Nothing phone (1) first look: What the Glyph?
As smartphone know-how perfects nearly each facet of its existence, the units themselves have began turning into boring with nothing actually new to excite patrons. That can be a possibility for firms prepared to push the envelope with regards to new options. That is additionally why the Nothing cellphone (1) from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new enterprise is getting a whole lot of consideration.
Nothing cellphone (1) is an Android cellphone that’s bringing in some modifications in how a cellphone is constructed. For one, it has been pushing a clear design idea that lets one nearly see contained in the cellphone. Whereas that doesn’t give the consumer any extra worth, it actually makes the cellphone look totally different. With Nothing cellphone (1), the corporate has made the rear panel absolutely clear inside the very iPhonesque aluminium body of the cellphone. This doesn’t imply customers are uncovered to all of the circuitry and processors contained in the machine. Nothing has in actual fact put in some additional effort to make sure the innards are presentable — so you find yourself with a view of the wi-fi charging coil, a whole lot of handsome panels and, after all, some screws.
However inside these panels are strips of LEDs which differentiate this cellphone much more. Nothing calls it the Glyph interface, a brand new means for the cellphone to seize your consideration and possibly even talk to a sure extent. So, you’ll be able to choose ringtones and notification tones that not solely sound totally different but additionally sync with the LED strips in numerous combos. This implies you’ll be able to set totally different Glyph notes for various contacts and kinds of messages. And when on silent, the lights themselves will let you know who is asking.
The LEDs may also sync along with your music and make your cellphone appear to be miniature marriage ceremony tableaux if that’s the sort of consideration you crave for. Nevertheless, for me, this didn’t work with apps like YouTube Music and Apple Music. I must check it out with regionally saved music information.
The opposite use of the Glyph is with Google Assistant and it’s enjoyable to see the ‘G’ LED mild up if you say ‘Good day Google’. There may be additionally the choice to place the cellphone face down, like when you find yourself in a gathering, so that every one you will notice are muted LED lights to recommend you might be getting an incoming name or message. The Glyph additionally works if you plug within the charger for the primary few seconds.
Regardless of the flourish of the Glyph, the interface inside is a minimalist view of Android with a number of tweaks and design modifications that add worth and make it simpler to search out issues. The most effective bit right here for me is the flexibility on the Residence Display to extend the dimensions of an app icon or folder that you simply use greater than others.
The Nothing cellphone (1) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ processor and may run on 5G networks. The 4,500mAh battery may be charged quick utilizing the 33W wired charger, which nonetheless must be purchased additional.
Nothing doesn’t imagine there may be actually any use for 3 cameras for normal customers, and I type of agree. The cellphone therefore comes with simply two 50MP cameras, one in all them providing a large subject of view. The digital camera, nonetheless, affords macro and professional choices in settings and may file 4K video at 30fps.
My first impression of the Nothing cellphone (1) is of a tool that rethinks at the very least some points of the smartphone to make it stand out in what’s a extremely crowded market. The Glyph interface clearly has the flexibility to seize the eye of at the very least younger and savvy customers. However is that sufficient to make this a profitable cellphone? We are going to let you know extra in our full evaluate later this week.