Is Nothing Phone 2 a better version of Pixel 7?  - Nothing Phone 2: Carl Pei shows Google how to make the best $600 Android phone

Nothing Phone 2: Carl Pei shows Google how to make the best $600 Android phone

The Nothing Phone 2 is now official and it’s expensive.

Yes… Everyone seems to be focusing on the price of the Phone 2, which is understandable, since the Phone 1 successor now costs about 200 more, starting at $599/579/649. And by the way, as you can see from the official US prices, the good news is that the Phone 2 is now available in the US! Still, obviously, $200 is a big price bump in the phone world — in fact, it’s one we see quite rarely in the industry, but you know what? I think that makes perfect sense. Why? Well, for three main reasons

For one thing, the Nothing Phone 2 now looks a lot more like a flagship phone, something the Nothing Phone 1 never was. This is because it runs on the flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip; has an upgraded main and selfie camera with flagship specs; a new, larger and much brighter display that refreshes from 1-120Hz to save power; a bigger battery with faster charging and even a slight upgrade to water resistance, which is now IP54.

This is a really big spec upgrade that comes at a cost, but there’s a lot more going on with the Nothing Phone 2 that the spec bump may not show you:

  • While it looks suspiciously similar to the Phone 1, the Phone 2’s overall design is much more refined: the new model is easier to hold thanks to the subtle curvature of the glass back, and this back is now much more useful thanks to the updated LEDs, which seem to (finally) justify their existence.

  • Nothing OS 2.0 (based on Android 13) gives Nothing Phone 2 the identity and personality that many other Android phones lack, while also giving users the ability to turn their Nothing Phone 2 into a Google Pixel

  • Shocking or not, nothing seems to pay attention to Apple-level detail, both software and hardware-wise, which is something millions of Android users could appreciate; you know, like Apple users do with the iPhone

But in case you’re wondering why this story is going to focus on how the Nothing Phone 2 would specifically stack up against the Google Pixel, well, as I predicted a while back, the Nothing Phone 2 now costs practically as much as the Pixel 7 in the US, UK and Europe. And while Carl Pei might not admit that the Phone 2 is meant to be a direct competitor to the Pixel, I think the Nothings price speaks for itself. The other reason I rate the Nothing Phone 2 as a potential Pixel-killer is the fact that it can basically give you the clean software experience of the Pixel (if that’s what you want) but in a package (read: design) that stands out (literally) from every other phone on the market. Or, if you find that clean Pixel Android a little too dull and boring, Nothing OS 2 is ready to give you a completely unique, yet tastefully put together Nothing UI that (IMO) only Apple and HTC have ever managed to deliver.

Oh, and it probably won’t be as buggy as a Pixel!

Not good, Google! Nothing Phone 2 easily outperforms the Pixel 7 in several key areas: much faster, with a more modern display and a far better battery experience

For starters, if you look at both the specsheets and our Nothing Phone 2 review and comparison of Nothing Phone 2 vs Pixel 7, what’s quite interesting to see is that Nothing Phone 2 beats Pixel 7 in several important categories of smartphone experience.

  • Nothing Phone 2 runs on a significantly faster chip than the Pixel 7 – the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has proven to be one of the smoothest and most reliable processors in years (Carl Pei even said that was the reason he decided to use this particular chip over anything else)

  • Nothing The Phone 2 has a more advanced and much better display than the Pixel 7, which is locked to 90Hz, has lower peak brightness and doesn’t support LTPO, making it less efficient.

