Essential Phone in Black Moon – 128 GB Unlocked Titanium and Ceramic phone with Edge-to-Edge Display
|Display Size||5.71 Inches|
|Operating System||Android 7.1|
|Memory Storage Capacity||128 GB|
|Battery Average Life||252 Hours|
About this item
- The Essential Phone is expertly crafted using titanium and ceramic, with an edge-to-edge Full Display and uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Edge-to-edge Full Display - With the stunning edge-to-edge Full Display on the Essential Phone there's finally a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand; Water and Dust Resistant
- The world’s thinnest dual camera system - The camera system consists of color and monochrome sensors to capture up to 200% more light than traditional phone cameras. This results in stunning images that are rich in color and detail, even in low light
- Accessories that simply click - With the phone's revolutionary magnetic connector, accessories can easily attach to your device so it's future-proof and always up-to-date
- Android 8.1 Oreo now available! Improves phone and camera performance. And it adds lots of useful, new features like Picture-in-Picture, Smart text selection, and more
- Award-winning MQA technology to deliver studio quality music listening on the go. Contrast Ratio: > 1000:1 (typical). Technology: CGS / LTPS
- A 3-month TIDAL HiFi subscription for new and existing Essential Phone customers with access to thousands of MQA tracks. Visit essential.com/audio to redeem the Tidal offer
- Brightness: 500 nits (typical)
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|Sold By||ElectroWireless||Amazon.com||The Farmug Store||Amazon.com|
|Camera Description||13.0||Front, Rear, Video||—||16MP camera|
|Screen Size||5.71 inches||5.8 inches||6.55 inches||6.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions||2.80 x 0.31 x 5.57 inches||5.70 x 2.70 x 0.30 inches||6.34 x 2.93 x 0.32 inches||6.29 x 2.99 x 0.38 inches|
|Item Weight||6.56 ounces||4.94 ounces||0.80 lbs||7.02 ounces|
|Operating System||Android 7.1||Android||—||Android|
Founded by the creator of Android, the Essential Phone has all the features you care about most without a bunch of gimmicks. A large, edge-to-edge display, 128GB of storage, all-day battery life, fast charging, and more. It's sophisticated. It's simple. And it's yours. Battery- 3040mAh, Fast charging via USB. Ports- USB Type-C, 60GHz, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory , Connector, 2x accessory power pins, NanoSIM tray with pin eject.
From the Manufacturer
The biggest screen-to-body ratio of any phone! With a stunning 5.71-inch edge-to-edge Quad HD Display, you get a large screen in a phone that still fits comfortably in one hand. So you can enjoy more of what’s on your screen without all those intrusive bezels.
Crafted with space-age strength, titanium, ceramic, and Gorilla Glass 5. Its space-age strength helps withstand your day-to-day. And there's no branding or logos anywhere on the device. So your phone is more of an expression of who you are—because it’s yours.
With a 13MP Dual-Camera and Portrait Mode, your pictures look great. And the Essential 360 Camera is big enough to easily capture everything around you in 4K — but small enough to fit in your pocket. So it can take it with you everywhere.
PH-1 comes with a whopping 128GB of storage. So you can easily store all your photos, 4K and 360 videos, games, and more without worrying about running out of space—or needing to spend more money on external storage options.
PH-1 runs pure Android. No unnecessary apps, preloads, or anything that gets in your way of getting the latest Android updates and features. You get a smooth experience that is fast and fluid.
