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October 19, 2017

The Google Pixel 2 XL gets high marks for modularity in its teardown

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If you’re waiting on the brand new Google Pixel 2 XL, we have something that might tide you over until you can get your hands on it. Today, iFixit published its teardown guide and repairability score for the phone and gave us a look inside the device.

There are several interesting facts we can glean, like exactly how modular the components are and which parts will be the hardest to replace.

If the battery goes bad in your unit, you’re probably going to want to take it to a professional. Points were deducted from the repairability score due to how tightly walled-in the battery is. Additionally, it no longer has the pull-tab adhesive under the battery that [...]

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September 7, 2017

The Essential Phone can take a lot of damage without missing a beat

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone came out of almost nowhere and while the brand is relatively unknown for most ‘non-techie’ types, Rubin’s new phone company certainly has our attention. While Essential’s long-term viability as a brand is still unknown, we can’t deny that this phone stands out thanks to a combination of factors including limited modular support, use of less common materials like titanium and ceramic, and its tall nearly bezel-free display.

But does Rubin’s design decisions make for a durable experience, or do they actually make it less impervious to damage? Thankfully, a new video from JerryRigEverything sheds some light on the question.

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September 5, 2017

Weekly Plan Spotlight: Half off Essential Phone

We’re back with this week’s plan spotlight! This time you can get 50 percent off an Essential Phone when you–

I READ THE HEADLINE, SHOW ME THE LINK

Okay, if you insist. Just click the following button and you’re good to go:

Link for the Impatient

I’m assuming the rest of you are sticking around for details, so I’ll start again. Ahem.

This week you can get half off the Essential Phone when you sign up with Sprint.

You get 50 percent off the lease price, meaning you just pay $14.58 per month instead of $29.17 per month. This is via the Sprint Flex 18 month lease program.

If you hop on this deal today, your device could ship as early as [...]

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September 1, 2017

Essential Phone review: Maximum hardware, minimum software

It’s a question that will inevitably be asked by just about everyone, so we’re here to give our perspective on whether or not the Andy Rubin backed Essential Phone is actually, well, essential. (I’ll try my best to keep the ‘essential’ puns to a minimum.)

A great build and a really lean software experience bring a lot to any first glance at this phone, but what else does it bring to the table?

We’re taking a closer look in our Essential Phone review.

Design

The movement of minimalism – relinquishing all of one’s possessions in favor of a life without a ton of frivolity – is strong with the Essential, as easily seen at first glance and in first [...]

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