I Tried an Incredible Smartphone That Costs Half the Cost of an iPhone 14

You don’t often see a smartphone that looks really different from the rectangular panels we’re all used to.

That’s why I turned my head when I saw the first phone from Nothing, a London-based startup that aims to change things up a bit.


Sure, the Nothing smartphone looks great – but does it have the performance right for it?credit: none

Upon launching its operations in 2020, the tech company is headed by Karl Bai, the mastermind behind successful Chinese phone maker OnePlus.

Nothing released a pair of stylish wireless earbuds a year later, and earlier this year they released their first mobile phone.

The Nothing Phone 1, as it is attractively called, is a mid-range phone with decent specs and a design that is definitely out of the ordinary.

But is it worth a portion of your salary? I tested it for two weeks to find out.

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There’s nowhere to start other than Design Phone Nothing.

It has a transparent back, under it is “graphic” lighting – which basically means that it is shaped somewhat like a hieroglyph.

However, the technical processing that runs here is not a gimmick, it provides the user with useful information.

The white LED strips that wrap across the back of the device form shapes that flash when you receive an incoming call or text message.

It syncs with the flash in unique patterns to let you know when you get a notification, who’s calling, charging status, and more.

The glyphs will dance along the ringtone you selected.

It might not look like much, but it sure catches the eye.

I’ve found that it can be useful if you’re the type of person who leaves their phones face down on the table in front of them.

However, if you tend to leave your phone uncovered (like me), lights never serve much of a purpose other than just being a little fun.

Elsewhere when it comes to design, Nothing Phone seems to be following in the iPhone 12’s footsteps.

That means a straight-sided metal frame with rounded corners, and dual front and rear cameras.

It’s a design we’ve seen before, of course, but it’s elegant and in this sense doesn’t draw attention away from the lighting of the avatar.

Overall, I’d say the Nothing Phone design isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for something a little different: this is it.

The device has a transparent back with funky lights below


The device has a transparent back with funky lights belowcredit: none

None Show phone, camera and specifications

While the Nothing Phone 1 has a stunning design, its solid screen and camera deceive them a bit.

The 6.55-inch OLED screen does a decent job that is undoubtedly pleasing to the average person.

It’s big, crisp and colorful, with plenty of brightness, but it doesn’t come close to that offered by the best Apple and Samsung phones.

That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the prices of both.

But if you’re watching Netflix or YouTube on the Nothing phone, you won’t get the best picture.

In terms of cameras, the gadget has two rear lenses (50MP main angle and 50MP ultra-wide angle) and a 16MP front camera.

Again, for most smartphone owners, they’ll do the job – well enough without doing anything unprecedented.

I would say, in general, that the camera and screen are compatible with most phones in the mid-range market, such as the Samsung A-series.

Elsewhere, the Nothing Phone 1 has a 4,500mAh battery, which during testing struggled to last a full day.

I got nearly five hours of screen time in a day before the device needed to be charged again, which is frustrating to say the least.

The phone runs a version of Google’s Android operating system powered by the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor.

Overall, I would say that the specs of the phone are good enough without going over its price tag.

Nothing phone release date and price

Nothing Phone 1 goes on sale in the UK and Europe on July 21, 2022.

It starts at just £399, which makes it less than half the price of the recently released iPhone 14.

Considering what you get for that price, it’s an absolute bargain, in my opinion.

You don’t get a camera or display that is compatible with the leading mobile phones from Apple or Samsung, but you do get a lot of money for your money.

Nothing at one time hinted that the door was open for an American release, but later poured cold water on the plans.

She confirmed to CNET in June that the smartphone wasn’t making its way to North America.

Final verdict

If you’re looking for a smartphone that looks good and doesn’t cost an arm or a leg, you could be missing out on worse than Nothing Phone.

The camera and display are good enough to recommend the device, but admittedly it won’t win any awards.

However, the design and price is where the tool really stands out.

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If you can treat your mobile phone lighting like a Christmas tree every time you get an email, this is a great phone to pick.

It’s a cracked first try out of nothing and I’m excited to see what they come up with next.

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