Although we were able to study the Phone (1)’s design in Nothing’s official press imagery ahead of its launch, getting hands on the device is unquestionably a richer experience.
The design of the Phone (1) is instantly recognizable to anyone that has seen an iPhone. The phone’s shape, front, and back are similar, along with dual rear camera placement.
While transparent-backed phones were already a thing before, this option is presented with a few new features that make it stand out. The exposed components are made to be functional while staying aesthetically pleasing.
As you turn the phone in your hand, it emits shifting specular highlights and shadows before your eyes. It does a decent job of repelling fingerprints, despite having a mostly glass back. You would have to look really hard on the back of the device to even find smudges. You might not want to buy this phone case because it has a lot of rules and features but when you do it, the case is easy to wear and handle.
There are many unexpected features of the phone that are set to start conversations on a regular basis. The transparent design is one example and this is supplemented by ‘glyphs’ – a word meaning shape or mark that indicate the position and size of the illuminated pixels. These act as notifications
Nothing has put it to use in a unique feature that lights up the edge of the rear camera module and wireless charging coil.
There was some speculation around the panel that the Phone (1) would sport, based largely on its expected price point. And now that it’s here, we can confirm that nothing has graced the device with a 6.55-inch full hd+ amoled panel boasting a 120Hz high refresh rate, along with hdr10+ compatibility and 10-bit color support.
Given that Nothing’s first product was a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, it should come as no surprise that the Phone (1) doesn’t feature a wired headphone jack, instead delivering audio over bluetooth. Nothing, the company’s own wireless Bluetooth earbuds, connect automatically to your smartphone. The device also offers quick pairing capabilities; you can hook these up in seconds.
The “Signature dot matrix” font the phone uses across its hardware, such as on its glass back and even on the SIM tray that pops open, is also used in the user interface, dubbed “Nothing OS”, to make it feel cohesive.
Nothing OS for iPhone has a customizable interface that is similar to Google’s and Motorola’s own takes on Android, but the company made slight changes to keep the UI unique. folders can be enlarged to occupy a 2 x 2 space on the home screen and there’s even an option for you to hide it when not in use. It offers other features like adding more quick-settings widgets, but still keeps all of your connectivity options in one place.
One of the most controversial aspects of the Phone (1) ahead of launch was the choice of Snapdragon 778. This chipset surprised a lot of industry watchers due to the prior belief that these components were already outdated and obsolete.
You’re getting a snapper with 16MP on the front and 50MP on each rear camera. The main Sony IMX766 sensor supports by OIS and is ubiquitous amongst phone makers, while the secondary 50MP Samsung JN1 ultrawide means you don’t have to compromise on sharpness.
The camera features on Google’s phone are not very extensive, but it does have a macro mode that is optimized for shooting close-ups of objects.