Things haven't always gone smoothly for Essential since it entered the smartphone market, but there's no doubting the quality of its debut product, the Essential Phone (PH-1).
I say nearly because Andy Rubin's start-up fluffed one key feature: the camera. However, if you want a slightly better deal, you can have the Essential Phone along with a 360-degree camera for $500 via Amazon. The Essential Phone is available for this price at various USA retailers, but Essential's online store is selling it for $500 as well.
In October 2017, the Essential Phone received a permanent price cut from the launch price of $699.99 to $499.99, but it appears this hasn't been enough to lure more people to buy the phone.
The primary addition is an Auto-HDR mode, which has been sorely lacking since launch. Essential says that a new HDR algorithm will improve overall camera performance, as well as "scene rendering". Essential's regularly been updating the app to provide the best possible experience, and the latest one finally adds Auto-HDR. Along with this, you can also expect "dynamic indicators" for HDR and Flash settings and a host of general stability improvements.
Eight months later, the Essential Phone finally has Auto-HDR.
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