Last Updated: 19 Apr 2019

Essential Phone 128GB 4GB RAM 5 71in QHD Water Resistant IP54 GSM CDMA Factory Unlocked AT T Sprint T Mobile Verizon Black Moon Renewed

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2019
7.1
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Device Compatibility
 26
iphone, verizon, device, refurbished, bluetooth
+65%
-35%
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" ...  I use several Bluetooth devices and I've had no issues. ... I purchased this to replace a secondary device. ... I'm very much looking forward to replacing my primary device.  ...  "
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" ...  I was very interested in the Essential PH-1 when it first hit the market, but wasn't very interested in the phone's initial price. ... It seems that the phone I received (and based on forum posts, the phones most people receive) was setup for Sprint. ... The internal system info screen reports that the phone has a max download speed on Verizon of 102Mbps. ... I may actually purchase another reconditioned phone for my business line.  ...  "
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" ...  So i had researched this phone, read the good and bad. ... Now the second phone.  ...  "
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" ...  So far, it does what I need it to do my concern was that it would hook up to my Kia connect in my car.  ...  "
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" ...  Love my new phone  ...  "
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" ...  Compared to the Samsung S5, this phone is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Love the design remind me of iPhone 4s  ...  "
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" ...  I like this phone.  ...  "
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Software Platform
 25
android, phone, root, apps, stock
+76%
-24%
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" ...  Love the lack of bloat ware and ability to customize the phone. ... FYI: Essential pushed out a Pie Security update today. ... I'll continue update as needed.  ...  "
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" ...  The answer for me was a pure Android 9.0 OS, running with root access, and a single onboard storage. ... And between the experience of rooting the phone and the features that brings me, it easily makes this phone a more enjoyable device to use over the S9+ - and as far as the battery goes? ... OS: 8/10 ... Root process: 5/10 ... But I wouldn't necessarily recommend downgrading from a 2018 flagship device for it unless you REALLY want root access.  ...  "
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" ...  But, if your like me and don't really care about the camera(which is still usable) this is the stock android budget phone that uve been looking for  ...  "
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" ...  Not filled with a bunch of bloat ware.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the stock android and build quality.  ...  "
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" ...  I love that it's not loaded with junk apps I would never use.  ...  "
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" ...  This phone, for this price, + Google camera app, is just mind blowing! ... That's all, keep the same design, the same internals, and forget about developing the camera app, we are using google camera anyway.  ...  "
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" ...  I have waited so long to find a phone that would allow me to add and remove apps as I see fit and this one is it. ... It upgraded to Android 9.0with no issues and worked right away with my Verizon, 4g LTE service.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 17
phone, display, turned, scratches, scratch
+65%
-35%
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" ...  If someone from essential company is reading this, please if you're thinking about making PH-2, all we need is an AMOLED screen, and a 500 $ price tag.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen looks nice (for the ones that turned on), the phone feels good in the hand with the titanium/ceramic shell .  ...  "
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" ...  Premium build Quality, fast stok android, huge display for the Measurements with great Price  ...  "
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" ...  Very nice and clear screen, the snapdragon processor is snappy and lag free.  ...  "
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" ...  The LED screen looks great so far, crisp and clear, though haven't used it in bright sunlight yet. ... This has a similar feature in which you can have the time on the screen while charging, which would basically serve the same purpose. ... However due to the LED screen on this phone the entire screen slightly glows from the backlight along with the clock, unlike the OLED screen in which only the text is illuminated and is less obtrusive.  ...  "
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" ...  Fast processor and excellent display quality. ... Finding a good screen protector is a little difficult.  ...  "
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" ...  Going from Samsungs Amoled screens to this was an adjustment but I'm getting used to it. ... Screen Visuals: 7/10  ...  "
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" ...  Its crisp screen ( not rlly high color and depth or whatever in my opinion but great still ) and no logos straight make it look like a government phone men in black stylee.  ...  "
Build Quality
 16
solid, feels, scratches, scratch, quick
+75%
-25%
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" ...  It's a heavier phone than I'm used to but it feels good.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks and feels absolutely brand new.  ...  "
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" ...  She like the basics of the essential phone if it worked right and we had already purchased and opened a case .  ...  "
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" ...  A brief overview, this thing feels very premium in terms of build. ... Build/Feel: 9/10  ...  "
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" ...  - Construction: the titanium/Gorilla Glass 5 construction is very solid. ... The phone has a very solid feel to it, and is comfortable to hold. ... I like magnetic connectors, and am looking forward to trying out the 360-degree camera (especially since it's less than $40 right now), and may even splurge on the Essential Audio attachment with built in DAC and amp since there is no headphone jack.  ...  "
