Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Essential Phone. This is the one you get when you don’t want the latest Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone, yet don’t want to compromise on quality, performance, and value. In essence (no pun intended), the Essential phone is basically just that, a ton of tech, a ton of features, powerful hardware, but not a lot of bloatware. For those of you non-familiar with phone verbiage, bloatware are all of the unnecessary apps and programs that come installed with the phone by either the manufacturer or service provider. Bloatware is especially annoying in that many times you can’t actually uninstall these without going through non-traditional app removal methods. The Essential phone get’s rid of, or better said, comes without any of the fluff. The company itself also happens to be founded by Andy Rubin, the founder of Android before it was acquired by Google. What you have then is a really, really good product developed by someone on a mission to deliver a premium quality phone, without all the unnecessary fluff, at a very reasonable price. As far as the device is concerned the phone is super clean, super sleek. In the hand it feels ultra-luxurious.
The phone is wrapped in a titanium shell with a ceramic back plate and up front you’re greeted by a massive edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass 5 display. The material choices for the construction of the phone are second to none. Now before we get into the technical aspects of the phone, if you take a moment and browse through the pictures above you’ll notice a metal accessory that looks like an eyeball. That’s actually a double sided fish-eye lense that allows 360° image and video capture. This also happens to be one of the smallest 360° cameras on the planet. Say however you’re not in the mood to walk around with a floating eyeball, the dual rear-facing cameras offer up to 13 megapixels of image capture and the front facing camera captures images up to 8 megapixels. It also just so happens to shoot 4K video as well. You know, for selfies. The fingerprint scanner is in just the right spot and the phone transitions from app to app like a Ferrari. At $499 unlocked (without the 360° camera), the Essential phone is hands-down one to consider for your next phone purchase. Photo © Essential