Nothing phone Review
Nothing phone it’s a device that’s making three huge claims the android companies aren’t innovating anymore Apple is the gold standard in the smartphone market right now and this nothing company is the only one that can challenge its wild claims which is why I’ve refused to cover this phone until now. I was sure that I could give you an answer as to whether they are a threat to an apple or if it’s all just marketing nonsense I will say as far as the design is concerned this Is masterful. I mean they have borrowed the skeleton of an iPhone the same chamfered edges the flat front and back the rough camera position to remind users that this is an iPhone alternative.
Nothing phone Design
It looks a bit like a knockoff iPhone with the whole this was customized in someone’s garage vibe that you get from the completely exposed spray-painted components. But i think it pulls it off I think there’s there’s just enough uniformity to this chaos and because it’s such a confident design because it so very knows what it wants to be and isn’t scared to do it it’s one of those that you’re gonna love or you’re gonna hate but I love it. Not to mention the 900 led lighting system on the back but we’ll get to that in a minute it’s not quite iPhone quality the glass on the front is gorilla glass 5 which is not as strong as apple’s ceramic shield.
I would go as far as to say that this is a better design phone side note between the two colors white is the way to go it’s more defined so it stands out more than the Ledbetter match the color of the back and also hides your fingerprints and dust
Nothing Phone Display
Better so then you flip the nothing phone one around and another one of its key aesthetic pillars becomes apparent the screen which is about as good as you can get for a 400-pound phone. Two reasons one the panel itself ticks the boxes it’s a big fat 120-hertz refresh rate OLED display with just this little hole punch in the corner is the only interruption but also this is one of the first Android phones that don’t have a chin at the bottom almost all of them whether they’re 200 or 1200 they make this bottom bezel thicker to leave space for their flat display to connect to the phone’s motherboard.
The fact that this company has not done that and instead paid twice as much money to buy a flexible display for the sole purpose of being able to bend that display around the bottom bezel just to keep the border symmetrical all around it’s a touch that I appreciate and so even next to the iPhone 13 which is twice the price the nothing genuinely holds its own its display is less bright but it has twice the refresh rate it uses slightly less high-end materials but it’s got so much more design flair this is quite funny.
Nothing Phone v/s iPhone
We can get to the fun stuff the performance the camera quality there’s something I have to make clear there is a reason that nothing is only comparing itself to the iPhone. There’s a reason they’ve made their phone look like an iPhone and that their marketing pretends like other companies aren’t even in the picture the truth of it is this phone one doesn’t have iMessage it doesn’t have face id no airdrop no native facetime. It has three years of software updates, not the five that apple gives you it’s not an iPhone killer because it’s not offering the features that an iPhone user would be looking for, and as of right now it’s not offering any unique equivalents either but the reason that nothing is so adamant about solely comparing to apple is to try and distract you from comparing it to other androids.
Nothing Phone Specifications
Nothing phone one has a snapdragon 778 g chipset 1080p 120-hertz OLED display 8 GB of ram and 128 gigs of storage. In other words, the core spec of the phone one is very similar to a 250-pound device that you can just find on amazon, the implication being that The total power available here is barely 50 to the iPhone 13. When you try to push the phone you can tell this is one way of looking at it but I don’t think it’s the right way of looking at it because for 98 users this will still feel like a really fast phone and while it does share a chipset with much cheaper devices those rarely have the polish that this does this tiny company they contracted 500 engineers just for software optimization.
On top of that even though the foam one does have a very ordinary amount of ram and storage it’s fast flagship quality ram and storage which for the day-to-day experience and loading times it takes you most of the way to it’s still feeling like a premium experience.
Nothing Phone Camera
It still can’t keep up with the iPhone’s ultra-fluid navigation of the camera app. It’s immensely fast shutter time and it’s the unhinged level of smoothness even when you’re pushing it to the extreme but it’s not as far off as the specs might lead you to believe and I just as often find it faster thanks to the more responsive screen and the surprisingly faster.
Nothing Phone Speaker
WiFi brings me onto nothing’s extra features because this phone one is just yet another reasonably priced android. It does have a couple of unique trades that lift it above the budget android pile like one a premium feeling vibration motor for sharp haptics stereo speakers that sound well not quite iPhone quality. But also not cheap software that’s 100 bloatware and ad-free it comes across as sophisticated.
Nothing Phone Charging
Respectful to the user both wireless charging and wireless reverse charging with additional mood lighting an ip53 splash resistance rating and then finally this glyph lighting system this is probably the most different thing about the phone one. If I had to guess I would say that it’s going to be a big part of their marketing it does four key things.
Nothing Phone Animation
It lets you match each of your contacts with a specific animation so that you know who’s calling by looking at the back. It could light up different patterns for different types of notifications like it could do one animation for calls and a different one for emails. It serves as an indicator of how much your phone is charged and it acts as a light source for when you’re taking photos and videos it brings me no joy. But I think it adds nothing to some joy.
Nothing Phone Back LED Lights
I look at the back of my phone to try and figure out who’s calling when the front of the phone will literally tell me why to try to guess my battery percentage here when with one tap on the screen the phone shows me the exact number and then as a light source it’s not completely useless but it’s not nearly as bright as your flash so it only works in low light and it only works when you’re about 10 centimeters away from your subject, I don’t want to grill it too hard this phone already has a good feature set for its price but I’m just saying the lighting system is not much more than a party trick so that just leaves us with the battery.
Nothing Phone Photos
The lack of the charger in the box is a bit disappointing because this company has actually specified which type of charger they want you to use and so by not including it.They’re saying here buy it separately but it’s the camera that’s the big question mark smartphone cameras are they’re more and more all about the image processing algorithms and so the obvious question is how does a company come out of nowhere and try to catch up to brands that have spent the last 15 years refining their image processing software well. You don’t i wouldn’t think of this phone as an iphone 13 substitute as much as that is what it’s aiming for it’s putting a little bit too much pressure on it. It can’t match the iphone’s reliability and it does have some rough edges as you’d kind of expect from a company that’s just starting out.
It’s also generally consistent with reality when it comes to color night mode is quite impressive too the phone does take a good five seconds to capture even in times when others might take two but I would take that if it means a better output plus while that lighting system is mostly useless it does help out for the close-up macro shots where you need every bit of light you can get and it turns us into a very solid camera for that my only two grievances are the an ultrawide camera where there is a noticeable dipping quality when you move from the main camera and also the fact that it’s just quite a basic camera experience you don’t get hundreds of different modes and features to play around with which is it’s one of my favorite things about most android phones
Nothing Phone Background
When you start comparing it to similarly priced phones then holds up much better shots have a gentle natural background blur the phone’s rather good at those high dynamic range scenarios.
Nothing phone one is it a threat to apple no not really right now this is no more of a substitute to an iphone than any samsung or xiaomi phone it just it just look more like an iphone. If you don’t mind a simpler less feature-packed software experience this is a really refined alternative to budget android phones it’s a nice way of being able to pay just a little bit more and to get something that’s had real attention put into the experience of using it. That’s what’s got me excited about the future while this company is not challenging the iphone yet if they can carry on focusing on what the user really wants instead of spec sheets than in two to four years time they might well follow through on the marketing hype and do so you already know that the coolest thing about this phone is the way it looks.