Essential Phone – Software Rant


Hey guys, Miles here with XDA TV, and I’ve been using the Essential phone for almost a full month now and it’s a pretty decent phone and the main thing that all the other reviewers and Essential themselves talk about, is the clean and smooth stock Android experience on the phone But for me my experience has been quite the opposite of clean and smooth, so just a quick disclaimer: major ranting ahead The essential phone is running Android 7.1.1 out of the box, and there’s literally nothing else added to it in terms of extra software or features just pure stock Android, so the phone performance-wise was not bad The only buggy and slow thing about the phone at first was the camera. The app would crash and lag all the time, So thank God they came up with the port for the Google camera Can I just talk about Essential’s camera app for a second? Like, take a look at the whole branding scheme and how the phone itself looks and then take a nice good look at this goofy looking camera app icon as well as the UI of the app itself It’s the most out of place thing with the entire phone and I don’t know who thought that was a good idea to make it look like this. So after about a week of using the phone that’s when the seriously annoying bugs started occurring. Lots of app crashes, the phone had lots of slowdowns, and this is something I’ve never really experienced on a basically brand new flagship Android phone not on the Pixel phones not on the Nexus phones and definitely not on OnePlus phones So I thought since this phone is new maybe just needs an update to fix the major bugs so When the first update came out for this phone, I couldn’t even download it I tried restarting my phone wiping the cache out of the system update app, and keep in mind that this is completely unrooted and not tampered with at all So I had done nothing to cause this to occur so I had to wait about another week or so for another update and then I was able to install that, then really nothing changed at all. I was still getting the same stupid bugs I was before the update, which was really disappointing. Oh and another bug I’ve had is that when the display is off 60% of the time the fingerprint doesn’t even register and the display remains off which gets really annoying. I think the important takeaway here is that even with all the delays and screw-ups with just getting the phone into your hands They still couldn’t deliver on a solid software experience, at least in my usage. Which shows, because they were only able to sell around 5000 units which is pretty bad And the worst part is is that there are no custom roms that I can install to make this phone a little more interesting Because nobody wants to buy and develop for the phone in the freaking first place. All of this has really made me appreciate companies taking the time to test their phones out and make sure that users have the smoothest software experience possible because This right here is what happens if you don’t. So honestly I don’t recommend you purchase this phone even if you’ve been thinking about it. It’s a cool looking phone, and it’s built well, but other than that for the price you’re paying there’s really not much else going for it other than the mods or “mod” I should say because there’s only one out so far so that’s basically gonna do it for this little mini rant Thanks for watching make sure to subscribe if you enjoyed this video, and I’ll talk to you guys in the next one

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