Essential Phone Earpiece Mesh Defect

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I’ve just witnessed how easy the fabric earpiece mesh can tear on the Essential PH-1. I was wiping the top of screen using a microfibre cloth and a portion of the earpiece mesh came off. It is now showing two big holes where debris can get in. Has anyone had this issue thus far? I’ve actually only owned the device for a week as a backup phone.

Essential support confirmed it is a manufacturer defect. They explained that if I lived in the US, they normally replace the device with a redesigned earpiece mesh. However, when I contacted our Koodo webstore, they’ve mentioned they are aware of the issue and the webstore rep has recently been on a call with someone else with the same issue. They’ve mentioned that all the Essential phone they have in-stock are from the old factory batch that have the same defect and they are not sure when they are getting a new shipment of the redesigned earpiece mesh.

I checked their Essential official community forum in Reddit and customers have reported this issue since August. Honestly, if there is a do it yourself kit on eBay, I’d just fix it myself. It is not really a big issue, probably why they haven’t done a recall of the old batch. But now I know not to wipe the top with a microfibre. The earpiece is just kind of an eye sore now
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Ohh I think I hit the max character, here’s the rest of my post:

The earpiece is just kind of an eye sore now
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So what is the solution for folks who have purchased the Essential phone?
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We have to wait until Telus/Koodo receives the new batch
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I'm pretty sure the one I received is from the new batch with the diagonal patterned mesh. I've since requested a replacement (due to a defect) so when it arrives I'll see if this phone has it too.
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thanks D.L.
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Just received the new phone. The mesh is different from my first one, it's the older model with the fabric.... Also, the display is noticeably bluer than the first; I'd say inferior.

This means that Koodo is selling both the old and new models.
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Yeah... I've just contacted Essential again and they mentioned they are sending Telus/Koodo frequent shipments all the time and "it is up to the retailer to manage their inventory and fulfill orders." It does seem like it is mixed models being given and it is just a chance if you get the old or the new.

Did the new one came with plastic shrink-wrap?

In terms of the blue display, I've noticed it too to mine and download a blue-light filter app. The one I am using is Twilight. It helps a bit but it does make the black have a reddish hue if you adjust the filter too high.

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Just curious... I got a replacement .. but the metal on the right side or "mesh" looks pushed in... Has yours pushed in at all?
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So just a side note to all the Essential phone owners out there, be careful in cleaning the earpiece mesh and don’t be suprised if one day you pull it out of your pocket and a portion of the earpiece mesh is gone. The new earpiece mesh is supposed to be metal and a little ressessed compared to the old fabric mesh. I kinda want to confirmed we are all on the same boat, if you have the Essential phone, do you see a black fiber or a grey metal earpiece mesh?
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I would push to exchange the phone directly with Essential. Posting messages to their social media would help (facebook, twitter, forum, etc.)
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I had my phone for exactly 2 weeks now but I've noticed the weird earpiece since day 1. Every time I get the phone out of my pocket, it would be filled with lint that I had to dig out with piece of paper.
Then I found out that it was a defect from reading reddit. I'll contact both Essential and Koodo.
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As it turns out, Essential can't help us if it is not bought in the US. But you can contact Koodo Webstore and see if you are within the exchange period. I just got my replacement today and I tried to distinguish the difference between the old and the new and I think the new one I got is made out of metal mesh. It is more see-thru than the first one I got.

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Glad to hear you got a new model. Hopefully I can get the same.
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Is the new grill working out for you? I picked up my essential today from the post office, mesh has 2 holes in it out of the box. Was it easy dealing with koodo? And did you notice a difference in the screens?
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Hi Nicholas,

Yes, it is easy to make an arrangement for an exchange with the webstore. I received my replacement in 2 days. In terms of the screen quality, I noticed light bleeding in the left side of the screen on 90-100% brightness. The screen can get really blue too but I just use Twilight which is a blue light filter and when Android Oreo is launched later this month, it will help with that too. Other than those two observations, I am happy and I am keeping this replacement device. I’ve actually tested the new earpiece mesh by scrubbing it with a microfibre cloth and it did not peel. There is visible white glue residue around the earpiece but it’ll go away in time.
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I don't remember ever seeing a mesh on mine.
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Do you see two holes in the earpiece? The earpiece mesh is really reassessed and it is barely noticeable.
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No. So mine must be fine.
I'm really liking it so far.
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Me too! I actually prefer using my Essential than my iPhone.
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It just keeps getting better with the Essential phone, I'm really kicking myself for not getting one on Black Friday. If the EIS is comparable to the Pixels it will really make its weakest point to a heck of a lot better.
https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/14/es...
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Keep an eye out on Boxing Day :)
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Anyone have a proper picture of the difference? The one on reddit really is hard to distinguish. Mine i can barely tell
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What hardware version do ppl have here? Wondering if there's different release versions or if the others were prototypes and 1.8 is the only released version of the Essential Phone.
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Will Koodo do a warranty repair for this issue after 15 days?
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They should as it is a manufacturer defect and should be covered under warranty.
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It's also a known issue and Koodo is aware

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