02-11-2018 12:08 PM
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  1. dmateo's Avatar
    Just powered it up and put the SIM card in. Will let you guys know how it goes. Loving the stock Android experience, haptic feedback and one-handed usability thus far.

    Working out a few things such as screen casting videos and such but I think I can figure it out. How is everyone sideloading the pixel2 cam?
    01-25-2018 09:55 PM
  2. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    Just download the modified camera app apk, enable unknown sources if necessary and install. You need to change some device settings in app for HDR to work. Pixel 2Xl for device and Nexus 6 for HDR works. Doesn't work with monochrome camera.
    01-25-2018 11:07 PM
  3. dmateo's Avatar
    already noticed pixelation in the screen so this one will have to go back....
    01-25-2018 11:37 PM
  4. dejanh's Avatar
    already noticed pixelation in the screen so this one will have to go back....
    What do you mean “pixelation”?
    01-25-2018 11:40 PM
  5. dmateo's Avatar
    What do you mean “pixelation”?
    The top left of the screen has a blur thatvwont go away despite my resetting the device. There's also screen burn on the bottom right and three small dots that remain the same color no matter what page or screen I'm on when using the device. Pretty upsetting as I was really looking forward to giving the phone a fair shot. Might just have it swapped out for a replacement and try this again.
    01-26-2018 05:23 AM
  6. pchain's Avatar
    Ha - I went from the PH-1 to Note 8... :-)
    01-26-2018 10:20 AM
  7. dejanh's Avatar
    The top left of the screen has a blur thatvwont go away despite my resetting the device. There's also screen burn on the bottom right and three small dots that remain the same color no matter what page or screen I'm on when using the device. Pretty upsetting as I was really looking forward to giving the phone a fair shot. Might just have it swapped out for a replacement and try this again.
    Blur is not normal. Screen burn is not possible on this device as it is LED, not OLED. Sounds like you have some dead pixels. I would swap it and try again. I just got my second Essential device (4th overall since launch), and while one had the cloth grille hole issue, the other 3 have been perfect.
    01-26-2018 01:11 PM
  8. dmateo's Avatar
    Blur is not normal. Screen burn is not possible on this device as it is LED, not OLED. Sounds like you have some dead pixels. I would swap it and try again. I just got my second Essential device (4th overall since launch), and while one had the cloth grille hole issue, the other 3 have been perfect.
    Why go through so many?
    01-26-2018 02:42 PM
  9. dejanh's Avatar
    Why go through so many?
    First one I bought and exchanged because of the defective grille. I then had performance issues with Nougat and Oreo was not yet released so I ended up returning the phone all together. After the phone got discounted again, I decided to buy it again and this time I decided to keep it. Oreo resolved my software issues. In fact, I liked the phone so much this time around I decided to buy one more as a spare.
    01-28-2018 01:40 AM
  10. Theot's Avatar
    I have to admit, something about this phone is intriguing to me. At the same time I'm having a hard time leaving my G6 because it's just been so solid.

    What made you leave the Note 8 dmateo?
    01-28-2018 11:34 AM
  11. dmateo's Avatar
    I have to admit, something about this phone is intriguing to me. At the same time I'm having a hard time leaving my G6 because it's just been so solid.

    What made you leave the Note 8 dmateo?
    I still haven't left it yet but quIte frankly I miss the stock Android experience I had with previous nexus devices. The essential phone is somewhat of an underdog in the smartphone world so I wanted to give it a fair chance, especially because of Andy Rubin's involvement with it. I returned the PH1 after noticing the dead pixels and blur that wouldn't go away on the top left of the screen. It was also verry laggy. Bit the bullet and ordered a pixel 2xl this morning. I hope the next essential phone is less glitchy as I really wanted to love that device and I keep telling myself that it was simply a lemon and to try at it once more. Will probably be giving my N8 to my father.
    01-28-2018 04:18 PM
  12. tech_head's Avatar
    I have to admit, something about this phone is intriguing to me. At the same time I'm having a hard time leaving my G6 because it's just been so solid.

