Nothing Phone 1 Review: Leading light

Nothing Phone 1 Review: After a bunch of teasers and after generating an insane position of hype, Nothing eventually unveiled its first smartphone, the Phone 1( stylized Phone( 1)) back on July 12. Our entire platoon was relatively agitated about it, of course, and we ordered one right down to prepare this Nothing Phone 1 review. But due to a series of shipping detainments, we only entered it like 3 weeks latterly.

Anyway, one of the reasons I was hyped about the Nothing Phone 1 is because of all its pledges. The pledges I was sure Nothing could n’t keep, to be honest.
Trying to stand out in the smartphone request isn’t an easy job these days, especially for a new company. But more importantly, I wanted to see if the Phone 1 is actually a decentmid-range device before all the hype, that “ Carl Pei X factor ”, and the stinky design. And after using the Nothing Phone 1 for a little over two weeks for this review, then’s what I suppose about it.

Nothing Phone 1 Review:

Design & Build

  • 75.8 x 159.2 x 8.3mm, 193.5 grams
  • Glass front/back, Aluminum frames
  • IP53 dust/splash resistant

Okay, the discussion about the Nothing Phone 1 surely needs to start with the design. We ’ve formerly seen a sprinkle of phones with a transparent look in the history, but not like this.

Nothing Phone 1 Design

Nothing’s approach is technically asemi-transparent design, with all the cables, integrated circuits, and other internal factors gracefully hidden behind different layers. While revealing only the bare minimum to maintain a fresh look.

Dispensable to say, the Nothing Phone 1 is one heck of a head- acrobat! And one I ’m incompletely tête-à-tête fond of! In my experience, it has also been commodity of a discussion starter. Ever since I started using Phone 1, I ’ve been stopped by a bunch of people asking me just what kind of phone this is.

And when I ’d reply “ it’s Nothing ”, the pure confusion on their face is still kinda funny to me. It’s a terrible pun, I know, but I ca n’t help it.

And that confusion would snappily change to recreation when I ’d start flexing the LED lights at the reverse. formerly again, announcement light is nothing new in the world of smartphones, but not like this. The “ icon Interface ” as Nothing calls it, surely adds a unique character to the phone.

And I ’ll admit that I was also enough agitated to see it in action myself. But sorely, that excitement did n’t last veritably long. I do n’t mean to say it’s useless or anything, but it turned out to be one of those features that you stop minding about after a couple of days.

The Glyph Interface can do a lot of things

From transferring announcement cautions to setting custom light patterns, there’s a lot it can do. Including getting your weeping 2- time-old bastard to calm down, supposedly!

There’s indeed this retired point that transforms the icon Interface into a music visualizer. But indeed as someone who has a habit of placing the phone face down, the icon lights did n’t make important of a difference in how I interact with announcements on the Nothing Phone 1.
The capability to set custom patterns or sound to certain contact or apps sure sounds intriguing at first, but I set up having to study those customizations a bit tedious. Andcounter-intuitive too.

Nothing Phone 1 Volume Buttons

Behind all the flashy lights and see- through design is also a well- made smartphone. The Nothing Phone 1 feels solid to hold, but it’s also relatively wide for my small hands. nearly as wide as the iPhone 13 Pro Max! Having used the Pixel 6a not too long agone, this is a enough big vault as far as hands- on comfort is concerned.

And looking at its flat aluminum frames with rounded edges and flush buttons, it’s clear that Nothing was heavily inspired by the rearmost iPhones when designing the Phone 1 as well. The only piece that’s missing then’s the alert slider.

Phone 1 is one well-made phone

At 193 grams, it is n’t “ featherlight ” by any means but the unevenly distributed heft clearly makes it feel so. As for the color options, the Black and White choices nearly feel like a personality test to me ever. Westworld suckers know exactly what I ’m talking about!

We were firstly looking to get the White variant but it ran out of stock incontinently after the trade went live. Still and each, I like how the icon lights are more distinct then. And so are the point smirches, unfortunately.

In terms of continuity, Nothing has gone with Gorilla Glass 5 both on the front and the reverse of the Phone 1. It’s not the most robust Gorilla Glass out there, but it is n’t exactly a dealbreaker moreover. The Phone 1 is n’t completely water- sealed too. IP53 can take care of minor splashes and similar — sure — but I ’ve had to be redundant careful whenever taking the phone out with me in this stormy thunderstorm rainfall.

