Essential Phone PH-1Confident face
76.5%
User Satisfaction
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Titanium vs Aluminum: Titanium is stronger

"I think that one of the most noticeable advantages that the Essential Phone PH-1 brings to the market is in its design, specifically the Titanium.."

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Camera

100% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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Front camera capable of slow-mo video recording

The Essential Phone PH-1 is capable of recording videos at 720p (HD) resolution at 120fps. The same goes to its rear camera, and it's quite astonishing seeing a front camera having this feature. I nice feature to have no doubt about it, but I don't know how useful it will be.

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Hybrid Auto focus rear camera (Laser, Contrast, PDAF)

The Essential Phone PH-1 features a Hybrid AF system, which take advantage of the three leading AF technologies: Contrast AF, Phase-detect AF and Infrared-based Laser Assist focus system. This results in a fast and accurate AF performance in almost all lighting conditions.

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4K video recording front-facing camera

The Essential Phone has a front-facing camera that is capable of recording 4K videos. I can't recall a phone that offered this capability. A great feature for those who take a heavy use of the front camera for selfies, group shots and now they can record 4K videos as well!

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Bundled with a 360 degree clip-on camera
Limited-time offer

The Essential Phone comes with a 360 degree clip-on camera in the box, so you can enjoy 360-degree photography on day one, allowing you to enjoy new ways to be creative and take photos and videos. BTW, it's the world's smallest 360° personal camera to date.

Cons

Performance & Hardware

50% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Lost of internal storage space (128GB)

The Essential Phone comes with 128GB of internal storage space, which is enough for most users's needs for storing images, 4K videos, tons of apps and games. This is essential, because there is no microSD card slot on-board.

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No microSD card slot

The Essential Phone PH-1 doesn't have a micro SD card slot, so there is no way to expand over the built-in storage. On the bright side, there is plenty of storage space (128GB), so most people won't even need more than that.

Display

100% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Stunning edge-to-edge display

The Essential Phone's edge-to-edge, what Essential is calling "Full Display", is probably one of the most appealing features. You get a phablet size 5.71" in a relatively small phone size. This promote a superior handling and viewing experience.

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Corning Gorilla Glass 5

The Essential Phone PH-1 uses Gorilla Glass 5 front glass which protects the screen from bumps and scratches. This is the latest version of Gorilla Glass as of the time of writing, which is known for its great drop durability. This all adds even more protection for your precious personal phone.

Cons

Design

83.3% user satisfaction score (6 votes)
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I think that one of the most noticeable advantages that the Essential Phone PH-1 brings to the market is in its design, specifically the Titanium accents of the phone's body. I've read an article on wired.com that mentioned that Essential wanted to make their phone's body from Titanium from the very...

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Slim phone design, only 7.8mm thick

The Essential Phone PH-1 has a very slim profile, only 7.8mm thick, which adds to the phone's premium and prestigious look.

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Nice selection of colors to choose from

The Essential Phone is offered in four different colors, including Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and my personal favorite, Ocean Depths (kind of a bluish greenish color).

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Titanium enclosure, much more durable than aluminum

The Essential Phone is strengthened with Titanium body which is much more durable than Aluminum used in most phones nowadays and it also doesn't scratch, dent or bend, so it's the perfect material to use for a device that goes wherever you go.

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Weird front camera placement inside the screen area

The Essential Phone's front side looks a bit awkward with the front-facing camera suck in the top-middle part of the display. The operating system will obviously consider that space and put info around it, but still, design wise it's not that great in my opinion.

Audio
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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No 3.5mm mic jack

Andy Rubin's follows Apple's path at least in that aspect by ditching the 3.5mm mic input, which is quiet unfortunate for those users (like myself) who just want a fast and convenient way to attack their current 3.5mm headphones, without any additional accessory/adapter.

Software/Apps
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Snapdragon 835, most powerful SoC to date

Andy Rubin's new Essential Phone comes with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, the most powerful chipset to date, which is a great start for a new Ambient OS based smartphones.

Cons
Battery
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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I would have liked a higher battery capacity

I'm a bit disappointed with the battery capacity, only 3,040mAh. It's one the low side considering its large high-res display and its multimedia capabilities, as well as we the target audience that it is aimed for. The SD835 should add more juice with more efficient power consumption though.