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