Deal: the Nextbit Robin cloud phone is $100 cheaper for a limited time
_Generally speaking, the smartphone arena has become a swirling vortex of similarity. Many new handsets look and feel formulaic and uninspired—as if their creators are too afraid to break the mold for fear of losing market share. To a degree, this apprehension is very understandable, for these companies are, after all, trying to sell as many handsets as possible. But as fierce fans of tech, we always appreciate a change from the usual schedule, and the squarish Robin from start-up Nextbit is unashamedly different. With a $400 asking price, it's also not too on the expensive side, though, for the next week, it'll be considerably cheaper.
Positioned as a heavily cloud-focused phone with some neat quirks, the Robin certainly doesn't shy away from attention. Along with the very obvious matter of its idiosyncratic design, it includes a few software adjustments atop Android Marshmallow, in-keeping with the overall look and feel of the handset. In our Nextbit Robin review, we were definitely impressed with some aspects of the device, though it was a little rough around the edges. But it's fair to say, we didn't get too much time to enjoy the device.
This is because, unfortunately, our Nextbit Robin unit overheated and ceased to function after the big recent software update. Though it had previously gotten pretty hot with general use and during the aforementioned review, we did not imagine that it would suffer a critical error and die on us.
Obviously, we understand that many of you will be put-off by the tragic tale of our model. But in defense of Nextbit and the Robin, our issue may have been an isolated one-off, rather than a general issue with the manufacturing of the device.
Whatever you decide, the Robin will be available for $299 through from 12AM PT on May 4th through May 10th, which is a tidy $100 off the usual price.