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.
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.
Jan 9, 2018
Nextbit this week warned owners of its Robin smartphone that it plans to shut down its Cloud Storage service on March 1. The company revealed the news in an email to customers.
May 3, 2016
Amazon is kicking off sales of the Nexbit Robin with a limited price. Anyone who buys the phone from Amazon between May 4 and May 10 will pay $299, rather than $399.
Sep 17, 2015
Nextbit today said it plans to make a CDMA version of its Robin smartphone available via Kickstarter beginning Sept. 18.
Oct 22, 2015
Nextbit has opened up preorders for those interested in its forthcoming Robin smartphone. The phone was initially offered via Kickstarter for $299/$349.