raincityuser, 12 Nov 2017The Essential's battery is not replaceable by ANY method, including the company's repair depar... moreIt's not true that the battery isn't replaceable by the company. You heat (only) the perimeter of the front face to ~85C to loosen the glue while a suction cup is attached to remove the front face. From there, the damage iFixIt led you to believe (when they FROZE THE LCD in attempts to peel up the display and snapped it) is unavoidable is easily avoided. As iFixIt mentions, they use stretch release adhesive on the internals for easier repair even. This has been stated online by the company itself. Freezing a device and cracking it open isn't a legitimate vector of safe repair to start with, sorry to say.
Hitchhy, 12 Nov 2017What about now that is 450 and has been updating some staff ? Is it worth ?They fixed the camera (mostly), the cut the price, and they replaced the fabric speaker grille with a metal one. Yeah I would say it is pretty worth it now if you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing phone with top-tier build quality and stock Android. Otherwise just spend a little bit more for a Oneplus 5/5t when it comes out or an LG G6. Both of those phones can offer more within the same price bracket. This is Essential's first phone so it should be expected that it wouldn't do very well. Just wait til next year if you are interested in Essential's products.
The Essential's battery is not replaceable by ANY method, including the company's repair department. This means that for most people this phone will become a very expensive paperweight after 2 years or so.
zohra, 12 Nov 2017where do you find it with this price? google search shows best buy
mohammed, 10 Nov 2017now, Pure White alse 450$ on amazonwhere do you find it with this price?
Savante, 10 Nov 2017Why isn't there a review?it's brand spanking new!
What about now that is 450 and has been updating some staff ? Is it worth ?
Anonymous, 23 Sep 2017Nothing special here; no expandable memory, no IP68, limited GPS, expensive. Nothing to see h... moreOh hey, it's $450 now on Amazon. Also, expandable memory is nice but with 128 GB on board...
Does this phone really have stereo speakers ? If so, where is the second one ?
Rohan Kanagala, 05 Nov 2017hi, I am thinking of buying this phone or pixel 2 xl. can anyone tell me about overall softwar... moresoftware is buttery smooth. I am coming from an s8. While I think the s8 is def better, I think the more simplistic stock android is better for me. They have released a few updates, the monthly patches are on time so they are making the phone better every month.
I think they need help with the camera still because the pixel camera app is still a bit better. Overall, the galaxy did not destroy the essential, esp with the pixel camera app loaded. The biggest thing, is the display. No one has a samsung display, but this still is a very good display, better than lg. he other thing I will miss is samsung pay. I think I will def miss that feature.
For 499, this is a steal. If we don't support the little guy then apple and samsung will continue to raise prices. We need competition, and I think essential has a chance. The american oneplus.....Oneplus is great!
There are cases for the essential. You can go to amazon and they have tudia and incipio cases. They aren't great but they do exist. Also, call the company and see what they can do to help you. I had an s8 and without ins it was 350 to replace the display at a local repair shop. I wound up using upsie for insurance. 57 for 2tear and 75 deductible
No 3.5mm jack and LCD display.Besides a small battery maybe the fall of Essential Phone.
Rohan Kanagala, 05 Nov 2017hi, I am thinking of buying this phone or pixel 2 xl. can anyone tell me about overall softwar... moreEssential PH-1 will stand out more than the pixel 2 as there are some problem with the pixel 2. It will be troublesome for sure
Rohan Kanagala, 05 Nov 2017hi, I am thinking of buying this phone or pixel 2 xl. can anyone tell me about overall softwar... moreThey're disturbingly similar, of course even Google Pixel 2 XL has more preinstalled apps than Essential PH-1. The Essential PH-1 has no preinstalled apps at all.
hi, I am thinking of buying this phone or pixel 2 xl. can anyone tell me about overall software performance and smoothness. Thanks
Purchased the Essential ph-1 for the new low price of $499 at that price the Essential became a true winner in the smartphones Arena with the new updates this phone is a champion of flagships- first and foremost it works an all networks that alone kills the competition the size equals and A grade 128 gb ram A grade price A grade the build Another A grade Camera a B grade and will get a A grade with future upgrades Essential mistake was the price out of the box at least they rectified that now!!! Phone gets a 9 out of 10 plus the haters out their were unbelievably hard on this company-
Just so you know, the screen is not repairable or replaceable if it is broken... ifixit.com gave it the worst repair rating ever... but not until after I got mine :(
Essential.com let me know after my phone fell out of my bag at a height of 3 feet that the glass cannot be replaced. Nice big fan of cracks and a chunk out of the bottom of the screen- I don't buy insurance because I usually just pay for any repairs out of pocket - it's cheaper - and honestly, I've never broken a phone before... when I got my PH-1, there were no cases made for this phone because of the edge to edge screen...they did sell "holsters" that it would fit in but who wants one of those - so think twice about whether you want to spend money on a phone that can't be fixed...