The web has been ablaze this week with the lengthy awaited reveal of the Nothing Cellphone (1), however this journalist believes the handset’s secret weapon is one thing that’s been lacking from smartphones for a very long time.
Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee just lately uploaded the primary correct hands-on video for the Nothing Cellphone (1). Whereas the efficiency of the telephone itself (in addition to the cameras, unique overlays, and many others.) are nonetheless underneath embargo, the video was capable of showcase the distinctive LED system that makes up an enormous a part of the telephone’s rear-facing design.
The design itself is actually eye-catching, and whereas my colleague Peter Phelps isn’t an enormous fan of the look that Nothing has gone for, I discover myself transported again to a time when all I wished was a translucent Sport Boy Pocket. There’s simply one thing a few see-through again that I completely love, and to mix that with the just about area age-style panelling inside the telephone simply looks like a winner in my ebook.
Nonetheless, as a lot as I take pleasure in the brand new design, it isn’t right here that the telephone’s playfulness could be discovered – that benefit is completely inside the telephone’s lighting system. On the again there are a number of LED strips that may carry out completely different features relying on the duty at hand.
For instance, the ‘Glyph Interface’ (because it’s labelled by Nothing) can placed on just a little mild present that works in tandem with a number of ringtones. In fact, most individuals have moved away from ringtones because the days Nokia’s ear-piercing jingle, but it surely’s nonetheless a neat characteristic to have if you wish to use it.
The Glyphs may also illuminate to let you recognize when a notification has popped up, so that you don’t need to always examine your telephone to see what’s new. For me nonetheless, the good characteristic is the LED progress bar that seems close to the underside of the telephone each time it’s charging.
The comparability may sound moderately area of interest, however the progress bar jogs my memory a lot of the visible well being indicators in video games like Lifeless House and Ghostbusters – plus it’s only a extra visually arresting than a easy on-screen proportion.
The entire thing simply feels much more refreshing than something that a whole lot of trendy smartphones have been capable of dish out within the final couple of years. YouTuber Mr Cell has a complete sequence underneath the banner of ‘When Telephones Had been Enjoyable’ and it’s a simple little bit of nostalgia to attach with.
These days when a telephone’s design was simply as a lot of a promoting level are lengthy gone, with most smartphones lately solely being recognisable by the large digicam bump on the again. By reaching instantly right into a bygone period and pulling out some a lot wanted inspiration, the Nothing Cellphone (1) has simply turn out to be one probably the most thrilling telephones of 2022.