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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 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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August 26, 2017

The Essential Phone is finally shipping (without the 360-degree camera)

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is finally shipping. Back at the end of May, the Android founder promised that the device would come out within a month but that deadline sailed by and subsequent delays have pushed it into August. Then the company promised the phone would reach customers within a week — more than ten days ago. Regardless, it’s finally shipping. Kind of.

The black version of the Essential Phone is going out now, but those that pre-ordered the white version are still weeks away from getting their phone. The white version isn’t even showing up on the order page yet, so who knows when it’ll see the light of day.

We’re beginning to ship [...]

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June 8, 2017

Andy Rubin’s Essential gets ready for battle with $300 million investment

Andy Rubin’s Essential startup has recently received a $300 million investment, which could go a long way to helping it establish itself in the hyper-competitive market. According to an analysis by Equidate, this means that the company is currently valued at between $900 million and $1 billion, despite the fact its products aren’t even available on the market yet.

Bloomberg reports that the investment paperwork was submitted in late May, only a few days before the company took the wraps off its first two products. In case you’ve missed it, the startup announced the Essential Home, which is an alternative to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, and the gorgeous Essential [...]

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