On July 12, Nothing Phone 1 gets launched in International markets. The first generation Nothing phone not only features a unique design but offers a decent set of specifications. The company focuses on bringing the basics rights while offering a fun experience to the users.
On the other side, launched in March this year, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G also comes with a great set of specifications, wonderful cameras, and flagship-level software support, however, offers the same design as its predecessor.
So far, the Galaxy A53 is one of the best smartphones offered in the mid-range segment. Is the Nothing Phone 1 able to beat Samsung Galaxy A53? Let’s compare both phones in this article.
Nothing Phone 1 vs Samsung Galaxy A53
The Nothing Phone 1 comes with a relatively large 6.55-inch 120Hz OLED display while the Galaxy A53 has a bit smaller 6.5-inch screen but it’s Super AMOLED and also supports a 120Hz refresh rate.
The Nothing Phone is powered by a Snapdragon 778G+ chipset whereas, the Galaxy phone features an Exynos 1280 5nm processor.
When considering the camera, the newly launched device features a dual-camera system on the front that consists of a 50MP primary and another 50MP ultra-wide angle lens. On the flip side, there’s a punch hole 16MP selfie shooter that is placed on the top left side of the display.
The Galaxy A53 on the other hand equips 4 rear cameras and its 64MP primary camera is powered by OIS for blur-free photography. At the same time, there’s a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro camera. Meanwhile, it features a center punch hole 32MP camera.
The Nothing device comes with a 4500mAh battery that supports 33W wired charging, and 15W dual charging Qi wireless (w/ 5W reverse). In the meantime, the Galaxy A53 features a 5000mAh multi-day battery with 25W wired fast charging support, however, it doesn’t support wireless charging at all.
Connectivity and other features:
The Nothing Phone 1 has IP 53 spill, splash & dust resistance ratings and Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 support in addition to an in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, and dual-SIM.
While the Galaxy A53 is IP 67 rated in terms of spill, splash & dust resistance. It supports Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6 and features an in-display fingerprint scanner, Stereo speakers, Knox Security, and dual-SIM.
Coming to the most interesting part – Software, both phones run Android 12 OS out of the box, however, with their own custom OS – Nothing OS and One UI 4.1.
While Nothing OS has just minor tweaks over the Stock Android we can see in Pixel phones, the One UI 4.1 is highly customized and offers a variety of additional features to the Galaxy devices.
Further, the newly launched Nothing device supports only 3 years of major Android OS upgrades and an additional year of regular security patches bi-annually. At the same time, the Galaxy device supports Samsung’s flagship-level treatment – Four major Android OS + 5 years of security patch updates.
Galaxy A53 Price:
- 6GB+128GB – $433
- 8GB+128GB – $452
Nothing Phone 1 Price:
- 8GB+128GB – $474
- 8GB+256GB: $533
One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1 – Samsung Wallpaper and Style section is impressively improved
Samsung smartphones and tablets come with a separate Wallpaper and Style section that brings the latest and greatest wallpapers, themes, and icons to the users. The Korean company has impressively improved this Samsung Wallpaper and Style menu with One UI 5.0 software to offer more functions to the users.
One UI 4.1 Wallpaper and Style:
One UI 4.1 Wallpaper and Style section is actually nice. It has different sections for each service and each of them clearly indicated what you can do with it. When you open this section, you will see your Lock Screen and Home Screen that you can edit with a tap. The rest of other sections are –
- My wallpapers: When you tap on it, you will see the Featured wallpapers of your phone as well as the Downloaded ones.
- Gallery: This section will add you choose and add any picture from your Gallery to the home screen or lock screen.
- Lock screen wallpaper services: You can customize your lock screen wallpaper services here, such as Dynamic Lock screen and Samsung Global Goals.
- Color Palette: You can choose an appropriate theme for your whole system user interface that matches your wallpaper.
- Apply Dark mode to wallpapers: When you enable this feature, your phone’s wallpapers will automatically adjust according to the dark mode.
- Explore more wallpapers: This section will lead you to the Galaxy Themes shore, where you can explore new wallpapers, themes, app icons, and AOD themes for free or paid.
One UI 5.0 Wallpaper and Style:
The Wallpaper and Style interface of One UI 5.0 has been significantly changed and it’s impressive. Instead of different compartments for My Wallpaper, Gallery, Lock screen wallpaper services, and Explore more wallpapers, you now get only one – “Browse my wallpapers“.
When you tap on it, you will see an eye-pleasing interface with different rooms for:
- Featured: The wallpapers that come pre-installed with your Galaxy phone.
- Gallery: You can choose any wallpaper or picture of you from the Gallery area.
- Graphical: Graphical wallpapers offered by One UI 5.0 software.
- Colors: Plane color or gradient wallpapers which are also provided by One UI 5.0.