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" ...  A few things I didn't quite, it is a bit heavy but does feel like a solid phone.  ...  "
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" ...  Not a mark or scratch anywhere.  ...  "
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" ...  Really love this phone works with MetroPCS, and it's really fast, there some scratches but it's not noticeable, but wish they would have the aux adapter  ...  "
Screen Protection
 15
phone, protector, visible, scratches, scratch
+33%
-67%
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" ...  phone comes with cracks and dents.  ...  "
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" ...  The replacement phone arrived and it had a line down center of display.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen scratched HEAVILY after a few days of having it.  ...  "
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" ...  I want a new phone replaced, came busted and screen split get back at me Amazon, this product is garbage  ...  "
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" ...  We turn it on and all seems well, though there is visible water damage in the top left quadrant of the screen. ... The top left area of the screen is very weak in responding to touch, likely also from the visible water damage this phone suffered.  ...  "
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" ...  Just to add all of the screen protectors for this phone suck, no one makes a protector that covers the entire screen -.-.  ...  "
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" ...  I just received this phone and it turned on normally, I started to set it up but the screen stopped responding to my touches.  ...  "
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" ...  The phone a very visible scratch on the screen.  ...  "
Battery Life
 13
life, phone, good, charge, batter
+69%
-31%
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" ...  The battery has been very good usually lasts me two days or more.  ...  "
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" ...  When I plugged it in to charge it it was at 69% which is around what I see most new phone's battery level.  ...  "
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" ...  With the same size batter this phone lasts 2X longer, even thou I put a new battery in my last phone, pictures are great.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm able to get through the day using about 40% of the battery (College Student Lifestyle).  ...  "
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" ...  - Battery: the battery life is excellent compared to my Pixel and previous Galaxy phones.  ...  "
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" ...  I will update on batter life as I update the review.  ...  "
Design
 12
new, phone, feels, brand, like
+100%
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" ...  Love the design remind me of iPhone 4s  ...  "
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" ...  Phone looks brand new.  ...  "
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" ...  A brief overview, this thing feels very premium in terms of build. ... Build/Feel: 9/10  ...  "
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" ...  It is slippery as a used car salesman so get a case I kinda hate to put one on mine because it is so beautiful.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks and feels absolutely brand new.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks and works like new.  ...  "
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" ...  This phone is gorgeous. ... It looks brand new.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything else about this phone is fantastic, it just feels and looks quality.  ...  "
Apps
 11
phone, software, see, restore, launcher
+64%
-36%
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" ...  Using camera app from app store works better.  ...  "
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" ...  That's all, keep the same design, the same internals, and forget about developing the camera app, we are using google camera anyway.  ...  "
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" ...  Love that there are no instakled apps.  ...  "
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" ...  The stock camera app works extremely well.  ...  "
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" ...  The answer for me was a pure Android 9.0 OS, running with root access, and a single onboard storage.  ...  "
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" ...  I was able to restore a backup of my old phone even after completing setup of the new phone by downloading Nova launcher, then creating an Activity widget for Android ... Restore and importing my Google Drive backup.  ...  "
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" ...  I love that it's not loaded with junk apps I would never use.  ...  "
Price
 10
phone, money, one, good, get
+100%
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" ...  Best bang for the money.  ...  "
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" ...  So, a quick review of what I think about the specs for the money: ... This phone was absolute garbage at it's original price, but for under $300 it's extremely good.  ...  "
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" ...  Great phone for the money.  ...  "
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" ...  For the price you can't beat this phone.  ...  "
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" ...  Good cost performance!  ...  "
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" ...  but for the price I took a chance . ... Couldn't beat the price.  ...  "
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" ...  For the money you can not do better. ... This phone won't disappoint at this price.  ...  "
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" ...  Great phone for the money.  ...  "
Overall performance
 9
phone, responsive, processor, fast, touch
+100%
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" ...  Fast processor and excellent display quality.  ...  "
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" ...  Very nice and clear screen, the snapdragon processor is snappy and lag free.  ...  "
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" ...  My most important features were speed, good memory, and low price.  ...  "
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" ...  Performance: 7/10  ...  "
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" ...  A couple generations behind in CPU in 2019 but still very fast and responsive.  ...  "
