The Essential Phone (styled PH-1) is a debut handset created by the godfather of Android, Andy Rubin, and his brand-new company. It's entering a crowded field dominated by the same few phones: Samsung's . The latest LG V phone. (previously Nexus) phones. And of course, the . Nevertheless, the new kid in town is getting a lot of attention. But ? Here’s everything you need to know about the Essential Phone and how it stacks up against the heavy-hitters.