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Review: Nextbit Robin

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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.

Our Ratings

2.5
Overall
3.5
Reception
3.5
Battery Life
3.5
Hardware Usability
2.5
Hardware Quality
4
Display
3
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
2.5
Camera
 

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