Essential lays off 30 percent of its workforce

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by maflynn, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Looks like Essential is circling the drain. I had a friend who had the phone and it was nothing but trouble. She would not get texts and it was so frustrating. She finally just gave up on it and got another.

    Essential lays off 30 percent of its workforce
  2. jamezr macrumors G5


    Aug 7, 2011
    Some of us have been saying this for quite some time now....

  3. Tsepz macrumors 68030


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    It felt as though they were trying to reinvent the wheel, and with the influx of the powerful Chinese OEMs like OnePlus, who sell high-end phones at much lower prices with more features and better build quality, I think the writing has long been on the wall for them.

    Had the Essential PH-1 come in 2-3 years earlier, it may have made it - even then, doubt it would have seen much success.
  4. ramram55, Oct 18, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018

    ramram55 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    Good point, if a company does not get quality product out doomed to failure, look at the auto industry in US, Asian manufacturers hold the fort right now, same theory with those cellphone flag ships, high price and so so products.
    Tsepz, would you be testing new OP6T ? just curious.
  5. maflynn thread starter Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think they could have. Given his pedigree, people thought he was going to roll out an industry leading design/featured phone. That didn't occur and what did occur was an embarrassment in terms of the level of bugs and issues.
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    The company is now pinning its future on a different phone with a small screen that will try to mimic the user and automatically respond to messages on their behalf.

    Sure, that'll save the company.
  7. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    My immediate thought after seeing the post...

    Only 30%
    ? o_O
  8. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Meanwhile over at Red Hydrogen One...

    Seriously where is that phone? I saw pictures from it and they were awful. Just as bad as the initial Essential camera photos. But everyone commenting said it was because whoever took the pictures did not know how to handle such a professional phone camera.

    It’s sad to see so much promise hit the wall and fail to stick. The Essential, at least, was a beautiful phone. I thought it could evolve over time into a really competitive phone. I guess that’s harder to do than it looks.
  9. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    I had it when it 1st came out and was super excited for it....... Loved the build and design but the phone was a massive fail software wise and the camera was absolute garbage!

    It was sold at a loss... I expected Rubin to put out something stellar and well, he and it flopped!

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