Display

  • 6.55-inches FHD+ OLED panel
  • 120/240Hz refresh/touch sampling rate
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

On to the display portion of this review, the Nothing Phone 1 sports a regular6.5 ” 10- bit OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. Enough standard stuff. What I ’m especially fond of then however, are the invariant bezels on all sides.

And the factual quality of this screen is also relatively nice. Some people have faced green shade and dead pixel issues with their Phone 1, but thankfully that’s not been a problem on our unit. It has nice viewing angles whereas colors look punchy and pleasing in the dereliction “ Alive ” profile as well. But there’s a catch.

Nothing Phone 1 Display

One thing I noticed right down when I started using this phone is that its plant color temperature estimation is way out. It’s simply way too warm and it looks as if I ’ve turned on “ Night Light ”, indeed though I have n’t. I ’m just glad that there’s a temperature slider in the settings to break this issue!

Another minor bug I noticed is that the adaptive refresh rate was n’t working duly then. That means the phone would continuously stay at 120Hz indeed when it did n’t need to, therefore consuming further power.

As it turns out, the “ force peak refresh rate ” point under the inventor Options was enabled by dereliction for some reason. Weird. Disabling it did fix the problem, although the display still gets wedged at 120Hz every now and also.

Not the brightest tool in the shed

The Nothing Phone 1 also gets bright enough under direct sun, but it’s far from the brightest screen I ’ve seen on amid-range phone.

Nothing says this panel can actually hit 1200 nits of peak brilliance under certain conditions like HDR playback, but it’s presently maxed out 700 nits due to multiple reasons including battery consumption and heat.
And I can clearly see why they ’d want to do so because the Nothing Phone 1 gets relatively warm under direct Sun. Far warmer than the likes of POCO F4, Realme GT Neo 3, and othermid-range phones.

Moving on, the binge- watching experience is relatively nice then thanks to the Widevine L1 instrument. It’s also HDR10 certified but there’s no HDR playback on streaming platforms like Netflix for now.

Unbalanced stereo speakers

And as far as the sound quality is concerned, I ’m not too impressed with its stereo speakers. Sure it gets loud enough but the imbalance between the top and nethermost speaker units sounds a bit harsh to me.

Nothing Phone 1 Ports

Other than that, Phone 1’s optic point anthology works impeccably fine. I do wish it was placed a little advanced so that I could reach it more fluently, but that’s okay. And I ’m also relatively fond of its sharp haptic feedback, which makes for a pleasurable typing experience.

Performance

  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G SoC (6nm)
  • 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Android 12 with Nothing OS on top
  • 3 generations OS, 4 years of security updates

Okay, let’s now get to the performance side of effects. For its first- ever smartphone, Nothing did n’t incontinently go for the rearmost and topmost chipset. rather, Phone 1 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G processor, which is a slightly modified interpretation of the famously dependable Snapdragon 778Gmid-range chip that we ’ve seen on a bunch of phones last time.

Dispensable to say, its performance has been top- notch!

Nothing especially stressed the multitasking possibilities of the phone during its keynote speech, and yeah. I ’m happy with how Nothing zilches handles memory operation! There’s no aggressive RAM operation going on in the background, which means I can shuffle between multiple apps without having to worry about reloading any app. Sweet!

And under regular operation, the Nothing Phone 1 does n’t heat up or indeed get warm for that matter. But when bringing gaming into the blend, especially bones
that are heavy on the GPU, the Phone 1 begins to show its limits.

Coming in hot

For case, playing Genshin Impact at High settings with 60 fps on, I only got around 35- 40 fps on average. That too with frequent frame drops and stutters. And after 20 twinkles into the game, the front of the phone got as hot as 44 °C!

Nothing Phone 1 Gaming

Other fairly less demanding titles do n’t induce as important heat while still delivering stable gameplay. But the temperature readings I ’m seeing then are specially advanced than other Snapdragon 778G phones I ’ve tested so far.

