Hands-on with the Transparent Nothing phone 1

Hands-on with the Transparent Nothing phone 1

Every so often a new smartphone hits waves in the technology world due to an eye-catching design or innovative features, and this month Phone 1 from Nothing plays the lead role in reviews and videos thanks to its LED-charged transparent design and affordable price. . We picked up a Nothing Phone 1 to see how it compares to Apple’s iPhones.

Since Nothing is a relatively new company, we give a little back story first. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei founded Nothing in 2020, and in 2021 the company acquired Essential Products, the Andy Rubin-based company that produced the now discontinued Android-based Essential Phone in 2017. From there, Nothing collaborated with the Swedish electronics company Teenage Engineering, known for its synthesizers, and the result is Nothing Phone 1, introduced in March.

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Priced at £ 399 ($ ​​475), Nothing Phone 1 is less expensive than most Apple iPhones, and is closest in price to $ 429 iPhone SE and $ 499 iPhone 11. Measures in at 6.55 inches with an OLED screen and a 120Hz refresh rate, the Phone 1 comes in black or white, and it has a series of LEDs on the back that form what the company says is a “glyph interface”. The LEDs act as visual alerts, telling you who is calling or sending messages.

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Nothing Phone 1 has an undeniable iPhone-like body with square edges, camera placement and antenna band, but these LEDs set it apart. LEDs can be paired with different sounds for even more customization, and they are fun to play with, but there is no color, so you are limited to pattern recognition. You can set the LEDs to show a different pattern for different apps and people, but then you have to learn each light pattern, which is easier said than done.

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The LEDs also work with 50 megapixel wide and ultra-wide cameras that have features that include optical image stabilization, night mode, portrait mode and macro image support. In front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera, and it has a fingerprint sensor on the screen.

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Inside, Nothing Phone 1 has a Snapdragon 778G processor from Samsung, and the base model comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Other features include an IP53 waterproof rating and a 4500mAh battery. The specifications are fine, but will not match the performance of advanced smartphones from Apple and Samsung.

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Nothing Phone 1 runs Nothing OS, a version of Android that does not promise any “bloatware”. An Android-based phone will not be of interest to those deeply rooted in the iPhone ecosystem, but all in all, the Phone 1 is one of the best mid-range Android phones on the market. For those looking for a change or those who want something affordable with a rich feature set, Nothing Phone 1 is competitive with its unique lighting system and advanced components.

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Be sure to watch our full video above for a look at Nothing OS and to see the LEDs in action. What do you think of Nothing Phone 1? Let us know in the comments.

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