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Nextbit Robin review


By gsadminkannan on March 1, 2016

Nextbit Robin review

If you own a smart phone over few years, you would have used it for messaging, chatting, installing apps and using them, capturing photos and video, or playing games. Installing apps and games and taking photos and video with your phone consumes the Phone storage (Internal and Expandable) available to you, and it doesn’t take much to hit the storage limits of your phone.

When you run out of space, which you eventually will, there are three chances that you will deal with it. You could either buy a new phone with better storage, or choose the one that which has an option for expandable storage. You could clean up your phone by offloading pictures and videos to your computer to make space. Or, you will delete few apps, games, photos, videos, and music from your phone to make space for other stuff you want to do with it.

None of these options are really good when you are in need and just want to take a few more photos, videos or install an App. That is what Nextbit Robin is all about, a $399 Android phone which has a cloud storage of its own..

The Nextbit Robin is a typical mid-level Android smart phone that is paired with Nextbit’s own cloud-storage service and some software to make sure that you would not run out of space on your phone when you are in need. Nextbit’s solution for this is unique, though it still needs to get more refined before you can truly forget about your phones limited storage and can use your phone as much as you would like.

The Nextbit Robin has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM, a 2,680mAh battery, a dual front-facing speakers and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow . The Robin’s camera is a 13-megapixel sensor with dual-LED flash, and there’s a 5-megapixel frond camera. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the side and a USB Type-C charging port on the bottom.

The Biggest disappointment is with the Nextbit Robin’s camera, which is too slow and doesn’t shoot quality photos. But the real appeal Robin comes with the standard 32GB internal storage with an additional 100GB of cloud storage provided by Nextbit at no extra cost.

Here’s how Robin works: when you plug the Robin in to a charger and connect it to Wi-Fi, it backs up your installed apps and your photos to Nextbit’s cloud. Then when you have reached a certain threshold (below 2.1GB of remaining free space), the Robin will remove apps and games that haven’t been used recently from the device automatically, leaving a greyed-out icon (a “ghost,” what Nextbit call so) in the launcher. It will also remove full-resolution photos from your phone and leave behind smaller optimized photos.

To restore an app back to the Robin, tap on the ghost icon and the app will be downloaded from the cloud and reinstalled on the phone. Once an app is restored, it will work just as it did before when it was removed from the phone, complete with logins, game progress, and other app data. Restoring full-resolution photos works in the same manner..

The Concept of Nextbit Robin is Unique than the Phone and its real innovation will be the idea of cloud storage system

Nextbit Robin

Nextbit Robin
7.2

Design

8/10

    Display

    7/10

      Camera

      5/10

        Battery life

        7/10

          Value for money

          9/10

            Pros

            • Eye-catching design
            • Reliable battery life
            • Good performance

            Cons

            • Slow camera
            • Poor image quality
            • Cloud storage doesn’t back up video