Shortly after launching at Sprint, the Essential Phone has made its way to Best Buy — both online and in stores. A quick check of stock around New York City shows that the unlocked, black Essential Phone is already available at many locations, though supply might vary depending on where you are. The Android smartphone costs $699.99 and is compatible with all major US carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
Essential has been working to improve the device through software updates over the last several weeks; reports indicate that the phone’s software is running much smoother now. But the camera (and the camera app itself) remain weak points that still haven’t been fixed. Plus, the black model is a terrible fingerprint magnet. So even if you’re set on getting one, it might be smartest to wait for the white Essential Phone to similarly make a debut at retail.