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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    really nice

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    Bought this the other day just because I could. I've used many many phones, currently using Galaxy S8 as work, bought this Essential phone to try on my personal number. Had it 5 days, so far I really like it. It is probably the nicest phone to hold in the hand that i've had, perhaps only the iPhone 5 was better to hold without a case. The square edges are great. I also absolutely love the fact that when I set it up, there are no apps I didn't want on the phone. Its clean, only android. No signing into a manufacturer account, no carrier apps, nothing. I added only what I want. Easiest phone set up ever. Display is beautiful. Galaxy S8 has richer color, and blacker blacks, but I still have issues with the S8 curved edges reflecting light, especially watching video. Essential phone has a nice flat screen, and is a delight every time I unlock the phone. Camera is not up to par with the S8. (This is why I carry an S8. For the camera) But Essential camera is not bad by any means, and in fact some photos I like better than the S8. Essential phone is fast, very smooth to operate. Fingerprint sensor is fast although I wish it wasn't quite as flush as it is, sometimes hard to find. I believe the fingerprint sensors on Huawei phones are the best and fastest I've used, but the Essential is very good. Certainly better positioned than the fingerprint sensor on the S8. At its current price, this Essential phone is outstanding, in my opinion. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. No regrets. (wish it had a headphone jack though....)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Forget the Note 8 and iPhone X this phone is amazi

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    I bought the Essential phone a week ago and it is by far one of my favorite all time phones. That's over the iPhone X (which I just returned) and the Note 8 ( which I sold for this phone). With updates they have fixed the old issues. Don't go off of the two month old reviews. They are no longer relevant. This phone is lightening fast once you turn on Developer mode. It also has LTE+ which brings in almost 100mbps speed with full signal. The camera works great. OIS is not there but it has the option to stabilize the video in edit mode. Which corrects the issue. I have owned every major flagship device and I would not waste anyone's time if I didn't like this phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Quick and nice

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    This is my first real smartphone so don't judge me. I thought it would be nice to finally upgrade and have wanted stock Android for years. First I use TracFone and it works perfectly, you'll need a nano SIM card, I am using the at&t one. Second it took me 2 hours to move everything to this phone and do the three system updates and one camera update on the Google play store, you can see two photos I attached. Coming from a TracFone standard phone there's no competition, essential is awesome. It's fast, fluid and runs anything I try. I tried a few other phones like s8, lg G6, Moto z2 and iPhone and couldn't feel a difference so I got the cheapest stock phone and couldn't be happier. Currently using a IQ shield screen protector, let it dry 12 hours and is perfect as well. Hope Bestbuy finds a case for this before I drop it, hate to scratch it, so pretty. Hope this helps anyone looking for a great phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solid Build/Solid Perforance

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    The 2017 flagship device is titanium and ceramic...it has the latest Android version with the latest security patch and will receive Android Q. Has a massive QHD display 85% screen to body ratio, 128GB storage and 4GB ram paired with a Snapdragon 835, 3040mah battery with an included 27 watt charger (USBC to USBC)All this for less than the price of a mid-range 2018 device with far, far less specs. At the clearance price of 374 or less it's a major, major go...oh and compatible with ALL netowrks and their mvnos. The only negative imo is lack of a headphone jack.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Definitely worth the investment

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    Package came on time. The phone was exactly how it was described. Everything is working great. Finger print scanner is very fast and accurate. Camera is very good. It was designed more for low light settings and is definitely good. I have found no drawbacks whatsoever. Here is a sample of what the camera can do

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The Essential PH-1 is an incredible phone!

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    I have an Essential PH-1 that I absolutely love. The phone is fast, powerful and doesn't have the bloatware many phones have. It's great!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This is not new,

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    This is not new, is open box phone, and no instruction manual, film have same dirty stuff

