Nothing Phone (1) Review: Buy or Not?
The Nothing Phone 1, stylized as Phone (1), is an Android smartphone went on sale on 21 July 2022 with novel design, 50MP cameras, solid performance and 33W PD3.0 wired charging and a competitively priced package.
Nothing Phone (1) Review: Buy or Not?
It's rare that a new company arrives on the scene with a first product that feels this polished and added in the extra pizzazz of that flashy design. Let's get into its performance Now.

Table of Contents

  1. Design and Hardware
  2. USB-C No headphone Jack
  3. 4500 mAh 33W Battery
  4. 50 MP Cameras
  5. Software and Performance
  6. Mid-range price
  7. Buy or Not?

The Nothing Phone 1 comes in white and black colors and it is available in the U.K., parts of Europe, Japan, India, and a few other markets, but it can’t come to the United States for lack of FCC certification.


The Nothing Phone 1 features a transparent design, glass front and back, aluminum frame, which means that the user can see the internal components of the device. It has flat sides, similar to the iPhone 12 Back cover‘s.
Nothing Phone (1) Review: Buy or Not?
The design features 900 small LEDs on the back which uses the Glyph Interface to make rear LEDs light up in sync with the phone sounds. These 'glyph lights' also light up to show the phone's charging status.
Nothing Phone (1) Review: Buy or Not?
There is an in-display fingerprint sensor as well.


  •        6.5 inch 120 Hz Display
  •        6.55-inch flexible OLED
  •        60 to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
  •        1080 x 2400, 402 PPI
  •        Corning Gorilla Glass 5
The Phone 1 has a 6.5 inch 1080 x 2400 resolution punch hole display screen with 120 Hz refresh rate and it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ processor.

USB-C, No headphone Jack

Nothing Phone (1) Review: Buy or Not?The phone has stereo speakers, but does not come with a headphone jack.The phone has Bluetooth 5.2 and supports NFC (near-field communication) capabilities.

4500 mAh 33W Battery

  •        4500 mAh battery
  •        33W PD3.0 wired charging
  •        5W Qi wireless charging with dual charging support
  •        5W reverse charging
The phone has a 4500 mAh battery, with 33W charging, which is capable of charging the phone from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes and a full charge in 70 minutes.

It also features 15W wireless charging, 5W reverse-wireless charging, and supports Quick Charge 4.0 and Power Delivery 3.0 up to 33W.

The Nothing Phone 1 is not equipped with a quick charging head, but you can choose the QC 3.0 Type-C Fast Charging Adapter here.

50 MP CamerasNothing Phone (1) Review: Buy or Not?

  •       Main: 50 MP Sony IMX766 sensor, ƒ/1.88 aperture, OIS and EIS image stabilisation
  •       UltraWide: 50 MP Samsung JN1 sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, EIS image stabilization
  •       Selfie: 16 MP Sony IMX471 sensor, ƒ/2.45 aperture
The phone has dual 50-megapixel main and ultra-wide cameras. The main camera supports both optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization and is capable of recording 4K video at 30 fps and FHD video at 60 fps.
Nothing Phone (1) Review: Buy or Not?
The phone does not have a dedicated telephoto lens, and instead uses digital zoom to take close-up shots. There is a red LED on the back of the phone that lights up when video is recorded.

Software and Performance

  •         Android 12 “Nothing OS”
  •         Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  •         8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 12GB RAM +128GB storage, or12GB RAM + 256GB storage

It can be configured with either 8+128, 8+256, or 12+256 RAM and storage configurations.

Mid-range price

The Nothing Phone 1 costs £399 (A$749) with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, £449 (A$799) with 8GB and 256GB, or £499 (A$849) with 12GB and 256GB, and is available in black or white depending on the model.

For comparison, the Google Pixel 6a costs £399, the Samsung Galaxy A53 costs £399, the Fairphone 4 costs £499, and the Apple iPhone SE costs £419.

Should you buy the Nothing Phone 1?

Here's What We Like  And What We Don't
Novel Snappy back design, glyph lights, 120HZ screen, decent performance, recycled aluminium, bloat-free Android 12, competitively priced.
The Glyph system is neat
Unavailable in U.S. no optical zoom, only four years of security updates, only splash-resistant.
Battery life and Video perpormance are just so-so

The Nothing Phone 1 certainly isn't an iPhone 13 Pro or Galaxy S22 Ultra rival. But it's not trying to be.

All in all, it's a good phone, because both its hardware and software are stripped back, leaving you with a phone that's well suited for everyday needs at a price that'll still leave some cash in your bank.

If you're after a well-performing phone for a good price, it's definitely worth considering.

Nothing Phone 1 specs vs. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, Google Pixel 6A, Apple iPhone SE (2022)

Nothing Phone 1 Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Google Pixel 6A Apple iPhone SE (2022)
6.55-inch OLED display, 120Hz 6.5-inch AMOLED, 120Hz 6.1-inch OLED;  60Hz 4.7-inch LCD; 1,334x750  60Hz
402ppi 405ppi 429 ppi 326ppi
193.5g 6.67 oz; 189g 6.3 oz; 178g 5.09 oz; 144g
Android 12 Android 12 Android 12 iOS 15
50-megapixel (main), 50-megapixel (ultrawide) 64-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth) 12.2-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide)
16-megapixel 32-megapixel 8-megapixel 7-megapixel
Snapdragon 778G Plus Exynos 1280 Google Tensor Apple A15 Bionic
128GB, 256 GB 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
8GB, 12GB 6GB 6GB NA
None Up to 1TB None None
4,500 mAh; 33W wired charging -- fast charger not included, 15-watt wireless charging, 5-watt reverse charging 5,000 mAh; 25W wired charging -- charger not included, does not support wireless charging 4,410 mAh; 18W fast charging -- adapter sold separately, does not support wireless charging Batttery size not disclosed; 20-watt wired charging -- charger not included, 7.5W wireless charging
In-display In-display In-display Home button
USB-C USB-C USB C Lightning
5G, IP53, 3 years of Android updates, dual SIM 5G; IP67 rating; Samsung Pay 5G, security updates for 5 years, Android OS updates for 3 years, dual SIM, IP67 water resistance 5G, water resistant (IP67), dual SIM
£399 (128GB + 8GB RAM); £449 (256GB + 8GB RAM); £499 (256GB + 12GB RAM) £399 £399 £419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)

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