Nothing Phone (1) review

Scarlette Lennon22 July 2022Last Update : 2 weeks ago
Nothing Phone (1) review

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The Nothing phone has been in the rumor mill for months, but the wait is finally over. Carl Pei, the company’s CEO, introduced the world to the Nothing Phone (1) over a simple, straight-to-the-point presentation that was unexpected for such a hyped product, yet one that felt right. So here it is, meet the Nothing Phone (1).

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The company’s first smartphone seems to be built according to one simple rule – everything you need, nothing you don’t. And a pinch of innovation, of course. And looking through the Nothing Phone (1) specifications, we can clearly see that this is used throughout.

The Nothing Phone (1) uses a 6.55-inch OLED with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh. And because of this rather ordinary screen, the phone doesn’t really need the latest Snapdragon chipset. Therefore, nothing has chosen the competent, albeit not top-tier, Snapdragon 778G+ 5G chipset, which has already proven itself.

The camera department also seems down to earth, but still. There’s a 50MP dual camera on the back – a primary with a wide-angle OIS lens and an ultra-wide-angle secondary with AF. A 16 MP selfie camera is on the other side and sits in a small display hole.

Then you will also find a 4,500 mAh battery with 33W cable and 15W wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging is also available.

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However, the strength of Nothing Phone (1) lies elsewhere. First, it is the splash-proof unique transparent design, second – the incredibly smart Android 12 with Nothing interface, and finally, the unique Glyph lighting interface on the back. These make the Nothing Phone (1) stand out from any crowd. So color us fascinated!

Not offering cutting-edge technology is certainly a risky move, but you can’t earn a €450 flagship in 2022. Not like it was with the first OnePlus phones eight years ago. And that’s why we think it was a smart move to get a phone with the most useful features and not pay too much for extras you’ll rarely (if ever) use, like a LiDAR, a 4K screen, an overpowered chip that destroys battery life.

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See, we managed to avoid any jokes leading up to this part, and for that we are already proud of ourselves. So, before we give in to the temptation, let’s go through the detailed specification sheet.

None Phone (1) specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 159.2×75.8×8.3mm, 194g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame; Multiple LED lights on the back (notifications, charging progress, camera charging light), Flashing red light on the back (video recording indicator), IP53 – splash, water and dust resistant.
  • Screen: 6.55″ OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 500 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (1×2.5 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55); Adreno 642L.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, No OS.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 50MP, f/1.9, 24mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 50MP, f/2.2, 114˚, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, PDAF.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0 µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS, live HDR; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 33W, 50% in 30 min, 100% in 70 min (announced), Wireless charging 15W, Reverse wireless charging 5W, Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 4.0.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; stereo speakers.

The only major omission we can spot right off the bat is the lack of full penetration protection. Sure, splash resistance is still a thing, but for a phone with such a level of hype, we expected at least IP67.

Nothing Phone (1) is available in two colors – black and white – and three memory variants – 8/128, 8/256 and 12/256. The base model starts at €469, which is quite a fair price given, well, everything.

Everything boils down to one question – is the Nothing Phone (1) a breath of fresh air, a new hope if you will, or a glorified and overpriced mid-ranger? Let’s find out!

Unboxing the Nothing Phone (1)

Nothing Phone (1) is shipped in an eco-friendly box made from recycled fiber. It gets destroyed upon opening and unless you tape it back it will never look the same.

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So once you tear open that paper box inside, you’ll find the Nothing Phone (1), a USB-C cable, and the coolest SIM eject tool we’ve seen yet!

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There is no charger inside the box. The phone supports USB-PD 3.0, so you can use any PD charger you have in your home.

One more thing, Nothing Phone (1) comes with a thin screen protector that was applied at the factory. It’s of a higher quality than usual and doesn’t smudge as much as those that come on several Xiaomi phones.

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