Aside from a few minor annoyances, it provides nothing of value. But is it the next big flagship killer? The answer is in the details because it’s all about context. The specs are spot on and the design is cutting edge in Android smartphones.
Neither phone (1) stands out from the league of mid-range Android smartphones quite impressively. The unique transparent design combined with the Glyph interface has certainly set the bar high for design innovation in smartphones.
The London-based startup’s first smartphone comes with an iPhone-like metal chassis and glass back, offering a premium feel. One of the biggest advantages of a smartphone is its superior build quality. For a mid-range smartphone, the phone (1) looks stylish and feels great in the hand.
It looks futuristic and evokes the feel of the Sony Xperia U from the early 2010s when it came with a light bar at the bottom. While many are quick to point out the Nothing phone’s (1) striking resemblance to the iPhone 12, the seamless combination of unprecedented design and user interface gives the device a distinctive look.
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The pulsating LEDs, while not very utilitarian, certainly live up to the hype and make the device stand out. Its aluminum frame is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 Layers, which makes it a phone. Metallic round bezels add to the smartphone’s elegant structure.
After opening the box and playing with some Glyph, the first impression of the device can be described as a very cool looking device, very futuristic and comfortable. All worries about the vitality of the design are forgotten as soon as you start using the device.
Best display under Rs 40K?
No other phone comes with a 6.55-inch OLED display that supports (1) 1 billion colors. The device delivers what it claims on the display front, as the OLED panel delivers rich real-life images. Adaptive 120Hz refresh offers smooth scrolling without the fluidity found on most flagships. Adaptive refresh rate promotes longer battery life.
Whether streaming your favorite show or playing a high-octane fighting game with deep contrasts and vibrant colors, the phone (1) delivers sharp and crystal clear visuals. Given the increasing adoption of OTT platforms and access to gaming, it ticks all the boxes for the multimedia smartphone of 2022. Moreover, the phone (1) may be one of the first Android devices without a chin, which has become a mainstay in most countries. mid-range devices.
Perhaps the most striking part of the phone (1) is the Glyph Interface, equipped with 900 LED lamps on the back. Makes you think of disco lights. There are 10 ringtones that can be assigned to any contact of your choice. Users can also set custom light patterns in the messaging app – a painstaking process if you plan to customize WhatsApp notifications. The glyph is for the eyes. Its use may be useless or forgotten by heavy users.
Although Nothing OS stands for Nothing Operating System, it is pretty much an OS in its own right. The device runs on Android 12 and has Nothing launcher on it. It comes with the Play Store and the usual Google Suite of apps. The biggest advantage here is that it comes without any bloatware, so users will no longer have to deal with unwanted ads. Although the OS is similar to stock Android, the widgets, dot-matrix style, and graphics set Nothing OS apart. The UK-based company has promised three years of software updates on its debut smartphone.
Neither phone packs a (1) 4500mAH battery with 33W fast charging support. The brand claims the phone will charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes, and it does. There is 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging for headphones and other devices. Almost no competitor in the segment currently offers this. A full charge offers about six hours of screen time. For a light user, the smartphone will last 1.5 days; for an average to heavy user, the device can offer all-day battery life.
Performance and Play
The device comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ with 8GB and 12GB DDR5 RAM. Neither phone (1) offers easy day-to-day use, especially swiping between apps without any stuttering. Apps launch without any lag and gaming is seamless with faster response times. In addition, the haptic feedback is decent on the device.
The phone can be a great choice for gamers looking for efficiency matched with superior visuals. From Candy Crush to Call Of Duty, the Nothing phone (1) offers dynamic performance and keeps itself stable. Even after increasing the graphics settings to 60 frames per second, the device became a reliable smartphone for demanding games. The phone also comes with a special ‘Game Mode’ that offers features like Do Not Disturb.
Photography on No Phone (1)
The dual camera module on the device is powered by a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor. It has built-in optical image stabilization (IOS) that offers a smooth video recording experience and can come in handy for low-light shots. The camera interface is simple and streamlined, making it easy to access on the go. It allows users to easily switch between the standard 12MP mode and the 50MP Ultra mode. Images in both modes have sharp details, and when it comes to HDR, the device outperforms most of its peers in the segment.
A second 50MP ultra-wide camera captures decent detail; sometimes you can see distortions on the edges of the frame. Regardless of minor concerns, daylight images are particularly detailed without any noise.
Portrait mode delivers sharper images, while 4K recording on the device is smooth. Interestingly, unlike other smartphones in the category, the Nothing phone (1) takes less time to process sharper images.
The device combats grain and noise in ambient conditions. The Glyph lamps on the back also double as flashlights for low-light photography. The 16MP Sony IMX471 is an effective front camera. While selfies seem to have auto-adjusted skin tones, videos are smooth and adequate for calls and short videos. In general, the cameras offer more detail, brighter images and faster processing times.
A word of caution
The Nothing phone (1) is a solid device. Given the well-thought-out design and build, the device easily evokes a premium feel. The disadvantages of the smartphone include minimal customization for the Glyph interface. There is no charger in the device box. While the company has justified this by offering wireless charging support, average users in India will still be reluctant to shell out extra money for wireless chargers considering they are already shelling out over Rs 30,000 for the phone. The lack of a 3.5mm jack will probably make more users opt for Bluetooth headphones.
The Nothing phone (1) is available in two colors: Black and White. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model is priced at Rs 32,999 and the 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at Rs 34,999. The top-end 12GB RAM + 256GB device comes at Rs 35,999. The brand has partnered with Flipkart in India and is offering a lot of discounts and deals on the Nothing phone (1).