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.
∞ times better use of space than the HTC U Ultra and this is Essential's first phone. Nice, now THAT'S what I call impressive!
I wanted to jump on this pre-order the second it came available but there were just too many things that I consider "essential" that were missed or executed poorly. Shaky camera performance (related to software and old spec camera modules) is bad but appears to have gotten better with a recent software update. No OLED screen is a huge disappointment but I can live with the LCD. No SIM card isn't a deal breaker for me but it couldn't hurt. For me, the biggest issue is the lack of water/dustproofing. At this point in smartphone evolution no phone over $500 should ever lack this. I don't plan on taking my phone in the water or into any dust storms but with such an obvious thing overlooked it made me question what other things did they skip to rush this phone out.
It's too bad because I'm really loving the "look" of this phone but for now I will wait for the Pixel XL 2. If Essential swooped in and had Android O on the PH-1 by the end of August I would reconsider. For me, next to the way a phone feels, the speed that it gets updates is what makes me choose my phones.
A nice looking phone but awfully heavy at 185 grams! Samsung's Galaxy S8 is only 155 grams. I love compactness in all phone sizes - this is the appeal of smaller bezels for me but weight plays a part too. A phone weighing 185 is not exactly compact.
A really impressive phone with no OLED. Dealbreaker for me. This phone would look so much better with those deep blacks.
Stefo2000, 20 Aug 2017It seems great but I have one question, why would anyone buy it for 720$ when LG V20 is much l... moreNot cheaper definitely. And this phone costs 699$ when you order from their website (shipping included i believe). While the V30 will most likely be better in every single aspect, this phone is focused on modularity and a clean Android experience.
While it may not be the best phone of 2017, it was by far the most hyped up and it's really hard to live up to the hype.
nice. i'd take this over a Nokia 8. The Nokia 8 seems the least impressive to me in all the SD 835 phones.
A $750 phome made of titanium that's not water or dust resistant? Plus 3000mah batteries are sooooo 2015.... Still not enough of an upgrade from my crappy MotoXPE...I'll symtill wait for the Nokia 9 or Pixel2XL
Anonymous, 19 Aug 2017Does it have a Dual Sim Slot? probably comes with sim card slot
It seems great but I have one question, why would anyone buy it for 720$ when LG V20 is much less, especially in September when LG introduce V30, btw V30 will probably be also chipper than this one?
H.Y.P.E . Even the phone is good. does this deserve this price especially when Galaxy 8 and LGs around. fooling gadgeteers..
All Andy Rubin needs now is to release a variant with 4500-5000mAh. Keeping people happy with their Bluetooth headphones without sacrificing phone battery life.