Using Essential Phone since April on daily basis, I don't regret purchase it yet. Since I got Android Pie (9) update, it improved the signal strength and camera a lot. Battery can last a day and half, but the fingerprint is not that responsive than my old HTC One A9.
Utricularwolf5, 13 Sep 2018There is an official update to android 9 it came out a few hours after the official stable bui... moreWell, I'm not talking about A9, I'm talking about the setting to allways use fullscreen, wich worked perfektly in A8.1, but after the upgrade, which I have, it's not there anymore. The Essential team have however mentioned that they are working with a fix.
I love my Essential Phone.
1. Essential Phone (128 GB/halo gray/unlocked)
2. LG G5 (32GB/silver/RS988 unlocked)
3. Apple iPhone SE (32GB/space gray/AT&T unlocked)
4. LG V20 (64GB/titan/T-Mobile H918 unlocked)
I love Android Pie. That's why Essential Phone is #1.
Norpan, 12 Sep 2018The Phone, yes. But for now it's only available with 8.1, when updating to 9 it disappeared. T... moreThere is an official update to android 9 it came out a few hours after the official stable build was released to pixel devices
If you can't get it then that would just be your carrier that you are on but if you want to bypass that all you have to is factory reset your phone with the sim card out so that it doesn't require the build to come from your carrier
Anonymous, 10 Aug 2018Selling my iPhone X for this. Don't judge me.Good choice!
The Phone, yes. But for now it's only available with 8.1, when updating to 9 it disappeared. They say that they are working on an update , but as by now only with Oreo.
Check what Pie has done to Android phones.
Essential Phone is amazing on it. Surpassed my LG G5 as my favorite smartphone of all-time.
Sold my iPhone 7 plus for this and couldn't be happier!! Amazing phone. Too bad there won't be a 2.
Essential's reception issues on T-Mobile (USA) is generally true for my case and I make my living as a delivery driver. I need a phone with great signal as my work involves an app and tethering it for my other phones. Quick solution is to set it on LTE or 3G only.
I was planning to return it if the reception is bad because I drive around spotty coverage. It looks like it's holding true for T-Mobile users but I love Android Pie so much, I likely won't return it. Pie is the most amazing and smoothest Android version ever.
I also love the form factor. Perfect size and even slightly shorter than an iPhone X. Just today, I tweeted that the Essential Phone is the greatest smartphone ever made, how Pie is amazing on it, and thanking Android's founder. Guess who liked it? Andy Rubin.
Think about paying $1000+ for a Note9 still stuck on Oreo. You still need to wait months for Pie. The Essential PH-1 is essentially a keeper. The Dreamcast of smartphones. Thank you again, Andy Rubin. :-)
For anyone waiting for Android Pie, it's worth it. Best Android update ever. I used Oreo on my og Pixel a year ago and was kinda disappointed with it. Felt buggy on 8.0. Killed my battery life. Not so on 9.0. Just make sure you set up your device as NEW.
The gestures are slick. I can't believe iPhone X fans think Google is copying Apple. So it was ok on webOS, QNX, BB10, and Meego but not on Android? Only iPhone users have exclusive rights to swipe gestures? Been using swipe gestures for years on Android using Nova Launcher Prime and All-In-One Gestures. Android being accused of copying gestures is hilarious to me!
The Essential PH-1 hardware is fairly awesome already. Still need to test the reception and camera more. I'm not much of a shutterbug, so most of my needs are signal and battery life. And the latter has been fairly great so far. I will always call this the Andy Rubin Phone. Will gain a cult following like Dreamcast, Shenmue, webOS, Nokia N9, and PS Vita all did.
Gets a 9/10 score from me so far. Think a bigger and badder iPhone 4s for the Android world.
This phone is on an entirely new level for Android devices.
Nothing comes close to the look and feel of this phone in your hands.
It is very fast, very snappy, and the screen is gorgeous to look at.
Battery life is phenomenal. I can get a day and a half of use before the battery starts to die since updating to Android Pie(9).
Hands down the best android phone I have ever owned to date.
Just received mine earlier today and updated it to Android Pie right away. Been fantastic so far. Pie is great. I can now use the YouTube app and experience PiP if I go back to the homescreen. The gestures are slick just like Matias Duarte did for webOS. Only Apple fanboys think Google copied them when it was Apple copying Matias Duarte.
I am having the worst phone experience that I ever had, and, specially, with the Costumer service!! Do not buy it!
HH, 22 Aug 2018I ordered the phone when the price was about $280 in Amazon, then within 24 hours I saw the pr... moreI'm giving it a shot myself. I see the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 with Snapdragon 845 going for $300 and I still don't regret with my recent purchase. I prefer stock build and fast updates. The build quality and size is perfect too.
I don't have much to lose if the Essential Phone turns out to be a dud. I'm only asking for strong reception for my work, good enough battery life to last a day, and Android Pie. Could care less of the camera. I can always go back to my LG G5 as my main phone for calls/texts/hotspot.
Excited for August 27 (Monday) when I receive it. I have a very good feeling this one and only Essential PH-1 will have a cult following like the Nexus One and Nokia N9 did. Collector's item smartphone appreciated more after the company's death.
I ordered the phone when the price was about $280 in Amazon, then within 24 hours I saw the price dropped to about $224. I ordered another phone with the lower price, then tried to cancel the first order. About 12 hours later the price went up to a $309.
There are lots of reviews about this phone, some said there are issues, some said a lot of issue have been fixed by the updates in software; and there are rumors about the uncertainty of the company itself, mainly about the company seeking a buyout. But for the price of $224, I'm more than happy to give it a try.
AhmedShaikh, 09 Aug 2018Nice.. Sadly I was too late to realize the sale :(
I might still get it at 330$. Btw, Which c... moreUSD$223
Essential Phone in Halo Gray Â– 128 GB Unlocked Titanium and Ceramic phone with Edge-to-Edge Display https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078SQ7GWK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_WePEBbJQY9QPT