Weekly Poll: Will you join the community of Nothing phone (1) owners?

Weekly Poll: Will you join the community of Nothing phone (1) owners?

OnePlus used to be a brand that worked on phones for fans – One even ran CyanogenMod. Over the years it has evolved into a more traditional smartphone maker, but now one of its co-founders, Carl Pei, has launched a new company. Is this a fresh start or just a sequel under a different name?

The Nothing phone (1) was announced earlier this week. This is a phone, indeed a company, that values ​​style. The aim is to break up the monotony of current smartphone design trends (the company’s slogan on Twitter is “We’re here to make tech fun again.”).

A distinctive design element is transparency – like the TWS earbuds (1), the phone (1) uses clear glass to highlight some of the internals. Nothing took advantage of this with the “glyph interface” which uses multiple strips of white LEDs on the back for some lighting effects and notifications.

The phone also comes with a custom launcher (which you can test on your current phone). There’s also support for NFTs out of the box, as well as remote control of certain functions on your Tesla. Let’s just say the Nothing phone (1) was built for a certain crowd.

Does that limit its attractiveness? Or does the perceived exclusivity (which includes the invitation-only sales system) make the handset all the more attractive?

Weekly Poll: Will you join the community of Nothing phone (1) owners?

Because if you strip away the glittery exterior, this could easily have been a OnePlus Nord model. This is a mid-range phone and at €470 / £400 / £33,000 it’s not overly priced. This is for the 8/128GB model, the 8/256GB model is €500/£450/£36,000 and the 12/256GB model is €550/£500/£39,000.

For that you get a Snapdragon 778G+ (tuned to support wireless charging), a 6.55-inch 120Hz HDR10+ OLED display with FHD+ resolution (no LTPO panel), and a 50MP main camera ( IMX766, 1/1.56 inch with OIS). There’s also a 50MP ultrawide unit (114° JN1, 1/2.76in), stereo speakers and a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging (0-50% in 30min, 0-100 % in 70 min) plus 15W wireless charging. However, there’s no telephoto camera, microSD slot, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Weekly Poll: Will you join the community of Nothing phone (1) owners?

Nothing promises three years of OS updates (the phone starts with Android 12) and four years of security patches. That’s comparable to the Samsung Galaxy A series and Google Pixel 6 phones.

Let’s take a look at the competition the Nothing phone (1) faces. We’ll start with the OnePlus 9. Its display is basically the same and you get the more powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset. The cameras are comparable (and feature Hasselblad modes), as is the battery. An 8/128GB phone can be found with some shopping for around €550.

The OnePlus Nord 2 normally costs €400 but can be found a bit cheaper. It has a smaller 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display and is powered by the Dimensity 1300, which should oust the Snapdragon. The ultrawide camera only has an 8MP sensor and there is no wireless charging.

One Plus 9
OnePlus Nord 2T

OnePlus 9 • OnePlus Nord 2T

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G sports a 6.5-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED display (without HDR10 support) and runs on the not-so-exciting Exynos 1280 chipset. The camera department is also pretty basic with a 64 MP main camera (1/1.7 inch OIS) and 12 MP ultra wide. The 5,000mAh battery is larger but slower to charge (no wireless charging either). A 6/128GB unit costs €360 on Samsung.com and slightly less elsewhere.

You could also consider the Galaxy M53, which is more similar to the A73 than the A53. It has a larger 6.7-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED (no HDR) and runs on the less powerful Dimensity 900 chipset. The 108-megapixel main camera (no OIS) speaks for itself, but the 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera disappoints. The 4,500mAh battery isn’t great for its size, but at least it can charge wirelessly. A 6/128GB unit will cost you €400. A53 and M53 have microSD slots but no 3.5mm jacks.