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Essentially Flawed

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    Let's start by clarifying that I really wanted to like this phone and was looking forward to it since the day it was announced. Unfortunately, it's nothing but a big disappointment and here is my brief review. This is undoubtedly one the best looking phone I have ever seen. Both front and back are a work of art that speak perfection in design and engineering. No one can argue that. The added weight, while making it a bit heavier than similarly-sized phones, isn't that bad and again serves to make the phone feel more premium. Pros: - Beautiful design - front and back are gorgeous - Display is beautiful - colors are crisp and brightness is great even in direct sunlight - Software is obviously clean and super fast (with minor issues - see cons) - Battery life is great - easily capable of going 7am - 10am on moderate use with plenty of power left - Cell reception is strong - never noticed an issue Cons: - Camera. Camera experience is HORRIBLE. It's as bad as reviewers have stated. I got the latest update that Essential made a big deal about (blogged about it) and it's still bad. First of all, app is SUPER slow and crashes 50% of the time for me. It's frustrating because you'll bring out your phone and want to bring up the app to capture something only to be met with a crashed app or just super slow to switch to video. Second of all, additional features don't exist. It's as basic as what a Nokia phone provided 15 years ago. No manual mode. No advanced mode. No settings whatsoever (except geo tagging and shutter sound). Lastly, picture quality is OK at best, but no where near the quality of a Pixe, Sammy or iPhone. People are saying "it's good enough for me", but I have no idea what that means. Why would you spend this much money on a phone for "good enough"? Color is surprisingly good, but that's about it. - Haptic Feedback. Vibration motor is something from a 2010 phone. It's just bad. It's weak and not accurate in the least bit. It just gives the phone a cheap feel. If the haptic feedback on the iPhone 7 is a 10 and Samsung is a 6, this is a -10. Trust me, it's just bad. - While phone is overall speedy, it does crash and hang a lot. It just feels like an early beta version of the software. You can definitely feel the lag while typing - it's not as accurate with input. - Buttons. The close proximity of the volume down button to the power button will cause you to accidentally press it. More annoyance than anything. - Ear Speaker. I get the need for the way it's designed, but unfortunately that means that you can't hold the phone that way you're used to and it takes a lot of adjustments and pressing on your ear to get it right. -Loud Speaker. Super loud but no the clearest by any measure. Notice that I haven't made any mention of the lack of a headphone jack or waterproofing because while that's unfortunate, I knew that before buying the phone and it didn't matter to me. What really did it for this phone and is causing me to return it is #1 horrible camera performance and #2 horrible camera performance. Yes, Essential has come out and said it'll get better with updates, but when was the last time a horrible camera performance went from bad to great for any phone. Sorry, not going to risk being stuck with the phone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Smooth, gorgeous design

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    First thing is the software, it's completely stock with zero bloat outside of essentials own camera app. I had 2 updates when I turned the phone on that improved performance and the camera plus the September security update. I'd expect a timely update to 8.0 Oreo with this phone. Hardware is phenomenal. The mirror finish on the back ceramic is eye catching and even though it collects tons of smudges (as does all recent phones with glass/shiny backs) it wipes off way easier than glass. It is slick and a P.S.A. there are zero cases for this phone anywhere. So have that in mind when you buy it. Although it should withstand a drop better than the all glass/aluminum Samsung. Titanium can take a beating. The LCD display is pretty dang good to my eyes. Whiter whites than the note 8 I have sitting right next to it. Zero light bleed when viewing a black screen. But, if I were on the essential team id of gone with an OLED panel instead of LCD, just for them deeper blacks. But with that said this screen is as good as it gets with LCDs. The phone is smooth and I've had zero hiccups or lag. I'm using a T-Mobile SIM and I have VOwifi and VOlte. Doesn't have band 71 (600mghz) but that doesn't bother me as my area won't have that for some time. Great phone for the non-fan boy of the major players in this market.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    BMW of cell phones...

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    Wrapped in premium titanium, the Essential PH-1 is by far the phone to beat when it comes to best in class all around quality, style, and design. Under the hood, is the all-valve Snapdragon 835, that runs buttery smooth in the PH-1 paired with stock Android. Although, the phone lacks the gimmicks and tricks found on other flagship phones, once you test-drive the PH-1, you will come to appreciate the unbeatable performance and elegance of this phone and what it does offer far greater. Essential is committed to the success of this device and has implemented several software updates. The camera performance has greatly improved since launch through the software updates. Additionally, Essential has stated they will soon roll out another software update to include a Portrait mode with more updates to come. Of course, it would have been a win/win had all of those updates happened prior to launch, but even Apple and Samsung roll out updates for their OS. The difference there being, price point. Performance and battery life has been outstanding and far greater than any iPhone or Samsung device that I have previously owned. Call quality is great and the interface of the phone is well above par. I have not experienced any call drops nor issues with Bluetooth or WiFi. If there were one feature I wish this device did have, it would be wireless charging. However, in my opinion, wireless charging is purely a convenience that came about due to many devices being in constant need of a power source and is a perk rather than a must have. For me, I believe this feature will soon be an afterthought, given the strong battery life of the PH-1. Bottom line...all around, this is an excellent and very professional device and is akin to owning a BMW. Perfect to drive minus a few bells and whistles...then again, perfect to drive nonetheless.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very Nice Phone Small Size Big Screen

