I’m a pretty big fan of the Essential Phone. It definitely has some flaws, but it still has a lot going for it at the same time. We saw it heavily discounted from the $499 retail price during the holiday season and it looks like it’s getting at least a temporary price cut again this week. Both Amazon and Best Buy have the Pure White and Black Moon models $100 off for a total of $399. Interestingly enough, the Amazon Halo Grey is still at $499… guess we know which one is Jeff Bezos’ favorite.
But what about the flaws? Some are still there. The camera is much improved but still not in the ranks of the iPhone, Galaxy, or Pixels. Some users still see some scrolling lag. However, it’s still the best hardware released in the last year in my opinion and runs a completely stock Android experience. This leads to above average performance and fast updates. Outside of the Pixels, this is your fastest road to the latest Android version. You also get that great 6″ screen in a small package. If you’ve been on the fence, this is a great price at which to pick up the Essential Phone.