So if gaming is a precedence, also I ca n’t really recommend this phone to you. Not to mention, this is n’t exactly a “ value- for- plutocrat ” device moreover.

rather of spending INR,000 on the Phone 1 after the recent price hike, you can get far more important phones like the POCO F4, Redmi K50i, OnePlus 10R, or the iQOO Neo 6. And utmost of them are available at a important cheaper price label as well! So it’s enough clear that Nothing is trying to place itself as a ultraexpensive brand in the smartphone world.

Nothing OS is pretty great

Besides all the fancy lights and quirky features, the Nothing Phone 1’s clean software is also one of its biggest selling points. The near- stock and bloatware-free Nothing zilches has been a delight to use so far. I did come across a couple ofnon-recurring bugs then, but they ’re nothing an update or two ca n’t fix.

Nothing Phone 1 UI

Also, utmost of Nothing’s ornamental tweaks to Android 12 feel refreshing rather of gratuitous. Like the large internet and Bluetooth penstocks on the announcement charger and its custom contraptions. And the cherry on top is that Nothing has promised 3 generations of OS and 4 times of security updates for the Phone 1. also again, do n’t anticipate Android 13 to arrive on Phone 1 this time.

Cameras

  • Triple camera setup at the back
  • (50MP main, 50MP ultrawide)
  • 16MP selfie camera (hole-punch)

Nothing Phone 1 Back Cameras

What about the cameras also? Before heading into the review, the camera was the area where I was bothered the Nothing Phone 1 would fail the most. But I must say that the company has laid my dubieties to rest relatively comfortably.

Normal Images

Its 50MP IMX766 main camera takes great prints in ample lighting conditions. Images have plenitude of details, nice colors, highlight control, and dynamic range.

The onboard OIS then does a fine job at conserving sharpness on moving subjects too. The prints are kindly
discrepancy-heavy, which I prefer, but this can affect in crushed murk when there’s not sufficient ambient light.

Ultrawide Images

I like what Nothing has done with the ultrawide camera too. Unlike your typicalmid-range phone, the wide and ultrawide camera on the Phone 1 delivers fairly harmonious images.

I wo n’t say it’s on the same position as the Pixel phones but it’s leagues ahead of what you get from Chinese brands.

still, that thickness starts to break down a little once the sun goes down. You can also shoot near- over macro shots from this ultrawide detector, but the results are nothing extraordinary.

Portrait Images

I ’m also really digging its portrayal shots. The way it maintains skin tone, background exposure, and edge discovery is really emotional.

So if you ’re coming from Xiaomi or Realme phones which are notorious for intruding up with skin tones, I go this is going to be a total game- changer!

Lowlight Images

Lowlight prints from the Nothing Phone 1 are relatively nice as well. Nothing’s image processing does a good job at conserving details whereas the prints are n’t coarse or anything moreover. Including those from the ultrawide camera!

But compared to the day shots, the images turn out slightly oversaturated. And also with a noticeably cool tinge. With Night Mode on, you do get brighter shots with better details, although it does n’t do much in terms of fixing the color wisdom.

But what’s annoying then’s that Nothing Phone 1 does n’t let me manually elect Night Mode all thetime.However, the Night Mode toggle is simply nowhere to be set up, If Nothing’s algorithm detects that there’s sufficient medium light.

Indeed in situations where turning it on could actually deliver better prints. So to forcefully get Night Mode, I’ve to point the camera to a darker area, turn it on, and also take the print I firstly wanted. The whole thing is enough frustrating, to say the least.

Selfie Images

Like the primary images, I set up that its selfies are also richer in discrepancy. So chances are you might end up with a bit caliginous selfies at times.

Nothing Phone 1 Front Camera

But overall, I like how the prints retain ample details and skin tone, alongside a balanced subject and background separation.

Videography

The Nothing Phone 1 has impressed me with its videotape recording capacities too. At least from the hinder camera. There’s no 4K 60 fps recording option then, but it shoots steady vids across all judgments available; from both wide and ultrawide cameras.

I wish Nothing could ’ve managed analogous color- tuning on vids like the prints however, because you can easily tell that the vids have advanced achromatism and discrepancy situations.

As for the selfie vids, you can only shoot at over to1080/30 fps then. Like utmost othermid-range phones. The factual quality of the videotape itself isn’t too bad, but it ca n’t handle background exposure veritably well — especially when you ’re shooting against the Sun.

