Nothing Phone 1 and Google Pixel 6a are perhaps the most unusual non-foldable phones released this year. Their designs make them stand out from the crowd, as does their user interface. And while they’ve been launched at wildly different prices, they’re going to get their hands on each other at Flipkart’s Big Billion Days Sale. For those who don’t know, Nothing Phone 1 is the first phone to be released by OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei’s new company, Nothing, and the Pixel 6a is the first Pixel phone to be released by Google in India since 2020 becomes.
The Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale starts on September 23rd and lasts until September 30th.
Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a: Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale Price
Both phones were released in July 2022, but at the time they weren’t considered competitors. And for a good reason. The Nothing Phone 1 launched at Rs 32,999 while the Pixel 6a launched at a significantly higher Rs 43,999. However, in Flipkart’s upcoming Big Billion Days, the Pixel 6a will be available for Rs 34,199 while the Nothing Phone 1 will be available for Rs 31,999. With further bank rebates, you can even get the Nothing Phone 1 for Rs 28,999 and the Pixel 6a for Rs 27,999.
And that pits these two unusual phones against each other for the duration of the sale. We know there are other devices that can claim to offer more in terms of specs and design, but in terms of uniqueness these two are in a league of their own. So if you’re one of those people looking for a “different” phone, which of these two should you choose? Let’s try to find out for you.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Which appeals to you more – a bar on the back or an “illuminated” back?
Both the phones are quite different from the regular crowd of phones in terms of appearance. And in both cases this is due to the rear walls. While the Pixel 6a places the dual rear cameras and flash on a bar that protrudes from the back, the Nothing Phone 1 literally has the most prominent back in tech history – not only does the phone have a semi-transparent back cover, it also comes with 900 LEDs on the back that light up in different patterns depending on the event and notification (Nothing calls it the Glyph interface).
Although both phones come with metal frames, the Nothing Phone 1 feels more premium with its glass front and clear glass back, while the Pixel 6a has a plastic back. Some may also prefer the Nothing Phone 1’s more symmetrical narrow bezels and straight sides compared to the Pixel 6a’s relatively straight but still slightly curved sides. Both phones feel pretty solid though, and the Pixel 6a is IP67 dust and water resistant, while the Nothing Phone 1 is IP53 splashproof.
Those looking for a more compact phone will prefer the Pixel 6a, which is significantly less tall and wide than the Nothing Phone 1, although the latter is slimmer.
We vote for: The Nothing Phone 1. This back is literally lit.
Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a: Which has the better (fresher) display?
Both phones feature Full HD+ OLED displays that are reasonably bright and colorful, although both are unlikely to give Samsung sleepless nights. But the similarity ends there.
The Nothing Phone 1 has a larger 6.55-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch display with a regular 60Hz refresh rate.
To be honest, the difference in refresh rates only becomes apparent when endlessly scrolling in an app (usually Instagram or Twitter in our case), but the difference in display real estate is striking whether you’re reading an article online or watching a video look at. or play a game.
Again, those who want a phone they can easily use with one hand might be fine with the Pixel 6a’s smaller display, but we prefer the Nothing Phone 1’s larger display as we simply see more, type, and leeway.
We vote for: The Nothing Phone 1. A higher refresh rate and more space.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Which chip has more bytes – Tensor or Snapdragon 778G+?
There’s an easy and clear winner here. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ is a decent processor, but it’s still mostly a mid-range chip. It will do most tasks and even run high-end games as long as you keep an eye on the settings.
The Pixel 6a. On the other hand, it runs on Google’s own Tensor chip, a flagship chip with performance levels that sit between the Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888. It’s a chip designed for heavy gaming and multitasking, and it’s a step up from the Snapdragon 778G+ on the Phone 1.
We vote for: The Google Pixel 6a.The Tensor offers far more.
Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a: Which is Better for Gaming?
The Tensor chip and better stereo speakers give the Pixel 6a a clear advantage over the Nothing Phone 1 in the gaming department.
While Nothing Phone 1’s larger display gives you more viewing and gaming real estate, at the end of the day you’ll be able to comfortably play games at higher settings on the Pixel 6a.