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    The only thing holding me back from giving this phone a 5-star rating is the camera app. The latest update has improved it a lot. I just used Open Camera in its' place until the last camera update. Now the Stocked Camera app is usable. The fit and finish of the phone are amazing. It feels great in your hand and the ceramic back creates friction with your hand. This phone does not feel slippery at all.The Software is very polished after yesterdays Firmware update. I was using S7+ and then an iPhone 7+ which both are much larger with a smaller screen and slippery phones. The PH-1 screen is completely usable in sunlight. It is a very nice display! The fingerprint button works much better than the iPhone. My headphones are Bluetooth so I don't care about a missing headphone jack. There is an audio adapter included in the box but I don't use it all. I am a die hard Windows Mobile fan and have finally found a comparable phone and OS in my opinion. The Microsoft software integrates great with this phone. Cortana is my default Assistant and she communicates with my PC to keep me productive. The frequency of updates from the Essential team is outstanding! Keep them coming. The 360 Camera will come in useful for my job. It's weird to me that the 360 Camera when attached has always worked great from the minute that I took the phone out of the box. The weird part is that the embedded camera's software wasn't usable at launch. The 360 Camera stays in focus the entire time and the audio that is captured is great. The file sizes are large. Uploading to YouTube works great and a 360view is seen by the user. I prefer to not use a case or screen protectors for my phones for personal reasons. I always carry a phone face first in my front pocket of my pants.I've had the phone for a week+ and there are 2 small scratches on the back and one was a diamond in a ring. That not bad at all in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Pure Android in a beautiful package

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    I did tons of research before buying the PH-1 and I was a little worried about some of the negative feedback on the device. Happy to say that 5 days in I have not experienced any of the issues people have mentioned. I was really missing my Nexus 6 with its smooth, pure Android experience and fast updates to software which usually feel like a free upgrade when they come. I had a free phone from work, a Galaxy S7 but the Samsung experience just isn't for me. When Samsung was unlocked and I could slap a ROM on top of the hardware that was fine but my GS7 was to jittery, slow and buggy for my tastes. I turned to the Essential for the return to Pure Android but without the massive heft of the Nexus 6 (Which we still use for a business phone, and it works great). So far I am extremely impressed with the PH-1. As widely reported, the hardware is simply the best. Everyone that sees the phone is immediately impressed and it is just great to hold and behold. It is a slippery bugger however and it will slide and fall off of just about anything FYI. The display is fantastic to my eyes with gorgeous, vibrant colors at every turn. The fingerprint scanner is outstanding, a massive improvement over the GS7. I had basically abandoned the GS7 fingerprint sensor due to the failure rate. I also had to set up several prints of the same finger for the GS7 in the hopes of recognition. With the PH-1, I set up 3 different fingers so that I can grab the phone from either hand in different positions and still unlock right away. Setup was fast and accurate as is the sensor in action. Just lift the device and notifications and activity pop up right away. A quick swipe of the finger and you are unlocked and ready to go. It also functions as a notification slider during normal use. Nice touch. The software is extremely minimal, just basic Android nothing extra at all. The phone comes with about a dozen apps installed, the rest is up to you which is fine. Make the device yours, add what you need. There is an app for about anything you could ever want including any Samsung feature you could think of so don't worry about missing any bells and whistles you may have been used to. So far I have yet to experience a stutter, lag or crash. This has been by far the smoothest device that I have ever used. Perfection. And Oreo is in Beta, coming soon. The speaker is surprisingly loud and clear. I had to turn down the notification volume, it was obnoxious. A good problem to have. Bluetooth seems to be working flawlessly as well with clearly better quality streaming music to my vehicle than the GS7. The USB C to 3.5 adapter seems to produce quality sound as well although the output is a bit low and bass lean for my tastes. The GS7 definitely had more power and bass although the PH-1 has more refinement and a cleaner sound. I plan on getting some high quality earbuds and there are audio enhancing apps for USB C that should get me where I need to be with the USB C audio out volume and bass. Or the device could be rooted and Viper for Android installed but I am not sure if I will go that route. Expert reviews state that the USB C DAC that was included is a quality unit capable of producing well above average sound. Such units tend to require higher end components attached to take advantage, hence my need for upgraded ear buds. I am a lifelong musician so I am actually looking forward to the excuse of upgrading anyway. Another big point of contention on this phone are the cameras. So far I can't complain. As good as the best out there? Definitely not. But I have already received an update that added some functionality to the camera app and it is a snap to install the Pixel camera app which I have already done in case the stock app falters. The camera launches quite quickly using the double press of the power button. The images I have captured so far have been clear and detailed and hold up pretty well under zoom. The GS7 is the clear winner here but the PH-1 is brand new. Samsung has had many years to refine their camera game. The front camera also takes detailed, clear shots. I will say that color reproductions does seem a hair off in some situations on the PH-1. The most important thing for me is that I can launch and quickly capture a good photo whenever I want to. Essential does seem committed to improving the experience as well with Portrait Mode included with a recent update. OS and Camera app updates have been frequent and effective from what I understand. Worth mentioning is the added function of modularity. The 360 Camera is available (I will be receiving one shortly). Hopefully if Essential succeeds more mods will come in the future. A cool concept that Motorola is doing now. One thing that has been a bit hard to get used to is having the volume up and down and power buttons all on the same side of the phone and the power button on the bottom. I find that array a bit odd and sometimes I miss the mark. Adjust volume when I don't want to etc. Another complaint is that the package includes a charger and quality charging cable however that cable is USB C to USB C, leaving you with no cable to transfer files from your PC to the generous 128GB of storage on the device. I had to order cables from Amazon for that purpose. Not cool. Not expensive, but not cool. Also no earbuds included which most phones do come with. At the price the phone is now selling for it is hard to complain but at the original $700 price tag, hard to swallow. I had 1 interaction with Essential support so far and I received a same day reply to a failure message that I saw for the Essential audio driver. I received a detailed, logical explanation. The problem has not resurfaced. Another complaint I had heard about was signal strength and various issues with the Verizon network. I have not had any of these problems. Actually yesterday, I was doing remote tech support work for a customer. I was on the phone on an HD call, using the phone as a Hotspot to run my laptop connected to the customers network through a VPN and running various tasks in their servers. File transfer was not possible with that connection but otherwise I had no issues and the laptop was moving faster than I would have imagined. Battery life compared to my GS7 is radically better, and supposedly that is not a strength of the PH-1. I am easily making it through a full day with no issues. This is with streaming music, GPS usage, Web searches, emails, texts, videos,phone calls etc. So far so good. In summary, buy this device if you want a very fast,silky smooth experience on a beautiful piece of hardware that gives you a huge screen in a small form factor. I am choosing to support Essential. The big guys need this kind of competition and so far I am a big fan. And as always, excellent service from Best Buy on this transaction.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Close to perfection

