A Budget Phone with Unique Design and Software Focus, But Trade-offs Exist

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A Budget Phone with Unique Design and Software Focus, But Trade-offs Exist

Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee Reviews CMF Phone 1

Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, recently reviewed the CMF Phone 1, a budget phone from the sub-brand Nothing. This phone has been making waves in the $200 Android phone market.

In his YouTube video, Brownlee highlighted the unique design and software focus of the CMF Phone 1, which sets it apart from other budget phones. He praised the phone's removable and replaceable plastic back, available in multiple colors. While acknowledging the cheap feel of the back cover and the non-removable battery, Brownlee appreciated the sturdiness and the option to change the color. He also commended the unique knob for attaching accessories like a kickstand, cardholder wallet, and lanyard.

Brownlee noted that the CMF Phone 1 runs on Nothing OS 2.6, offering a similar user experience to other Nothing phones. It features a MediaTek Dimensity 7300 5G chip, a 5000mAh battery, and a 50-megapixel primary camera sensor that takes "serviceable photos." However, he pointed out the lack of NFC and wireless charging, and the plastic back's impact on water resistance.

Despite these trade-offs, Brownlee commended the phone for its design and software. He acknowledged that budget phones require sacrifices but appreciated the specific choices made with the CMF Phone 1.