The Click Connector on Essential Phone makes using accessories easier than ever. They magnetically attach and power up using your PH-1. So you don’t need to charge your accessories to use them. And because the Click Connector will be on future Essential devices, you can use your current accessories with future Essential devices.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Freedom is Essential
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
I know people are going to ask me a lot of questions about why I started this company. Why didn’t I just travel the world, ride my motorcycle, tinker with my robots, hang out at my bakery with friends and family. And to be honest I still do ask myself that sometimes…but not too often. So why did I create Essential? Well, my hardware engineers wanted me to talk about how we are bringing real passion and craftsmanship back into this category. My software engineers wanted me to talk about our vision for making all devices, even those we don't make ourselves, play well together. My partners wanted me to talk about how we are using methods that could change how successful technology companies are built forever. And this is all true. But the real reason is because of what happened during a night out with an old friend of mine. As the night went on we inevitably began talking about what we didn't like about the current state of technology. Less and less choice. More and more unnecessary features cluttering our lives. An increasing sea of products that didn't work with one another… And just when I was about to drop another criticism it hit me: I am partly responsible for all of this. For all the good Android has done to help bring technology to nearly everyone it has also helped create this weird new world where people are forced to fight with the very technology that was supposed to simplify their lives. Was this what we had intended? Was this the best we could do? I left that night reflecting deeply on what was great and what was frustrating with the current state of technology today. After another long talk with my friend we decided that I needed to start a new kind of company using 21st century methods to build products for the way people want to live in the 21st century.
What makes your product special?
This is what we believe: • Devices are your personal property. We won’t force you to have anything on them you don’t want to have. • We will always play well with others. Closed ecosystems are divisive and outdated. • Premium materials and true craftsmanship shouldn’t be just for the few. • Devices shouldn’t become outdated every year. They should evolve with you. • Technology should assist you so that you can get on with enjoying your life. • Simple is always better.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
I have used the above principles to inform everything Essential is doing and they have helped me attract some of the best and brightest people from all over the world to join me in bringing this vision to life. We won’t achieve everything we hope on day one, but if you’re one of those people who also thinks it’s time for something new, please have a look at www.essential.com to learn more.
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I've been using an iPhone since "smartphone" was a word. The only reason I never switched was because I liked the simplicity of iphones. I was unhappy with my 5C (which had terrible service on Verizon due to what I'm guessing was bad antenna design). I actually sent it back and had it replaced with a second 5C, which further confirmed my suspicions that the "C" stood for "crap". Google Maps couldn't pinpoint where I was, phone calls were rarely clear and almost always dropped every few minutes. I then got a 6, which had this fun feature that didn't have a name until I named it "if you lock the phone while on a phone call, you can't unlock it until 5 minutes after the call has ended because all of the buttons and the screen will stop working for no reason". Needless to say, that was probably the feature that I used the most, and it led me to getting the 6S Plus (which, for reference was around the time that the 7 was out and the 8 was coming out). I paid $750 for the 6S Plus, and I wanted to end my life 6 months later when Apple confirmed that they were in fact, deprecating anything that wasn't an 8 or an X with their malicious iOS updates. To further compound this issue, my 6S Plus had the same feature that the 6 had before it, and over the course of a year of ownership, the phone lost responsiveness even when not on phone calls. Seriously, after 12 months, my iPhone was a slow, buggy, crap-fest of a phone. Even typing in Notes, the phone would experience slowdown and would frequently miss multiple (~5 out of 7) keystrokes.
Enter the Essential Phone.
I needed a phone that was fast, and could do basic things, like phone calls, Dropbox, Trello, Slack, email, and web-browsing. I do not play games on my phone, and I don't really mess around with anything other than the apps mentioned by name. Price was a factor. It had to be $500 or less, because I just paid $750 for the iPhone 6S Plus 12 months ago. My top picks were: Blackberry KeyOne, Blackberry Key2, Samsung Galaxy S9, and the Essential Phone.
The KeyOne would have been too slow (I need a responsive device that doesn't break the user experience by freezing up). The Key2 was my number 1, but my budget wouldn't allow for it or the Galaxy S9.
The Essential Phone has a large, beautiful screen in a diminutive chassis that is smaller and slightly heavier than my 6S Plus. The screen is extremely responsive, and feels great. It also has force feedback during typing, which I find helpful and sorely lacking on the iPhones. I couldn't type on my 6S Plus without wanting to punch it repeatedly in frustration due to all the input lag and typos. My typing on the Essential Phone is hyper-accurate, and the autocorrect is not overly ambitious. Unlike the iPhone, the Essential's autocorrect doesn't just assume that every word I type is somehow wrong.