Battery

  • 4500mAh battery with 33W fast charging
  • 15W wireless, 5W reverse wireless charging

Eventually, the battery life on the Nothing Phone 1 is just average. On days with heavy gaming and lots of mobile data and GPS operation, it would give up on me before I got home by evening. But under light operation, I did manage to get around 6 hours of screen- on time from this thing.

Nothing Phone 1 Charging

Unfortunately, Nothing does n’t give a compatible bowl inside the box. And you ’ll have to buy its 45W power appendage independently, which costs about INR,500.

Or according to Nothing, if you have a Quick Charge4.0 compatible bowl, that works too. But interestingly enough, using the Ugreen Diginest 100W power strip that meets all of Nothing’s charging conditions including Quick Charge4.0 and Power Delivery3.0, the Phone 1 climbed from 1 to 100 in an hour and 40 twinkles. That’s 30 twinkles slower than the sanctioned claim!

On the other hand, the Acefast A15 65W power slipup that only supports QC3.0 actually managed to completely charge the phone in roughly 70 twinkles only!

The ambient temperature was enough much the same in both test conditions at around 25- 26 °C. And I also let the phone adequately cool down in both tests before I plugged it in so I do n’t really understand why this is passing. piecemeal from wired charging, Phone 1 also supports 15W wireless and 5W rear wireless charging.

Nothing Phone 1 Review: Specifications

  • Body: 75.8 x 159.2 x 8.3mm, 193.5gm, Gorilla Glass 5, IP53 dust/splash resistant
  • Display: 6.55-inches Flexible OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Other Properties: HDR10+, 700 nits peak brightness, 10-bit color depth
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 402 PPI, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6nm mobile platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core:
    – 1x Cortex-A78 (2.50 GHz)
    – 3x Cortex-A78 (2.20 GHz)
    – 4x Cortex-A55 (1.90 GHz)
  • GPU: Adreno 642L
  • Memory: 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 12 with Nothing OS on top
  • Rear Camera: Dual (with LED flash);
    – 50MP, f/1.88 Sony IMX766 primary sensor, OIS + EIS
    – 50MP, f/2.2 Samsung JN1 ultrawide sensor, 114° FoV, 4cm macro
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.45 Sony IMX471 sensor (hole-punch cutout)
  • Audio: Stereo speaker, 3 high definition mics, No headphone jack
  • Security: In-display fingerprint sensor (Optical)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass, Front RGB, Gyroscope, Proximity, Sensor Core
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass / QZSS, USB Type-C, NFC, 4G LTE (VoLTE), 5G
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 33W fast charging (no power adapter provided)
  • Color Options: Black, White
  • What’s Inside The Box: Nothing Phone 1, SIM ejector, USB-C to USB-C cable, User manual and other documents
  • Price in Nepal: N/A (INR 33,999 for 8/128GB)

Nothing Phone 1 Review: Conclusion

Okay, let’s now wrap up this review of the Nothing Phone 1. It goes without saying that the Nothing Phone 1 fluently stands out from the crowd of impregnatedmid-range phones in 2022. Thatsemi-transparent design mixed with the icon affiliate sure does offer a “ breath of fresh air ” to anyone who’s looking for a phone with a unique character above everything differently.

And indeed if you do n’t watch about any of those stinky design rudiments, this is still a solid each-rounder phone that deserves your attention.

Nothing Phone 1 Design 1

That’s not to say the Nothing Phone 1 is perfect by any means as we ’ve discovered throughout this review. There are relatively a many software bugs to iron out then, it has some tackle limitations compared to the competition but more importantly, Nothing is asking for a decoration price for this phone.

You can fluently find a bunch ofmid-range bias with better performance at cheaper prices, but I misdoubt any of them can duplicate this joe’s fresh smartphone experience. And similar stimulating phones are exactly what the Nepali smartphone needs right now. As the$ 300 import ban is coming to its end, I just hope some domestic mobile distributors are eagerly looking to bring the Phone 1 home.

So yeah, did Nothing revise the smartphone assiduity with the Phone 1? I do n’t suppose so. But did it add a little excitement to this space? Absolutely! And I ca n’t stay to see what Nothing has in store with the Phone( 2) or whatever it ends up being called. Carl Pei directly indicted all the smartphone makers of coming up with iterative upgrades rather of substantial inventions, so it ’ll be really intriguing to see how Nothing will lessen such a trend.

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