The Essential Phone, see our full trial that was released last fall for $ 699. Despite its stunning titanium and ceramic hardware, the camera and software had some problems and it did not sell well.
After two months at this price, the Essential Phone dropped to $ 499. We've seen a number of updates to improve the camera and software experience, along with support for Android P beta, Essential HD headset recording, Priced at $ 99 and a three-month trial of Tidal Hi-Fi for $ 499.
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This lows The $ 250 deal does not include the Essential HD earphones or the 360 camera. However, I see (at the time of publishing this post) that all three colors (Halo Gray, Pure White, and Black Moon) can be purchased with the 360 camera for only $ 342.98, so this is a great deal and may allow you to buy a color other than gray.
Essential also holds a Amazon Prime Day Contest where you can win one of two Ocean Depths Color Essential Phones. This color was my personal favorite and the one I bought a pure white at the end of last year.
MQA Audio Experiences
In early June I reported on the new MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) Audio Experience Partnership. Since then, I've been testing an Essential Phone with Tidal Hi-Fi service running through the Essential HD headphones. The Audio Adapter HD is not yet available for testing or buying, but we may be testing it in the future.
My smartphones serve as my primary audio source and I enjoy music and podcasts every day during my train ride. I've heard several songs on different devices with HiFi content from Tidal, including the HTC U12 Plus, the LG G7 ThinQ and the iPhone X. The Essential Phone and the HD earphones were behind the U12 Plus a solid second with great volume audio and a nice mix of bass and treble. HTC has always focused on good audio and with its USonic earphones continues to offer one of the best audio experiences I've ever heard on a smartphone. It's also clear to me that a trial of Tidal HiFi could be a compelling offer for the sale of HTC U12.
The industry has decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, but luckily, Essential includes a high quality USB-C to 3.5mm headphone dongle in the box. The current Essential Phone also ships with the $ 99 Essential HD earphones, and like the Essential Phone itself, these high-quality earphones come with a sizeable clutter, metal USB C plug, metal earphone body and a play / pause remote with microphone
The earphones stay in the ear due to silicone tips. I found her very comfortable for a long time. They are light and small and should fit any ear size with one of three optional sizes.
Android P beta
Since I do not have a Google Pixel, I decided to install the Android P beta on the Essential Phone. It's great to see that the Android P-beta is broadcasting on a variety of Android phones this year and it probably helps Essential Andy Rubin to be in the lead.
One of the biggest differences I enjoy on the Android P beta is the new system navigation gestures. The single central button takes some getting used to, especially after using an iPhone X and OnePlus 6, which use a different gesture method. Switching between apps is definitely different, but I rarely use the task switcher on my phones, though it's a more efficient way to jump between running apps. So far I have used the swipe of the center button more than ever.
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