The Essential Phone does the job, but you can do much, much better

23 sierpnia 2021 Autor claudettebalfour 0

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Update, May 24, 2018: Essential is reportedly scrapping the sequel to the Essential Phone reviewed here, and the company is said to be exploring a sale. 

The moment I picked up the Essential Phone, I fell in love.

That pleasingly hefty titanium body. Those slim bezels. The conspicuous lack of ugly branding. That mirror link alternatif sbobet88 finish. It immediately reminded me of the monolith from „2001: A Space Odyssey.” I just had to touch it.

But after nearly two weeks with the Essential PH-1 as my primary phone, the honeymoon is over. While the PH-1 is a worthy first effort, it has some serious flaws that keep it from fulfilling its promise to die-hard Android enthusiasts.

The short version: Essential feels rushed, and some of the phone’s most essential features are in shambles. In its hurry, Essential failed to give its bleeding-edge customers much to brag about, or many reasons to buy it over another phone. It’s hard to get behind it today. I’m hoping Essential can fix it tomorrow.

Update, February 2018: <a website taken a second look at the Essential Phone now that it’s had five months to mature — not to mention a $200 price cut which brings the total to just $500 (roughly £360 or AU$635). The good news? The phone’s camera app is totally usable, and it’s much better value for money now that it’s no longer competing with flagship phones. We’ve bumped its score slightly from 7.3 to 7.5 as a result.

The bad news: The Essential Phone’s camera still isn’t great — and there are still a number of glitches the company has yet to work out. That’s why we’re keeping this review mostly intact, although you’ll see some places where we correct sentences that are no longer accurate. You’ll want to read both this review and <a website new story to get the full picture before you consider one yourself.

Warning, May 24, 2018: Before buying, you should know there’s a credible report that Essential is in trouble — the company has reportedly canceled its second phone, and may put itself up for sale.

The Essential Phone’s all-screen front is stunning.

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What’s an Essential Phone, and how much does it cost?

Essential is the brainchild of Andy Rubin, the man widely recognized as the father of the Android operating system. A former Zeiss and Apple engineer, Rubin co-founded Android in 2003, sold it to Google in 2005 and ran the division until 2013, around the time Android finished shipping its first billion devices around the globe. So he’s kind of a big deal.

Rubin went dark for years, but when he resurfaced, it was with manifesto in hand — and a plan for a phone unlike any we’ve seen. No logos. No bloatware. Any cellular carrier. Guaranteed Android updates for two years. A modular phone with accessories — such as a 360-degree camera — that attach in an snap. A hybrid dual camera that promised better pictures in low light and a titanium frame that meant the phone wouldn’t need a case.