In any case, it's a cool-looking handset that's gonna set you back about $700 whenever it happens to be released, and it might be a while — we haven't seen a physical version of the handset, just renders. So, are you interested?
The Essential Phone: yay or nay?
I can't wait to get my hands on it!
I am mildly interested.
Nah, not into it.
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I really like it as a proof of concept, and I think it has a ton of potential. I'm not so much into the complete elimination of bezels trend, but I definitely am interested in seeing it in action. I do have some serious concerns about the viability of the product from a financial standpoint though...
posted on May 30, 2017, 9:41 AM 7
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The essential phone seems to be missing the essentials.
posted on May 30, 2017, 9:46 AM 7
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Dead on arrival, a new company can't price their phone at $700 (unless they are a premium brand e.g. Vertu, Gresso). The resolution is very stupid IMO, they should've at least broke the 1440p barrier to alloq 1440p viewing and better VR experiences. I don't trust this brand to be able to optimise their device enough for that ~3000mAh battery to be good for long usage. Optimisation is a hard game, the Mi 6 has a 5.15in 1080p screen with a 3350 mAh battery yet it has worse battery life (Android Authority said 6hrs SOT and GSMArena give it an 80hr rating) than the S8+ which has a 6.2in 1440p+ screen with a 3500 mAh battery and yet I can get 8hrs SOT & GSMArena gave it an 88hr rating)
posted on May 30, 2017, 9:51 AM 2
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I don't know Frank, if essential strikes a deal with a retail store like Target or bestbuy it might put out some decent numbers. Looks are a pretty strong purchasing factor for the average consumer. If this thing was sitting under a display case with the HTC U and LG G6, I bet it would receive a lot of attention.
posted on May 30, 2017, 4:37 PM 0
It's a good interim phone to get before you get your hands on the LG V30, Note 8 or Pixel. But, I'd rather settle with the OnePlus 5, if it's under $550. Still, there is also the darkhorse from Nokia which I look forward to seeing once again.
posted on May 30, 2017, 10:10 AM 0
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it missed out a good oportunitiy to compete with th S8 an G6 by focusing on the "new stuff" that few people will use and not including thing like headphone jack or wireless charging. Still very good looking and powerful. The screen ratio makes me confused tho
posted on May 30, 2017, 10:15 AM 0
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Uglier than Pixel and iphone 7+.
posted on May 30, 2017, 10:18 AM 1
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It is interesting but too big for me personally.
posted on May 30, 2017, 10:32 AM 1
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It's just another android smartphone. If it wasn't designed by A.Rubin you would hardly read anything about it on tech blogs. Too many compromises to deserve that media attention. Kinda big and heavy, no expandable storage, small battery, no IP rating, easy to scratch back casing material, no 3,5mm headphone jack...
posted on May 30, 2017, 10:49 AM 2
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There are exactly two things that make me even a little interested in this: 128GB storage, and roughly the same size as an S7. S7 size is the biggest I want a phone to be. Having a microSD slot would be better than not, but 128GB is enough for me to ignore that.
posted on May 30, 2017, 11:07 AM 0
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Hell no. Besides the branding, brings nothing innovative to the table, and to make matters worse, it's lacking several "essential" features to make it even worthy of my consideration: - Stupidly ditches the 3.5 mm headphone jack - No MicroSD card slot - No water resistance
posted on May 30, 2017, 12:34 PM 3
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