At CES 2016, our own Nirave Gondhia interviewed Nextbit Head of Product, Scott Croyle. Together, the two discussed how much progress the Kickstarter-backed, cloud-centric Robin has made in the last few months of developments since our first hands on last September.
Nextbit really is putting together an interesting product with the Robin. The $399 device is unique because instead of focusing primarily on internal storage, owners of the Robin will get 100GB of free cloud storage upon purchase. The idea is to make cloud-storage the default method of memory storage instead of physical storage.
In the interview, Croyle really shines when he begins discussing the physical, aesthetic design of the Robin, which has turned some heads with its unusual boxy shape and circle motif. In a world of curved edges and concealed sensors, the Robin really does stand apart in an eye-catching way. Croyle credits Nextbit’s smallness for this design, noting that larger companies tend to land on more samey aesthetics because of the number of hands involved in the design process. The Robin is much more of an auteur product, the vision of a small number of people who are passionate about what they are doing.
The Robin has turned some heads with its unusual boxy shape and circle motif
Croyle says that pre-orders, which are currently available through Backerkick, will be ending on January 15th. The reason behind this is that, since the phone is slated to ship in mid-February, Nextbit wants to make sure that they don’t overwhelm their production line between Kickstarter and pre-orders. That means that if you want a Robin in your pocket next month, you’ve gotta act before Friday! Unfortunately, if you’re looking to get it in that cool, electric blue, you’re as SOL as Nirave – that version was a Kickstarter backer exclusive.
Nextbit Robin cloud-first smartphone now available for pre-order
Check out the video above for the full details of this interview. As always, be sure to leave us some feedback in the comments, and don’t forget to click the button below to check out the rest of our CES 2016 coverage.