My Nextbit Robin 1st Impressions

I used to review smartphones during the times where most people didn’t actually have smartphones. Now I am the one that rarely gets a new phone. I was getting 2-3 new phones a month during those days, now I have had 4 phones in the last 5 years. The Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

I wasn’t planning on getting anything new for a while until my son broke his phone. My wife suggested we get him something new but I had a better idea. He gets my S6 Edge, which is still in perfect shape and still a great phone and I get something new. I actually was interested in learning more about the Nextbit Robin when I discovered an old friend, Eric Lin, worked for the company now.

So the Nextbit Robin was a Kickstarter last fall. On October 1st, 2015, they had raised $1,362,343 through 3,611 backers. That’s a lot of cheese! Unlike a lot of Kickstarter Projects, this one actually delivered.

I reached out to Eric to learn more, but didn’t hear back so I contacted some other friends from my previous life. I contacted Rich Brohm from Phone Scoop, Matt Miller from ZDNet, John Rettinger (Jon4Lakers and TechnoBuffalo), and Paul O’Brien from Modaco. All of them had good things to say about the Nextbit Robin. The only negative I really heard was about the camera and there is rumor that those issues were being fixed with updates. With that info, I went to read a few reviews from people I don’t know on reputable blogs. I was ready to pull the trigger.

I saw on Twitter that the Nextbit Robin was on sale for a limited time on Amazon. That made the choice even easier.

I loaded up the cart and chose, on Saturday, to have it delivered on Monday.

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I haven’t done any videos about mobile tech in 4-5 years. I decided today to throw a quick unboxing together. I no longer have my high-end video camera and lighting so it’s not that great, but it’s something.  Ps. I never realized I had an old Windows Mobile shirt on until I was processing the video.

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The 1st Impressions?

I love it so far.

The looks of the phone are what really sold me. The fact that the color and stlying is so unique in today’s smart phone world, I wanted to have this phone. Pictures do it justice, but it’s even nicer in person! The phone feels much more solid in hand than I expected. It’s almost too smooth though but the case gives it less of a chance to slip out of my hand.

It’s fairly lightweight but feels quite solid. The poly-carbonate body is well-balanced in the hand as well.

Although I really enjoyed some of the earlier phones I had with a very vanilla, almost stock version of Android, I wasn’t prepared for an almost naked Android version. After using AT&T versions of the Galaxy S series phones for the last few years, I was used to some sort of custom UI from a OEM. The Nextbit Robin runs their own custom OS based on Android, but it’s pretty much stock Android 6.0.1 right now. I installed Apex Launcher and started the setup process.

The speakers are very loud, but seem to be clamping a little at max volume.

I can’t speak to battery life yet but the charging is super fast.

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The Camera? 

I haven’t used the camera much yet, in fact, only 3 photos so far and here they are.

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Truth be told, it’s too early to really tell if this one will make me love it for a long period of time, but I love it right now. Even though I love it, I do think that it’s not any better performance wise as the Galaxy S6 Edge I gave my son, but it’s not a downgrade either.

I’ll post more about this phone on here later too.

The Specs

  • Processor: Snapdragon 808
  • Memory: 3GB RAM / 32 GB onboard / 100 GB online
  • Screen: 5.2” IPS LCD 1080p, Gorilla Glass 4
  • Rear Camera: 13MP with phase detection autofocus, dual tone flash
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2680 mAh
  • Dual front facing stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
  • Quick charging
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • WiFi A/B/G/N/AC
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 72mm x 7mm
  • Weight: Approx. 150g
  • GPS enabled

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