128GB Essential Phone PH-1 Unlocked Smartphone (Gray) Snapdragon 835/4gb ram

BoredSysAdmin

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Specs
  • 5.71" 2560x1312 LTPS IPS touchscreen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB Internal Storage
  • Cameras: Dual 13MP primary + 8MP secondary
  • Dual Band WiFi 802.11ac MIMO + Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C port w/ fast charging
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • 3040mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Titanium/ceramic build
  • Universal Unlocked CDMA & GSM compatibility (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint & more)

The best part is the price: with original MSRP: $900. Current sale price is only $280. Not a fake number - it is a top-o-line android device about 1 year ago. Commenters said that latest Android P is already OTA update for it, so it's great news. One thing missing is 3.5mm jack :(

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078SQ7GWK
 
KEW

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Thanks! Good timing. The Nexus 6 you recommended to me is great, but is starting to get a bit long of tooth. If this is a great deal, I guess that makes today a good day to buy a new phone!
 
Kvn_Walker

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It was actually down to $250 in last month's "christmas in july" event, but I found out the next morning and they were all sold out.

The only thing holding me back is that I've read the camera is pretty bad. If I got one it would be replacing my wife's Nexus 6P and she's adamant about having a decent camera (now more than ever, with grandkids...).
 
rojo

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I've seen a few sales recently on the 1st gen Pixel 128GB around that price range. It even has a headphone jack. There are no exceptional corporate sales on them at the moment. Amazon has some for $353 new, or $269 "like new" from China. Here's an eBay sale of the Pixel XL 128GB for $301, but I've read a few complaints of people having charging problems after updating the XL to Android 9. If you prefer a new 5-inch Pixel, it'd be worth keeping an eye out for more sales if you're in the market. There's bound to be another sale sooner or later. I'm extremely pleased with mine.

It takes pretty good photos, too. And for 1st gen Pixel owners, Google offers free unlimited cloud backup of full resolution photos and videos for life. The Pixel 2 only has it for 3 years, then users must settle for reduced-res backups.


 
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KEW

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I don't have a pressing need, if there are better options, I can easily hold out for a few more months.
Is Black Friday a good time for deals on phones?
 
rojo

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I don't have a pressing need, if there are better options, I can easily hold out for a few more months.
Is Black Friday a good time for deals on phones?
If there are, they're probably carrier-locked and unrootable, or entry level doorbuster crap. If you have no interest in rooting, then yeah, you might be able to score a bargain on a Galaxy S9 or a Pixel 2 through your wireless carrier. (The Pixel 2 lost the headphone jack, though.) Might be a good idea to sign up for your carrier's upgrade spam around Halloween, then unsubscribe after you've found your steal.

Personally, I'd rather have a 1st gen Pixel than anything. These days it seems a typical-sized phone would have been called a phablet a couple years ago. Ever since people discovered they could watch porn on their phones, the screens have just been getting bigger and bigger. I'd rather not feel like I'm palming a basketball when I'm trying to make a phone call, so I prefer my Pixel's 5" screen.
 
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BoredSysAdmin

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For my wife, I was able to score mint condition Galaxy S6 32gb for $300 two years ago.
Nowadays same money that gets you S8 64gb I have it and I love it. No issues what so ever with it. Awesome camera, screen, and performance. It has 3.5mm jack and it's splashproof or light rain resistant (Pixels can't provide that) Fast wireless charging is pretty cool too. I use it very often.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Galaxy-S8-64GB-Unlocked-Sprint-Verizon-T-Mobile-AT-T-4G-LTE-Smartphone/273396740939?epid=235346440&hash=item3fa7b7334b:m:mraOP5ZFDYs1GEghgXiwrdQ&var=572778823726

The essential phone, however, is a) Brand new b) cheaper c) has 2x capacity d) newer and faster processor and latest Android P is already available for. S8 may get in 6 months at the least or more.
Thinks I wish it had is 3.5mm jack, waterproofing, and wireless charging.
 
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rojo

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It has 3.5mm jack and it's splashproof or light rain resistant (Pixels can't provide that)
My Pixel has been rained on many times with no damage. If water proof is a feature you need though, you could add a Lifeproof case, or I think some Otterboxes also seal against water.

Thinks I wish it had is 3.5mm jack, waterproofing, and wireless charging.
If you can live without your USB jack, you can stick a Qi smart charging tag onto the back of the phone. I've been wireless charging my Pixel that way for over a year now. Of course, it's easier to give up the USB port when your phone doesn't operate as a mass storage device. -_-
 

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