    What made you leave the Note 8 dmateo?
    As soon as my PH-1 is related from Sprint jail, my LG G6 goes on Swappa.
    There are some things I like about the G6. Mostly the microSD.

    But the build of the PH-1 is just sexy compared to the LG.
    01-29-2018 06:45 PM
  13. dmateo's Avatar
    just got my second essential last night and had a cluster of dead pixels on the lower left corner again! I just can't seem to get lucky with a decent one...
    02-04-2018 11:11 AM
  14. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    just got my second essential last night and had a cluster of dead pixels on the lower left corner again! I just can't seem to get lucky with a decent one...
    My first two had issues but nothing as bad as dead pixels. The third phone has no defects. Where did you purchase the phone from?
    02-04-2018 03:00 PM
  15. dmateo's Avatar
    My first two had issues but nothing as bad as dead pixels. The third phone has no defects. Where did you purchase the phone from?
    Amazon... I was thinking of going for one directly from essential at this point or just giving up. I'm currently undecided between keeping my note 8, switching to a panda pixel 2xl which arrives tomorrow or going for the essential phone.
    02-04-2018 03:17 PM
  16. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    Amazon... I was thinking of going for one directly from essential at this point or just giving up. I'm currently undecided between keeping my note 8, switching to a panda pixel 2xl which arrives tomorrow or going for the essential phone.
    It's possible Amazon is still selling some phones from earlier stock which had known quality control issues. I ordered the pure white from Amazon to get the new speaker grill material and hopefully avoid earlier quality control problems.
    02-04-2018 03:31 PM
  17. dmateo's Avatar
    just got number 3 today from amazon... let's hope for the best!!! putting my sim in for the week. pixel 2xl arrives tomorrow, wish I had ordered a case for the essential but it'll mostly spend it's time in my suit jacket pocket so it'll be fine
    02-04-2018 07:09 PM
  18. dmateo's Avatar
    so far so good... still can't tell if it has the cloth or mesh though. it looks like mesh in there I can't see cloth
    02-04-2018 08:12 PM
  19. dmateo's Avatar
    Unfortunately I'm having trouble pairing to my bose qc35 and that is definitely a deal breaker for me... will try again later
    02-05-2018 07:56 AM
  20. dmateo's Avatar
    nvm got it fixed so far still good
    02-05-2018 08:07 AM
  21. dmateo's Avatar
    not sure how scratch resistant the back of the phone actually is as it spent the day in my suit jacket pocket and still has some very light scratches on the back. they're barely noticeable but I know they're there. grrrrrr
    02-05-2018 05:16 PM
  22. Theot's Avatar
    not sure how scratch resistant the back of the phone actually is as it spent the day in my suit jacket pocket and still has some very light scratches on the back. they're barely noticeable but I know they're there. grrrrrr
    Sure seems like suit pocket material would not be abrasive enough to effect the coating. That's a shame. Are you one not to use a case?

    I'm still on the fence on this phone. Some things I really like about it and others like this and the speaker grill material make me leery.
    02-06-2018 02:00 PM
  23. anon(10268214)'s Avatar
    Sure seems like suit pocket material would not be abrasive enough to effect the coating. That's a shame. Are you one not to use a case?

    I'm still on the fence on this phone. Some things I really like about it and others like this and the speaker grill material make me leery.
    No way it scratched that easily. Not unless your pocket was full of pebbles and you rolled down a hill. Lol.
    02-06-2018 04:38 PM
  24. dmateo's Avatar
    No way it scratched that easily. Not unless your pocket was full of pebbles and you rolled down a hill. Lol.
    Lol.. yeah it's weird although I've heard of others complain about receiving this device with light hairline scratches on the back. I'm not the biggest fan of cases tbh and actually appreciated the fact that this phone was advertised as being super durable.
    02-06-2018 04:57 PM
  25. dmateo's Avatar
    decided to stay with the essential phone! as I'm back to using my note 8 and after tinkering with the p2xl there was something about that phone that I missed.. I think it was how compact it was while still providing an excellent and manageable screen size
    02-06-2018 08:18 PM
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