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Essential Phone

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Essential Phone. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the portability and battery are generally positive. The price and screen also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and connectivity. There are mixed reviews on the durability and performance.

design, screen, price, battery, portability

camera, usability, connectivity, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Essential Phone is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Dieter Bohn (

Essential Phone review: a beautiful work in progress


The father of Android's new phone is doing so much right: elegant design, big screen, long battery life, and clean software. But while the camera is pretty good, it doesn't live up to the high bar that the rest of the market has set.

Edge-to-edge screen ; Clean Android ; Good battery life

Somewhat disappointing camera ; Module system unproven ; No headphone jack

An arcane artifact from an unrealized future

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Burns (

Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge


The first Essential Phone was a good device, and everything that the first wave of Android phone enthusiasts could have wanted. But by the time the Essential company and the PH-1 existed, the general public had moved beyond their initial...

Bright, colorful, sharp display ; Price reduced to a reasonable level of $499 ; Premium feel ; Android with no frills ; Nearly bezel-less front looks beautiful

Software feels like unfinished business ; Glass front and ceramic back makes phone slippery ; Camera quality is lacking ; Nearly bezel-less front makes for awkward handling

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (

Essential Phone review: A premium phone at a mid-range price


We finally got our hands on a review unit and our Essential Phone review takes a look to see just how "essential" this phone is and if it lives up to the hype.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Maxwell R. (

Essential Phone Review


There is more to the Essential PH-1 (PH-one, phone, we see what they did there) than mere simplicity, but it is a good place to start. The beginning of such journeys usually reveal areas that need some improvement and refined development, and that is...

Build quality that is a step above everything else ; Stock Android and the desirable Google features that come with it ; Plenty of storage

High price reflects cost of materials, and little else ; Stunted and wonky performance during basic user interactions ; Screen responsiveness not consistent ; Picture quality does not measure up ; The Essential camera app is a disaster ; Hit-or-miss...

Sep, 2017

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Essential Phone review: Lovely titanium and ceramic with potential for greatness


After two months on the market, the Essential Phone has dropped nearly 30 percent in price to just $499.

Titanium and ceramic feel wonderful in the hand ; Compact size for 5.71 inch display ; Long battery life ; Fast, stock Android experience ; Second camera is monochrome ; New $499 price is great

Basic camera software, no manual capability yet ; No headphone jack or wireless charging

Oct, 2017

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Essential Phone


The Essential PH-1 is an unlocked $499 (thanks to a recent price drop) Android smartphone with a stunning bezel-free 5.7" display and titanium and ceramic construction. The phone supports both GSM and CDMA so it will work on most carriers. Sprint also...

Expert review by : Karissa Bell (

The Essential Phone's super slick, but it's no iPhone or Google Pixel killer


The Essential Phone was made for Android nerds.

Pure, unadulterated, Android ; Clever accessory system ; Beautiful design ; Amazing photo quality

Slow camera ; No headphone jack ; Awkward button placement

Serious Android nerds will love the Essential Phone's sleek design and crap-free software, but there are still some serious bugs.

Aug, 2017

Price comparison for Essential Phone

  Store     Price
Essential Phone in Black Moon – 128 GB Unlocked...
The Essential Phone is expertly crafted using titanium and ceramic, with an edge-to-edge Full Display and...
$581.00 TO SHOP
CableCreation USB-C to USB Adapter [2-Pack], 0.5ft...
【USB On-The-Go】: This USB C to USB A adapter supports USB3.1 OTG (on-the-go) function, allows you to...
$10.00 TO SHOP
Essential Phone PH-1 Case, TUDIA Carbon Fiber Design...
NOT Compatible with 360 Camera.
$9.00 TO SHOP
Essential Phone (128GB + 4GB RAM) 5.71in QHD, Water...
The Essential Phone is expertly crafted using titanium and ceramic, with an edge-to-edge Full Display and...
$259.00 TO SHOP
Essential 360 Degree Camera for Essential Phone
Capture you world in complete surround with the world's smallest 4K 360 degree Camera that is powered by...
$29.00 TO SHOP
Poetic Essential Phone Case, Karbon Shield [Shock...
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH 360 CAMERA - Case is not compatible with 360 camera.
$7.00 TO SHOP
Essential Phone PH-1 Case, Poetic Guardian [Revised...
360 DEGREE PROTECTION - Protects your Essential Phone PH-1 from all angles. Includes: built-in screen...
$12.00 TO SHOP
Essential Products ANHA-011PW USB-C to 3.5 mm...
Easily connect your wired headphones to your Essential Phone
$11.00 TO SHOP
YHX-US Assembly for Essential PH-1 LCD Display Touch...
INSTALLATION: Each item was tested 3 times before shipment, featured with high sensitivity, will not...
$52.00 TO SHOP
Essential Phone PH-1 Case, TUDIA Lightweight...
Not Compatible with 360 Camera . Material : High Quality Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU rubberized gel...
$9.00 TO SHOP

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