Nothing Phone (1) durability test proves phone won’t break easily

Nothing Phone (1) durability shows the phone is built to last and doesn't break that easily.

Highlights
  • Nothing Phone (1) durability has been put to test in a JerryRigEverything video.
  • While the phone produces some creaking sounds during the bend test, it doesn’t break in half.
  • The Nothing Phone (1) passes the durability test.

Nothing Phone (1) was one of the most hyped-up smartphones to launch in recent times and post the announcement, it appears the hype is well deserved, thanks to its compelling design and hardware. Although it seems to be priced slightly higher in India, the overall aesthetics make it one of a kind offering in the market. The Glyph LED light interface on the back panel is the key selling point of the phone. Beyond looks, the Nothing Phone (1) seems to also offer a solid build quality.

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Popular YouTuber, JerryRigEverything, who is known for his durability and teardown videos, has done a durability test of the Nothing Phone (1) and the results show it’s built like a tank.

Nothing Phone (1) durability test

Nothing Phone (1) has an iPhone 12/13-inspired design with squared edges and symmetrical bezels on all corners. The phone comes in two colours: Black and White. The side frame is entirely made of recycled aluminium, including the buttons. It can get scratched by sharp objects. This is what makes the phone sturdy and premium. There are 5G antenna lines on the sides, with a white colour accent. The volume rocker is on the left, while the power button is placed on the right edge.

The front and back of the phone are of glass. The durability test shows the front glass gets scratched at level 6 and with deeper scratches at level 7. This is very much expected from glass. With the fire test, the screen was able to withstand without burn marks until 40 seconds and post that, it was able to recover those pixels as well.

The real test of the phone is its durability. This is where we see some interesting results. Thanks to the aluminium body, the phone doesn’t easily bend or break in half but there’s a twist. The phone has a weird flex when bending from the front around the antenna band line. We hear some creaking sound, hinting that it might break in half but that doesn’t happen in the video.

This creaking sound doesn’t happen when trying to bend from the back side. It appears that there’s a strong mechanism internally that is holding the phone together from breaking. Fortunately, though the phone flexes it doesn’t entirely bend. The Nothing Phone (1) passes the durability test.

It’s probably a good thing to know that the Nothing Phone (1) doesn’t break easily as a separate video shows the phone is difficult to repair.

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Nothing Phone (1) specifications

Nothing Phone (1) specs

  • 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset
  • Up to 12GB RAM, 256GB storage
  • 50MP main + 50MP (UW) dual rear cameras
  • 16MP selfie shooter
  • 4,500mAh battery, 33W charging

Nothing Phone (1) sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 10-bit HDR, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 2400×1080 pixel resolution, 402PPI, and up to 1200 nits peak brightness. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset and comes in three models: 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. The phone runs on Android 12-based Nothing OS custom skin out of the box.

Moving to optics, the Nothing Phone (1) has a dual rear camera setup on the back, with a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor with OIS and EIS image stabilisation and a 50MP Samsung JN1 ultra-wide lens. There is a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor on the front for selfies and video calls.

The Nothing Phone (1) packs a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging, 15W Qi wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor for security, dual stereo speakers and an IP53 rating. Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and a USB Type-C port.

Key Specs

Nothing Phone 1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus | 8 GBProcessor
6.55 inches Display
50 MP + 50 MPRear camera
16 MPSelfie camera
4500 mAh Battery
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Review Summary

Expert Rating3.5/5

Design
★★★★★
★★★★★
Display
★★★★★
★★★★★
Software
★★★★★
★★★★★
Camera
★★★★★
★★★★★
Performance
★★★★★
★★★★★
Battery
★★★★★
★★★★★

Pros

  • Stylish, unique design
  • Clean software
  • Capable primary camera
  • Supports wireless charging

Cons

  • Doesn't ship with a charger
  • Slow 33W charging speed
  • Display's peak brightness not the best
  • Facial recognition is finicky
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