Essential Phone Review

There is more to the Essential PH-1 (PH-one, phone, we see what they did there) than mere simplicity, but it is a good place to start. The beginning of such journeys usually reveal areas that need some improvement and refined development, and that is the case here.
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134 Comments

66. truthbetold

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

A 4 is a perfectly realistic rating given the circumstances. After all, this is Essential's first device and they don't have a billion-dollar marketing budget that accounts for flying reviewers to San Francisco for product reveals and sitting them in fancy hotels. It seems to me that the biggest mistake Essential made was to skip PhoneArena when they were giving out free review units. I don't particularly care about this phone - I can just see a pattern in PA's grading system that keeps favoring big names and presents the faults and strengths of devices selectively.

68. w1000i

Posts: 238; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

We will see how much iphone 8 will get (same as the old phone in 85% )

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

A 4 rating? Ouch! But some of these cons should have been for other phones prior to this one, as well. Fair is fair.

75. mike2959

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

It's not the OEM fault. It's Android. Look I left Apple once again for Android and I'm about to go back. After 3 months with the 8+ battery is once again crap. The operating system is just terrible. The phone is slow. Yes I've cleared system cache and even did a factory reset. It's not Samsung. There's very little bloat most can be removed. The operating system is built on a platform of years of just jumbled crap. No I don't want to root. I just want it to work like it did the day out of the box. Android fan boys just tell me it's not possible.

121. srgonu

Posts: 522; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Neither my iPad worked like the day I took it out of the box. Do you want my iPad2 in exchange for your S8+?

77. southernzombie

Posts: 353; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I'm not arguing with the results of this review by any means as it was based on his particular experience with the device. I haven't bothered looking up other reviews for it yet because I'm not terribly interested in getting it anyways, but for those of you that may have read other reviews, are the reviews generally about the same? Or do the other reviews have the same complaints?

79. A_A_A

Posts: 221; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

PA forgot to mention no 3.5 jack...

80. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Reviewer should get fired. Like if you agree.

82. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

WOW a 4?!.....Surprised it got that high. Nothing essential about this phone.

84. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Holy sh*t....whaaaaaat! Honestly though, from reading reviews from every day users in other sites' comment sections...a vast majority haven't been too happy with theirs.

90. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

four pages full of positive remarks and a rating of 4?!

97. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

4 is a very low rating .. Phonearena is punishing Andy Rubin for deciding to build a new phone :D

98. gggrohit

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

Essential phone is slippery, heavy and the worst thing is....it gathers dust in the earpiece and clearly becomes visible. It's messes the beauty of the phone as well as disrupts earpiece sound.

113. bigmel314

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 11, 2009

#hatehard lol

117. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Wow this is brutal.

122. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

very bad review !!

123. rakhinesmn

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

Phonearena rating is 4 User rating is 9 So much different, who is failing. Phoenarena or Users?

126. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

User rating is based on one review. Andy Rubin himself perhaps?

124. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This looks to me like a review especially designed to minimize the Essential Phone's value compared to the iPhones. All other reviewers love the phone, minus the cameras. This review doesn't even have the battery life graph for the Essential, why ? Because it is actually better than the iPhones in this area.

125. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

So, essentially this phone is crap.

127. Muckylogun

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

That or phonearenas review is crap, I'm going with the latter,

128. fyah_king unregistered

I have this phone and I think it deserves 8.7.

129. themobileupdates

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Wow nice . loved the phones and review.

130. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

put the fruit logo on this, and it will get 9.5 score

131. iboyamato

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 19, 2017

Just an amazing idea to create a phone like that but the execution isn't the best as far as we could see. I am very optimistic and willing to buy if they listen to reviews and correct the down sides. Battery User interface liquidity Photo quality optimization IP68 etc etc

132. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

This review should really be updated. I know there were issues at the beginning, but all the updates have corrected those. I've had my Essential Phone for a few months now and have really enjoyed the experience. The camera app is fine and the pictures are quite excellent. Operation is smooth and fast. With the price between $400-$500, it's really tough to beat.

133. Sicks

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 2018

So I actually have the phone and have been using it for 5 months now. I got it on a lease through Sprint. I told myself I'd never lease, rent, or buy a phone from my phone company ever again, but got such a good deal I couldn't pass it up. I should have... The processor is FAST it has tons of storage compared to anything else at the price point I paid. The camera problems are software based. It's easy to side load or legit load a new camera app from the play store. I have not had ANY problem with the OG app or a sided loaded camera app taking pictures, but I do not take selfies ever. I use my camera two or three times a week max. The screen is awesome. The ratio kills everything else. The small cut out for the camera is tiny and not distracting. The only problem is most apps don't utilize the entire screen. They usually go up to the camera cutout and stop. They don't go around it. It's bright, sharp, and really a great screen. If you use google voice as your phone number, do NOT buy this phone!! It will NOT work properly and Sprint's solution to this problem is to contact Google (yea right) or just don't use the app which is totally ridiculous if you use your google voice number like I do. NO ONE has my regular cell number. Cases, screen protectors, and other phone specific accessories are virtually non existent. I own the ONLY case made for it. It is actually a REALLY good case. If you use no case at all or skin, you will drop this phone. I do not drop phones. I probably dropped all my phones in the last 10 years less than 5 times total. I dropped the PH-1 3 times in the first DAY. It looks cool, but is impractical. I paid/am paying a total of $280 for the life of the lease. $280 = Definitely worth it! $400 is ok. I'd probably get a Moto G5S+ instead cheaper and own it outright with no contract/lease. For $700, you'd have to be stupid to buy this. I'd give the phone a 6 at least. Maximum of 7 as a rating. 4 is ridiculous.

134. pingus25

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2018

"That makes the 5.7-inch display appear deceptively small given the physical size of the Essential phone." This has to be one the most retarded thing I read this month, most likely this year and possibly ever.

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