Nothing Phone (2) review: a superb phone, but the camera isn't best-in-class

Nothing masterfully balances performance with style and value – even if the Phone (2)'s cameras aren't best-in-class

A photo of the Nothing Phone (2)
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nothing Phone (2) is a brilliantly balanced smartphone, managing to stand out while covering the basics well. Its camera isn't as reliable or powerful as some of the competition – the Honor 90 and Pixel 7 undercut and outperforms it in some key areas – however, with its excellent design, display, interface highlights, and improved battery life and charging speeds, its good enough camera doesn't hold it back from being easy to recommend.


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    Standout styling

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    Great performance

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    Wireless charging

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    Improved camera over Phone (1)


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    No water resistance

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    No telephoto camera

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    Cameras struggle with highlights

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    Notifications occasionally slow to come through

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There are perceptions that the Phone (2) maker, Nothing, is a plucky upstart that pulled the first Nothing Phone (1) out of thin air with blood, sweat, and tears, and that might be true to a degree. After all, Nothing is only in its third year, it's sold over 1.5m products to date between its earbuds and the Phone (1), and the Nothing Phone (2) is only the second phone from the London-based firm. 

With millions of dollars in funding, though, Carl Pei at the helm – the co-founder of OnePlus – and investment from the likes of Tony Fadell (who invented the iPod), Kevin Lin (who co-founded Twitch), Steve Huffman (Reddit's CEO), and Casey Neistat (yes, the YouTuber), if Nothing was ever a plucky upstart, it isn't anymore. For 2023, the Nothing Phone (2) is ready to be judged alongside the more established competition.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.