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    Let me start off by saying that I am a person who obsesses over perfection for what I spend my money on. Whether it is going out to eat or a cell phone. I expect to get what I put my money into. . With cell phones I expect a few things for the money that I am paying. First off it needs to be durable. Most people, myself included need to know that this device can last over a two year contract without a accident setting us back. I know it is unreasonable for a small device that is held in pockets, purses, and going everywhere with accident prone beings is difficult. Second the hardware needs to perform well for a few years. 3rd my phone is mine. I am paying hundreds of hard earned dollars for a device I should have what I want on it when I want and how I want. I do not like bloatware, adds I did not ask for, or any other company plugging and smearing their face all over that device. Finally a phone that software continues to update, improve, and make my device feel like new (or as close as it can with how fast technology rolls) for at a minimum 2 years if not more. No, this is not a perfect phone. But I have never held a device so close to it. The build quality on this is second to none. I have purposely dropped this phone from a height of 20 feet on its corner and there was not a scratch, dent, or any glass out of place. The ceramic back, titanium sides, and Gorilla Glass 5 help up perfectly. I did many more drop tests on this device from lower heights and various angles and it still looks perfect and everything functions as it should. Yes the full front side display and almost 0 bevel is cool. You can read that review anywhere. But this thing can take a beating and with no case to add to it. Making it perfect for those people whos life involves a durable device that can go through a lot of rough times. The only part with durability that I have not liked is the lack of water proofing/resistance. However as much of a bummer as that is I am sure a waterproof or water resistant case will come by way of a 3rd party soon enough if they don't already have one. The hardware seems really nice one this. The processor has no lag even when I have numerous apps going at once. I tried heavy games and streamed movies and music or anything to bog it down and I couldn't. I had about 20 things downloading, movies going, and apps going at once and it was like greased lightning. So now to the elephant in the room. The camera. Yes before the update it seemed like a camera from a year or two ago. However, since they updated it the camera preforms just fine, even in low light. My buddy has a Pixel XL and yes on his screen they looked better. But when we uploaded them to a pc and compared ours side to side they were almost identical. Most of what I wanted to fix was due to software which can be updated by 3rd party apps. Nothing big at all. As for the whole phone being "mine" this phone was PERFECT! It was such a bare bones phone with so much space I have been able to put what I want how I want with absolutely no issues. It was honestly the first time I got a device that did this, and all of my family, friends, and co workers were shocked by it. As for the software again it is as bare bones as they come. But I get updates that aren't intrusive to what I want to do to the device. It just improves it without intruding. This is the one and only time I or anyone I know have not been annoyed by updates. This phone does have some flaws like any device out there. It is not quite perfect by any means. The waterproofing needs to be fixed and yes the proper software to get the most out of the camera should have been out of the box. But since this is the first device Essential made it is nothing short of amazing. Yes, I want perfection in high end devices. Will I ever get it, probably not. But this one nailed most aspects on its first try and I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I can honestly say that this device feels like it can go for a long time without feeling out of date and you will definitely get your money's worth.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great design, size, performance

