The new smartphone Nextbit kickstarted, is still in the prototype stages, but it’s set to shake up the market when it’s launched in early 2016. It has everything you want in a smartphone: cool design, great storage, affordable price, and comparable hardware. It’s so promising that Nextbit reached its $500,000 goal in less than one day.
Does Nextbit’s Newest Smartphone Compare?
For only about $350 for early backers, Nextbit’s Robin is one of the most affordable smartphones available. However, if you order after January, when the early bird special is over, it goes up to $350, which is still reasonable. The boxy design is sleek and it comes in mint green and midnight blue. The power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor.
It charges quickly, has 32 gigabytes of local storage and 100 gigs of online storage. It has a 5 megapixel front camera, great for selfies, and a 13 megapixel rear camera, perfect for everything else. Since the creators are design and cloud-minded, the hardware isn’t as awesome as the newest Android phones, but it’s not gathering dust, either.
What Makes it Different?
How many times have you had that little message appear on your phone that things aren’t going to work properly until you free up some storage? Robin can change that.
The really innovative aspect of Robin is that it’s cloud-based. With your purchase, it comes with 100 gigabytes of space on the cloud on top of the 32 gigs of space on the phone. Even more interesting, it’s cloud-first.
Robin identifies apps you haven’t used lately and automatically moves them to the cloud, freeing up space on your phone’s hard drive. If you used to play Angry Birds, you know how awesome that is: you don’t want to delete it, even though you don’t play anymore. You’ll lose your levels. but every time you go to free up space, you wonder if this is the time to give it the boot.
On Robin, you can tell the app has been moved because it turns gray. If you want to use it again, you tap it and it loads up in just a few minutes. You can track the progress the whole time. Now. Imagine you don’t want an app to be moved to the cloud? Simply pin it and it will stay where it belongs. Otherwise, you don’t lose any of your information and you can access it quickly and easily.
Photos are backed up on the cloud, too. It saves a the high-quality original on the cloud and keeps a copy on your phone, so it doesn’t take up as much space. Just like when you’re not using apps they move, Robin will move your oldest photos to the cloud, too. If you want them back, you can get them. And you can always find them on the cloud.
What Does This Actually Mean?
100 gigs is a lot of space. To put it in perspective, that’s approximately:
- 10-15 hours of video
- 30,000-35,000 photos
- 10,000-20,000 songs
How much you actually get depends on quality and resolution and size and all that. Even so, that’s a lot of storage. And in our digital age, that’s important.
Since you can sync your cloud account up with your computer and other devices, it makes it easy to track, share, and download files whenever you need them. And your apps will always be there, waiting.
If you’re in the market for a new smartphone (and maybe even if you’re not), check out Robin. Designed with consumers in mind, this is one device that’s worth a second look.