A strange brand was found inside the phone 1
Zack took every opportunity to highlight the iPhone-esque design and pun with the company’s name, but Phone 1 remained unfazed by both the banter and its gadgetry. A scratch with a razor blade revealed an aluminum frame with power and volume buttons made of the same material. Like most modern Gorilla Glass, the screen was scratched at 6 on the Mohs hardness scale.
The Phone 1 squeaked in protest during Zack’s bend test, with most of the flex seen near the antenna lines – but it didn’t break like a cracker. This is thanks to the fact that the phone was more resistant when folded back. However, Zack noted that the optical fingerprint reader failed twice and the IP53 water resistance isn’t the best despite the rubber ingress-protection seals on the SIM tray.
Seals also appear around many of the internal connectors in the PBKreviews take apart, though we’re wondering if they help with the water and dust resistance rating. The YouTuber’s biggest discovery was the tedious process of replacing the screen, so if you buy Nothing Phone 1, I hope nothing ever happens to his screen. Other noteworthy findings include graphite sheets to help with heat dissipation, a copper film behind the cameras, and a fairly oversized tweeter.
While PBKreviews may have missed it, someone at Nothing made an effort to put the “Pokemon” branding on two adjacent cables under the battery. This could be literally joke inside, due to Carl Pei’s fondness for Pokemon. To lend credibility to our guess, Android Authority indicates that the phone’s internal codename “Abra” is also a reference to a creature of the franchise.
On the 10-point PBK scale, Nothing Phone 1 scored a dismal three points in terms of repairability, mostly due to the lack of availability of the parts at the moment, and their hard-to-reach placement inside the phone. The Phone 1 could learn a thing or two from the Fairphone lineup, but we wouldn’t mind seeing other OEMs emulate the Phone 1’s flashy Glyph interface to entice consumers.