Nothing Calls (1) Hands-on: Walking a Criterion in Style


That’s how I would sum Nothing Phone (1). The Nothing Phone 1 is easily one of the most hyped smartphones launched in the last decade. The huge interest it has generated can also be a huge liability. The Phone 1 needs to live up to its promise of offering something new, something unique. But does it really offer something that other Android devices don’t? let’s find out.

nothing phone (1) design

Usually, there isn’t much to talk about in this segment. But in the case of the Nothing Phone (1), it’s exactly what makes or breaks the device. Nothing Calls (1) brings something different to the table. The smartphone industry has almost become too old, especially with the design. Except for rare exceptions here and there, they’re all simply hardware sandwiched between the glass. If you were hoping that nothing would turn the tables completely, you might feel disappointed. The Nothing Phone (1) has a similar glass-sandwich design. But, there is more. The device comes with a transparent back that has been kept clean by using monotone color elements.

Our review unit was white and the transparent back felt consistent. This is not a completely new concept. There have been smartphone makers who have tried this before but what sets the Nothing Phone (1) apart is that it uses a completely transparent back. You can see the wireless charging coil with some ribbon (the wiring for the smartphone), all the screws holding the back panel plates, and of course the lights.

If you keep the device blindfolded, you will not be able to tell that it is a nothing phone (1). However, it gives a premium appeal due to the flat edges and metal frame. You would not be wrong to say that it is inspired by the current generation of iPhones.

nothing phone (1) glyph interface

While the Glyph interface comes into the design aspect of things as well, we believe it deserves an independent mention. The Glyph interface is the feature through which you can access the lights on the back panel. With default settings, Nothing Phone (1) only uses it when the phone rings or there is a notification. There is sound to go along with the Lite interface which adds to the experience. You get a small selection of ringtones made especially for Nothing Phone 1. It certainly offers a different experience in a sea of ​​boring ringtones and notification sounds.
No more ringtones and notification sounds can be added to the arsenal in the coming months.

nothing phone (1) display

Now that we’ve got the weird stuff out of the way, let’s move on to the basics. Starting with the display panel. The Nothing Phone (1) gets a suitably sized 6.55-inch panel with FullHD+ resolution. It gets a 120Hz refresh rate, which can be narrowed down to 60Hz for extra battery life. In my experience, the display performed well. You may need to turn the color temperature down to your likeness to get the best out of it. The display isn’t class-leading or exceptional in any case, but the flat screen and decently sized bezels lend a premium touch and feel. Touch response was also good for gaming.


Nothing beats Phone 1 running Apex Legends Mobile (Image: Danny D’Cruz)

call nothing (1) display

Nothing bold calls for choosing a one-year-old SoC. In chipset years, a year can mean a lot. The Nothing Phone 1 has opted to go with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+. The ‘+’ makes it the refreshed version with some additional features like wireless charging and 5G. In my time with the device, the Nothing Phone (1) performed well in terms of daily tasks. Thanks to the nearly stock Android experience as well as the 120Hz display, the phone felt fast.

While playing graphically intensive games like Apex Legends Mobile, the phone performed well without any noticeable frame drop. The temperature did rise but not to the level where the phone becomes difficult to handle. The phone gets a dedicated game mode that accurately matches the graphics to the sound. Also, there will be less distraction as the mode minimizes notifications.

The dual camera setup on the Nothing Phone 1 (Image: Danny D’Cruz)

nothing phone (1) camera

The Nothing Phone (1) comes with a modest dual camera setup. Despite falling behind in terms of number of sensors, you won’t miss out on a telephoto or macro lens. The primary lens is a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor. The lens supports dual image stabilization and 10-bit color video. It also gets Night Mode and Scene Detection Mode which uses AI to give better images.

In our limited experience with the camera, optics can’t be one of the Nothing Phone’s strong points (1). It clicks good pictures during day time but don’t expect flagship level detail. Additionally, the low-light performance is nothing to write home about. There is noticeable noise in low light scenes. Turning on Night Mode helps, but not to a great extent. Check out our full review and camera comparison for a better idea of ​​the overall performance.

Nothing in Phone 1 33W fast charging is available. (Image: Danny D’Cruz)

Nothing Phone (1) Battery & Charging

The Nothing Phone (1) is powered by a 4500mAh battery unit. It offers maximum 33W wired charging, 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse charging speed. In our experience, the phone performed well with battery management. Gaming does drop a few battery percentage points but with standby performance as well during day-to-day tasks.

Nothing The phone does not come with 1 charger in the box. (Image: Danny D’Cruz)

call nothing (1) practical decision

Nothing phone (1) has created quite a buzz, which seems like a luxury only certain models and brands enjoy. This is your chance to use it to your advantage. Nothing Phone (1) is the first strong statement made by the brand. The novelty and quirks of Nothing Phone (1) are a breath of fresh air. We expected a little more with the camera performance and operating system, but there are many more layers we still need to reveal. Stay tuned for our detailed analysis.

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