10-15-2017 09:26 PM
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  1. anon(522296)'s Avatar
    So I got my essential last week and really started to like it, then my Note 8 showed up yesterday. Used the Note 8 for a half a day but kept staring at the Essential like it was the pretty girlfriend I kicked to the curb. By last night I switched the sim back to the Essential and it was a breath of fresh air.

    It's just the hands free aspect, simplification and speed of just Google works so well it's very dramatic to me. I can ask it almost anything hands free and it does exactly what I want so it's great for driving or when I don't want to be distracted. I used the Google camera app and it takes great pics, so it's pretty much perfect for me. Something about this device does stir something emotional when you use it.
    09-08-2017 03:21 PM
  2. dpackerz's Avatar
    So I got my essential last week and really started to like it, then my Note 8 showed up yesterday. Used the Note 8 for a half a day but kept staring at the Essential like it was the pretty girlfriend I kicked to the curb. By last night I switched the sim back to the Essential and it was a breath of fresh air.

    It's just the hands free aspect, simplification and speed of just Google works so well it's very dramatic to me. I can ask it almost anything hands free and it does exactly what I want so it's great for driving or when I don't want to be distracted. I used the Google camera app and it takes great pics, so it's pretty much perfect for me. Something about this device does stir something emotional when you use it.
    Welcome to the dark side. Seems to be very few of us.
    09-08-2017 03:45 PM
  3. modifier's Avatar
    It's really grown on me as well. The build quality is like nothing out there. After looking for reasons to return it for something else, I quickly realized how the alternatives probably won't work any better for my use and in some ways be a downgrade. Other than the lack of headphone jack, the less-is-more approach works well for me. I just wish we had a crystal ball to know how well they recover from the launch.

    This morning I had my hands on a Note 8. It's a nice device but didn't impress me enough to want one. About the only alternative I'd consider is a Pixel XL 2, but with it being an LG I'm already reluctant to put it on my list.
    super_rigel likes this.
    09-08-2017 03:48 PM
  4. Faded03cobra198p's Avatar
    I like mine, but need a replacement. unfortunately, I keep getting BS responses from Essential.
    kodos likes this.
    09-08-2017 03:49 PM
  5. digitalbreak's Avatar
    I love this phone for it's build quality, the display and software experience! Yes, there are bugs and I am confident they will be fixed!
    delthor7 and super_rigel like this.
    09-08-2017 04:45 PM
  6. Jaymil's Avatar
    I love the phone but it has me itching for a Mi Mix 2... I switch phones ALOT and I had the Mix for almost half the year last year off and on. I actually had 5 of them... I'd buy one, use it for a month and sell it for a profit, try another phone then end up going back to a mix when I could pick one up at a good price... rinse and repeat.

    This phone is like a smaller mix that runs stock android but I find myself missing the 6.4 inch screen size and the huge battery.
    Scienceguy Labs likes this.
    09-09-2017 12:16 AM
  7. bhatech's Avatar
    I'm almost again about to put my sim back to the essential, using the Note 8 currently and blows the essential camera in how fast it takes pictures and at the same time great pics in all conditions. But then I pick up the essential and play with it for few minutes, it feels so nice. I think the design of the essential is just great, they nailed it. Feels so nice in the hand and that unique full screen gives it unique look. Just few software quirks and missing night mode (I know app can fix it but man I miss that during night). I have my return requested and almost ready, not sure what to do. My mind is saying just keep it but thinking if it's wise given the troubles with the company. I also have a non working 360 camera sitting. Either I have to return all or exchange the 360 camera.

    At this point, not sure what to do because it's perfect size phone. Using my Note 8 it's great in all aspects but the size is little too big. Decisions ... First world problems
    modifier and kodos like this.
    09-09-2017 12:37 AM
  8. bhatech's Avatar
    By the way anyone got the new software update? Build ending with C, I'm still on B. Heard on lastest AC podcast that Andrew got the latest update with September security patch, saw couple of post in Reddit as well mentioning about the update. Wondering anyone else got here, I checked and no update was offered.
    09-09-2017 12:55 AM
  9. modifier's Avatar
    @bhatech Keep in mind that we'll always hear the worst of the worst complaints online. Those who are happy with their devices will rarely join a forum to say how happy they are with their stuff. Forums are where people go for help, advice and to vent about negative experiences. So, using the feedback here can quickly color one's judgment to think that there's a 100% defect rate and the company will be belly-up by tomorrow morning.

    Did anyone think One Plus would survive this long? Probably not at the time.