Maybe you’re better off with the Galaxy S21 FE. It features a 6.4-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with HDR10+ and a Snapdragon 888 chipset, even in Europe. The 12 MP main camera (1/1.76 inch OIS) and the 12 MP ultra wide-angle camera (1/3.0 inch) are nothing special, but there is also an 8 MP triple telephoto module (with OIS). This one also has a 4,500mAh battery with wireless charging support. The S21 FE and A53 get better software support than the M53. The S21 FE (6/128 GB) regularly falls below 500 euros.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Samsung Galaxy M53
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G • Samsung Galaxy M53 • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

The Redmi Note 1 Pro+ 5G in Europe costs €400, has a 6.67-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED display (HDR10) and is powered by the Dimensity 920. Like the M53, it has a 108 PM main camera and an 8 MP ultra wide camera. The phone has a 3.5mm jack and a microSD slot, as well as a 4,500mAh battery with 120W fast charging (0-100% in 15 minutes but no WiFi). You can pick one up for €350 (6/128GB unit) and you get both a microSD slot and a 3.5mm jack.

The Poco F4 uses the old but gold Snapdragon 870 and has a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED display (HDR10+), a 6/128GB unit costs €400. Powered by the most exciting Dimensity 8100 chipset, the Poco X4 GT features a 6.6-inch 144Hz LCD (HDR10) and a 3.5mm jack. Neither phone has particularly interesting cameras (64+8+2 MP, with OIS on the F4). Battery-wise, they only have wired charging (67W), the X4 GT’s battery is larger (5,080mAh vs. 4,500mAh).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
Xiaomi Poco F4
Xiaomi Poco X4GT

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G • Xiaomi Poco F4 • Xiaomi Poco X4 GT

The Realme GT Neo 3T also relies on the Snapdragon 870 and has a 6.62-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display (HDR10+). The 64+8+2MP camera setup is not convincing here either. There’s also a 5,000mAh battery with 80W fast charging (wired only). An 8/128GB phone costs €430 unless you want the Dragon Ball Edition (8/256GB for €500).

The Realme GT2 runs on the Snapdragon 888 and features a 6.62-inch 120Hz AMOLED display (HDR10+). The main camera uses the same IMX766 (50MP, 1/1.56 inch with OIS) as the Nothing phone, but the 8MP ultra wide is no match. There’s a 5,000mAH battery with 65W charging (0-100% in 30 minutes, no WiFi). An 8/128GB unit is quite expensive at €550.

Realme GT Neo 3T
Empire GT2

Realme GT Neo 3T • Realme GT2

If software support is your primary concern, you can find the Pixel 6 for €530 (8/128GB) in some countries. It uses Google’s custom Tensor chipset and sports a 6.4-inch 90Hz AMOLED (HDR10+) display. The main 50-megapixel sensor is large (1/1.31 inch with OIS), the 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera lags behind in resolution. The 4,610 mAh battery supports both wired and wireless charging.

Google Pixel 6

Google Pixel 6

The Motorola Edge 30 also has a Snapdragon 778G+, albeit without the wireless charging mod. It features a 6.5-inch 144Hz AMOLED display (HDR10+) and a 4,020mAH battery with 33W cable charging. The camera setup is competitive with a 50 MP main sensor (1/1.55 ​​inch OIS) and 50 MP ultra wide angle (1/2.76 inch). The price at Motorola Germany is €450 (for an 8/128GB unit) but you can also find it for less.

The older Moto Edge 20 is also worth a look, it uses the original 778G chip and has a larger 6.7-inch 144Hz AMOLED (HDR10+) display. The main camera has a 108-megapixel sensor (1/1.52-inch, no OIS) and there’s an 8-megapixel 3x telephoto lens in addition to the 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. Like its 30-series sibling, it has a small 4,000mAh battery. You can pick one up for €360.

The Moto G200 has a similar setup but with a 144Hz LCD (HDR10) and a Snapdragon 888+ chipset. The main camera with 108 MP (1/1.52 inch, no OIS) is present, but the telephoto module is gone. At least you get a bigger battery at 5,000 mAh (still no wireless charging). These cost around €499 (for an 8/128GB unit).

Motorola Edge 30
Motorola Edge 20
Motorola Moto G200 5G

Motorola Edge 30 • Motorola Edge 20 • Motorola Moto G200 5G

Alright, time to vote – who’s going to be part of the community of Nothing phone owners (1)?

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