  • The Nothing Phone 2 has a much wider ultra-wide-angle camera than the Pixel 7, which also doubles a macro shot thanks to autofocus, plus a 32MP selfie cam that can produce far more detail than the 11MP Pixel snapper – check out our Nothing Phone 2 review to decide if specs make a difference in actual photo/video quality

  • The Phone 2 has a significantly larger battery than the Pixel 7 and charges at 45W compared to the Pixel’s 18W; this means you can expect the Nothing Phone 2 to last 1-2 hours longer than the Pixel 7 and to charge significantly faster, taking around an hour to go from 0 to 100% – Pixel takes twice as long

As you can see, the Nothing Phone 2’s higher price tag of $599/579/649 makes much more sense when put into context. Carl Pei’s budget flagship easily outperforms Google’s Pixel 7 in several (major) areas. In fact, the Phone 2 pretty much matches the Pixel when it comes to software support too, with 3 years of Android OS updates (same as the Pixel) and 4 years of security patches (one less). Of course, where Google wins will be the speed of those updates, especially given Nothing’s virtually non-existent track record (as a new phone maker).

Nothing Phone 2: Nothings Apple’s attention to detail and (maybe) a more stable Android experience could make Phone 2 a better alternative to Pixel 7

While Carl Pei’s first premium flagship (since leaving OnePlus) looks to win against the Pixel 7 in the specs department, the specs are really Nothing without a good real-world user experience to match, which is why it’s good to see that the London-based company has gone the distance to make sure you’re getting a reliable, yet special, device like no other out there.

For example, as mentioned above, Nothing OS 2.0 (based on Android 13) gives the Phone 2 a sense of personality which almost all other Android phones lack. This is thanks to the refined Nothing theme which takes up (almost) the entire user interface with custom widgets, icons, switches, sliders, typography and more, also giving users the possibility to use Nothing Phone 2 like a Pixel.

Oh, and let’s not forget all the bugs some Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 users have been facing. Considering Google’s history, it won’t be very difficult even for a young company like Nothing to offer a more stable software experience with the Nothing Phone 2. Of course, only time will show if this is the case, but I haven’t yet heard of serious bugs rendering the Phone 2 unusable, as is the case with most Pixel 6s and some Pixel 7 units.

Hardware-wise, Nothing focused on the small details to create one of the most intriguing phone packages I’ve seen in ages.

  • There are LED lights out back (duh!), but what’s more intriguing is that they now do so much more; for example, the bottom light can be used to indicate that Google Assistant is listening to you, while the top right stripe can fill in to show how close/far your Uber ride is and act as a visual cue for timers

  • According to Carl Pei, the more feature-packed the back of the phone, the less likely you are to use your actual display; Pei says being able to use the back of the phone could reduce screen time, which seems ideal, considering we live in a world of phone addiction.

  • Nothing has worked with Swedish House Mafia to allow users (literally) to compose their own custom ringtones, which play in sync with the back lights

Nothing Phone 2 is like a Pixel but (literally) better looking, which could make it a better version of Google’s new Pixel 8

I will leave any conclusions for the future as this story is becoming soooobut I have a feeling that if I (as a tech enthusiast”) were buying a new Android phone right now, I probably would have chosen the Nothing Phone 2 over any other Android solely based on how different it is from the rest of the slabs. Which means I could choose it over the Pixel 7 as well.

Will the Pixel 7 and Pixel 8 have better cameras than the Nothing Phone 2, as well as a more comprehensive IP rating? Safe! But considering all the Life quality improvements that the Phone 2 can give you in just about every other aspect of the phone, I might be prepared to look beyond Google’s expert photography to get the best and most unique package in the $600 price range.

In my book, and with a few camera upgrades that reduce saturation and improve HDR in photos and videos, the Nothing Phone 2 could be the one, even compared to the already excellent Pixel 7 and upcoming Pixel 8.

Speaking of the Pixel 8, Google’s vanilla flagship from 2023 is said to bring two major upgrades over its predecessor: a 120Hz screen and a more powerful SoC. However, Google is also rumored to be making the Pixel 8 a little more expensive ($650), so I’m eager to see how this compares to the Nothing Phone 2, which already beats the Pixel 7 in several crucial areas.

However, do you find the Nothing Phone 2 to be a viable alternative to the Pixel? Would you buy one? Again, don’t forget to check out our full Nothing Phone 2 review.

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