Nextbit Robin: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on January 12, 2021

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at a really unique Android smartphone this is the next bit Robin and cloud is really the central theme of this device and that's because it has integrated cloud stores that seamlessly backs up your data photos apps and more while preserving storage on your phone the idea here is that you don't have to buy the storage with a device instead you can offload it to the cloud so we're gonna take a detailed look at the software experience in this video now the next bit Robin retails for 399 is available off contract today this works with 18t and t-mobile by the CDMA

Version is coming later so getting to the unboxing they've done a really nice job with the packaging you can see we have a sleeve that slides off to reveal this really skinny box opening up the lid the first thing we'll see is our greeting message which refers to the rebel nature of the next bit experience which is a little different from other standard Android phones so turning the page we'll find our phone and its accessories front and center in mint green so everything is nicely coordinated here we have some brief instructions on how to charge it and

Install the sim and of course that's all fairly basic now the Robin is available in two color configurations you can get mint and white or you can get midnight which is a solid dark grey blue color now the USB type-c cable is a neatly packaged ribbon style cable you can see we have a slim style type-a connector on one end and the USB type-c connector on the other end not included is the quick charger so you can purchase this for $15 and this supports quick charge 2.0 we also get a sim ejection tool in the shape of the next bit icon so get into the plastic wrapped phone you can see

The packaging itself highlights the fact that we have two front-facing speakers now the home button and an earpiece but two front-facing stereo speakers which sound excellent so peeling that off we can take a close look at our phone now the first thing I'm going to do here is boot up the device I'm going to tap and hold the power button along the right side which also integrates a fingerprint scanner now taking a closer look at the design of the next bit robin we have this polycarbonate plastic shell which is nice rigid thin and lightweight I really

Like this design this nice and angular and seems to fit the material design of Android 6.0 really well and the material itself has a nice smooth silky texture and the corners are nice and rounded so it looks really angular it doesn't feel sharp to handle so in the front we have a fairly modest 5.2 inch 1080p IPS LCD display is not too big not too small I think it's just the right size for most people it's also covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which is the latest glass technology available for smartphones today toward the top front and center is an earpiece which

Also acts as a front-facing stereo speaker we also have a 5 megapixel front facing camera which is good for 1080p HD video and beside that we'll find an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor and at the bottom we'll find the other front-facing stereo speaker so each speaker gets its own amplifier along the right side we'll find our flush mounted sleep-wake powered one which also acts as a fingerprint scanner and below that we'll find our nano SIM tray on the left side we'll find our volume controls which are nice and raised here which are nice and tactile

And are also color coordinated at the bottom edge we'll find our USB type-c connector which does support quick charge 2.0 and beside that we'll find a microphone and an LED notification light and along the top edge we'll find another microphone and a headphone jack along the back we'll find our dual tone polycarbonate shell in the upper left corner we'll find a 13 megapixel rear facing camera good for 4k ultra-high definition video with face detection on the focusing there is no optical image stabilization but we do have software

Stabilization built in we also have a dual tone LED flash also on the back our four LED indicators this will tell you whether the phone is uploading to the cloud or restoring from a cloud so in terms of specs the robin is powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor clocked at two gigahertz with three gigs of RAM 32 gigs of on-board storage and 100 gigs of online storage which is included with the purchase price of your phone so effectively you have 132 gigs of storage available and the software on the Robin is able to link these two together so you don't have to spend a

Lot of time managing this like you would with an SD card so instead of having to move things around to the SD card the software here is designed to manage that for you so how the smart storage work the Robin uses online stores to backup apps or photos when the 32 gigs of on-board storage begins to run out so this happens when the phone is plugged in and charging and connected to Wi-Fi so in terms of apps you don't use frequently next bit will backup the app data and remove it from your phone so in terms of apps you don't use frequently next bit will backup the app data and

Remove it from your phone the apps are archived and restored in the complete state so unlike other backup solutions if you call an app back to the phone it downloads it and there's restored as you left it with all your data settings history login and so on photos will also be stored online but only the thumbnail images will be retained locally in your gallery however the photos will download once again if you bring them up of course downloading and restoring an app requires a consistent data connection so you may want to pin apps if you don't

