Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The Nextbit Robin's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 Hexa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2680mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2680 mAh battery.



Nice hardware, but new OEM's cloud setup doesn't make sense when microSD cards exist.

- Ron Amadeo , Ars Technica 

Reviews summary

7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 35 reviews

What's good  

  • Attractive colors and festive design
  • Good performance
  • Screen offers vibrant colors and good viewing angles

What's bad  

  • Poor battery life
  • No control over cloud storage
  • Slow camera

Cloud storage has become an integral part in people’s everyday lives and most people use at least one service from Dropbox to Google Drive. Now devices that heavily rely on cloud storage have become more common with Chromebooks as a prime example. Smartphones are now making that leap with the release of the Nextbit’s Robin.

In terms of design, the Robin hearkens back to older smartphones with its sharp and angular shape. To balance out the angles, it incorporates round buttons and speaker grills for a more approachable appearance.

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What really gives the Robin personality, however, are the pastel color options of turquoise and light green, though it does have a more subtle dark grey palette. Reviewers call the design festive and fresh with Engadget stating, “I’m absolutely, over-the-moon in love with how it looks. It’s charming…” While the color and shape might make it look “toy-like” experts point out the build quality is superb and the soft texture of the back makes it easy to grip.

Very thin side bezels surround the 5.2 inch 1080p LCD display. While it doesn’t compare to higher end phones like the iPhone 6S, critics describe it as good enough as it offers vivid colors and solid viewing angles. The only issue they noticed were faint lines running horizontally across the screen. Still, they mention the average smartphone user probably won’t even notice.

A hexa-core Qualcomm processor and 3GB of RAM keep the Robin running at a fairly steady pace. It was able to handle pretty much any task reviewers threw at it, though they did notice it would get a bit warm. Thankfully, they didn’t experience any shutdowns due to the processor overheating. Gaming was likewise smooth and they were able to play fairly graphics heavy games on medium setting without any lag or stutters. The biggest disappointment in terms of hardware was the battery. Critics were barely able to get a full day out of it, with many having to charge midway through with even moderate usage.

What really sets the Robin apart from its competitors is its focus on cloud storage. While it does come with 32GB of onboard storage users also receive 100GB of free cloud storage. It will automatically back up apps, phone data, photos and games and will even archive apps that have not been used once your onboard storage reaches 2GB. Unfortunately, this is where the phone runs into issues. Users have zero control over the cloud storage feature. That means they cannot offload new apps or photos as Robin only moves over inactive/older ones. There is also no way to force a backup to the cloud. The inability to use the cloud as they wished was a huge disappointment for experts. Still, they don’t deny the usefulness of the smart storage features as it can help keep apps and photos organized.

On the rear of the device is a 13MP camera. It comes equipped with Phase Detection Auto Focus and an f/2.2 aperture. In practice, critics were able to take vibrant pictures in bright light settings despite missing optical image stabilization. They were also impressed with low light pictures, though when viewed closer, they did notice significant noise reduction in post-processing, leading to blurry images. The biggest problem they had was the long delay between pictures. Often it would be a full second before they could take another picture.

The Robin is a hardsell for reviewers. While the admired the cute design and good performance they were less than thrilled with the slow camera, lack of control over cloud storage and poor battery life. Most suggest waiting until the second version releases to see if any of Nextbit addresses these issues rather than buying into the first iteration.


Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


Looks fresh and exciting

from Chip Chick

Robin is an experiment, and experiments don’t usually go perfectly the first time they’re attempted. The value of their cloud storage system is questionable, the battery life isn’t great, and the phone gets disconcertingly hot even with light use. But, the camera and performance... More

Robin is an experiment, and experiments don’t usually go perfectly the first time they’re attempted. The value of their cloud storage system is questionable, the battery life isn’t great, and the phone gets disconcertingly hot even with light use. But, the camera and performance aren’t bad for the price, the audio is better than most, and we love to see stylish colors that buck the metallic shades that everyone else seems fixated on. Nextbit dares to be different, and that’s cool, but we can’t help but think that waiting for Robin version 2.0 might be a better idea.

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Minty fresh

from Mobile Choice

Street-cred wise this is a great phone. It is a breath of fresh air in an all metal world. It is also a very good idea to hook up a phone to cloud for it to backup automatically and especially for a challenger brand. However, niggles remain. The camera is very laggy and performance is hit and mis... More

Street-cred wise this is a great phone. It is a breath of fresh air in an all metal world. It is also a very good idea to hook up a phone to cloud for it to backup automatically and especially for a challenger brand. However, niggles remain. The camera is very laggy and performance is hit and miss.

