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Which one is the best for you?

Which one is the best for you?

The Nothing Phone (1) has just been released, but how does it compare to Google’s older and equally affordable alternative?

The Google Pixel 5, while long in the tooth, is still a reliable and powerful performer that’s on many buyers’ wish lists if they’re looking for a decent all-rounder with a good camera that doesn’t break the bank. However, will he be usurped in this position by the brand new Nothing Phone (1)?

Read on for our initial assessment, based on our full Pixel 5 review and a brief hands-on time with the Nothing Phone (1); this page will be updated once our full review on the latter is published.

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The design of the Nothing Phone (1) is one of its strengths and has generated considerable enthusiasm among enthusiasts. The reason for this is its collection of LED lights on the rear panel, which can indicate when there’s an incoming call (with specific patterns for specific callers) or show how much charge the phone has taken when you’re holding it. aloft.

Other than that, we find it physically very similar to the iPhone 13, with its flat sides, rounded corners, and dual-camera module.

Nothing Telephone (1)

On the other hand, you have to admit that the design of the Pixel 5 is pretty pedestrian. There’s nothing that really stands out in terms of looks, but we liked that it was small and manageable in one hand, weighing just 155g.


The Nothing Phone (1) has a 6.55-inch OLED screen and is enriched with some premium features. First off, there’s a 60-120Hz adaptive refresh rate, so it can run smoothly for supported content or more efficiently when not needed, and there’s also 10-bit color support and HDR10+ for colors. more shocking. It looks like a promising panel for the price.

Google Pixel 5

The Pixel 5’s OLED display is much smaller at 6 inches, which can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you prefer a small phone, but luckily it still supports HDR10+. However, the refresh rate is capped at 90Hz, so you may find that it’s not as smooth as the phone (1) on some configurations. The resolution of both devices is the same, at 1080p, but the Pixel 5 has a stronger Gorilla Glass 6 than the 5.

We described the Pixel 5’s display as “a brilliant, color-accurate panel that really shines,” and our only complaint was that auto-brightness was extremely slow to catch up with its surroundings.


The Nothing Phone (1) has two sensors in its wide and ultra-wide camera setup, both of which have 50-megapixel resolutions. We have not yet been able to test them, so we cannot comment on their quality. Still, there’s at least some versatility on offer with a duo of options, even if you don’t throw a telephoto sensor into the mix.

Nothing Telephone (1)

The Pixel 5 has a similar wide and ultrawide combo, but with different resolutions; the first is 12.2 megapixels and the second is 16 megapixels.

Pixel 5: main camera

We were very impressed with the vivid and realistic colors it produces, as well as its natural bokeh effect that has been expertly applied to the photos, making them extremely attractive. Plus, if you like shooting in low light, the Pixel 5’s excellent night mode makes it one of the best in the business for doing so.

We can’t wait to see how the phone compares (1), but it has a big challenge if its camera is to perform as well as the Pixel 5’s.


The Nothing Phone (1) runs on a Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, which is an upper mid-range chipset that might not meet mainstream standards, but still offers good performance for most tasks. Likewise, the Pixel 5 doesn’t run on true flagship standard silicon either, with a Snapdragon 765G processor on board.

The phone’s chip (1) is likely to deliver higher performance, based on a 6nm process instead of 7nm, and offer higher clock speeds, but neither is likely to match the best phones. Android by sheer force.

We can’t wait to see how the phone (1) compares directly to its rivals when it faces our extensive benchmark tests.


The phone (1) has a battery with a capacity of 4,500 mAh, while the Pixel 5 has a lower capacity of 4,080 mAh. You might expect the latter to be underwhelming, but in fact we found its stamina to be pleasantly surprising, easily giving us 6 hours of screen time on a single charge and getting us through 24 hours on a charge without a hitch; this may well be due to its smaller screen.

Nothing Telephone (1)

We’re intrigued to see how the phone (1) performs in everyday life, as straight numbers rarely tell the whole story when it comes to battery performance. We would have preferred to see a 5000mAh cell on board, but as far as we know, this one could do the trick.

It certainly has better charging credentials, for one it offers 33W wired charging and 15W wireless charging, compared to 18W and 12W on the Pixel 5, respectively.

First impressions

It’s too early to choose one phone over another at this stage, as we haven’t had a chance to fully test the capabilities of the Nothing Phone (1). However, it’s a promising device in some key areas, most notably when it comes to its design and display, so it could offer a tempting alternative to the Pixel 5. Nonetheless, Google’s smartphone absolutely shined when it comes to to the camera, and that’s where the phone (1) may or may not have a hard time keeping up, so keep an eye on what we’ll do with it once we get it up to speed.

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