Want this going on with critical functions with a Snapdragon 808 and three gigs of ram the Robin is an excellent performer scoring over 1,200 on a single core score and nearly 3,400 on the multi-core score which is also consistent with the Nexus 5x although an extra gig of ram on the Robin means it handles multitasking and web scrolling more smoothly the Moto X pure Edition with half a gig of ram less than the Robin does inch ahead of the Robin just slightly in benchmarks even though they have similar specs next up let's take a look through the interface which is

Powered by Android 6.0 and is pretty faithful to the design of Android 6.0 and the material design so they have made some tweaks here if you look at the lockscreen we have this weather widget along with a clock widget which is useful of course you also have your notifications which you can expand out quick access to your voice command as well as your camera app and you can unlock your phone here now in terms of the fingerprint scanner it's really quick so for example if I want to unlock my device and see the lockscreen I have to be pretty quick about it and I can

Just tap my thumb to unlock it it's fairly fast and really accurate now for this arrangement I think the best fingers to Train are your right thumb and your left index finger so let's go and train my left index finger here so let me show you how this is done so I have to go to security we're going to go to fingerprint so I just have to input my PIN and we can go ahead and add another fingerprint so let's go ahead and tap my left index finger here and it happens very quickly all right so we're all done here so if I go to unlock my device now we're good to go now although

It looks close to stock Android 6.0 there are some significant tweaks here for one thing there is no separate app drawer basically your home screen is the app drawer and you can swipe here to look through them of course you can rearrange them by tapping and holding on them so you can go up to app info or uninstall that app or drag them to folders you can see the folder design it's also a bit different here as you can see some of these apps are grayed out that's because they've been loaded to the cloud and removed from the device if you want to quickly react sess them

All you have to do is tap on them and they'll restore them from the cloud so the deal with this is this will remove apps you're not using and free up some storage space now the system does this automatically but if you want to prevent apps from being delete it you can swipe down here and the apps will be pinned and of course you can go to this little icon here to manage that so for example we can see our archived apps here and if we want to add Adobe Acrobat we can tap on it or we can exit out to prevent that process we also have our pinned apps so

We can go ahead and on pin all of our apps so again the system will automatically uninstall them if it determines we're not using them or you can manually select certain ones so for example if we want to unpin earth just happen hold on it and then we can unpin that item or you can select multiple ones here once we get to the editors if you want to unpin these two click unpin we also have a unique way of dealing with widgets so we have a widget layer which you can access by pinching in on the home screen so this gets to our widget panel and you can swipe through

Different pages to manage this you just happen hold on the widget layer here and you can drag and drop one of your favorite widgets so for example if i want to drag this clock here i can go ahead and drop it on one of the existing pages or at a new page if we tap and hold on the home screen we get to our home screen editor so we can drag and drop our home screen pages around just by tapping and holding on them and reposition them to wherever we want now the first page will always be your main home screen here and of course any extraneous pages will automatically be

Deleted you can also jump to your wallpapers here so you can see all the wallpapers they've included and you can also access your gallery in terms of these Android navigation keys they look a bit different from stock Android but they have the same function so we have home back and recent apps you can see our overview of recent apps they haven't tweaked this with multitasking or anything like that here you can swipe to dismiss them or bring apps forward in terms of the notification shade again pretty close to stock Android you can see it's a little more translucent here

Of course if we swipe down again we get to our quick setting toggles which includes our brightness slider Wi-Fi Bluetooth our cellular network Do Not Disturb settings airplane mode auto rotate flashlights you can turn on the flashlight if you want and then you can also turn off your GPS location and of course we have cast so we can cast our screen and audio wisely to a compatible TV or display also in the upper right corner if we tap on it this brings us right to smart storage so this allows us to see how much storage we have left in our cloud account

And our local stores you can see I'm pretty much maxed out on local storage so it's trying to upload as much as possible to cloud storage we can go to more settings to manage this as well so we can tell it to backup over Wi-Fi only so it doesn't use cellular networks we can tell it to backup only while charging backup our applications backup media right now only backs up photos so videos are not included we also report metrics so make smart storage better by automatically sending usage data so if you don't want that happen you can uncheck it you can also see the account

