I have used quite a few Android phones over the years and I can safely say that the Essential Phone is my favorite phone. Here are some of the qualities unique to the Essential Phone that make it a phenomenal device.
1. This is the only Essential phone
Essential Phone is the only phone released by Essential. This means that the company can focus on one product. While other companies may not care how consumers feel about a particular model, the Essential Phone’s end user experience is one of the company’s top priorities.
2. Fast and long support cycle
Fast updates aren’t new to the Essential Phone, but it’s not just the speed of updates that matters here. Essential promised device support until August 2019.
Android Oreo and Pie both arrived in August. If Android Q (Quince Jam? Quiche? We don’t know yet) does the same, or even if it’s a few weeks later, Essential plans to deliver that update.
This would mean the Essential Phone launched with Android 7.0 Nougat and is expected to launch Android 10 by the end of its support cycle. In the Android world, this is, by essence, unprecedented.
3. Basic phone gets better with age
A small but dedicated team at Essential pushed out fixes to address early issues with the phone’s software. The camera app is faster and more stable. The apps have also had time to adjust to the notch on the front of the camera. This is all in addition to two major Android version upgrades.
This does not mean that the phone does not have problems. Some users have reported seeing more dropped Bluetooth connections. However, the consensus seems to be that the phone delivers a better experience than when it was new.
4. There is no branding
There is no giant logo on the back of the Essential Phone. Essential not only resisted the temptation to engrave its name anywhere, but you won’t find certification details or any other text either.
I find logos vibrant and a form of advertising that I don’t need in my life. I’m willing to risk damaging the device if I believe there’s a chance of removing the logo. In the past, I’ve been able to peel the bright red BoomSound branding off the bottom of my old HTC One without leaving any marks. But, unfortunately, there was no way to remove HTC’s own logo on the front and back of the device.