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Would you just look at the Nextbit Robin? It's been a long time since we've seen a phone as deliberately designed as this.

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Everything is fresh, playful and clean.

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And circles everywhere, from the small-but-effective volume buttons...

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...to nearly every port.

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Even the fettuccine-shaped USB-C cable and charging brick got attention.

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If light blue isn't your jam, the phone also comes in "midnight."

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Cloud storage is the Robin's big trick. When you run out of space on the phone, it uploads apps and photos.

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The power/lock button doubles as a fingerprint reader to unlock the phone.

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Unlocking and logging into the phone is one seamless action.

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I especially like the slightly recessed shape that doesn't turn on in my pocket or purse.

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Nuh nuh nuh. This round dished-out space is a speaker, not a home button.

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The matching speaker on top makes for pretty loud audio.

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Let's look at some software. The blue progress bar and flashing blue dot tell you when an app is reactivating after it's been archived.

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Tap an always-there home screen icon to open the app for keeping tabs on archived apps.

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This view shows them all, from active to archived, in ABC order.

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You can pin apps to the home screens, which means they're high-priority and won't be archived.

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Archived apps are sleeping up in the cloud, but you can download them any time. In turn, that will cause other apps to archive.

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I found the Robin's slim build easy to grip, but it did slip occasionally.

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Here's what cases for the Robin look like from the back.

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Read all about its 100GB of online storage in my Nextbit Robin review.

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