After its first year in Europe, Android’s biggest developer Nothing is coming to the US. This means that it is possible to buy a No Phone 2 it works on a GSM carrier, so let’s take a quick look at one.
The price starts at $599which allows it to enter the space it once occupied now it’s over base-model Pixel 7. At this price, you get a device that looks like a flagship with a large 6.7-inch display, 120 Hz and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 of the last generation. Lack of water resistance is really lame, though. Even the $349 Pixel 6a has an IP67 rating, so it’s incognito, but this phone can withstand light rain. There is no second great company from OnePlus founder Carl Pei, and OnePlus had a very strange relationship and water resistance, too. If the company were to be natural and competitive in the area, its resources would be very important. Water resistance is something that people use now and certainly something you would expect at this price.
But there are some good things here. I’m a fan of the flat windshield, which is a no-nonsense, year-round view of the curved screens on both sides. The visual effects are expected to go away be the way to move forward. The metal around the sides is also nice as an iPhone-less memory.
On most phones, the back is a big blank slab, and it seems like no thought is given to anything other than the camera bump. So I can appreciate the decision to try to do something with this big space. What you get on the back are lots of widgets and lights with a Gorilla Glass panel. For everyday use, the back is not good. It doesn’t appear to have an oleophobic coating, so it’s a great fingerprint magnet. The real glass display, with a coating, is very nice, but you are still holding back a lot.
What really annoys me about all of the Nothing phones is that the design and functionality don’t really match. The best description I can come up with for the background is “culture-based editing.” The phone wants a mechanical, technical look with all sorts of bits and bobs on the back, including exposed wires and mounting holes, but nothing that doesn’t support any of the mechanical design and actual functionality. You can see the screws, but you can’t touch them because they are placed behind a fixed glass panel.
It is one thing if you go to the opaque form of glass or aluminum of the iPhone, where the image is that every phone is a very closed device, and inside there is magic. To take a look machine but no to be mechanical and deeply uncool. It makes the Cordless Phone a masterpiece – a trick, a phone for people who believe in visuals on CBS shows. Don’t talk about it if you can’t walk.