Essential Phone PH-1 Review

Essential, a new company in the smartphone industry has released their first product called Essential PH-1 and although it’s pretty good, it doesn’t really compete on the highest level. The design is absolutely fantastic and easily one of the best we’ve seen, but in terms of functionality, it is not as impressive. Firstly, it is missing a ton of features which are available in the high-end smartphones. Secondly, it is extremely expensive in spite of the fact that it doesn’t come with a lot of features. If design and some basic features is all you need, and you have a ton of cash just lying around, then you can give Essential phone a shot, otherwise, it is better to wait for well-established brand to churn out new smartphone iterations.

Design

This is where Essential Phone PH-1 really shines. Instead of covering anything with icons, it basically gives you the whole screen – the design which Apple is adapting with iPhone X. This gives a whole new feeling to the phone. The metal backside is brilliantly designed as well, and makes the phone feel good in one’s hands. It is easy to carry around, work with, and is quite user friendly. However, one thing to note here is that it doesn’t include headphone jack, which is a huge letdown.

Performance

Essential PH-1 boasts Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, and 4GB of RAM. This is a standard for most of the high-end smartphone these days and these specifications allow you to do multi-tasking without compromising on speed.

Camera

PH-1 comes equipped with Dual 13 MP camera which is absolutely brilliant and takes the shots extremely well. The camera is supported by phase detection, laser autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, and HDR features. The front camera is of 8MP and has the ability to record videos in full HD i.e. 1080p, 60fps. So when it comes to camera, you will have nothing to worry about as its downright fantastic.

Storage

The phone does not support an external memory card, so you will have to make do with the 128GB of internal storage that it comes with. There are no other versions either – if you want to buy this phone, then you will have to get the 128GB version.

Battery

PH-1 contains 3040 mAh battery, which under extreme conditions, can last easily for a day. People, who don’t use their phone as much, can easily make it last for a couple of days. The best part about the battery is that it recharges really fast. So even if your device is out of juice, you can get it up and running in no time.

Verdict

Essential Phone PH-1 is incredible in almost every way. However, it tries too hard to be an iPhone. No headphone jack was a huge deal-breaker for a lot of people and it makes no sense for a new company to not feature it in their very first smartphone. Furthermore, it costs over 750$, which is almost the price of the latest iPhone currently available in the market. There’s no reason why anyone would go for Essential phone, when they can get iPhone 8 at the same price. As I said in the beginning, PH-1 is an amazing device, but there is no reason to opt for it at 750$, when you can get an iPhone 8 at almost the same price.

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