That’s exactly how I would sum up the Nothing Phone (1). The Nothing Phone 1 is easily one of the hottest smartphones released in the last decade. The massive interest it has generated can also be a huge liability. The Phone 1 must deliver on its promise to offer something new, something unique. But does it really offer something other Android devices don’t? Let’s find out.
Nothing Telephone (1)
Usually, there’s not much to say in this segment. But in the case of Nothing Phone (1), that’s exactly what makes or breaks the device. Nothing from Phone(1) brings anything different to the table. The smartphone industry is almost too outdated, especially with the designs. With rare exceptions here and there, it’s just hardware sandwiched between glass. If you were expecting Nothing to completely change roles, you might be disappointed. The Nothing Phone (1) has the same glass-sandwich design. But there is more. The device comes with a transparent back which has been neatly arranged using monotonous color elements.
Our review unit was white, and the transparent back seemed consistent. It’s not an entirely new concept. There have been smartphone makers who have tried this before, but what separates the Nothing Phone (1) is that it uses a completely transparent back. You can see the wireless charging coil some ribbons (wiring for smartphones), all the screws holding the back panel plates in place and of course the lights.
If you’re holding the device with a blindfold on, there’s no way you can tell it’s a Nothing(1) phone. However, it gives a premium appeal due to the flat edges and metal frame. You won’t be wrong in saying that it is inspired by the current generation of iPhone.
Nothing Phone (1) Interface Glyph
While the Glyph interface also falls under the Design side of things, we think it deserves independent mention. The Glyph interface is the feature through which you can operate the back panel lights. With the default settings enabled, the Nothing Phone (1) only uses it when the phone rings or there is a notification. There’s sound to go with the light interface which adds to the experience. You get a small selection of ringtones specially created for Nothing Phone 1. It definitely offers a different experience in the sea of boring ringtones and notification sounds.
Nothing could add more ringtones and notification sounds to the arsenal in the coming months.
Nothing Phone (1) Display
Now that we’ve eliminated the weird stuff, let’s talk about the basics. Starting with the billboard. Nothing Phone (1) gets a suitably sized 6.55-inch panel with FullHD+ resolution. It gets a 120Hz refresh rate, which can be throttled to 60Hz for extra battery life. In my experience, the display worked well. You may need to adjust the color temperature to your image to get the most out of it. The display isn’t top notch or outstanding in any way, but the flat screen and decently sized bezels give it a premium touch and feel. Touch response was also good for gaming.
Nothing Phone (1) Performance
Nothing made a bold call by opting for a year-old SoC. In chipset years, one year can mean a lot. The Nothing Phone 1 chose to go with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+. The “+” makes it an updated version with some additional features such as wireless charging and 5G. In my time with the device, Nothing Phone (1) performed well in terms of daily tasks. The phone was fast, thanks to the near-standard Android experience as well as the 120Hz display.
While playing graphically intense games like Apex Legends Mobile, the phone performed well with no noticeable frame dropouts. The temperature has increased, but not to levels where it becomes difficult to handle the phone. The phone has a dedicated game mode that precisely combines sound with graphics. Also, there will be less distraction as the mode minimizes notifications.
Nothing Phone (1) Camera
Nothing Phone (1) comes with a modest dual-camera setup. Despite falling behind in sensor count, you won’t miss a telephoto or macro lens. The main lens is a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor. The lens supports dual image stabilization and 10-bit color video. It also has a night mode and a scene detection mode which uses AI to deliver a better picture.
In our limited experience with the camera, the optics may not be one of the Nothing Phone’s strong points (1). It clicks decent daytime images, but don’t expect flagship-level detail. Additionally, low-light performance is nothing short of extraordinary. There is noticeable noise in dimly lit scenes. Enabling night mode helps, but not to a great extent. Watch our full review and camera comparisons for a better idea of overall performance.
Nothing from the phone (1) Battery and charging
The Nothing Phone (1) is powered by a 4500 mAh battery. It offers a maximum of 33W wired charging, 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse charging speed. In our experience, the phone did well with battery management. The game consumes a few percentage points of battery, but performance in standby as well as during daily tasks.
Phone Nothing (1) Practical Verdict
Nothing Phone (1) has created quite a buzz, which seems like a luxury that only a few models and brands appreciate. He has a chance to use this to his advantage. The Nothing Phone (1) is the brand’s first strong statement. The novelty and eccentricity of Nothing Phone (1) is a breath of fresh air. We were hoping for a bit more with camera performance and the operating system, but there are still a lot more layers we need to unfold. Stay tuned for our detailed analysis.
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