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Storage, schmorage. The Robin phone archives your stuff onlineNextbit's Robin is a new phone by a new phonemaker. Is it any good? See for yourself.
Okay, Robin, you're the Kickstarter phone with Android 6.0 software. But why are you named Robin, anyway? I like the way your different design looks on you, and you're pretty slim, which is cool. But the whole reason that you exist The thing that makes you tick is that you automatically archive the apps and photos that I haven't looked at for a while, right? And you store them online? Okay I get it, I get it. Like I can still download them anytime I need them, but when I run out of space on my phone they'll just go into hibernation mode and the icons ray out without me having to do anything and when I do download them again, the lights on the back next to the cloud icon here, they start to flash and that's how I know when it's working, right? Ok, great. So I do have some constructive criticism for you. Like for a phone that wants to put everything in the background that persistent icon on the front that manages archived apps, it really does get in my way. And I wish there were a better way to automatically organize the icons on the phone. Because I keep sliding past all these ghosted apps just to get to the active one that I want. Also photos take longer than usual to capture and exposure is sometimes off. I'm also really confused by the speaker because it looks like a home button but its not. But at least the volume is really loud so I like that. And your locked screen that doubles as a fingerprint center, that's really awesome. It works really quickly and accurately. Look, you're $400, you're not bad for the price. But to be honest, you do seem like more of a novelty device. And you face pretty stiff competition from other cheaper phones.