Nothing Phone 2 Review – All the Pros, the Cons- Only 1 Problem

The Nothing Phone 2 Review – All the Pros, the Cons

Hey there! Just so you know, I had an assumption that Nothing would opt for a more aggressive pricing strategy but, surprisingly, that’s not the case. They’re aiming to become the iPhone equivalent in the Android world.

ModelsIndiaEuropeUnited StatesUnited Kingdom
12GB + 256GB₹49,999€729$699£629
12GB + 512GB₹54,999€849$799£699
8GB + 128GB₹44,999€679$599£579

Before we dive into the review, let me give you the scoop on how much the Nothing Phone 2 will cost you around the globe.

The Nothing Phone 1 is available in two colour choices: grey and white. However, take note that the white version is exclusively offered with the 12GB Ram model. It might seem a tad unfair, but that’s just how Nothing decided to roll out their Nothing Phone 1.

Review of the Nothing Phone 2

Nothing Phone 2

Yes, the Nothing Phone 2 indeed comes with a high-end price tag. So, if you don’t mind splurging on the Nothing Brand, this could be your ideal pick. However, if you’re on the hunt for a good bang for your buck, and design doesn’t top your priority list, you might want to consider other options. After all, the market is rife with alternatives that might give you more for your money.

I wouldn’t shell out Rs 44,999 for Nothing Phone 2. If I’m ready to spend an amount as hefty as this, I wouldn’t think twice before adding a bit more to my budget and opting for an iPhone; their long-term support is worth every penny.

I assure you, I’m not advocating strictly for Apple. After all, I’m an Android user myself, using it as my everyday smartphone.
My point here is to highlight the fact that Nothing seems to charge quite a premium in India as well as Europe for what they offer with their devices.

In the end, it’s really up to you if you’re prepared to shell out a bit extra for the Nothing Phone 2.

Just a heads up – you can expect superior camera features if you opt for the Pixel 7, iPhone 13, or even the iPhone 14! And don’t overlook the Galaxy S23 Series phone. Since the Galaxy S24 series is on its way, prices for the S23 line should drop soon.

Beautiful Display, Robust Build

The lovely 6.70-inch 120Hz LTPO OLED screen is simply (and fantastically!) flat. With an impressive 1600 peak brightness, you can trust that everything will be clear when you’re out and about.

That means you can wave goodbye to any struggles using your phone under beaming sunlight. It’s all smooth sailing here, folks!

Nothing Phone 2

Most OTT platforms, like Netflix and YouTube, have HDR support these days. That’s pretty awesome, isn’t it? What’s even cooler is that you can record HDR videos with your rear cameras – a definitely handy feature!

As for the fingerprint sensor, it’s quick, but it’s nothing new from the previous generation. Honestly, I was hoping they would switch things up with a faster and improved sensor.

Good news! This comes with an LTPO display that is capable of fluctuating from 1Hz to 120Hz, and this feature will contribute significantly to the device’s battery life.

Let’s talk about the build quality… It’s excellent! The frame is constructed of metal and both the back and front are covered in tough Gorilla glass. So you get that top-notch, premium feel without having to fork out a ton of cash. This is all about getting great value for your money!

Just to clear up any confusion, The Phone 2 isn’t waterproof. It sports an IP54 rating, meaning it can handle a few water splashes but nothing more. It’s a bit disappointing, isn’t it?

However, on the bright side, the display quality impresses and matches the robustness of the build. All in all, Nothing has done a good job of creating a solidly built smartphone!

Design


Just like I’ve mentioned before, Design is really a matter of personal taste. The Nothing Phone 2 will have its fans and its critics when it comes to looks. Your opinion is what matters most here – you’re free to make up your own mind if you love it or not.

The volume buttons have been gently shifted downward. On the flip side, the frame has been completely crafted from curved glass. How cool is that!

This makes the device super easy to grip, taking you away from those clunky, boxy smartphones and straight into the familiar territory of the iPhone.

Just take a peek at the instructions that Nothing threw in the retail box of their Nothing Phone 2 – it’s basically iPhone’s doppelgänger.

Honestly, it wouldn’t shock me if the Pro version’s box is a carbon copy of the iPhone’s package.

On a side note, there’s a fresh update for glyph lights. Now you can track your Uber driver’s journey along with the charging details, plus even personalize ringtones for different calls.

Though it seems handy now, the novelty of the lights might just wear off after a few weeks. It happened with their first model, the Nothing Phone 1, so don’t be surprised if history repeats itself.

Performance

Why Does Nothing Phone 2 Use Last Year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Processor?

Curious about why the Nothing Phone 2 features last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1? It’s pretty straightforward actually – it’s more budget-friendly now than the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

The Nothing Phone 2 might’ve been expected to have a pretty reasonable price tag for what it’s offering, but truth be told, it didn’t pan out that way.

However, not all is lost! Packed under its hood is the mighty Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 — a powerhouse of a processor that you can rely on. Be it playing top-tier games like PUBG, COD Mobile, or Genshin Impact, it can handle it all in stride.

And let’s take a moment to appreciate the Nothing OS 2.0. It’s perfectly fine-tuned and comes loaded with a bunch of super useful features, including App lock, dual apps, and face unlock. Pretty neat, huh?

Coming up next, we’ll delve into discussing the ins and outs of Nothing OS 2.0, so stay tuned!

“Nothing has assured its customers of 3 years of OS updates and 4 years of security updates. Consequently, the phone will support Android 14, 15, and 16.

Nothing OS 2.0

Nothing OS 2.0

Surely, the animations might not be on par with top-tier Samsung phones, but Nothing is certainly making progress. They’ve introduced a multitude of new features that weren’t present with Nothing OS 1.0.

In a move reminiscent of the Asus Zenfone 10, Nothing now allows you the freedom to choose between Stock Android or Nothing OS 2.0 customization.

This essentially presents you with a choice – to stick with the stripped-down stock UI reminiscent of the Pixel phone, or to opt for more customization, whether it’s tweaking with individual icons or the entire Home Screen itself.”

No matter which option you go for, you won’t have to deal with ads in the UI or any kind of bloatware. The OS comes clean and packed with super useful features.

On a side note, if you admire Apple’s lock screen innovation, Nothing has something in store for you!
As of now, setting images on the lock screen like an iPhone is not supported by Nothing Phone 2. However, you have the option to add Widgets to your lock screen.

Camera Specs of Phone 2

The Phone 2 camera setup is quite impressive. It boasts a 50MP primary sensor and an additional 50MP ultra-wide lens. For selfie lovers, there’s a 32MP camera mounted on the front of the phone.
The rear cameras have the capacity to record videos in 4k quality at 60 frames per second, while the front camera can film 1080p clips at 30fps.
Unfortunately, the Phone 2 doesn’t come equipped with a telephoto lens. This is a slight letdown, considering the phone’s premium status in many markets.

Camera Review

Reviewing the Phone 2’s camera is a straightforward process. The primary sensor outputs beautiful photos in well-lit conditions, albeit with a slight colour boost. It’s a little disappointing, but the Phone 2 doesn’t produce images with natural colours. Regardless, it’s important to remember that this is just the Nothing Phone 2, after all.

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