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The Nothing Phone 1 is now official and the first Nothing Phone 1 reviews are coming. But is the Nothing Phone 1 legit? Let’s find out…


Entering the phone market in 2022 is almost impossible. You have brands like Sony that are struggling despite being an active player in the market for over a decade. But Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus and Nothing, isn’t just anyone – he’s a guy with a very specific skill set.

With OnePlus, it found a niche in the market – cheap high-end phones – that wasn’t really tapped to its full extent. Xiaomi was still locked behind the red wall and Google’s Nexus phones, while decent, were a mixed bag when it came to sales and brand appeal.

Pei saw a gap, pivoted, and created one of the most innovative and successful phone brands to ever hit the market. OnePlus has grown rapidly without spending billions on marketing like Samsung and has carved out a place for itself at the table alongside Apple, Samsung, OPPO and Huawei.

Pei left OnePlus a few years ago; apparently he didn’t like the direction the company was taking – a sentiment shared by many of the brand’s other fans. His new company, Nothing, is based in London and has released two products so far: the Nothing 1 headphones and, of course, the subject of this post: the Nothing Phone 1.

The Nothing Phone 1 is a budget Android phone that packs plenty of high-end specs, a unique design, and all the bells and whistles most people expect from a phone – things like a 120Hz OLED display, decent size, lots of storage and lots of RAM, plus a pretty good processor.

Nothing Telephone (1)

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The Nothing Phone 1 perfectly masters the essentials. It looks good and is quite unique in its design, which is no small feat in 2022, and it has a lot of performance under the hood, a very impressive screen and decent battery life but not at the marketing edge. And all for less than 400€!

Advantages:
  • Nothing about Android-based UX is mind-blowing
  • Transparent design and glyph lighting will turn heads
  • Great price
  • Solid performance
  • Decent camera performance

Buy now

But is everything as it seems? Let’s take a look at some Nothing Phone 1 reviews to find out…

Nothing Phone 1 Review

Nothing Phone 1 Specifications

Nothing Phone 1 Spec Assess
Filter 6.55-inch, 2400×1080 flexible OLED with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
CPU Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+
Memory 8GB/12GB RAM
Cameras 50MP, f/1.9 main with phase detection autofocus, OIS, EIS + 50MP, f/2.2 ultrawide with EIS.
16MP, f/2.5 front
Storage 128GB/256GB
Operating system Android 12 with NothingOS
Battery 4500mAh non-removable with 33W wired, 15W wireless charging, 5W reverse charging
Dimensions 159x76x8.3mm, 194g

Is the Nothing 1 phone worth it?

The Nothing Phone 1 seems to have mastered the essentials perfectly. It looks good and is quite unique in its design, which is no small feat in 2022, and it has a lot of performance under the hood, a very impressive screen and decent battery life but not at the marketing edge. Not too shabby, right?

My only concern with recommending this phone would be that there are fairly well-known problems that affect it at present. Most of them will almost certainly be fixed by firmware updates. But with new phone brands, it’s just impossible to tell how good its quality control is – Nothing has only released two products so far.

For me, this makes the Nothing Phone 1 a risky buy. Personally, I tend to avoid new phones or products from new brands. The first generation of any new product line is always glitchy; you have to make mistakes to progress, after all. For this reason, while I agree that the Nothing Phone 1 is well worth the asking price, I would feel much more comfortable recommending a more established phone like the Pixel 6a.

With the Pixel 6a, you know what you’re getting: a brilliant camera, four years of Android updates, the best Android software around, and great performance via Google’s now road-tested Tensor processor. Since the Pixel 6a and the Nothing Phone 1 are relatively close price-wise, I’d lean towards the Pixel 6a.

But that’s purely me being annoying – the Pixel 6a is a safer phone and in some ways better overall. I know Google, for all its weaknesses and problems, so I know what I’m getting myself into. With Nothing, I have no idea about this company, their overall quality control, their support, and whether or not they will still be in business in 12-18 months.

On a more positive note, as early phone releases go by, Carl Pei and his team at Nothing seem to have outdone themselves. Almost every Nothing Phone 1 review you’ll find online praises the phone’s design, its unique approach to notifications via the Glyph-based system it uses, and the fact that it’s not just another boring phone. Nothing has a vision and a belief in what it wants to do and achieve, so I can’t wait to see what’s to come with the Nothing Phone 2…

Nothing Telephone (1)

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The Nothing Phone 1 perfectly masters the essentials. It looks good and is quite unique in its design, which is no mean feat in 2022, and it has a lot of performance under the hood, a very impressive screen and decent battery life but not at the marketing edge. And all for less than 400€!

Advantages:
  • Nothing about Android-based UX is mind-blowing
  • Transparent design and glyph lighting will turn heads
  • Great price
  • Solid performance
  • Decent camera performance

Buy now

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has worked as a technical journalist for over 10 years. He is the publisher and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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