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A quirky, capable Android handset that shoots itself in the foot

from PC Advisor

The final feelings for us are ones of a chance missed. Nextbit has created a unique phone and created a buzz, but they’ve gone out on a limb by pushing a cloud storage function that is much better on paper than in reality. Had the company plumped for a base model of 64GB, for example, it mi... More

The final feelings for us are ones of a chance missed. Nextbit has created a unique phone and created a buzz, but they’ve gone out on a limb by pushing a cloud storage function that is much better on paper than in reality. Had the company plumped for a base model of 64GB, for example, it might have had a hit on its hands thanks to intelligent design, adequate on-board storage and the removal of a confusing user experience. As it stands, the Nextbit Robin is a decent Android phone with an above average screen for its price.

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Innovative cloud storage implementation

from PhoneArena

The Robin is a great, inspiring start for Nextbit. Hopefully there are many other great things to come from the company in the future, and hopefully this includes a high-end device to go toe-to-toe with the flagships out there. Nextbit obviously has what it takes.

The Robin is a great, inspiring start for Nextbit. Hopefully there are many other great things to come from the company in the future, and hopefully this includes a high-end device to go toe-to-toe with the flagships out there. Nextbit obviously has what it takes.

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The cloud phone that’s knockin’ on heaven’s door

from XDA Developers

The Robin isn’t an extraordinary device, but it doesn’t pretend to be one. Nextbit has taken what Google wants to do with the Nexus and cloud services and simply integrated all of it. Google wants you to use individual services to backup your photos, apps, music, etc while Nextbit is... More

The Robin isn’t an extraordinary device, but it doesn’t pretend to be one. Nextbit has taken what Google wants to do with the Nexus and cloud services and simply integrated all of it. Google wants you to use individual services to backup your photos, apps, music, etc while Nextbit is providing the entire experience for you out of the box. Of course, like I mentioned above, the cloud experience on the Robin is far from perfect but it has the potential to make the device a serious contender in the future. For now, however, Nextbit is knocking on heaven’s door with the Robin but is unable to enter until they hammer out the smart storage chains pulling them towards the ground.

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Serious performance issues

from Wired

A great premise can get you a long way. The Nextbit Robin sparked the internet public's imagination, claiming to bring an end to running out of storage. It does, but only on a superficial level. Like a wish from a genie, this solution comes with irritating side-effects that outnumber, and perhaps... More

A great premise can get you a long way. The Nextbit Robin sparked the internet public's imagination, claiming to bring an end to running out of storage. It does, but only on a superficial level. Like a wish from a genie, this solution comes with irritating side-effects that outnumber, and perhaps also outweigh, the benefits.

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A break from the black slab with a unique cloud storage solution

from ZDNet

The hardware looks great, feels fabulous in the hand, is responsive and stable, has a fast and convenient fingerprint scanner, and lasts most of a day. The camera is a bit slow and doesn't take the best photos, but is good enough for sharing online. The speakers sound good and work well for shari... More

The hardware looks great, feels fabulous in the hand, is responsive and stable, has a fast and convenient fingerprint scanner, and lasts most of a day. The camera is a bit slow and doesn't take the best photos, but is good enough for sharing online. The speakers sound good and work well for sharing YouTube and other videos together.

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A memory of its own

from AndroidPIT

The Nextbit Robin is a solid smartphone with an attractive polycarbonate case, which differs from the standard design of most smartphones. But the key to the Robin's power is not its hardware but its software. The connection of the cloud service is a good idea, and quite unique, to my knowledge n... More

The Nextbit Robin is a solid smartphone with an attractive polycarbonate case, which differs from the standard design of most smartphones. But the key to the Robin's power is not its hardware but its software. The connection of the cloud service is a good idea, and quite unique, to my knowledge no other manufacturer has done this. The function that makes photos visible through a thumbnail on the phone while the original data is stored in the cloud is very convenient. Photos can be viewed in the cloud in full resolution. This feature, until this time, was only available on iOS.

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Distinctive design, decent value

from TechRadar

The Nextbit Robin's cloud storage feature isn't persuasive, but even without that it's a great value handset that stands out from the crowd. It's just a shame the battery doesn't last a bit longer.

The Nextbit Robin's cloud storage feature isn't persuasive, but even without that it's a great value handset that stands out from the crowd. It's just a shame the battery doesn't last a bit longer.

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Some impressive specs

from Ausdroid

Robin is probably one of the most Nexus-like devices on the market at the moment, and given the phone’s design I’d feel happier carrying this around over a Nexus 5X. If you want your phone to be noticed, you really should consider carrying around the Mint version.

Robin is probably one of the most Nexus-like devices on the market at the moment, and given the phone’s design I’d feel happier carrying this around over a Nexus 5X. If you want your phone to be noticed, you really should consider carrying around the Mint version.

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