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Meet Robin – A Cloud-Centric Smartphone

A new device has just hit Kickstarter and unlike most crowdfunded projects this one is worth a serious look.  Meet Robin, a cloud-centric smartphone made by Nextbit.  Now if you haven’t heard of Nextbit before they aren’t just another startup company.  Their lead team consist of two ex-Googlers (both of which were key members of the Android team) and an ex HTC lead designer who played an integral role in designing devices such as the Evo, Incredible, M7 and M8!

Now back to the device… Let’s take a look at the specs:

  • Processor: Snapdragon 808
  • Memory: 3GB RAM / 32 GB onboard / 100 GB online
  • Screen: 5.2” IPS LCD 1080p
  • Rear Camera: 13MP with phase detection autofocus, dual tone flash
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2680 mAh
  • Dual front facing stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
  • Quick charging
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • WiFi A/B/G/N/AC
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 850/900/1800/1900/2100
  • LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 72mm x 7mm
  • GPS enabled

While these aren’t bleeding edge specs by any means, they’re definitely good enough and should offer a solid user experience.  What really sets the Nexbit Robin apart, however, is its cloud storage solution.  Not only do you have a healthy 100GB of cloud storage at your disposal, the software is designed to automatically send seldom used apps and media to the cloud to free up space on your phone.  App data is also saved to the cloud so when you do go to re-download your clouded app your data should return with it.

Other nice perks of the device include the ability to unlock the bootloader, root and flash without losing your warranty!  You can even brick your device and still be covered.

Now let’s talk numbers.  Most crowdfunded devices offer some real value and the Robin is no exception.  Early birders were able to grab the Robin for just $299 but unfortunately those have all been snapped up.  You can still save a little bit of moolah and pick this guy up for just $349 + shipping. Speaking of shipping, Nextbit is aiming to have these out to backers by January-February.  They’ve already surpassed their $500 000 target (in under 24 hours!) so hopefully things proceed smoothly and they’re able to meet their deadlines.

So what do you guys think of the Nextbit Robin?  Are we ready for a cloud-centric phone?