MrMobile [Michael Fisher] · 318,565 views
I normally like to wait a year to give a smartphone the old "review re-do" treatment, but this is a special case. The Andy Rubin-led tech startup Essential changed everything when it slashed the price of its namesake flagship by $200 barely two months after launch. The price drop from $699 to $499 instantly transformed an overpriced phone with a terrible camera into a genuine bargain … with a terrible camera. Yes, the Essential Phone's optics continue to be a sore spot even after a 28% price cut – but as with most things Android, there's a hack for that. Let’s find out if the deep discount combined with a little sideloading can make the Essential Phone a winner, in MrMobile’s Essential Phone Review Re-Do, brought to you by Thrifter!


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Portions of this review were filmed at Aldo's Coffee Company, Greenport NY:



MrMobile's Essential Phone Review Re-Do was produced following several weeks with a retail PH-1 review device provided by Essential. The device was tested on T-Mobile US and AT&T between Greater Boston, New York City, and rural Long Island. It was paired with an LG Watch Sport for a portion of the testing, and received several updates during the review period.


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