The Pros and Cons of Owning The Essential Phone

It’s made of unique materials and comes with a magnetic 360 camera, but some say it can be improved and is too hard to repair.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, Essential Phone, which is now available in Canada, is a premium smartphone developed by American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and CEO Andy Rubin.

Rubin is co-founder and CEO of Android Inc., which was bought out by Google back in 2005 for around $50 million, and the brains behind Android systems in general. Kind of amazing. This new phone seeks to take on the smartphone world, and is setting its goals in the heavens.

The company seeks to achieve the kind of relationship Apple has built with its iPhone fans.

Thinking of switching? Here are some of the pros and cons of taking the leap and buying an Essential Phone:


1) It’s Beautiful

The Essential Phone is a sleek premium smartphone that rivals those of other top Android smartphone producers like Google and Samsung. With a large screen and a relatively small body, it’s a unique mixture of elements in the smartphone world. Buyers can choose from white, black, gray or green.

2) It Uses the Same Hardware as Other Top Rated Phones

As you might expect, this phone comes loaded with the same hardware inside other top-rated Android phones, which makes sense as the creator was a developer of the initial Android system itself.

The Essential comes with 128 GB of storage, a Qualcomm 835 processor, and 4GB of RAM.

3) It Has as Huge Screen

The screen is a distinct part of the Essential. It’s built to be edge-to-edge and while this isn’t something consumers haven’t seen before, this one is a bit different.

The screen is 5.7-inches which is bigger than what’s offered on an iPhone 7 Plus or Pixel XL but the phone itself is smaller and on par with the iPhone 7 and Pixel.

4) It Comes With a 360 Degree Camera That Snaps on the Back

One of the keynote features of the Essential is that it comes with a 360 camera that you can attach to the phone with magnets. The device is the first in what its makers promise to be a long line of devices compatible with a new system for wireless module accessories to come.

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5) It’s Easy to View

The display comes in 2560 x 1312 pixels, and is easily viewable in sunlight; a must in a premium phone.

6) It’s Unique in Terms of Materials

If you want to put your money towards a device that stands out, this could be it. It’s built with a titanium rail, a ceramic back and loaded with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.

7) It’s Durable

The Essential’s unique materials are said to make it more durable than some other premium smartphones. The titanium is supposed to make it less susceptible to cracking when dropped, and the ceramic back is scratch-resistant.

8) The Battery Is Solid

Critics have found the battery to last all day and then some, putting the device on par with other premium phones.


1) It’s Very Hard to Repair

The Essential Phone has been given a 1 out of 10 by iFixit on the repairability scale. Apparently, it’s incredibly hard to get the phone open prompting iFixit to declare that “Any attempt at repair is likely to inflict as much damage as it fixes.”

2) It Has an LCD Screen

Standing out from some competition, this phone comes equipped with an LCD screen instead of OLED. Because of this, the Essential Phone won’t work with VR headsets like Google Daydream.

3) There is No Standard 3.5mm Headphone Jack

This feature is missing. The phone does come with a USB-C dongle, though.

4) The Camera Could Be Improved

According to reviewers like the, the Essential Phone’s camera is good but it doesn’t quite compete with the very best smartphone cameras out there. Why? Other phones may be faster and do better in low-light settings.

5) It Isn’t Waterproof

Don’t drop it in the toilet via your back pocket.

6) There’s No Wireless Charging

Perhaps this is to come? At the moment, it’s not an option for Essential Phone users.

To buy an Essential Phone in Canada, check out Telus, or Best Buy. 

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