The phone features stereo speakers and runs on Android Marshmallow.Distributed storage is currently a key some portion of our lives and we as a whole utilize some administration, be it Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or OneDrive, to give some examples. Having your own information securely concealed for you to access whenever and from any gadget is splendid, and it’s anything but difficult to underestimate once you begin utilizing it. We’ve likewise seen gadgets that depend totally on cloud administrations, for example, the Asus Chromebox and Chromebit as prime cases. Be that as it may, is it time for cell phones to make this move as well? Indeed, Nextbit absolutely thinks so.
Displaying the Robin, the primary Android cell phone which utilizes profoundly incorporated distributed storage. Nextbit is an extraordinary other startup; it’s sponsored by veterans from Apple, Google and HTC. Dissimilar to Chrome OS gadgets however, the Nextbit Robin is a run of the mill Android telephone with a sensible measure of neighborhood stockpiling. It’s the point at which you begin coming up short on space, that the telephone’s keen stockpiling framework kicks in. More on that later; first how about we check whether the Robin is any great at being a cutting edge cell phone.
Look and feel
You get a feeling this not your normal Android telephone right from the first occasion when you see its bundling. It would seem that a crate of fine chocolates and inside, we have a speedy acquaintance on how with set up your SIM card. You get a SIM ejector device, a level USB Type-C link and the telephone itself, all exhibited conveniently in the crate. Strangely however, you don’t get a force connector or a headset, as Nextbit trusts a large portion of us to have saves lying around. You can buy a force connector from the organization if necessary. The Robin comes in Mint and Midnight shading choices, keeping in mind we haven’t seen the last in individual, the mint looks very excellent. Despite the fact that it’s assembled completely of plastic and some may contend that it looks toy-like, the construct nature of the telephone is heavenly and it feels extraordinary. The delicate surface is anything but difficult to hold and the double tone mint and white body will stop people in their tracks when you’re all over the place.
Rather than basically leaving the range underneath the presentation unfilled, Nextbit has added a second speaker to compliment the one on the top for stereo sound. Close to it, we have a 5-megapixel front-camera and the surrounding light sensor. The showcase is a 5.2-inch IPS board with a full-HD determination and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for insurance. Its pixel thickness is sufficiently high to convey fresh pictures and content, and daylight readability and touch reaction are both great.
The round volume catches are set on the left while the single Nano-SIM plate and power catch are on the privilege. Our test unit had a marginally harmed power catch, which was more recessed than it ought to have been. On typical units, the force catch sits flush with the body so it’s anything but difficult to utilize the unique mark sensor that is coordinated into it.
The earphones attachment and USB Type-C ports are set on the top and base separately. There’s likewise a warning LED right beside the amplifier at the base. Around the back, we have the 13-megapixel camera, a double tone LED streak unit, and a progression of LED lights underneath which throb when the telephone is matching up information to the cloud.
In general, we cherish Nextbit’s configuration rationality for the Robin. It’s reviving, idiosyncratic, and absolute lovely. Indeed, even without the cloud-matching up highlight, the Robin has enough determination as far as feel and construct quality to remain all alone feet.
Specifications and software
It’s not all excellence over strength however, as Nexbit has equipped this telephone with enough equipment for it to be important for the following couple of years. Inside, we have a hexa-center Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of neighborhood stockpiling. That is supplemented by 100GB of distributed storage. You likewise get 4G LTE with VoLTE support on Indian groups (tried on Bands 3 and 40), NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n/air conditioning, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. There’s no FM radio and we’ve affirmed that USB-OTG is not bolstered either. Nextbit will offer the Robin transporter opened the world over, and even gloats of an unlockable bootloader for introducing custom ROMs, which won’t void the guarantee.
