Nothing Phone (1) review

Fill lights, OIS, and a 50MP camera make the Nothing Phone (1) a mighty midrange option for photography enthusiasts

A photo of the Nothing Phone (1)
(Image: © Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nothing Phone (1) is a very good phone for the price, and packs features missing in much of its competition – wireless charging, a dynamic screen refresh rate, and most notably, unique, standout style. If you want the Glyph lights to change your life – they won't. They do help the phone's design edge ahead, though, and the fact its core user experience is strong must be commended. Most impressive is the camera though – it takes brands years to hone their camera software, and Nothing's pulled together some mighty image processing first time around. Yes, the battery life could be better, and a telephoto camera wouldn't have hurt either. Nevertheless, the Nothing Phone (1) is still a standout smartphone for the price.

Pros

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    Great camera for the price

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    Novel and playful design

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    A fully-featured package

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    Wireless charging

Cons

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    Battery life could be better

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    Doesn't pack best-in-class power

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    No headphone jack

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It's quite a feat to make a brand new smartphone like the Nothing Phone (1). By new, we mean totally new – no established holding company (that we know of) working behind the scenes to ensure success or absorb the cost of failure. In fact, we've not seen a successful new entrant to the smartphone market hit headlines for years. What about Poco, Realme and Redmi – they're all new and independent, right? Wrong. All are backed by bigger brands – Oppo and Xiaomi

Truly new, indie brands like Essential and Fxtec historically launch, land, then sink. Essential is probably the most alarming cautionary tale, given it had a co-creator of Android at the helm and still failed. So why should you invest your time, long-term memory capacity, and money in Nothing and its Phone (1)?

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.