Despite the battery size, battery life on this phone is pretty amazing, I have been using it for past two days and it last whole day easily with very heavy usage. around 6-7 hours of screen on time with a 2K 5.7inch display is really impressive.
I've read a lot that LCD screens last longer than OLED screens. Why buy a phone with a screen that will slowly fade away as time goes on?
i had play with this phone fo the las 4 days and is super fast but.
if you are into photo do not buy this the cam app is really bad .
Received mine Thursday and it was shipped by FedEx directly from China. Made it to my home in 3 days.
Well crafted and feels like a premium phone.
The screen is the same size as my Nexus 6P, but the phone is smaller and more compact in size.
No headphone jack?
Well, this is the 21st century! Let's start using 21st century tech instead of a standard that's been around for 70 years.
No SD card slot?
Seriously? It comes standard with 128 Gb of storage. With the system and my added Apps, I still have 100 Gb left. That should be enough for anyone.
People complaining about needing a bigger battery? Larger battery=thicker phone.
Thin phone or larger battery? Pick one.
I think 3rd party venders will design some cases with added battery life for those long hikes.
And a point to think about the price.
A Google Pixel XL has a smaller screen, is a bigger phone and with the same 128 Gb option, prices out at $869. The future Pixel XL2 will have a screen that's a little more than 7.3 mm larger and I would imagine cost as much or more than the Pixel XL.
As far as the camera goes.
People are already finding that it can be improved with software. There's nothing wrong with the cameras.
I imagine Essential will be fixing any issues with future updates.
For now, I just side loaded a modified Pixel Camera App and I'm getting better results, but I don't think that the Pixel App takes advantage of the mono black and white camera.
So for now, I'm super happy with the Essential PH-1.
slowjogger, 26 Aug 2017They cannot figure out how to ship it to my physical address and they won't ship to our PO Box... moreI had trouble with Essential customer support needing my address without the P.O. Box number. Some people still think UPS and FedEx have a problem with P.O. Box numbers.
The phone was shipped from China via FedEx and the label had my physical address plus my P.O. Box number.
I originally had to work this out with Amazon because you didn't know how a seller would ship. Could be either UPS/FedEx ground or USPS and we came to the conclusion that if the "P.O." was eliminated it made everybody happy.
Now UPS and FedEx have changed their software to include the P.O. Box number.
Hope this helps you get your phone.
BillGeorge, 29 Aug 2017Last night (8/29 11:45 pm) I received my shipment notification for my pre-ordered Essential PH... moreit is compatable there is just no verification process. If you are already a verizon customer you just swap sim cards from your old device. New customers are out of luck however.
Last night (8/29 11:45 pm) I received my shipment notification for my pre-ordered Essential PH-1 phone and 360 degree camera. The confirmation email mentioned that the PH-1 is not compatible with the Verizon Network. Early information from Essential said the phone would work on all CDMA and LTE4 carriers, (plus most other carrier's networks) what's going on here? I'm wondering if Verizon can explain this problem to the U.S. Public Utilities Commission. Is Verizon playing hardball because they didn't get an exclusive? Is Verizon upset that they didn't get to put their junkware and skin on the Pure Android operating system?
Emma, 25 Aug 2017Ugly phone, overprice, 2015 spec for 2017 price, never buy thisagreed, i have a 2915 motoxpe, 3gb ram, lcd screen and 3000mah battery... the ph-1 other than its fancy material is not enough for me to spend $700usd for the upgrade. plus motoxpe has memory card, microusb and 3.5mm, stereo speakers... maybe next year Andy... or the Pixel XL2 depending on price...
I think it comes with the bootloader unlocked. It should be easy enough to root.
Overall it is not a bad phone, but for me it is definitely a no no because it doesn't have an SD card slot, sim slot, 3.5mm jack.
I will either wait for the S3 from Sharp, or I'll get the S2 (which has the sd card slot) and is available in Europe, while the essential phone is available only in the US.
Also, can you root this phone? Has anyone done it so far? If i can't do that, then it is useless to me.
If you can put in a SIM, you can add an SD Card slot. More memory needed. The price is too high for a new entrant, you need to gain acceptance and "compete" on something; it may as well be price because your specs are pretty ho hum.... everyday run of the mill spec's. Nothing new here and nothing special. Move along folks.
It would have been the best phone of the year with the best value if it had a better camera, longer battery life, and $200 cheaper. And also if it wasn't stuck with awful Sprint.
It isn't an ugly phone. The S6, S7 edges, S8 are overrated and ugly phones to me. I remember when I thought the S6 edge was the most beautiful phone ever. After trying out the gimmick called edged displays, it got sickening and tiresome pretty quickly because how it affected my typing.
Design is design. After a few years whatever beautiful phone you will see will become ugly and tiresome. Everyone else from iPhone 8 to S9 will have a design similar to the Sharp Aquos, Mi Mix, and Essential. This is the direction we are headed now, headphone jack or not.
Emma, 25 Aug 2017Ugly phone, overprice, 2015 spec for 2017 price, never buy this2015 specs? how could you say that?
They cannot figure out how to ship it to my physical address and they won't ship to our PO Box. Have been getting online orders delivered by other retailers like Amazon for 15 years. Not real happy!
I preodered after Rubin said phone would ship within 30 days. Months after that time passed i finally receive email to complete order. The email says my phone has been built. I pay and receive an email promising shipment within 7 days. The 7 days come and go and no shipping confirmation. I contact Essential for an update and, surprise, they dont know. I cancelled my order. My initial faith, given on the strength of Rubins reputation, has been exhausted. Over promising and under delivering is bad business.