The Essential Phone Review: Save Your Money!

Essential PH1: Everything you need to know about the new kid on the block.
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Jaysann22 says:

It’s nice but seriously overpriced.

I STILL would much rather have the OnePlus X. Beautiful design, amazing build quality, decent specs, awesome affordable price.

Salar Haider says:

I get your 700 dollar price point. But yeah the price was revisited. And pixel had a shit load of problems. I work for a cell phone company and the amount of pixels and pixel 2s that we see returned in a couple of days is crazy. I have a whole tray full of pixel phones that are sitting their collecting dust. So I don’t agree with you on that point. And yeah the thing is you reviewed this phone after using it for IDK how many hours. Keep it and use it for a month then I’ll ask you how this compares to other phones in the same category

Nick Pera says:

Sold mine. Worst phone I’ve ever had.

Vladimir Olujic says:

Bought for $460 Canadian, and today ordered $50 Canadian 360 camera! Bam! After updating to 8.1 this phone is amazing.

MrSockez says:

After watching this video I decided to buy a used one for cheaper instead of a new one

Mohammed Faris N.R says:

First Phone with Notch

Ankit Kumar says:

Better than iPhone x

Josh S5 says:

$700 saves money? :p

Patrick TAYLOR says:

Go Pitt!!

TellyTheBeaster Beatz says:

I’ve taken some good photos with the pixel camera

Josh S5 says:

Ph1 Phone. Nice pun

*I Like Dogs* says:

Its Got All The Essentials
– except the headphone jack
– and water resistance
– and an oled screen
– and a good camera

EddyGraphic says:

The creator of the notch! No iPhone X bullshit.

Jaime Moreno says:

Or you can just go and buy a S7 edge, 580 bucks.. one of the best cameras ever, one of the best displays ever, good (not amazing) battery life, great specs, good storage …. etc..

edgar donato says:

Amazon description says water proof

Amir Bahic says:

Theres a price drop for it for 449.99 at best buy would it be worth upgrading from s7 edge my screen is fuck and to fix cost pretty much half of what this phone costs now, please let me know thanks

Bart Rybarczyk says:

Lousy review in my opinion.

Mellø Vibes says:

Maybe Next Year…..

Matt DeStasio says:

Switched from an Apple iPhone to the Essential. Got sick of trying to keep up with the Apple diehards. This is the first Android I’ve used in 7 years, and I love it. Feels amazing to hold, runs incredibly well. Front facing camera could be better but it’s not at all bad. Rear camera is solid but nothing impressive. For $450 / $500 it’s an awesome value and I’m really happy using it. It’s a real head turner too, people always ask me about it.

Susitrix says:


Nico sanchez says:

Esencial phone without headphone jack??

Daniel Corral says:

Can you please revisit this device? It is a much better option especially with the price drop and updates.

Josh S5 says:

Nokia 2 or 3 would save money

Item Iswarya says:

Which batter water proof and best camera phones

Wayne Free-man Son of God says:

One the best techies I invest time in, good again job brother!

Alexander Leigh Stevanoski says:

You watch Adam Ruins Everything? Hahaha best show!!

Darren N says:

Most problems fixed with Android 8.1 update. Can we get a new review?

Zach Anderson says:

I like the Pitt shirt

Dennie Bone says:

This phone has gotten the official release today to Oreo 8.1.0 from the Essential website and it’s definitely flagship material now.

Kanna Hayabusa says:

Make it an OLED screen and I’ll buy it.

XCpro Gaming says:

What game is that?

Michael Xie says:

$360 CAD now. It’s a no brainer buy now.

Glenn Quagmire says:

I am going to repeat what others have said. You got the phone during the first weeks of availability. It has been 9 months now and Essential has updated the software, skipped Oreo 8.0 in favor of 8.1. The issues you mentioned have been fixed such as some lagging, the camera app has had several updates making it very good, and the price has come down to $499.00. At this moment Amazon has the camera on sale for $399.00. So the value has increased taking a good whack at the major players. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series phones are struggling with camera issues and I am sure will get fixed with software updates, too. However, at half the price of the S9+, the Essential phone is the better buy at the moment, in my opinion.

The Essential PH-1 was designed to be user-centric. It is all about the user and not the carrier you choose. That, plus the industrial look and feel evokes an emotional response that is unique in the world of Android phones.

FYI: I got mine in April 2018 and all the updates came down right away, so I did not experience any of the issues the earlier adopters did. I did several test shoots against my Canon digital SLR. The color saturation, tone, sharpness, and color accuracy were identical. In Black & White mode, the Essential was sharper.

*Since they have fixed the camera issues and significantly lowered the price, I think it deserves reviewing again. What do you say?*

Good4Y0u says:

At the new price it’s worth it 100% there are no bugs I’ve found with the new 8.1 update either. Really a good phone.

mikeyb byekim says:

No headphone jack implues only Bluetooth wireless headphones. Nice

arx ii says:

i will wait for iphone E

Bonnie Dawson says:

Front looks like S8

mavishill says:

Next Essential ph-2
Essential Ph-two
Essential Phtwo

Steve Powell says:

Ulefone Mix; 4gb ram, 64gb internal, sd card slot, dual sim, dual cam, headphone jack, fairly stock, fingerprint sensor and pretty fast. $130. You’re welcome!

Gwifitz says:

I got it for 141$ brand new (9$/month for 2 years – 75$ on my bills and -150$ for negociating a little bit), pretty much the best quality/price you can get right now in my opinion!

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