Essential PH-1

Essential PH-1
84

Engadget Review

From its impeccable fit and finish to its impressive bezel-less design, the Essential PH-1 is a truly beautiful smartphone. Even better, it boasts impressive performance and battery life, not to mention one of the cleanest Android experiences you'll find out there. Unfortunately, smartphone cameras have gotten so good that Essential's purely OK shooter will frustrate some. The lack of certain popular niceties, like a headphone jack and water resistance, also make the PH-1 a tougher sell than expected. All told, this is a phenomenal first try and an undeniably solid device, but we're really looking forward to Essential's next attempt.

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Chris Velazco
Chris VelazcoAugust 24, 2017

Pros

  • Incredible build quality
  • Beautiful edge-to-edge display
  • Excellent performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Clean build of Android 7.1.1

Cons

  • Camera needs a lot of work
  • No headphone jack or water resistance
  • Screen could be brighter
  • Glossy back picks up smudges easily
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PH-1

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Key Specs

TYPE
Smartphone
OPERATING SYSTEM
Android
SCREEN SIZE
5.71
INTERNAL MEMORY
128
CAMERA
Yes

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