be interested in it because of him - the reality is most people get an iPhone or a Samsung. If you're 50+ you might get a cheap smartphone. And if you're a nerd who knows who Rubin is, you still won't have bought the EP because of the teething problems you read about on launch.
Going concern - there ought to be sufficient capital at Essential to carry them through to a second device run. But they have to get that one Bang. On. The. Money. I am anxious about the leave of absence thing too - Rubin might not bring in as much custom as hoped but he sure as hell brought the investors in, so if he can't come back.... Having said that, I'm hoping it's all precautionary given the media climate, no-one has seen any information saying otherwise yet.
So, I'm a little anxious like you, but the phone is goddamned gorgeous to hold, and the software gets better and better. Try reading the AMAs on the Essential sub-reddit to get more info on your queries.
This has me puzzled as I am on Verizon with no issues. LTE+, talk and data running my laptop. Calls drop in the exact same places they did on my Scamsung. I wonder if there was a bad batch? I love mine. Near perfection.
I picked one up for $400 on sale. I was waiting for the OP 5T but I'm happy with my purchase especially because it came with the 360 camera attachment. I'm already on the Oreo beta and I'm happy this phone is getting Project Treble support for future upgrades.
While the modded Pixel Camera is better in low light and has some great additional modes the Essential cam app is going to be my go to in normal situations. The pictures come out sharper with good light.
Ordered one. Waiting
For those who ask Essential or OnePlus I would say Essential. My reasons:
1) Build quality
2) Stock Android (more "stock" than Oxygen)
3) Project treble support
4) Overall look
5) OnePlus will release OP6 in 6 month so 5T will be outdated:)
Owns EP, came from OP3. My opinion.
1) Never had a problem with OP build quality. But the EP materials are gorgeous, it is a more reasonable size and the screen has a better aspect ratio.
2) It's slick, but I do miss some of the Oxygen features
3) Yes I think OP are missing a trick
4) It's gorgeous, no one has articulated or shown that well enough on YT yet.
5) Yeah. OP did need to release the OP5T that soon though, the OP5 bezels were SO 2016....
I hope you love your new phone when it arrives!
Why would you choose this over the OnePlus 5T?
It's at a weird place in the market for them, I imagine at this price it would be largely ignored by people. Maybe mid tier is the right place for Essential, but it needs to be a better all round phone, they need to get everything right. That along with a clean OS, like Pixel, offers something different for people.
In a few weeks I'll be looking for a new phone, with everything considered I'd choose OnePlus everytime right now even at 499.
Caveat: There are numeous advantages to the OP5T as well. I write this as someone who recently upgraded from an OP3 to the EP:
1) Better aspect ratio
2) More reasonable handset size
3) Stock android is better than OxygenOS in many ways
4) Much nicer chassis to hold and look at (seriously, it's another level entirely from my OP3)
5) It's actually cheaper at the moment
6) 128GB (or definitely cheaper at the moment)
7) Project Treble
8) Tech support (AMAs, direct support, vs OP relying on the user forums for owners to help each other)
9) Unique design
10) American company if you care about that kind of thing, it seems a lot of Americans do...
11) The, um, torch is a lot better
12) So are the physical buttons
13) The camera is better in good lighting
14) The screen is a higher resolution and
15) And a much. much higher pixel density.....
Yeah. I got the Cyber Monday deal. Phone and camera for $399. That couldn't be beat. Very happy with the phone, camera keeps getting better with updates and I hope that before too long it will be as close to the flagships.
Honestly at this point, considering the latest update, I'm willing to buy this instead of the Oneplus 5T, that's how good it has become.
The camera recently got an update that improved it quite a bit, sadly tho it's still worse than the OP5T but not by much.
The build quality is amazing so is the overall hardware, the software speed is super fast, the screen is just stunning and the battery life is great.
Tho saying that it still has a few bugs, but the constant updates that are being released by the dev team has me assured that everything will easily be fixed. Also Oreo is soon to be released with a second Oreo beta version being released this month.