You forgot to mention the Nokia 8, which will compete directly with this overhyped Essential.
Why couldn't Rubin make the Essential better -- especially with the advantage of starting with a clean slate? The Essential Android Phone is a LOSER, especially in light of other 2017 Android phones:
* No 1440p
(Only 1312p which is ALMOST QHD. For the money they are charging, should be full 1440p. I've had 1440p AMOLED since 2014, and I'm not downgrading. Even Apple is finally going to 1440p this year.)
* No headset jack
You can have headset jack AND still use Bluetooth earbuds if you wish. It's not either/or. Also LG and Samsung both proved you can have IP68 water/dust resistance and have 3.5mm headset jack. There's no reason to omit this functionality.
* Battery way too small for the display size
(Don't say use is "optimized". Give me a larger battery first, then optimize all you want to make it BETTER. Lesser spec "budget" phones this year have 4000 mAh (Moto C Plus), even 5000 mAh (Moto E Plus) batteries. I have 3900 mAh on my 2014 5.2" 1440p AMOLED Moto XT1225, so it's not hard for a competent manufacturer to do. Nobody is begging for credit card thin phones, while everyone wants a larger battery. Again, for the money ($700), why are you skimping on a battery?)
* No front-facing stereo speakers
* No IP68 water resistance
(Nor any water resistance whatsoever, when this is becoming standard for top-tier phones in 2017.)
* No Qi built-in wireless charging
(It has a ceramic back, in spite of the "titanium" claim. Even Apple is adding Qi wireless charging this year, LG has added it back, Samsung never dropped it. If I have to plug a mod in for some kind of wireless charging then that prevents other mods. BUILT IN Qi wireless charging.)
So, NO sale.
It’s not hard to include all those specs. Why won’t someone do it? Why didn't Rubin do it?
ALL we want is a an UPDATED "regular" sized 2014 Moto Nexus 6 (1440p AMOLED, front-facing speakers, Qi wireless charging, headset jack) -- but with a BIGGER battery, like the 2014 5.2" 1440p AMOLED Moto Quark which has a 3900 mAh battery. (Yeah, Motorola gave the smaller 2014 phone the BIGGER battery.) Budget phones with lesser specs this year have 4000 or even 5000 mAh batteries. It's not hard. Throw in IP68 water resistance. Done.
The Moto Nexus 6 was too big, but otherwise a perfect phone. Just needs to be updated with IP68 water resistance, smaller bezels, more RAM, current Snapdragon chipset, and larger battery (4,000 mAh minimum). With front-facing stereo speakers, and built-in large battery + Qi wireless charging, THAT fantastic phone would eclipse the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 and make obsolete almost all the silly Moto mods (almost all of which are battery/wireless charging/speaker related).
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