Review: Nextbit Robin
Nextbit has fielded an interesting handset in the Robin. The company wants to help solve the notion that we can't fit our digital lives into our pockets any more (if we ever could). The Robin handset exists to further that end.
Nextbit's smartphone offloads little-used apps and files to help free up room on the phone itself. The software is powerful and able to function on its own in the background. While plenty of third-party apps let you offload images and other files, few allow you to offload entire apps. Gamers may find this appealing, and games often run up to 1 GB.
The Robin is an attractive handset that offers compelling features such as stereo speakers, rapid charging, and a nice screen. It performs well on AT&T's network and delivers solid battery life. I wish the body was put together a bit better, and would love to see better results from the camera.
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As much as I'd like to say otherwise, the Nextbit Robin is not for most people. It's available online for $400 in limited quantities. It certainly does what Nextbit's marketing claims, but it's hard to recommend for to average consumers. If you're keen on an unlocked handset, don't mind less-than-perfect hardware, and are willing to take a gamble on a very young company, then perhaps the Robin is worth a gander.
Hands-On with the Nextbit Robin
Nextbit announced the Robin last year, but the company is using CES 2016 to re-introduce the phone just ahead of its launch. This phone focuses on optimizing on-board storage using the cloud.
Nextbit Ends Support for Its Robin Smartphone Today
Nextbit today announced via its official Twitter account that it is no longer offering customer support for its sole smartphone, the Robin. "Rebels, effective August 1st 2017, we will be shutting down support for Robin," said the company in its forums.
Nextbit Accepting Preorders for the Robin
Nextbit has opened up preorders for those interested in its forthcoming Robin smartphone. The phone was initially offered via Kickstarter for $299/$349.
Nextbit to Offer CDMA Version of Robin Smartphone
Nextbit today said it plans to make a CDMA version of its Robin smartphone available via Kickstarter beginning Sept. 18.
Nextbit Introduces Robin, a Phone That Makes the Cloud Smart
Nexbit today revealed the Robin, an Android smartphone that intelligently uses the cloud to help manage storage space on the fly. The handset includes 32 GB of "offline" storage and 100 GB of "online" storage.