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Android Guys

Probably the most solidly built original phone ever

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from Android Guys

The Essential Phone easily pulls ahead of the mid-range smartphone competition. None are built like this, have an 85% screen-to-body ratio, and an up-to-date, stock Android experience. The gripes we have are now minor in the grand scheme of things.

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The Essential Phone easily pulls ahead of the mid-range smartphone competition. None are built like this, have an 85% screen-to-body ratio, and an up-to-date, stock Android experience. The gripes we have are now minor in the grand scheme of things.

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The Gadgeteer

It’s a great deal

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from The Gadgeteer

I think this is a really nice Android smartphone that comes in at an equally nice price. It seems that Essential is trying hard to fix any issues in a timely manner and the fact that the phone is receiving security updates faster than Google's own phones is another plus in their favor.

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I think this is a really nice Android smartphone that comes in at an equally nice price. It seems that Essential is trying hard to fix any issues in a timely manner and the fact that the phone is receiving security updates faster than Google's own phones is another plus in their favor.

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SlashGear

The impossible challenge

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from SlashGear

The PH-1's scant metal rim and glass front and back deliver, albeit with ergonomic downsides you might not realize until you have it in the hand. The vanilla Android purist will find software – or its absence – here to please them too, though the camera's middling performance remains a legitimate frustration.

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The PH-1's scant metal rim and glass front and back deliver, albeit with ergonomic downsides you might not realize until you have it in the hand. The vanilla Android purist will find software – or its absence – here to please them too, though the camera's middling performance remains a legitimate frustration.

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Android Central

Hardware stands up incredibly well

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from Android Central

Months of hefty software updates have clearly improved the daily experience of using the Essential Phone. What used to be a phone that was near-impossible to consistently use is now one that's just ... mildly frustrating. And it's mildly frustrating at a lower price, which always helps

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Months of hefty software updates have clearly improved the daily experience of using the Essential Phone. What used to be a phone that was near-impossible to consistently use is now one that's just ... mildly frustrating. And it's mildly frustrating at a lower price, which always helps

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TechRadar

Refreshing, yet divisive

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from TechRadar

From a design standpoint, Essential's PH-1 is a bold first move. It offers a stock Android experience and looks like no other device out there, but so far, the company has come up short on its promises.

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From a design standpoint, Essential's PH-1 is a bold first move. It offers a stock Android experience and looks like no other device out there, but so far, the company has come up short on its promises.

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WhatsYourTech

Among the smoothest Android phones I've used to date

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from WhatsYourTech

It's undoubtedly one of the smoothest Android phones currently available, though achieves this partly by refraining from adding anything of its own. Addition by subtraction is really the theme encapsulating this device, which will surely please those looking for it.

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It's undoubtedly one of the smoothest Android phones currently available, though achieves this partly by refraining from adding anything of its own. Addition by subtraction is really the theme encapsulating this device, which will surely please those looking for it.

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Talk Android

A premium device running clean, stock Android

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from Talk Android

I would definitely recommend the Essential Phone to anyone looking for a well-built flagship, especially an Android purist. As long as photography isn’t your top priority, there’s a lot to like with Rubin’s first effort.

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I would definitely recommend the Essential Phone to anyone looking for a well-built flagship, especially an Android purist. As long as photography isn’t your top priority, there’s a lot to like with Rubin’s first effort.

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Ars Technica

Impressive for a new company but not competitive

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from Ars Technica

If we're not grading on a curve, the Essential Phone's camera, screen, water resistance, and the lack of memory expansion can't compete with other flagship Android phones. If you're pricing a phone at $700, you need to compete with the other $700 phones, and Essential's first phone just can't do...More

If we're not grading on a curve, the Essential Phone's camera, screen, water resistance, and the lack of memory expansion can't compete with other flagship Android phones. If you're pricing a phone at $700, you need to compete with the other $700 phones, and Essential's first phone just can't do that. It's hard to see anyone buying an Essential Phone after looking at the competition.

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PhoneArena

Not the smoothest execution

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from PhoneArena

The Essential phone is a beautifully crafted piece of technology. Despite the bugs, the device feels really, really good in the hand. The phone’s design works. The screen’s design works too, regardless of concerns one might have had with the front facing camera placement. Unfortunately, that is where the allure begins, and ends.

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The Essential phone is a beautifully crafted piece of technology. Despite the bugs, the device feels really, really good in the hand. The phone’s design works. The screen’s design works too, regardless of concerns one might have had with the front facing camera placement. Unfortunately, that is where the allure begins, and ends.

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Android Police

Essentially okay

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from Android Police

The Essential Phone is an impressive piece of hardware, and the company deserves kudos for that. Essential built a device with materials that set it apart from the competition, and one that many established smartphone makers would probably struggle to build. Yes, it's a little heavy and basic-loo...More

The Essential Phone is an impressive piece of hardware, and the company deserves kudos for that. Essential built a device with materials that set it apart from the competition, and one that many established smartphone makers would probably struggle to build. Yes, it's a little heavy and basic-looking, but the titanium/ceramic chassis feels durable and different than every other phone out there. I don't like that there's no headphone jack, but this is a battle we're going to lose. At least Essential includes an adapter.

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