That you're signed into this is actually the review account so I can go ahead and change this or sign out if I want so I'm going to go ahead and add my Google account now in terms of the Settings panel it's fairly close to stock Android here so we have Wi-Fi Bluetooth daily usage and more under more will find NFC which you can turn on and off that does include Android pay which has yet to be activated on this device but it is coming under display will find our adaptive brightness which you can toggle on and off here we also have our standard Android controls in addition to

Screen mode so if we go to screen mode we have standard or dynamic we also have sound in notifications with granular control for media alarm and ring volume you can also access this by hitting volume controls along the side and bringing up your drop-down menu under banner you will find some battery saver options here so we a battery saver and battery optimization if you go the battery saver you can turn that on and this will tell you exactly what it's going to do now instead of storage we have smart storage and that's because we have cloud integrated access along with

Local storage so of course our cloud storage is mostly free right now as you can see available space and you can see what's taking up most of that space right now it's absent some pictures now see your local storage here so you can see what space is being used up and by what now check out the camera app it's pretty simple we can pinch in and out to zoom we can also tap anywhere on the scene to adjust the exposure and focus and you get little animation as well as sound effect snap your photograph tap and hold to take a burst shot and we'll countdown for you at the tone now we

Have additional options here so if we go to this plus sign we can change our flash settings we have auto on or off we also have our timer we can add a grid HDR we can toggle on and off and then we have additional function so if we go to this grid icon we have Auto camera we have manual camera and then we have video so we got the manual camera right here you can see we have controls for auto focusing white balance exposure as well as our ISO we also jump to our video camera which is capable of 4k Ultra HD resolution now if we want to get to that I'll have to go

To settings so we have settings down here and we can see our resolution for our photo size and you see 4 by 3 at 13 megapixels you can see we have no cropped 16 by 9 resolution here until you get down here since the 8 by 3 4 by 1 & 2 point 1 or point 9 megapixels and then we have our video camera so we have 1080p Ultra HD 4k or 720p let's go and so like that and then we can start recording in 4k so we're recording right now and I can pinch in and out to zoom if I want what I can't seem to do is take a photograph at the same time what's up guys Mike here the Detroit

Board testing out the front-facing camera the next bit Rob which is fine megapixels good for 1080p HD video it's got a nice wide angle once you get a lot in your shot it's also able to find the right exposure to keep my face in focus so even with challenging lighting conditions as I have here with bright back lights here so I have windows lamps a display you're able to see me pretty clearly so fairly decent camera overall in terms of camera quality the 13 megapixel camera delivers solid day-to-day performance with crisp shots and well exposed images in daylight

Conditions with accurate color reproduction the camera is quick to find focus accurately but the camera is slow to take the photo which may improve with future software updates very similar to the iPhone the aperture isn't very big so you won't get those artistic shallow depth of field shots but also means the camera spends less time hunting for focus the camera does a good job with exposure compensation to bring up shadows in detail but it does mean the camera has a tendency to over expose or flatten and wash out a shot but for the most part this camera is a solid if

Conventional smartphone camera low-light performance is also fairly decent with a good amount of light sensitivity and processing which strips away color noise effectively even if there is a noticeable amount of softening but it still preserves a good amount of detail the camera struggles to use the flash effectively so it's best to keep this turned off since it tends to distort the color and blow out only the foreground video quality is also good with sharp 4k quality with excellent color reproduction and exposure however without optical image stabilization

Handheld video can look a little shaky and the camera tends to hunt around abruptly to find the right exposure now in terms of our life we have a 2680 milliamp hour battery which got me a little north of 3 hours of on-screen time at maximum brightness in two separate tests this is on the low side but not unusual for smaller smart films with batteries under 3000 milliamp hours in the end the next bit Raman is an aggressively priced full-featured smartphone with attractive hardware that delivers a lean Android experience with an innovative hybrid storage solution I

Think this is an early look at what the future holds for a fully embedded hybrid storage but I don't think this is a primary reason you should buy a smartphone and for that reason I'm not sure this phone is relevant to everybody but it's a great option for most people all right guys so this is going to do for me in this video if you'd like to please give it a thumbs up to let me know and I'll see you again in the next video

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