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" ...  Other than that, you simply can't get a 835 processor on any other phone under $300 and it is simply incredible.  ...  "
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" ...  Good cost performance!  ...  "
SIM
 9
phone, card, get, worked, verizon
+44%
-56%
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" ...  I had Verizon move my number to another SIM card from my old Verizon phone. ... Put the SIM in and It kept complaining of no SIM.  ...  "
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" ...  Initially, the phone worked, but after updating it, I got an "invalid sim" error.  ...  "
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" ...  The SIM card is exposed, stuffed with an object and is the ejector module is perforated on the right side.  ...  "
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" ...  Took me all day to fix this, to get on a current build and get sim to work.  ...  "
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" ...  I try to use it in SIM in Japanese IIJmio (D plan).  ...  "
Fit
 9
case, hold, solid, poetic, one
+100%
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" ...  Like most similar phones it is small in my hand so a case will not only protect it but make it more substantial to hold, which I prefer. ... So I went with the Poetic Guardian [Revised Version] and a pouch to clip onto my belt. ... As for the Poetic Guardian [Revised Version] ( found it cheaper on another site) it fits the phone perfectly and built-in screen protector does not interfere with operation. ... The case looks excellent and bulked up the phone nicely making it better to hold.  ...  "
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" ...  Get a case for this SLICK phone .  ...  "
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" ...  It is slippery as a used car salesman so get a case I kinda hate to put one on mine because it is so beautiful.  ...  "
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" ...  The phone has a very solid feel to it, and is comfortable to hold.  ...  "
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" ...  As long as this phone holds up, won't be buying another phone anytime soon.  ...  "
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" ...  Highly recommend a case, as the phone is slippery with out it.  ...  "
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" ...  A few things I didn't quite, it is a bit heavy but does feel like a solid phone.  ...  "
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" ...  Will definitely recommend this phone to friends, family, and clients that I feel it would be a good fit for!  ...  "
Charging
 9
charger, charging, wireless charging, usb, rapid
+67%
-33%
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" ...  It is a great device, I received it with a charging brick, usb c cable and the usb c to headphone converter.  ...  "
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" ...  When I plugged it in to charge it it was at 69% which is around what I see most new phone's battery level. ... it came with the rapid charger and charged extremely fast. ... Faster than the S10 plus does with its stock charger. ... Of course he has 10 does charge faster with rapid charger.  ...  "
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" ...  does come with original charger.  ...  "
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" ...  It charges quick af, No bloatware at all, and the build quality is excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  My Pixel didn't have wireless charge capability either, but going back to my Galaxy S5, wireless charging has been available. ... Fast charging works with most of my existing chargers (Anker wall chargers).  ...  "
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" ...  It was packed securely and came with the AC charge adapter and cable. ... This has a similar feature in which you can have the time on the screen while charging, which would basically serve the same purpose.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 8
replacement, 2, years, waiting, sending
+63%
-38%
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" ...  Will update in about a week  ...  "
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" ...  using it on AT&T with no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Then again the Edge S7 was over 3X the price 2 1/2 years ago.  ...  "
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" ...  It's working so far.  ...  "
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" ...  I activated it and had no issues getting it working right away.  ...  "
Marketplace
 8
refurbished, com, amazon, works, original
+38%
-63%
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" ...  doesn't comes with original box even doesn't has original accessories.  ...  "
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" ...  Factory refurbished does not mean brand new for sure.  ...  "
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" ...  I then had 2 days for them to review. ... I asked for a replacement which was an option btw .  ...  "
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" ...  Do not buy refurbished.  ...  "
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" ...  I always used Amazon in Japan, so I was relieved, but Amazon.com is so complicated.  ...  "
Camera
 8
phone, taking, ur, really, quality
+88%
-13%
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" ...  The camera is great, yes it could be better but for me, its sufficient would have like a bit more features on it, It is basic.  ...  "
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" ...  Camera isn't too bad as others have claimed .  ...  "
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" ...  The only thing i am not crazy about is the slight delay in the camera though it takesn excellent quality shots.  ...  "
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" ...  Using a tripod and comparing, g cam does work better. ... The only picture I took of the phone itself was with the 360 camera attached so I can do a review of that. ... I didn't see any reason and taking any other pictures since there are plenty of pictures of it new online.  ...  "
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" ...  She also loves the camera and says the picture quality is excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  Got the 360° camera and it worker great!  ...  "