- Wallpaper services: This section will let you choose between two lock screen wallpaper services – Dynamic Lock screen or Samsung Global Goals and customize their settings.
- Downloaded: These are the wallpapers that you have already downloaded through the Galaxy store on your phone.
- Galaxy Themes: Here, you can explore more wallpapers, themes, app icons, and AOD wallpapers once you tap on this option.
Aside from the Browse my wallpaper area, there’s “Color Palette“. This color picker sampler now provides users with lots of wallpaper color combinations compared to One UI 4.1. Also, it has an option to completely disable Color Palette.
Lastly, this section contains “Apply Dark mode to Wallpapers” which will automatically customize your phone’s wallpaper as per the dark mode.
One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1: Samsung Wallpaper and Style
No doubt, Samsung has greatly improved the One UI 5.0 Wallpaper and Style section compared to the One UI 4.1’s. It is now more clear and provides you with more wallpapers services and access to all related functions with ease.
One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1 – What’s new inside Samsung Color Palette
Samsung added a feature called Color Palette to Galaxy devices with its Android 12-based One UI 4.0 software and later slightly improved it with One UI 4.1. Now the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 is here and Samsung has brought significant changes to its Color Palette function.
What is Samsung Color Palette?
Based on Android’s Material You theming, the Samsung Color Palette offers different themes that sync with your current lock screen or home screen wallpaper. When you choose one palette, the whole theme will be applied to menus, buttons, backgrounds, and apps throughout your phone.
One UI 4.1 Color Palette:
As soon as you apply a new wallpaper, you will get four different color combinations along with the system’s default theme. Each palette has 6 shades that apply to different parts of your device.
You can also apply this color palette theme to app icons if you desired to do so. However, it is only applicable to select Samsung and Google apps whereas, third-party apps will remain the same. Apart from these, all system applications get some sort of colors but it did not apply throughout.
One UI 5.0 Color Palette:
The worst thing about the One UI 4.1 color palette was that it didn’t apply to third-party app icons. One UI 5.0 has fixed it. The new software brings Dynamic Theming to more Samsung, Google, and other third-party applications so that when you apply the color palette to app icons, all applications will look similar.
Next, the company has also increased the Color Palette options from 4 to 16 so the customers can get more choices while choosing a perfect theme for their phone that syncs with the Lock screen or Home screen wallpaper. It now has two menus:
- Wallpaper colors: This option will show you 12 color palettes and each carries 6 different shades for a different element of your device.
- Basic colors: Inside, you will see 4 dual-color combinations along with 8 single colors that will best match your phone’s wallpaper.
If that’s not enough, Samsung also offers the ability to completely disable the Color Palette, in case you don’t like any of the themes.
One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1 – Samsung Color Palette:
The difference between Samsung’s One UI 4.1 Color Palette and One UI 5.0 Color Palette can be seen clearly. The new software offers more choices for the user interface theme as well as it now more effectively applies throughout the system and supports more apps like WhatsApp, Reddit, Signal, Linkedin, etc.
Notification Panel – One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1: What changes Samsung brought
Samsung regularly releases new updates to improve the features and functionality of One UI. With major updates, the company also brings major changes and new features to the smartphone. In August 2022, Samsung started the One UI 5 beta program for some Galaxy devices, which has brought many new features and improvements, this update has carried some changes to the Notification Panel as well.
Notification Panel! This is the most used feature of the smartphone, whenever we open our smartphone, we open this panel first with the swipe-down gesture on the home screen.
However, it is not a trend that you have to open the notification panel after opening the mobile, but the reason behind this is that you can see the notifications of all apps in this panel. From here, you can directly go to any part of the app that the notification shows.
Major Samsung Notification Panel Changes: One UI 5.0 vs One UI 4.1
At first glance, you may feel that there has been no change in the notification panel of One UI 5 and One UI 4.1, but with the release of the major One UI 5.0 update, there will be some changes, let’s explore them.
If we compare with One UI 4.1, the layout and design of the notification panel of One UI 5 are the same. Starting with the digital clock, the positions of the top icon, date, settings gear icon, and primary quick setting toggles have not changed. Also, the design of the brightness slider remains the same.
However, the One UI 5.0 Notification panel is now less transparent than the previous design to display information more clearly.
App icons in the notifications
To further highlight the app icon in notifications, a circular background has been added behind the icon with One UI 5.0. In One 4.1, the app’s icon appeared along with the notification.
Notification Settings and Clear button
In addition to the app icon in the notification, notification settings, and clear button options have also been enhanced with One UI 5.0 as a black-colored transparent pill shape background has also been added behind them so that now these buttons look more clear.
With One UI 4.1, both options are available but there is no background behind them.
In One UI 4.1, when we open the Notification settings, a page will open where all the settings related to the notification will be there. But now with One UI 5.0, when we open the Notification settings option, the App notification page gets opened.