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Essential Phone receives a new update that actually makes it usable

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Sep 2017, 04:58

Essential has just released an update that's supposed to bring “improved performance and bug fixes,” as well as the September security patch. One other issue that might be fixed by applying the latest update is related to the screen responsiveness, which is not as consistent as it should...

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posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:00 9

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 6736; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


PA give 4 out of 10. A good way to burn all bridges.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:24

14. bucknassty (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


They need to redo that rating... i bet essential will give them a taste of change

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:16 1

18. Subie (Posts: 1381; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


PA's ratings are set for the reviewed test unit. Its doubtful they'll change it. A lot of people also said that PA should've given a new lower rating for the galaxy Note 7 on account of the recall, but that never happened.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:23

19. bucknassty (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


poor essential, i saw it at the sprint store and its got a weird haptic feedback feel

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:34

20. Subie (Posts: 1381; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


I have yet to see it myself. Hopefully they can fix some of their problems with a software update. Should've shipped with these problems solved though...

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:37

21. bucknassty (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


Its pretty nice, the little camera notch is something to get use to, but i think LG (better than sammy) and samsung did the borders best.... essential and iphone is just a little weird.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:56 1

22. Subie (Posts: 1381; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Yup, the notch is revolutionary now, but in ten years everyone will be saying "remember back when some phones had the stupid notch" ;)

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 12:58

23. tedkord (Posts: 14710; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I don't think many phones are going to adopt the notch for it to be remembered.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:09

2. SailfishOS (Posts: 106; Member since: 06 Nov 2016)


This phone deserves a 7/10 cause all problems are sofware issues. That can be fixed. The design is so good

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:21 4

6. jellmoo (Posts: 2108; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


The thing is, they can only really review the device as is. Which is a stick Android phone with top of the line guts and it lags. And that's after a two month delay in launching.

I hope software updates comes and fix the giant flaws, and I hope PA reviews it again afterwards. But there's no way that this device deserves a 7 as is.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:12 4

3. dubaiboy78 (Posts: 286; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


This is not iphone. Therefore 4.0 is enough! Iphonearena

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:49 2

9. Flash (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


You know they have given other phones good scores besides the iPhone?

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:00 2

12. jellmoo (Posts: 2108; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


To the same extent though? The last phone to score higher than a 9? The iPhone 7/Plus. Before that, the last phone to score higher than a 9? The iPhone 6S/Plus.

The last Android phone to score higher than a 9? The Galaxy S6/S6 edge. It's a little telling that in the last two years nothing has come close to the iPhone, and that you have to go back 2.5 years just to find a single Android handset with a comparable score.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:15 2

4. EC112987 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


I always take reviews from this site with a grain of salt. Im sure the phone has it's issues but giving it a 4 is laughable. The con list was also reaching. I hope they fix the software issues and this becomes a badass phone.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 05:35

5. w1000i (Posts: 127; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


So, you updated the phone score ?

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:34

7. DFranch (Posts: 263; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


So, maybe they will give it a 4.5 now.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:43

8. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 323; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


My questions is how does ANY product or device get RELEASED FOR SALE in crappy condition? Why does everything need an update or patch just to make it how it should've been from the start?

Are quality assurance testers drunk or on drugs when they test things these days?

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:52 1

11. jellmoo (Posts: 2108; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Because in a case like this, the company is rolling on VC and they want an RoI really, really fast. Handsets sitting in a warehouse cost you money, they don't make you money. This isn't the case of a Samsung or Apple that has tons of revenue streams and can roll on.

It sucks for consumers, but sometimes a company needs to push product out in an inready state just to survive the short term. Unfortunately, when reviews like the one here (and in other places) come out, long term survivability comes into question.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 07:51 3

10. Flash (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


I think it's fair if PA revisit the score. IIRC, the S8 had issues right out of the box including the infamous lag.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:03

17. southernzombie (Posts: 160; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


Here we go again.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 13:01 2

24. tedkord (Posts: 14710; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yep. He just can't get over the S8 being rated the best phone available, so he'll do what he always does in defense of his beloved - try to spread disinformation. He tried to get traction for "gapgate" and "pengate" on the Note 4 to shift focus away from iPhones bending in front pockets. It didn't work, but boy did he try.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 13:17

25. southernzombie (Posts: 160; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


Lets not forget antenna gate and apples "you're holding it wrong response"

posted on 15 Sep 2017, 10:24

27. Flash (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


That was nearly 7 years ago. Let it go.

posted on 15 Sep 2017, 10:25

28. Flash (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Triggered much, tedkord? You are still in denial despite overwhelming evidence. Btw, tedkord never even owned the S8.

posted on 15 Sep 2017, 10:23

26. Flash (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


I speak the truth.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:02

13. PhoneInQuestion (Posts: 195; Member since: 20 Aug 2017)


Can Phonearena's staff get rotated so their reviews are actually readable?

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:38

15. urbanrunner (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Sep 2017)


i own this phone, and am pretty satisfied. Unfortunately the phone came shipped with a cracked back, but i already got a replacement. I received update and it works fine. Its not flashy and have a bunch of advanced features, but thats why i like it. I sold my s8+ and got this. Camera is ok, and it keeps getting better with updated (got an update last week for that). They are a new company and have some hiccups, but generally pretty good with responses and updates. On the other hand i have an HTC U11 sent to HTC for repair on 7/11/2017, and it still has not come back, and they wont give me an ETA, update, money back, or replacement. SO THUMBS UP TO ESSENTIAL FOR TAKING CARE OF TEHRI CUSTOMERS. F**K HTC FOR LEAVING ME...I HOPE I DONT HAVE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AgAINST THEM FOR MY $649 i paid

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:50

16. NexusX (Posts: 577; Member since: 16 May 2013)


is essential paying you? because you are giving up water resistance, wireless charging, sd card, decent camera for a half-baked product. not to mention a phone was cracked in shipment says alot about its future durability. i'd be regretting this purchase

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