The telephone keeps running on a custom variant of Android Marshmallow called Nextbit OS, which discard the application drawer for a solitary layered interface. There are custom symbols for stock aps, for example, the dialler, exhibition, camera, and so forth, which mix well with different applications which take after Marshmallow’s Material Design. Gadgets have their own different layer, which must be gotten to by “squeezing” the home screen. There’s a lasting menu catch which is open from any home screen, with tabs that give you a chance to channel all applications, documented applications and stuck applications. This conveys us to the most one of a kind element of the telephone, which is its distributed storage incorporation.
The Robin’s Smart Storage framework utilizes your Google represent validation. Once marked in, you can set what kind of information you wish to have went down. Your present decisions are photographs and application information – recordings aren’t documented right now. You can let the telephone go down your information just when it’s charging and associated with Wi-Fi, however that is about all the control you truly have. The rest is taken care of by Smart Storage. You can check the status of the distributed storage from inside the Smart Storage sub-menu in the Settings application, which gives you a graphical representation of the sort of documents that are there in the cloud.
The main cluster of photographs we took were moved to the cover over cell information, however ensuing ones just matched up when we were associated with Wi-Fi. You are cautioned about information being moved to the cloud just the first run through, yet after that, everything happens out of sight. The throbbing lights on the back of the telephone are the main sign that matching up is in advancement. When you attempt and share a photograph from the display application, you can see whether you have the first photograph (‘High determination’) or simply the thumbnail (‘Low determination’) on the telephone. In the event that you attempt and zoom into a photo, it will start downloading the first document on the off chance that it’s not present, whether you’re on information or Wi-Fi. Until further notice, just pictures in your camera roll (or DCIM envelope) will be matched up to the cloud.
Applications you don’t utilize much of the time can likewise be documented to the cloud to free up neighborhood storage room. These applications’ symbols show up turned gray out on your home screen, and they are alluded to as ‘apparition applications’. They can be initiated by just tapping their symbols, which is the point at which the framework will get the application’s information from the cloud and resume its state precisely where you cleared out it. You can coercively keep applications from being filed by “sticking” them by just swiping downwards on every one’s symbol.
As your photographs and applications start to top off the telephone’s neighborhood stockpiling, Smart Storage will continue moving records forward and backward between your gadget and the cloud. As a general rule, this works well yet with a couple of admonitions, which could be potential major issues relying upon the kind of Android client you are. To start with up, there isn’t any granular control over how the Robin does its chronicling. Case in point, suppose you have a library of photographs going back a month or something like that. On the off chance that the telephone recognizes a sudden abatement in accessible nearby stockpiling for any reason, for example, you introducing of a major 3D amusement or duplicating bunches of recordings. The Robin will consequently begin filing applications and photographs. Now and again, we found that it had filed photographs we’d taken just days back, supplanting them with low-determination thumbnails.
This implies you can’t share those photo without re-downloading them. We wish we could set an edge for filing photographs, say just ones that are over two weeks or a month old. Another conceivable issue that clients may face is that on the off chance that they fill the 32GB of neighborhood stockpiling with loads of music and recordings, there will come a period when the Robin doesn’t have any more information to synchronize. You may come up short on nearby stockpiling totally and the distributed storage won’t be utilized on the grounds that those document sorts aren’t upheld and you can’t unfasten each and every application. Take our screenshot as a case, where we have scarcely 800MB to save and about the whole distributed storage space free, yet the telephone can’t move any more information. We’re not saying everybody will confront this, but rather it’s a plausibility.
Nextbit says it will think about offering as a premium paid stockpiling level later on if clients need it. Nonetheless, we trust that until backing for chronicling recordings kicks in, 100GB ought to be sufficient for even the most requesting force client
We had no genuine grievances with the Nextbit Robin amid our test period when it came to it taking care of regular assignments. It’s not horribly agreeable for independent use due its square shaped shape and size, yet is agreeable to hold. 4G functions admirably and voice calls are effortlessly capable of being heard. The Qualcomm SoC in the Robin isn’t tormented with overheating issues, yet it gets warm when the camera is being used. It performs well in benchmarks as well, and we got 69,644 focuses in AnTuTu and a score of 19,801 in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited.