    Regarding the Sept update, no, nothing here. Most reviewers received engineering samples so it's possible that their IMEI numbers were flagged to get updates first to try and mitigate even more negative reviews. Hopefully we see it soon. I believe Essential claimed security patches on devices purchased direct would drop OTA within two weeks of their release date from Google.
    09-09-2017 05:02 AM
  10. ChuckG73's Avatar
    I love this phone and what Essential is trying to do....putting the camera in the app store was necessary and smart.
    09-09-2017 06:49 AM
  11. pgood4's Avatar
    Really enjoying it as well. Build is phenomenal and I haven't had any issues at all other than touch sensitivity which is just a bit of pressure retraining for my fingers after coming from an S8. It's so much faster and more fluid than my S8.
    09-09-2017 07:25 AM
  12. ChuckG73's Avatar
    09-09-2017 07:39 AM
  13. PhiPsi32's Avatar
    @bhatech

    Did anyone think One Plus would survive this long? Probably not at the time.
    The One Plus One debuted as a budget device . . .
    09-10-2017 01:06 AM
  14. modifier's Avatar
    The One Plus One debuted as a budget device . . .
    Cost aside, they had both launch and availability issues with people quickly predicting their doom. It's always the same. Now we even have a thread predicting a price drop and the future of the company. My point remains that the Internet is inherently negative.
    09-10-2017 06:16 AM
  15. unikrn's Avatar
    I really like this phone. I haven't seen hardware this nice since a Vertu. I just hope they can continue to keep the software updated. It's just so much better than Samsung. pixel2 will be the real competition.
    dpackerz likes this.
    09-10-2017 06:32 AM
  16. Almeuit's Avatar
    I removed some off topic posts. If you want to rant and stuff there are a few other threads that fit that narrative. .
    09-10-2017 09:43 PM
  17. fernandez21's Avatar
    I really like the 360 camera too. It definitely needs some optimizations to speed it up, but it's awesome to just hold it up and record and see all the things happening around you, not only do you get what your shooting at, but also everyone's reactions. Of course now I have to be careful of what I'm doing while recording.
    09-10-2017 10:06 PM
  18. njgill05's Avatar
    I've been quite a fan of this phone since I first opened the box. While I've been a fan of Android since the beginning, and even of the move into Pixel territory, lately the goal seems to become an apple clone which leaves me a bit nonplussed. This is why I really wanted the Essential, it was very stylish and well designed and ran very barebones software. I'm not interested in squeezing my phone, or having everything sync and automate and try to engage me in personal conversation. It's a tool, I want it to do what I tell it and nothing more. That's why I like this phone so much. It's back to basics, but on a gorgeous piece of kit, and very low maintenance.
    09-11-2017 09:05 AM
  19. kodos's Avatar
    I saw a 360 video shot with the camera accessory today. It was pretty good!

    My S8 is a nice phone and feels great in hand. However the heavy Samsung layer on top of Android is terrible.

    So it is great to have a stock Android option with great build quality.
    09-11-2017 10:17 PM
  20. anon(26204)'s Avatar
    It’s nice to see some posts about what people DO like with this phone.

    I went into my local Sprint Store and played with the demo and Phone is nice!!!

    But wow, it’s a lot of people returning their Essential Phone and /or bashing it.
    09-12-2017 05:47 PM
  21. modifier's Avatar
    But wow, it’s a lot of people returning their Essential Phone and /or bashing it.
    That's pretty typical on the Internet. People who are happy with their stuff rarely hop online to praise it. They're too busy enjoying whatever they have. Forums get the bulk of complaints and advice.

    Over on XDA people seem to be pretty happy with theirs in general, with plenty of them rooting and making their own improvements. The hack for full-screen whitelisting makes a huge improvement and actually tipped the scales for me on keeping it. If you do end up getting one, put that mod on your list. It doesn't require root either.
    anon(26204) likes this.
    09-12-2017 06:06 PM
  22. anon(26204)'s Avatar
    That's pretty typical on the Internet. People who are happy with their stuff rarely hop online to praise it. They're too busy enjoying whatever they have. Forums get the bulk of complaints and advice.

    Over on XDA people seem to be pretty happy with theirs in general, with plenty of them rooting and making their own improvements. The hack for full-screen whitelisting makes a huge improvement and actually tipped the scales for me on keeping it. If you do end up getting one, put that mod on your list. It doesn't require root either.
    Ill definitely use that mod. Hopefully Best Buy ships mine today/tonight or tomorrow.
    modifier likes this.
    09-12-2017 06:13 PM
  23. pgood4's Avatar
    Yeah, sometimes I think people are talking about a different phone than the one I have. Mine has been flawless from a build perspective and general usage. The touch sensitivity is a little lower than some other phones, but after a couple of days I'm used to it. I actually prefer it now since my S8 was way too sensitive and I always had stray touches that drove me nuts.
    modifier likes this.
    09-12-2017 07:45 PM
  24. swagglepuff's Avatar
    On day 2 with this phone and all I can say so far is wow. I agree the touch sensitivity is a bit low, but the more you use it the more you just naturally touch a little firmer.

    My software experience has been flawless. This phone just gets things done faster and better. It has sprints LTE+ capabilities, and the updates come from essential not sprint. I had 2 out of the box and I am currently sitting on the September security update.
    modifier likes this.
    09-15-2017 07:55 PM
  25. modifier's Avatar
    On day 2 with this phone and all I can say so far is wow. I agree the touch sensitivity is a bit low, but the more you use it the more you just naturally touch a little firmer.
    Check the tips and tricks sticky at the top of this board. It describes how to increase touch sensitivity.
    09-15-2017 08:48 PM
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