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    The design of this phone is incredible, it's no compromise, you get a phone about the size of the smaller iPhone but a screen larger than the Plus. Performance is excellent and stock Android is a breath of fresh air when compared to what Samsung and LG put on their phones. Only downside is the camera is only slightly above average. But the 360 degree is very cool and has great quality. Overall, unless you need the very best camera, this is a big recommend. Especially at this price, it's almost half the price of the iPhone and Note.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Perfect

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    With most of my smartphone experience being on Android, I was letdown to say the least with all the typical inconsistencies and experiences I had over the years. The last year or so I was using an iPhone and pretty much got used to iOS and incorporating the features and nuances to my workflow day in and day out but missed the freedom of Android dearly. Being an avid Android enthusiast and devouring any bit of Essential phone news I can find since it was initially announced, it was hard to resist at least trying it before committing to the iPhone further with the recent iPhone 8 Plus. Going into the Sprint store and seeing the Essential phone their and having some quick hands-on time with it, I was immediately impressed with the hand-in feel. Having read countless reviews with so much high praise going to the build quality, I was in complete agreement after my time with it. The thought of such a high end Android phone and with the backing of Andy Rubin as the project's leader, it was very hard to pass up and I am so glad I didn't pass on it. It was definitely an Ahhh moment when I opened to box, I probably put too much emphasis on presentation but I am so glad I'm not the only one that obsesses over small details. The unboxing tells you that this is a special device and Essential took extra care in making sure you know that they thought so too. The build quality is unlike any other phone I've held and I have about a dozen high end phones from every smartphone era dating back to 2007 and smartphone platform. Also details like the beautiful braided USB-C charging cable with metal end caps and the metal 27W charging brick, you rarely if ever see such attention being paid to the included accessories. Build quality, presentation aside, focusing on the phone and how it is to use. For me for the most part, it is a joy to use. Running as pure Android as you will find (Pixel isn't pure AOSP Android anymore like Nexus was), everything is generally smooth and fast. Having the latest Snapdragon 835 will do that and a 2017 standard for RAM at 4GB is also good enough for most anything you wanna throw at it. Those who have complained about camera quality and camera speed, I will say first off that I am not a heavy camera user on a smartphone, only taking pictures on occasion so the best camera isn't a high requirement for me, if it is to you, you may want to look at the LG V30 or the S8/S8+, Pixel or iPhone. Overall usability to me is far more important and being able to quickly transition between apps/screens is a joy to experience on a device with no bloatware to speak of, just clean Android as Andy Rubin intended with this device. If build quality, up to date Android releases, a fast, fluid UI experience are things you value then you can't go wrong with the Essential.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great phone ,Great Price

