Essential Phone Review Roundup : Premium quality from the Android’s Founder
The Essential Phone is the latest android premium from the Founder of Android Operating System. Led by Andy Rubin himself, the Essential focused on craftsmanship and what is essential to the phone. With the premium built quality, top of the line performance, modular options, unique design and practical software implementations. These high ambition come with the high price. Costing at 699$, Essential aims to for the same level with iPhone Plus , Google Pixel XL and Galaxy Note.
The first impression with the Essential Phone is the edge-to-edge screen. Bezelless is the first essential features for modern android phone as its enable big 5.7 inches display to fit into smaller phone body. Essential is smaller than iPhone 7 Plus or Pixel XL while provide bigger screen estate. The aspect ratio of 19:10 which is more close to 16:9 than of Galaxy S8, hence make the top portions of the screen like notification bar more accessible in one hand operation. The QHD resolution (2560×1312 pixels) give excellent view quality. The panel is not AMOLED though, but the IPS LCD used here are well-calibrated and has good sunlight visiblity.
The Aesthetic of Essential phone is unique. The phone design is different from everything the market had offering. With the mix of titanium rail, ceramic back panel and glass front as the choices of material. Titanium make the phone more rigid and less prone to breaking when dropped. The ceramic provide hard skin with very scratch-resistant and allow radio signal to pass through. Overall the phone give a very solid in-hand feeling and much denser than iPhone or any high-end flagship available today.
The specification is on the top of the lines with nothing to surprise. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Another philosophy of Essential is their only offer only one specification (this may not hold true in their future product release, though). The performance and the battery life are excellent with clean implementation of Android. There are no other customization apart from custom camera app and modular system software. These cut down in software complexity give Essential a nice performance as well as user experience. Also, as a result of less software to maintains, Essential had promises to give the phone at least 2 years of OS updates and another 1 years of security updates. These alone make the phone a serious contender for other Android flagships in the market.
Essential give a big promises to the camera but not all had become true. The result from the Essential Phone is still kind of mixed-bag. The Phone come with a dual-camera implementation. The phones combine photos from 2 separate sensors, one color and one black and white, to create a high quality shots from both. This approach is similar to what Huawei had offered and we expect Essential to do better with newer technology and more matured experience in Android development. Nonetheless, the result is not quite there yet as the photo is much noisier than Pixel XL. However, there is a software update after the phone had been reviewed. Many reviewer said that the camera had been greatly improved. Also with additional feature like Manual HDR. We need to wait and see how much Essential can improve their camera implementation with their software updates.
In conclusion, Essential had made a solid first step to change the expectation of what High-End phone can offer. Their had delivered excellent craftsmanship in term of quality and aesthetic. The design choice to go bezelless is practical and give the real usefulness to the users. The pure Android approach make the phone run fast and up-to-date with Google. Finally