Nothing Phone (1) Review – ACTUALLY Better than iPhone?

Nothing Phone (1) Review – ACTUALLY Better than iPhone?
this is an iphone this is the new
nothing phone one it’s a device that’s
making three huge claims the android
companies aren’t innovating anymore the
apple is the gold standard in the
smartphone market right now and that
this nothing company is the only one
that can challenge it wild wild claims
which is why i’ve refused to cover this
phone until now until i was sure that i
could actually give you an answer as to
whether they are a threat to 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 clearly
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
and i could see how this similarity also
makes it look 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 clearly 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 but hey this
is a 399 pound phone here in the uk this
is 7.79 and so for the price 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 the leds
better match the color of the back and
also hides your fingerprints and dust
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 too this is
one of the first android phones that
doesn’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 but
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 round
it’s a touch that i really 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 i actually handed
this phone to a couple of people on my
team and i asked them how much they
thought this phone costs remember we are
tech people but one guy said 800 pound
one guy said 950. and
i could kind of see where they’re coming
from but
before we can get to the fun stuff the
performance the camera quality
there’s something i have to make really
clear there is a reason that nothing is
only comparing themselves to the iphone
there’s a reason they’ve made their
phone look like an iphone and that their
marketing basically pretends like other
companies aren’t even in the picture the
truth of it is this phone one it 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 where the value
illusion fades a little let’s pull up a
spec sheet the 399 pound nothing phone
one has a snapdragon 778 g chipset 1080p
120 hertz oled display 8 gigs of ram and
128 gigs of storage
or in other words the core spec of the
phone one is actually 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. and 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 the purposes
of 98 of 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
actually contracted 500 engineers just
for software optimization that’s 500
people working at the same time to make
this one phone as fast and stable as
possible and
you can feel it and then 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 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 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 wi-fi
and this brings me onto nothing’s
extra features because yes while 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 and 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
and 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 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
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 to say this but
i think it adds
well
nothing
some joy but hey a sub to the channel
would be everything
like why would 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 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 and the
cameras and the battery’s pretty
straightforward it’s a 4 500 million
power cell i’m getting just over six
hours of screen on time in an average
day
that’s pretty good although equally
nothing to run home about given that the
vastly more powerful iphone can pull in
seven hours do you know what though 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 basically saying
here buy it separately
but it’s really 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 really 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 who’s just starting out
but when you start comparing it to
similarly priced phones then it holds up
much better shots have a gentle natural
background blur the phone’s rather good
at those really high dynamic range
scenarios and 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
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
okay so 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 looks
more like an iphone that it if you don’t
mind a simpler less feature-packed
software experience this is a really
refined alternative to budget android
phones it’s 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 and 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 then in two to four years
time they might well follow through on
the marketing hype
and do so
so you already know that the coolest
thing about this phone is the way it
looks but is it going to sell it’s a new
brand the availability is extremely
limited and it’s probably not much more
powerful than your current phone so you
love the look of the nothing phone
you’re probably not going to buy it
that’s why dbrand has come up with
something divine’s latest skin basically
takes the nothing phone aesthetic but
applies it to the phone that you already
have i wasn’t joking about that name by
the way they have actually called it
something and it’s probably my favorite
dbrand skin ever but the coolest thing
about it is that it’s not just a copy
and paste of the nothing phone’s design
it is actually adapted for the real
components inside the device that you
get it for the initial launch is limited
to a handful of popular devices but
dbrand says they’re already working on
the next set of something designs so
whether you want to buy something or you
want dbrand to make something for your
phone hit the link in the description
below to check out something
to check out my review of the nothing
ear one earphones that’s here and i’ll
see you there

 

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