Results: Essential Phone gets toppled by OnePlus

So, while the Essential Phone aspired to be a high-class, premium device, it sadly stumbled as it was stepping out of the door for the first time. It's a good phone, sure, but it didn't gather as much interest as it should've and its starting price of $699 quickly started to tumble down the tier list. Now, it's pinned at $449.

On the other hand, OnePlus has steadily been building a reputation of making great bang-for-the-buck smartphones, which it calls “flagship killers”. The OnePlus 5T, the newest entry, starts at $499, so about $50 more than the Essential Phone right now.

We thought we'd ask you — given the fact that these are similarly-priced, “affordable” flagships, which one would you get? Here's how that poll went:

Essential Phone or OnePlus 5T?

Essential all the way!
OnePlus 5T is where it's at!

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1. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

The OnePlus 5T has more of the essentials than the essential phone, including a headphone jack + decent camera. On top of that, it has the following going for it, so, it's no brainer: - OLED display - Official root/custom ROM support - 50 - 100% more RAM for better multitasking - Bigger battery and most likely longer battery life (presuming it's as awesome as what the OnePlus 5 offered, ) - Fastest charging on the market via DASH charge - Dual SIM support in every model

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 594; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

And most of all not some American company

12. Subie

Posts: 2445; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

How is being "not some American company" a positive for an oem? I'm just asking for clarification as your comment comes across as bigoted.

2. lostdaynight

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 2011

No surprise there. I picked up an Essential Phone when Sprint was basically giving them away with the $150 lease special, and I have no regrets. But they made so many mistakes upon launch and created a lot of bad first impressions. They're going to have to work hard with a lot of updates to fix that.

18. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Well if it's essential at $150 vs OP at $500 Everyone would go essential

3. sechinov

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

OnePlus is good

4. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I got an Essential Phone after the price decrease. I love the compact size, build quality, and battery life. Camera wont win any National Geographic photography awards but it's plenty fine for taking bathroom selfies and pictures of your dog.

6. Shubham412302

Posts: 594; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Votes tell a different story and the sales digit tells a different story.

7. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

How about NEITHER one. The OnePlus/Oppo went CHEAP on the 5/5T phones by NOT using a good OPTICALLY stabilized image sensor.

8. skyline88

Posts: 701; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

even if both are similarly-priced, i would still go for OnePlus anytime. it is just way better than the hopeless Essential

9. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

The essential phone would have been a hit if it was priced at $399 out of the gate instead of damn near being 700. That initial price point killed it from the beginning.

10. Jmar72

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

I'll admit essential messed up at launch. However, since the launch they have had like 10 updates for the camera. My phone had an issue and they addressed it asap. In terms of being on the ball, essential has been working it. The build quality, is probably the best I've seen for a first effort. Is the OnePlus camera better??? I guess so, but they've had four year to work in it so they should. I love both company's and the fact they are giving us something high quality at an affordable price. To me essential is the American version of OnePlus. We need more like them they are both customer driven. And there is nothing wrong with Essential being an American company. Isn't Android/google American? Wasn't Android founded by an American, Andy Rubin?? I hate ignorance. This is about consumerism. These two company's represent that.

11. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Of course Oneplus 5T

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

No AMOLED, notch, big chin, and buggy software despite it's bare stock android.

14. Syracuse

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Didn't regret a single day I picked the 5T.

15. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

What i hate about the essential phone is the dumb screen pixel count. It doesnt have exactly a 1440p screen because of the notch. Because of that it will not allow 1440p youtube count

16. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Essential ftw, asthetics is the most important thing for me. Oneplus is ugly and boring as 98% of worlds phones.

17. Oculus

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Oneplus is ok , Essential is sexier though. As far as "some American Company" not sure what to say about that ! Oneplus is only a recycling of another phone anyway .

19. dasman66

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2017

What seals the deal for me? Essential works with all US carriers, the OP doesn't. I have to go verizon in my area, which means Essential.

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