It was a completely different story when Nothing Phone 1 was only making rounds of the rumour mill. After launch, it has definitely made us change our initial first impressions. Talking about smartphone launches in general, things have not been extraordinarily revolutionary as of late. Yes, you do have multiple chipsets rolling out like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. However, smartphones, in general, have become very boring in terms of design.
That is exactly where the Nothing Phone 1 comes in and suddenly makes each and every other smartphone “look” rather ordinary. We say look because performance-wise, the smartphone is actually not at all revolutionary.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ in no way determined our Nothing Phone 1 first impressions. The design of the smartphone is where the real magic lies. Let’s jump into the details of it!
Nothing Phone 1 First Impressions – What Stands Out?
1. Design Steals The Show
If you are someone who absolutely disliked the Nothing Ear 1 transparent design which quite literally showed off the internal components, don’t worry. The Nothing Phone 1 does not look like that at all and it is good to see the brand learning from their mistakes.
Several folks did not like the disorganised look of the Ear 1 and it is understandable. So, this time, Carl Pei-led Nothing took to a more organised approach. So now, you get a semi-transparent look that does not reveal too much yet looks very unique.
One thing can be said for certain. If you have this in your hands, people are going to look. This is one hell of an eye candy. If a smartphone accomplishes that, you know that the brand has successfully nailed the design.
2. Glyph Interface Is Incredible
If you have been following the Nothing Phone 1 leaks and rumours, you will be no stranger to the much-advertised Glyph Interfaced. The good thing is that it is as good on paper as it is in reality. So, what exactly is it?
The Nothing Phone 1 has been made using a whopping 400 components and 900 LED’s for the Glyph Interface. To sum it up in simple words, the Glyph Interface is what is going to make all the light show happen when you receive calls and notifications. Besides, it does not just end there.
You can assign tasks to the Glyph Interface for the LEDs to react to. Did we mention that it also reacts when the device is charging? Yes, it does that and a whole lot more. We just can’t wait to get our hands on the Nothing Phone 1 to mostly test out the Glyph Interface in all its glory!
3. Excellent Hidden Feature In Plain Sight!
If you did not know about it, Nothing Phone 1 does not have an ordinary Android phone display. It comes with a 6.55-inch “Flexible” OLED display. Now, the Flexible OLED panel is used in curved screen devices.
But, the Nothing Phone 1 features a flat display so what would make them use a Flexible OLED panel? That is exactly where you start respecting the brand’s attention to detail.
Without getting into the technicalities of it all, this has been done to make sure that there are uniform bezels throughout. Usually, on flat screen smartphones, you get to see a slightly thicker chin or top. The Nothing Phone 1 display really stands out on that front, being a flat-screened smartphone.
Most importantly, there is Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both the front and back sides of the device. So, you definitely are getting not just the looks but the protection to keep it the way that it is.
4. Good News About After-Sales Service
Whenever a new brand tries to enter the smartphone market which is already dominated by top brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, etc, it HAS to ensure quality assurance. Now, previously, that was a major concern that most tech enthusiasts had with the brand. However, it all changes now, for the best.
The Carl Pei-led brand has officially announced that they will be setting up 270 Nothing Service Centres in over 220 cities in India. Besides, the best thing about the device is the fact that it is being manufactured in Tamil Nadu. Yes, this is a Made in India device and we think that is amazing!
5. Pre-Order Pass – Worth it or Just a Scam?
The much-talked about Nothing Phone 1 pre-order pass is actually a scam. The primary reason behind it is that you don’t get any freebies or anything “extra” from it. When we first placed an order for the device, nothing extra was provided. All we saw was the order for the Nothing Phone 1 getting placed. Disappointing? Yes. Unexpected? No.
We saw this coming from miles away and usually, these are marketing gimmicks to increase the hype around a particular smartphone. However, it would have been a cool move to give something extra to those who paid extra to get in line. Not cool, OnePlus. Oh sorry, Nothing.
Nothing Phone 1 First Impressions – Should You Buy It?
To sum it up, the Nothing Phone 1 is not your regular run-of-the-mill smartphone. With that being said, neither is it something super revolutionary or ground-breaking. So, what is it exactly? The first smartphone from Nothing subtly places itself somewhere in between and that is exactly where its beauty lies.
The smartphone does not try too hard to be something it is not. Rather, it embraces what it set out to be and does an excellent job at it. That is, being an eye candy of a smartphone. Mind you, that does not mean that the internal are disappointing. Could Nothing have done a better job at it? For sure. There is always room for improvement.
Also read: Nothing Phone 1: Everything We Know So Far
However, if you are someone who is looking for a very unique smartphone, the Nothing Phone 1 is definitely for you. Design-wise, there is nothing quite like it in the smartphone market right now. The Glyph Interface is a never-seen-before concept that has some quirky little perks.
The display is the best in the segment and so is the near-Stock Android UI. This smartphone is targeted at minimalists and folks who love them blinding lights. Either way, the Nothing Phone 1 does deserve your money.
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