This Affordable Phone is praised by Nothing Phone 1's flashy extras

This Affordable Phone is praised by Nothing Phone 1's flashy extras ...

The Nothing Phone 1 is the company's first 5G phone that does a lot of things right, from its stripped-back interface to its generally sold performance and, most importantly, its quirky transparent design with unique flashing LEDs on the back. Its a phone that Ive been wanting to own since its announcement, and after spending some time with it, the enthusiasm hasnt subsided.

The Nothing Phone 1 is at least 100 less than I expected it to be at a low price. However, what you get is a high-quality handset.

If you can buy one, it will be available in the United Kingdom and Europe immediately. Nothing said that the company is definitely planning to develop a US-supported mobile in the future. It seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.

  • Battery life could be better
  • For some, the back lights might be a gimmick

Is it worth it to acquire the Nothing Phone 1?

The Nothing Phone 1 isn't a replacement for the iPhone 13 Pro or Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, it's not trying to be. It's a good phone, not because it tries to include every feature you could possibly want, but because it leaves them out. Both its hardware and software are stripped back, leaving you with a phone that's great for everyday use at a cost that'll still leave some cash in your wallet.

Nothing Phone 1 is a superb phone that combines all the essentials with the extra sparkle of the flashy design. If youre after a good phone for a decent price, it's a good idea.

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A flashy design and a large display

The Phone 1s's aesthetic is certainly what sets it apart from the competition. The back panel is completely transparent, letting you see the interconnected components beneath, including the wireless charging coil and multiple exposed screwheads. The only Nothing branding is a small logo at the bottom corner.

The lightshow is a set of LED strips that Nothing calls the glyph, that flash up across the back panel to alert you to incoming calls or notifications, or to use as a fill light when recording video. Its certainly unique and its nice to see some different approaches to phones, especially in the budget segment, which is often awash with useless gray or black slabs.

The Nothing Phone 1's selfie camera is located in a cutout at the top-left corner of the screen.

It's a fairly simple program, but it's also a shambles. Time will tell how useful it is really. You may just not like the design, which is acceptable, but at this price it's fair to say you're not just paying for its appearance.

A recycled aluminum frame provides the phone a satisfyingly solid feel, while its IP53 water-resistance rating will keep it safe from spilled beverages.

The 6.55-inch screen is big enough to perform Netflix shows on the move, as do its 2,4001,080-pixel resolution and vibrant colors. Using the 120Hz refresh rate, scrolling around the home screens or viewing webpages looks effortless.

For the price, it's a good enough performance.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus processor powers the phone, which also has 8GB of RAM, far ahead of top models like the iPhone 13 Pro or S22 Ultra, but less so among less expensive devices like the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro.

Nothing is a fairly clean Android 12 release, with minor improvements throughout.

For a more affordable device, this is normal, and there's still plenty of power for the majority of tasks you'd likely need it to do. Even just navigating around the interface was quick and smooth.

Nothing has used a minor cosmetic skin to make it a light touch. It does not intend to develop its own email client (it knows youd prefer Gmail) or build its own web browser (because youll use Chrome).

This minimalist approach works very well, making the phone seem more clutter-free and user-friendly. It's an approach I like. Samsung famously preloaded its phones for years with its own software and services, making them feel clingy.

A 4,500-mAh battery is hidden under the surface of internal components.

Dual cameras, two solid cameras

Nothing kept the camera setup stripped back either, except two rear 50-megapixel cameras, a standard wide-angle lens and an ultrawide lens, which is a good move.

Notice the way the phone 1's main camera captures the sky and clouds in this photo.

In this photo from the main camera, the colors are vibrant.

The phones are great photographers. The main camera captures vibrant colors, even exposure, and plenty of detail. Side-by-side, my iPhone 13 Pro photos are certainly better, but they're certainly not twice as good.

Here is a photo of a river boat taken with the main camera.

In a photo from the ultrawide, you see the same riverboat. There is a noticeable color change.

The ultrawide camera does a superb job of taking photos in good light, but there's a noticeable change in the color balance.

The selfie camera's 16-megapixel resolution provides ample detail while the colors are vibrant.

Nothings cameras aren't the finest around, but if you want that level of detail, youll need to pay more than twice the price on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. For the money, the Phone 1s cameras do a superb job and will suit you well if you want vivid pictures of your next family vacation.

With fast charging, the battery life is good.

After an hour of streaming a YouTube video on Wi-Fi with the screen at maximum brightness, the battery dropped from full to 83%, and even further to 83% in second hour.

The OnePlus 10 Pro, Pixel 6, iPhone 13 Pro, and Honor Magic 4 Pro all put in better effort here. But its a demanding test, and with more cautious use you should be able to get through a day. Though youll definitely need to charge it every night.

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When you're in a hurry, you shouldn't have to worry about it being charged. The Phone 1 claims to be capable of 33-watt fast charging, which Nothing claims can get you from empty to 50% full in under 30 minutes. Unfortunately, a compatible fast charger does not come in the box and is only available as an add-on accessory.

Nothing Phone 1 Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Google Pixel 6A Apple iPhone SE (2022)
Display size, resolution, refresh rate 6.55-inch OLED display, 2,4001,080 pixels; 120Hz 6.5-inch AMOLED, 2,4001,080 pixels; 120Hz 6.1-inch OLED; 2,4001,080 pixels; 60Hz 4.7-inch LCD; 1,334750 pixels; 60Hz
Pixel density 402ppi 405ppi 429 ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.27 x 2.98 x 0.33 in 6.28 x 2.94 x 0.32 in 6.0 x 2.8 x 0.35 in 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm 159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1 mm 152.2 x 7.18 x 8.9 mm 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 193.5g 6.67 oz; 189g 6.3 oz; 178g 5.09 oz; 144g
Mobile software Android 12 Android 12 Android 12 iOS 15
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 50-megapixel (ultrawide) 64-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth) 12.2-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide)
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel 32-megapixel 8-megapixel 7-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 778G Plus Exynos 1280 Google Tensor Apple A15 Bionic
Storage 128GB, 256 GB 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Expandable storage None Up to 1TB None None
Battery 4,500 mAh; 33W wired charging fast charger not included, 15-watt wireless charging, 5-watt reverse charging 5,000 mAh; 25W wired charging charger not included, does not support wireless charging 4,410 mAh; 18W fast charging adapter sold separately, does not support wireless charging Batttery size not disclosed; 20-watt wired charging charger not included, 7.5W wireless charging
Fingerprint sensor In-display In-display In-display Home button
Connector USB-C USB-C USB C Lightning
Headphone jack None None None None
Special features 5G, IP53, 3 years of Android updates, dual SIM 5G; IP67 rating; Samsung Pay 5G, security updates for 5 years, Android OS updates for 3 years, dual SIM, IP67 water resistance 5G, water resistant (IP67), dual SIM
Price off-contract (USD) UK price converts to $480 (128GB + 8GB RAM); $530 (256GB + 8GB RAM); $590 (256GB + 12GB RAM) $450 $449 $399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)
Price (GBP) 399 (128GB + 8GB RAM); 449 (256GB + 8GB RAM); 499 (256GB + 12GB RAM) 399 399 419 (64GB), 469 (128GB), 569 (256GB)
Price (AUD) UK price converts to AU$700 (128GB + 8GB RAM); AU$785 (256GB + 8GB RAM); AU$875 (256GB + 12GB RAM) AU$699 A$749 AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)

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