The stock video and sound players are really fundamental, with no equalizer presets or alternatives to change the recordings perspective proportion, and so forth. Truth be told, the display application needs sharing choices for recordings, which implies you’ll need to do this through a document supervisor. As far as playback, the telephone handles 4K recordings well albeit some sound codecs, for example, AC3 aren’t bolstered even with outsider applications introduced. The sound yield through earphones and the stereo speakers is great.
The 13-megapixel back camera gets stage recognition self-adjust however we found that it is basically not able to concentrate on close-up items, so great large scale shots are about difficult to get. Centering rate is better with scenes, yet there is a touch of screen slack even in splendidly lit conditions. Hues are frequently overstated which makes scenes look manufactured now and again. Low-light shots are look great on the telephone’s presentation however the level of point of interest isn’t incredible once you zoom in the distance. Video quality then again is better, as the telephone deals with an unfaltering edge rate notwithstanding when shooting in 4K.
The camera application is easy to utilize, giving you fundamental choices for burst mode, HDR, and manual shooting controls. The last gives you a chance to set the center, ISO, white parity and introduction. The back glimmer is genuinely intense for adjacent questions and enlightens scenes well without extinguishing much detail. The front camera makes an alright showing with regards to for selfies both inside and outside.
The telephone’s 2680mAh battery backings Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 with a perfect charger. Since it’s improbable that individuals will have an extra one of those lying around, it’s frustrating that Nextbit did exclude one in the case. We got 7 hours and 17 minutes in our video circle test which is about normal. With consistent use, we were easily ready to traverse a full work day however regularly required a charge during the evening.
The Nextbit Robin is a look into an idealistic future where fast Internet access is pervasive and things like “reasonable utilization strategies” and information tops are non-existent. The Robin would fit right into such a world, consistently rearranging information between the telephone and the cloud. It may work today in a few nations, where velocities and information tops are sufficiently liberal to cover this additional movement yet in India, it will take some genuine persuading to motivate clients to adjust to this style of versatile processing. You can set the gadget to utilize Wi-Fi just, yet in the event that you’re outside and need an application that has been filed, you’re in a tough situation. You additionally need to download the whole application with every one of its information, which may be a considerable amount to download.
32GB of nearby stockpiling isn’t terrible for a cell phone, yet why didn’t Nextbit likewise give clients the capacity to utilize a microSD or USB-OTG? Why go to all the inconvenience of setting up a committed cloud system furthermore tackling the obligation of keeping clients’ private information safe? It appears like an answer for an issue that isn’t generally all that terrible. With a microSD card, you can conceivably get more space than what Nextbit is putting forth, also the innate advantages of having your information with you at all times, speedier access, less demanding sharing, and no reliance on Internet access.
Having said that, we commend Nextbit for thinking out about the crate and conveying something other than what’s expected. In its present express, the Robin could bode well for individuals who might want to have a considerable measure of substantial applications or an immense photograph library with them. Given Nextbit includes more granular controls for Smart Storage and the capacity to match up different sorts of substance as well, you’ll genuinely have the capacity to exploit the 100GB of distributed storage space. Then again, since there isn’t backing for filing recordings and different sorts of media right now, you could end up scrambling for space pretty much as you would on some other telephone. Notwithstanding when that backing is included, moving down recordings could without much of a stretch put a gouge in the month to month information top of your home Internet association and also your cell information arrangement. In the event that a companion ever strolls into your home with a Nextbit Robin, be careful about sharing your Wi-Fi secret word!
At Rs.19,999, the Nextbit Robin is forcefully valued given its list of capabilities. The telephone can remain all alone feet because of its reviving outline, phenomenal form quality, incredible presentation, stereo speakers and the special cloud incorporation. The last is a reward highlight particularly considering that numerous different telephones nowadays need expandable capacity.