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" ...  The camera is OK, not that great but I haven't used it really(I never use my camera on any phone). ... But, if your like me and don't really care about the camera(which is still usable) this is the stock android budget phone that uve been looking for  ...  "
Comfort
 7
hands, feels, feel, nice, like
+100%
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" ...  I have no complaints there and it certainly stood up to the S9+ in terms of feel in the hand, in fact - I prefer the way the Essential PH-1 feels and like it's size more.  ...  "
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" ...  Holding it is a joy.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a heavier phone than I'm used to but it feels good.  ...  "
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" ...  It feels so nice in the hands.  ...  "
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" ...  The phone has a very solid feel to it, and is comfortable to hold. ... I don't like the giant phablet sized phones and this one is comfortable even with my large hands.  ...  "
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" ...  Well worth bending my Pixel 2 in half to get my hands on this amazing phone Essential phone.  ...  "
Returns
 6
replacement, sent, refund, update, option
+17%
-83%
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" ...  I have had to return the phone.  ...  "
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" ...  They sent second replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  Sent in my return/replacement request as it showed I had 90 days. ... I asked for a replacement which was an option btw . ... the only option, its the same thing return/replace . ... So basically I was waiting for like 2 weeks for an update on my replacement it said was coming that never existed or should have been a choice. ... then stated the refund would go through until after the 12th or 13th (I get it its a weekend). ... So nobody knew about my account and no replacement or anything until I called in after sending and asking questions over and over.  ...  "
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" ...  If it is a replacement, you can return the defective item after sending the substitute item. ... If it is a return, it will waste a few days to send it there, several days to refund processing, a couple of days and days to reorder after arriving . ... I give up and continue to use as it is or I'm wondering whether I will return it.  ...  "
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" ...  I wanted a refund but I have to again return and wait for my refund to buy a new phone.  ...  "
Defective Delivery
 5
item, sending, return, replacement, 10
+40%
-60%
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" ...  The phone was already damaged when I received.  ...  "
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" ...  But it works so i give it that second star because i basically overpaid for damaged goods!  ...  "
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" ...  I thought it was fine because it was a refurbished product, but that was not the case. ... If it is a replacement, you can return the defective item after sending the substitute item.  ...  "
Network
 5
phone, verizon
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Network connection wise, it is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Signal is better than my old G5 plus on AT&T .  ...  "
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" ...  My Wi-Fi range has been great as well.  ...  "
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" ...  My only "compliant" is that I'm not getting as great a signal on the new phone.  ...  "
Cables
 4
securely, issue, phone, jack, headphone
+25%
-75%
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" ...  And since this a phone without a headphone jack I can't just start using audio cable or headphones with a cable.  ...  "
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" ...  I feel like it is in fact a hardware issue, maybe the screens ribbon cable not connected securely enough or something similar.  ...  "
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" ...  The only issue I found was about the cable in the box.  ...  "
Original Product
 4
original, like, brand new
+25%
-75%
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" ...  doesn't comes with original box even doesn't has original accessories.  ...  "
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" ...  Factory refurbished does not mean brand new for sure.  ...  "
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" ...  Do not buy refurbished.  ...  "
Ports
 4
adapter, phone, usb, securely, issue
+50%
-50%
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" ...  The phone arrived in physically decent shape, but it was missing the USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter.  ...  "
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" ...  I feel like it is in fact a hardware issue, maybe the screens ribbon cable not connected securely enough or something similar.  ...  "
Cleaning
 4
clean, white, get, fingerprint
+75%
-25%
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" ...  A little different but very clean system.  ...  "
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" ...  In short, if you're looking for a phone with solid build quality and a clean OS that doesn't set you back 750+, then I'd recommend checking this phone out.  ...  "
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" ...  The case is a fingerprint magnet, but easily cleaned.  ...  "
Memory
 3
phone, onboard, internal storage, google, drive
+100%
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" ...  The answer for me was a pure Android 9.0 OS, running with root access, and a single onboard storage. ... Having a phone with 128gb of onboard storage was a lot easier for me to manage.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't see the lack of removable SD card to be a disadvantage, as 128GB of internal storage is more than enough for my needs (Google Drive and included unlimited Google Photos storage reduces the internal storage that I use). ... Restore and importing my Google Drive backup.  ...  "
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" ...  The construction of the phone is amazing and everything works smoothly and briskly with ample ram and internal storage.  ...  "
Delivery
 3
one, replacement
+100%
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" ...  Came in like new condition.  ...  "
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" ...  Received the phone yesterday, one day ahead of the stated delivery date.  ...  "

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