Unboxing and initial thoughts of the Nothing Phone 1: Cyberpunk cousin of the Pixel 5 {Video}

There aren’t many brand-new Android OEMs, so the launch of the Nothing Phone (1) is a significant development for the mobile operating system. With OSOM choosing to follow the crypto route, it emphasizes the Nothing Phone even more (1) Here are our initial thoughts.

Nothing clearly wants to be at the forefront of the revival of clear technology. Although we haven’t had much time with Nothing’s first product, the Ear (1) earbuds were a relatively safe way for the company to get off the ground. However, the Phone (1) definitely makes a more lasting impression, for better or bad. The good news is that it actually seems fairly solid once the hoopla has been removed.

ZERO (1): WHAT IS IN THE BOX? One USB-C to USB-C charging cable, no phone Tool to eject SIM cards in clear Device specifications Given its 399 starting price here in the UK, the Nothing Phone (1) is outstanding in terms of pure design. Although I don’t particularly like the boxy appearance, due care and attention to detail have made this a little better than your average mid-ranger. Nothing has gone above and above, or as much as they can given the financial limits, because there is no high-end alternative or Pro version to speak of.

nothing phone 1 first impressions

It’s difficult to avoid noticing the clear iPhone 12/13 influence here, although the design recipe has seen more than a few tweaks. It is a stealthy smartphone that isn’t entirely transparent in black, but the clips, covers, cooling pipes, and charging coil make it stand out from other Android devices with more conservative designs.

The appealing Glyph lighting is an intriguing substitute for an LED notification light, however I believe the fill light feature when using the camera is more naturally beneficial. Since white light is softer than a sharp, bright LED, it will make images and videos look better in any kind of lighting. Nothing likes tiny red accents, which is why at first I didn’t notice it. It turns out that when you’re using the rear camera to record video, a tiny red LED will flash. As I mentioned, there are little things like these that, while wonderful to see, don’t significantly improve the overall everyday experience.

nothing phone 1 first impressions

Even though I’d love to examine the camera quality on offer, I haven’t had enough time to do so. A sleek camera UI and a few great modes are offered, which is always a good place to start. Once more, I plan to give the camera a comprehensive examination over the next few days. However, I have so far had positive initial impressions of the camera capabilities of the Nothing Phone (1).

Nothing is so lightweight compared to Android 12 on the Pixel 6 that it is difficult to actively distinguish between them. It isn’t quite as polished and there are definitely some spots where it feels unfinished, but it isn’t quite as janky as I had first anticipated. Nothing is a startup, thus its accomplishments are all the more remarkable. I’ve occasionally seen minor performance hiccups because downloading numerous programs at startup or reopening them after a little hiatus can slow things down. The Phone (1)’s performance isn’t quite as fluid as the Pixel 6 series’, but it’s still not far behind.

My initial thoughts of Nothing Phone (1) and Nothing OS are largely favorable, despite some changes within the that feel slapped on, such as the larger persistent internet toggles in Quick Settings. With a few tweaks, it is almost identical to using a Pixel.

Even though I haven’t spent much time with the Nothing Phone (1), I already have a few impressions that are similar to those of the Pixel 5. Although the two devices diverge quite a little aesthetically, they are fundamentally very similar. It’s a mid-ranger that feels much more premium than you’d anticipate, and it’s almost like the Pixel 5’s cyberpunk cousin. That appears to be a good thing, at least at this early stage.

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