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    I bought this phone a week ago. I had the S8, but found it too big and would slide out of my pocket. So I want the larger screen but in a small form factor. Did much research and came across the Essential phone. Thie history of the phone is interesting. Company formed by the Android creater Rubin. Focused on hardware. Appears they rushed the phone out too soon as software had issues. Reviews initially ripped it for having bad camera software. However all reviews loved the quality of the hardware. Within the first two months 2 things have occurred. One, they have pushed out 3to4 firmware fixes and two, they lowered the price. So again you have great hardware and a fix for the software issues including the camera for a price point of 499. Hardware wise you are getting a device with 128gb of internal memory, snapdragon 435 processor which is the best out there. A ceramic back, titanium sides and gorilla 5 glass on the front. This thing can withstand drops. Overall a beautiful device. I went with the white back and really like it. The phone weighs about an ounce more than most phones, but has a nice feeling in the hand. When you hold this phone you will sense how solid it is Just another little thing I like is that it can stand on its side. This is great for watching videos or taking pictures As far as software it is a pure android device. No bloatware, no apps you have to delete. This allows the phone to run extremely smooth. It is currently running Android 7, but it appears they are testing Android 8 and hope to have out in a few weeks One last note. Most of the larger phones slip out of my pocket because of how tall they are. This Essential is of a size in which it will not slip out, but also can fit in normal size pocket sideways. Therefore no chance in popping out The Essential is pretty much the same size as the new iPhone X. However there in no large notch on the top of the screen, no strange gestures to get around, no large price tag to pay and it has a fingerprint scanner. Do your selfs a favor and check out this phone. You will be glad you did.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This is a great phone

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    I have waited to write my review when you first get a phone it usually takes you sometime to get used to it. When I purchased this phone I never had seen the phone before I was going on what I had read online and seen in videos. I purchased the phone from Best buy they had them at the time I purchased it. When you hold this phone in your hand it feels like you are holding something of great quality it is solid the phone even feels cool to the touch even after hours of use it never gets hot . The best quality phone in my opinion . After 4 weeks with the phone I can say there is very little to complain about performance is outstanding fast smooth ,not sure why it got such bad reviews. Now for the few things I don't like , The cameras getting better but not that bad it's got a wonderful portrait mode that is really cool , and work's wonders lol I look a few days younger , and I quess it could have had a headphone jack but they do give you the adapter in the box .I just leave it connected to my earbuds. I think that there many of phones out there this is something different and that's what I like the most job well done Essential I paid $500 for the phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Phone, good software, awesome battery

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    I finally picked this device up after a huge price drop; down to $500. My first impression was that the phone looks amazing, and the feel is different than most phones I have owned, aside from a older Moto X a few years ago. It is slippery with a light grip, but if you hold it with a more firm grip, it is not slippery. There are very few cases, and most that I tried to order online are not available until January 2018. It is not a concern as the phone is tough. I have dropped it once on to tile and found no damage at all. The software is stock android with small differences like the camera app, which is not very good. I installed the Google camera app and it improved the photo quality dramatically. Everything else is the same as my now dead Nexus 5X. The battery is amazing, and I am being completely serious, no hyperbole. I use it all day at work and get home with 40% nearly everyday. Some days the battery is in the 60% range and I do not believe I have gone one day with worry of a dead battery. I have even forgotten to plug it in at night and still made it through the next work day with no problem. Charges fast, last forever, and the speaker is really loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Pure Android

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    This is a very nice phone. It is a purer android experience than my Nexus 5x was. The phone got some bad reviews about the camera. The Essential team has addressed and fixed the camera. It is a very good looking phone and a delight to hold in your hand. With 128 GB's of storage 4 GB's of ram and a 835 Snapdragon processor. This phone is very powerful and for $499.00 it is a bargain. The phone is actually smaller than my Nexus 5X, yet it has a larger screen. There is a coming update to Android 8.0. It is also compatible with most US carriers AT&T, T Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent phone, a few minor 'things'

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    Bought this phone using "trade in trade up" gift cards, and I have to say I love it. It has a few things that are buggy if you like to customize the phone (lockscreen, etc etc). PROS: -No bloatware (excellent!) -Fast interface -Frequent security updates -Small phone WITH large screen CONS: -Stock interface has a hard time integrating with customization apps (launchers, lock screen apps, etc) Other thoughts: The lock screen (swipe security only) takes a VERY long swipe up the screen to actually unlock the phone; from the bottom just past the center line of the phone...which is extremely inconvenient when unlocking with small hands or with your thumb that does not have a ton of reach top to bottom. The screen itself is excellent, beautiful picture quality and phenomenal brightness...to the point that when I am reading in the Kindle app at night, I have to put on a dimmer overlay because the 0% brightness is STILL too bright (not a bad thing at all). The outside finish of the phone is gorgeous, instead of a standard case I ended up getting a clear TPU case so that I could keep most of the look of the phone, while still not worrying about it sliding off of anywhere I set it. It has a nice feature to swipe up/down on the fingerprint scanner to show/hide notifications, which is very useful to me (I am used to the LG V10 with the butttons etc on the back). So other than a few things that are mostly preference rather than actual bugs, it is a great phone!

    I would recommend this to a friend