Care/Don’t Care: The ‘Essential’ phone review

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Care/Don’t Care: The ‘Essential’ phone review

Essential is a new Android phone company. And right out of the gate, its first phone does probably a better job than any at capturing the look of the iPhone X – no doubt the most coveted handset of 2017. And hey, unlike the iPhone 10, you can actually buy the Essential right now … if you care to.
Try to find me a phone that looks more like the iPhone X. You can’t.

Care: Design

I really like the Essential Phone design. It’s pretty! Like the upcoming iPhone X, it takes its screen – 5.7 inches here – all the way up the front of the phone, leaving only a notch at the top. This is smaller than the iPhone’s “bat ears” notch, because it accommodates just a selfie camera lens, not a bunch of face detection sensors. But, on the bottom of the phone, the Essential does have a bit of a chin bezel, so it’s not quite as all-screen as the iPhone X.

Its glass-titanium-and-ceramic body is very classy and premium feeling. And since I prefer a squared body to a rounded one, I like its looks more than almost anything you’ll be able to buy this year – including those very popular phones by Apple and Samsung.

The Essential Phone, if nothing else, is tremendously pretty.

And, on the topic of looks, I do really care about the fact that Essential is built with the real version of Android, the one that comes on Google’s Pixel phones. That means no hacky, brand-specific home screen…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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