The rest of the Essential Phone is just as gorgeous as the screen. The body absolutely does collect fingerprints, but the device always looks sharp, so it doesn't bother me in the slightest. The fingerprint sensor on the back is the most intuitive and accurate sensor I've ever used, and I am now a fingerprint-to-unlock convert.
The phone does everything that I want it to, and it is extremely fast. The only downsides are that the antenna do seem a little weak (I have no signal on the Essential phone when in places where I'd have a sketchy/intermittent connection on my iPhone). I'm using Verizon. I can't recommend this phone enough.
Switching from an iPhone to this was a phenomenal decision. I can't believe what I've been missing. I will never go back to Apple, especially as long as Essential is making phones. If they stop, I'll probably go with a Blackberry once this phone is end of life.
Side note about the camera: The photos do look a little lifeless, but they are extremely sharp. If you want quality photographs, or if you fancy yourself a photographer, get a camera so people will actually take you seriously. If you're like me and you're taking pictures of whiteboards and paper documents (because you aren't a dinosaur), this phone's camera will give you solid, high-res pictures.
After playing around with the controversial camera on both devices, I am happy with returning my Pixel 2 in a few days. Make no mistake, the Pixel 2 has a wonderful camera. Even after sideloading the Google Camera app on to the Essential Phone, there were still noticeable differences in the low-light picture quality and the camera speed. I even compared them both with the iPhone X, and the Pixel 2 still arguably came out on top. But aside from that, I can't say that the Pixel 2 has anything else that I don't get with the Essential Phone, personally. Waterproofing is nice, but I've never dropped my phone in any body of water in the 10 years I've been owning a cellphone. Stereo speakers are also nice, but I use them about once a week at highest frequency. Google's timely updates do sound very tempting, but I'm very happy that Essential has just rolled out their Oreo beta a week ago, with the final build coming this year.
This leaves the physical build, price, screen and battery life as the determining factors.
The build quality and aesthetics of the Essential wins hands-down for me. No contest there.
So is the price. I got my Essential for $400 (after taking advantage of Amazon's additional $50 gift card promo). And the Pixel 2 is priced at $740 (after the $115 trade-in credit I'd get with my old Nexus). The $300 difference is quite stark at this point.
OLED is nice. Sure. But after using the 5.7in display on the Essential, I don't think I can go back to the meager 5in display found in the Pixel 2. The higher contrast attributed to the OLED panel found in the Pixel 2 is nice, but the difference is barely noticeable. The main beneficiary of this technology would be the lower power usage.
Which brings me to the battery. The 3000mah battery found in the Essential should make up for the extra juice required to run the LCD panel. After testing both for the past few days, I can't say if there's a clear winner between the two. The Pixel 2's smaller battery can be compensated by the better software optimization by Google to ensure one full day of use. Essential might still have a few kinks to iron out with their software to ensure they don't unintentionally drain the battery life through poor software optimization. Both have been giving me full-day use with more than enough to spare (25%-50% left in the tank on a good day).
In the end, I feel like the Essential is a better match for me. Your opinion and needs might differ, but I hope this review gave you some additional peace of mind before taking the lunge. Cheers!
Top reviews from other countries
The phone feels great in the hand, very, very high quality hardware. I know it's only early days, but the phone is quick and the finger print scanner is insanely fast, I've heard the fastest on the market, and I believe it. Other ways of opening it, e.g. using "OK Google", work great as well.
I'm struggling to link it to my watch, LG Urbane, but I'll keep trying. It's more likely me or the watch than the phone, but I'll update this review if it does turn out to be some sort of incompatibility.
Final note, I was called by DHL to ask how much I paid for the phone becuase the company I bought this from is being investigated by the HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) due to previously under valueing products they were shipping, but this had no affect on my purchase or delivery time.