Interestingly, the Pixel 6a comes in a single variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, while the Nothing Phone 1 has more RAM and storage variants – 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 256GB. But even with that difference, gaming prowess is pretty much up with the Pixel 6a.
We vote for: The Google Pixel 6a. The Tensor delivers tension-free gaming.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Who Has the Better Snappers?
A month ago, the Pixel 6a would have won this round by a mile, as its dual 12-megapixel cameras, in true Pixel tradition, deliver far more detail and color than the Nothing Phone 1’s dual 50-megapixel shooters on the back, which it does were often contradictory.
However, through a series of updates, the Phone 1 has closed the gap with the Pixel 6a, allowing it to almost match at times. Yes, the Pixel 6a still wins this round, but it’s a very close finish. The Pixel 6a’s 8-megapixel selfie snapper also beats the Phone 1’s 16-megapixel snapper.
We vote for: The Google Pixel 6a. It’s a pixel, duh.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Which pure Android do we take?
Both the Phone 1 and the Pixel 6a have a clean, uncluttered Android with no malware. Choosing between the two can therefore be quite a task.
We think the Pixel 6a wins, however, because it gets updates direct from Google and is, in fact, already on Android 13.
To its credit, Nothing has also updated the Phone 1 many times, adding features and removing bugs, but it’s not expected to get Android 13 this year.
We vote for: The Google Pixel 6a. It’s THE phone for those who want a clean Android.
Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a: Yes, No Chargers, But Whose Battery Works Better?
Both phones come with almost similarly sized batteries – the Google Pixel 6a has a 4,410mAh battery, while the Phone 1 has a 4,500mAh battery. And initially the Pixel 6a seemed to have a clear advantage over the Phone 1 in the battery department, but after a few updates the Phone 1 has found itself back into competition.
Both phones will easily get through a day of normal to heavy use and that’s a lot more impressive for the Nothing Phone 1 as it has a larger display with a higher refresh rate and also those LEDs on the back.
The Phone 1 also supports 33W charging, which is much faster than the 18W charging on the Pixel 6a, although neither phone comes with a charger in the box. The Phone 1 also supports wireless charging up to 15W and can even charge devices wirelessly. This is a clear will for the nothing sacrifice.
We vote for: The Nothing Phone 1. It lasts just as long, charges faster and charges wirelessly too.
Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a: Which is more fun? Yes this is important
In terms of general usage, we have to admit that we had a lot more fun with the Nothing Phone 1. Those LEDs on the back added a whole new dimension to the smartphone experience. We could actually lay our phone face down and get a feel for what’s happening on it, with different light patterns on the back letting us know who was calling and being notified of notifications.
The LEDs also flash in sync (though not too well) with the music being played on the phone.
The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, offered a classic smooth experience, although its fingerprint scanner was very inconsistent (the Phone 1 had no such issues).
Both phones are great for handling everyday tasks and have a clean, bloat-free interface. The Pixel 6a is easier to handle due to its smaller form factor, but the Nothing Phone 1 is just more fun. Yes, now that is a thing when using a smartphone.
We vote for: The Nothing Phone. It’s just so different and still so much fun.
Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a: Which Should You Buy?
As we said at the outset, both phones were launched at very different prices, but were brought closer together by the sale of Flipkart Big Billion Days. So which of these two should you pick this discount-friendly week?
Well it depends on what you want. In terms of performance, the Pixel 6a is definitely a step ahead of the Phone 1 thanks to its more powerful processor and better cameras. Add safe and timely Android updates to the mix and you’d wonder why anyone would even consider the Nothing Phone 1.
One look at the Nothing Phone 1 and its flashing LED back will answer that question. Without its transparent surface and LED-driven user interface, the Phone 1 would have been just another efficient mid-range smartphone. But these two features add another dimension to the Phone 1. It’s a phone that performs well and looks stunningly different – even different than the Pixel 6a.
What works better for you depends on how different you want a phone to be. If you want a compact phone with a different design that comes with flagship-level performance and the latest Android, the Pixel 6a is a no-brainer.
But if you’re looking for a whole new smartphone experience in terms of usage and a phone that not only turns heads, but turns them a full 180 degrees, then you need Nothing Phone 1.