When's the last time that you switched phones? No, not from the iPhone 11 to 13 Pro Max – from a Samsung to Google, or jumping from Android to your first iPhone. For most, making the switch between devices is more leg work than it's worth. Switching to Nothing's new Phone (1), however, is a breeze.

It's been years since I tried my hand at anything non-Apple. My first phone at school was an LG Cookie; from there, I cycled through the first few Samsung Galaxy phones before the 5S became my first iPhone. Since then, it's stuck.

When I was presented with the opportunity to give something new a test drive, I was understandably apprehensive. When you've spent 10+ years on the same operating system and make, putting something new through the paces can leave you feeling like your parents trying to update their apps, especially when you've forgotten just how much freedom Androids afford you.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

From the moment you unbox the Nothing Phone (1) – which is an experience all its own, much like the Nothing Ear (1) – it's clear that this is unlike any other Android device.

At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're looking at another iPhone (Nothing, forgive me), but once you feel its incredibly light weight and flip the device to the rear, it becomes abundantly clear that this is something wholly unique. As is the Nothing way, design follows function; and design is aesthetically beautiful.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

Much like its earbuds, which effortlessly pair and reverse charge with the phone, the device allows a unique look at its internals, showcasing a retro-futurist design that's just as functional as it is pretty.

This open-backed aesthetic plays home to the Nothing Phone (1)'s most enjoyable feature. A light show with purpose called the Glyph Interface.

Now, it's no secret that our generation is guilty of being always on – which includes indulging texts and social media notifications at the dinner table. Tut tut. Nothing's Glyph Interface solves this modern issue with a modern solution by offering 900 unique LEDs which indicate who’s calling and signal app notifications, charging status, and more. Better yet, for all the selfie lovers out there, it acts like a ring light of sorts, leveling up snaps.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Tiktok.

So far, this has been my favorite feature; because, shock, I too am guilty of needing to check every notification. Having set light patterns for my mum, brothers, and friends has helped me start to break that habit by knowing what's important and what's not, without having to unlock the phone.

Once inside the device, it quickly became clear that I had lost my native status to Android. Fortunately, the phone's well-considered interface made the transition easy. From the power-up screen, voice recorder (which mimics a tape recorder's design), and contrasting overlays, each corner of the interface feels considered and considerably warmer than the coldness of iOS.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

While we're only a short stride into the device's life, it continues to evolve, with its third system update already here, providing essential quality of life and functional updates.

Although some will inevitably find difficulty in letting go of their iPhone, on first impressions, the Nothing (1) is certainly a worthy option – especially when its camera quality, considerably lower price, and cross-product functionality are taken into consideration.

For more information on the Nothing Phone (1)'s tech specs and grab one of your own, head over to Nothing.

We Recommend
  • Nike's Book 1 Sneaker Just Got...Hairy
    • Sneakers
  • Nothing's Phone (2a) Is Hiding Nothing
    • Culture
  • These 1-of-1 Designs Take a Barbour Jacket to New Places
    • Style
  • From Tech to Fashion: Nothing Is Launching Its First Apparel Capsule
    • Style
  • The Zion Williamson x Jordan 1 Low Just Got Better
    • Sneakers
What To Read Next
  • Victor Wembanyama's First Nike Shoe Concept Was Designed By AI
    • Sneakers
  • Forget Rap Beef — Who Wears the Style Crown, Drake or Kendrick Lamar?
    • Style
  • Leave It to Malia Obama to Make Nature Strolls Look Good
    • Style
  • Caitlin Clark's First Fashion Deal Has Fans Waiting (& Guessing)
    • Style
  • Zendaya Isn't the Only Star of the 'Challengers' Press Tour
    • Style
  • Alexis Sablone's Scaly Nike Dunks Are Too Cool
    • Sneakers
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.