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Nextbit Robin

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Nextbit's first phone is as ambitious as it is pretty. The phone's way of automatically backing up apps and photos you haven't touched in a while works better than expected, and just might free some people from the dread of full phone anxiety. Too bad, then, that the unremarkable camera and disappointing battery life detract from a thoughtful (and truly cool) experience.

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Pros
  • Cloud backups work well
  • Gorgeous design
  • Nearly stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Cons
  • Camera can be slow to shoot
  • Mediocre battery life
79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

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MobilPcTech
I would never recommend this phone to anyone. Besides having a charging port...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
70
CNET
Nextbit's unlocked Robin is a decent midrange Android phone, but its novel cloud storage concept isn't seamless enough for the masses.
 
80
VentureBeat
One of the most aesthetically unique ... smartphones on the market today. At $400, it offers a good value, featuring many components usually found on flagship-class devices. Those two aspects are its main selling points, not the cloud functionality, and they should be your primary considerations.
 
70
The Verge
Nextbit’s real innovation will be the idea of its cloud storage system, not the Robin itself. Ideas are great, but when it comes to buying a phone, spending $400 on an idea might not be that great.
 
70
Pocket-Lint
The Nextbit Robin offers a good Android experience without breaking the bank. But as much as it is unique in its problem solving, it seems to have created a problem that didn't neccessarily need solving and carries with it problems you'll not find elsewhere.
 
80
Android Central
I went into this review thinking I would be talking about an average phone with a cloud gimmick, but I ended up using a really good phone that can also do some cloud archival magic if you need it. I'm impressed.
 
80
BGR
It certainly won’t be for everyone and you won’t find it fighting for shelf space at your local carrier store with Galaxy phones and iPhones anytime soon, but it’s a breath of fresh air in a somewhat stagnant market and I have little doubt that it will quickly build a loyal fan base.
 
70
Gizmodo
With great usability, stellar hardware, and features that avoid the “gimmick” graveyard, the Robin is an amazing 1.o device. I say one dot zero because the real utility of a cloud phone doesn’t seem like enough right now to keep an everyday shopper from a storage-expandable cheap phone.
 
80
Android Authority
The Nextbit Robin offers a unique design, almost-stock Android interface and excellent speakers, and while the battery and cloud storage feature need improving, this is definitely a phone that leaves a lasting impression.
 
80
TechCrunch
Despite the occasional hardware quirk, the Nextbit Robin really is something special. It’s been a long wait for early-backers of the Kickstarter campaign and I certainly doubt many of them will be disappointed with the device when it lands at their front doors today.
 
80
The Guardian
Crowd-funded smartphone is thin, capable, has a decent camera and excellent fingerprint scanner, for a mid-range price.