Brian Heater for TechCrunch:

But bad timing, broader industry issues and a founder embroiled in some pretty troubling allegations of sexual misconduct contributed to a company that has struggled to make it far beyond the launch of its first handset. Today, Essential announced that it would be ceasing operations and shutting down.

While it wasn’t without its flaws (dear god, the camera), the PH-1 was a solid device that few even considered. With its impressive build quality, the speed and frequency of software updates, the near-stock Android experience, Essential’s phone was able to deliver one of the better non-Pixel experiences.