Nothing Phone (1) Specs
- Snapdragon 778G+ processor
- 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
- 6.55-inch Full HD+ Flexible OLED display, 120hz refresh rate, 10-bit color
- 50-megapixel f/1.88 IMX766 main camera with PDAF and OIS, 50-megapixel f/2.2 ISOCELL JN1 ultra-wide-angle camera
- 16-megapixel f/2.5 IMX471 selfie camera
- 4G, 5G
- WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, in-display fingerprint scanner
- Stereo speakers
- 4500mAh battery
- 33w wired charging, 15w wireless charging, 5w reverse wireless charging
- Android 12, Nothing OS
The Nothing Phone (1) has to be one of the most highly anticipated releases in tech in a long while and for very good reason. The brand was going to be a disruptor in a very saturated space that was headed by one of the heroes from the “golden age” of OnePlus — Carl Pei. But now that the Nothing Phone is out and we’ve used it, we’re here to help you find out if you should buy into the hype.
Yes, it does generally look like an iPhone 12, but the transparent back brings a good amount of flair in a sea of glossy or matte smartphones that we’ve been used to seeing. Xiaomi has done this with one of their past releases but Nothing’s implementation is way better in our opinion.
In terms of ergonomics, if you’ve ever held or owned an iPhone recently, this should feel very familiar. There are going to be some people who don’t like the squared-off edges of the device but we did find that it gave us a better handle on the phone, which is fantastic since the device doesn’t come with a case out of the box and some may even consider using the Phone without one.
Now, let’s talk about the Glyphs because it is certainly one of the highlights of the Nothing Phone (1).
If you haven’t heard, the Nothing Phone has LEDs on the back that light up for your notifications and to let you know your battery capacity while charging the device. When we got the phone, we thought it was the coolest thing ever but slowly came to realize that we wouldn’t use the Glyphs since we would have our phones screen up or we would turn it off altogether so we could focus on work. Thus, negating one of the defining features of the phone.
The good news is that we didn’t see any significant battery drain with it on but that’ll depend on how many calls one gets on a daily basis.
One of the issues that spread like a wildfire a few days after the Nothing Phone’s release was a report that people have been seeing dead pixels and green tint issues with their device, which didn’t happen to our review unit.
We had a fantastic experience with the 6.55-inch display of the Nothing Phone (1). Its AMOLED panel made for a great escape for those times we needed a quick YouTube break or to scroll social media with its zippy 120Hz refresh rate. It also ticks most of the boxes if you’re the type to watch Netflix on your phone since it is Widevine L1 certified although I am a little disappointed that it didn’t have HDR support but that’s not a big deal. Overall, it’s a great display but I can’t say that it’s something we haven’t experienced on other devices before.
If there’s one thing that we didn’t like about the experience with time spent on this Nothing Phone review is its device’s speakers.
While we are getting stereo speakers, they are wildly unbalanced with the one on the bottom of the phone being way louder than the one tucked into the earpiece. This makes it seem that the Nothing Phone is only equipped with a single speaker and doesn’t give you a fuller auditory experience.
In terms of video, it’s going to be pretty much the same story. The Nothing Phone (1) is capable of recording 4K footage but stabilization is locked at 1080p and we do prefer stable footage that’s easier to upload versus larger file sizes that may trigger motion sickness.
The selfie camera also does a fantastic job. We liked the portrait mode in particular that gives you a clean cutout if you really want yourself to stand out in your self-portraits. There were times where they would blur a second subject out despite being really close together so make sure you turn Portrait mode off if you’re taking a photo with your buddy or make sure that you bump up the simulated aperture.
Under the pretty hood of this device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778+ and our unit has the base 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
To be honest, our time crafting this Nothing Phone (1) review showed us that this setup is more than adequate for people who are just looking for a phone to go through their Facebook feeds, talk to their friends or colleagues on messaging apps, and maybe game a little bit on the side.
We do, however, agree with all the comments that when it comes to the price-to-performance ratio, the Nothing Phone (1) doesn’t deliver. This was a big shock to the world since we thought we were all going to see glimpses of the old OnePlus. We thought we were going to get a Flagship Killer but we were given a surprisingly mid phone in terms of performance.
What the 778+ does bring to the table are stability and power efficiency. The 4500mAhbattery on the Nothing Phone (1) easily lasted us a day and a half when it comes to real-world use and our battery benchmark has it clock in at a decent time of 12 hours and 32 minutes. As for charging it up, the device doesn’t come with a charger out of the box but the phone is capable of 33W wired charging and 15W wireless charging so it certainly isn’t the fastest in the market right now.
Another plus for the Nothing Phone is its OS, you’re either going to love or hate the UI but we love the fact that there was no bloatware in sight.
Wrap-Up and Conclusion
Like all phones, our Nothing Phone (1) review isn’t going to reveal anything we don’t already know. It’s not going to be for everyone.
Some people will find value in the literal light show this puts on and the way that the device stands out in the crowd. Based on the comment section of our Tiktok and Facebook page though, most consumers are looking for the phone that will give them the most muscle per peso spent. The Php 27,990 price tag of the Nothing Phone (1) is going to be the biggest brick wall that this device is going to face here in a market like the Philippines. We do want to see more devices from Carl Pei and the Nothing brand with some of the issues sorted out and, hopefully, with better value for money.
Should you buy the Nothing Phone (1)? We say go for it if you value setting yourself apart from the pack.