Nothing Phone 2 vs 1 | Worth the upgrade?

Comparing Nothing Phone 2 vs the original smartphone, including a camera test, gaming performance, battery life and general features. I’ve reviewed both the Nothing Phone 2 and its cheaper sibling and here’s a side-by-side evaluation – check out my tips and tricks guide for more Nothing OS 2.0 action!

Now, these rather unique mobiles may look similar, but that design has undergone subtle refinements for the 2023 model. The Nothing Phone 2 has an upgraded Glyph setup, with new features like the Timer and Composer. Although the latter will come to the first handset along with Nothing OS 2.0.

More on the software side in my tips and tricks guide, live now!

The Nothing Phone 2 also boasts a better camera setup, with a fresh IMX890 sensor and updated ISP. Colour reproduction is more natural and ambient shots look sharper, brighter and more attractive. Battery life has also been boosted, but the performance is the big winner. Gamers can blaze through Genshin Impact on higher detail settings, thanks to the Nothing Phone 2’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset.

If you already have the Nothing Phone 1, there’s a lot of reasons to upgrade to this new more premium smartphone. If you’re torn between the two, and count yourself as a power user – definitely get the Nothing Phone 2. See my full review for a closer look at the new bits.

Nothing Phone 2 vs 1 Chapters:
0:00 – Waffle
0:43 – Design
2:26 – Nothing OS 2.0 & features
5:10 – Display & audio
6:30 – Performance & gaming
7:15 – Battery
8:09 – Cameras
11:07 – Verdict

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