The Essential Phone: yay or nay?

The Essential Phone: yay or nay?
So, the Essential Phone was revealed today — a powerful flagship of a smartphone with an all-screen front, a titanium and ceramic body, a magnetic connector for modules on its back. Announced to be designed to serve the user through and through, it's said that it will be fully unlocked and will not have any sort of pre-installed bloat. Additionally, it's supposed to "play nice" with competitor's smartphones, as Mr. Andy Rubin's main drive to found Essential was his discontent with how 21st-century tech is still relatively closed off from communicating with its own ecosystem.

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!
35.48%
I am mildly interested.
46.02%
Nah, not into it.
18.5%

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26 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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...

2. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The essential phone seems to be missing the essentials.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Like global availability. NA and China all get the goodies first.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I really like the 360 camera attachment for $50 extra.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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)

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Maybe they are a premium brand...heck they're even using premium materials that 'others' failed to utilize. Even the renders of their home assistant look better than what's currently out there.

24. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

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.

26. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

are you drunk ? how in the world do you get a vertu phone for $700 ?

4. NoAllegiance unregistered

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.

5. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

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

20. Alter

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

No headphone jack means I vote "not into it".

6. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Uglier than Pixel and iphone 7+.

21. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Nothing is uglier than the Pixel, and the iPhone 7+ is not far off Pixel when you put it near the other 2017 flagships...:)

7. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It is interesting but too big for me personally.

22. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So a phone the size of the Galaxy S7, a 5.1" phone, is too big for you ? Well...you are in a very small minority.

8. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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...

9. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Bingo! we have a winner.

10. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

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.

11. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Another failed behemoth android phablet.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Nope.

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The essential phone is not so "essential" after all. Maybe next time.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Too early for me to decide... but it's a "nay" for the time being.

19. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

If it was a different OS I would be all over it but Lagdroid? heck no.

23. Ocr22

Posts: 29; Member since: May 12, 2017

Yes iPhone arena This phone looks awesome! Much better specs than the iPhone can't wait to see it in person!

25. strawhat67

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Stupid name

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