System and applications
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 has the pure version of the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, with the security update from January the 1st 2019. I appreciate the lack of an add-on, though the manufacturer added some soft from itself, for example a recorder, FM radio, camera app and calculator. There are preinstalled Facebook, Instagram and Messenger apps as well – none of themcan be uninstalled. If Asus will not hesitate and will deliver Android Pie soon, the Max Pro M2 model will have an additional advantage.
The system that does not have a manufacturer’s add-on has its advantages, but in the consequence it lacks more advanced interface configuration capabilities or its personalization. There is for example the night time mode, which gives the screen a yellowish shade, the function of keeping the display on when the user is looking at it and an option of adjusting the screen’s colour – warmer or colder shades. I miss the possibility to hide the notch or more enhanced functions connected with configuring the image parameters and its personalization.
Not all apps deal properly with the notch. For example while gaming, on the notch’s side the image has sharp corners (the whole are of the notch is cut out), and on the other – arced. I do not entirely like the arrangement of icons in the notifications bar – on the left side there are icons of mobile and Wi-Fi networks. When we add notifications from apps the space gets easily filled. On the right side of the notch there are icons of battery and the clock, on which Asus should work a bit as well – for example when we will switch to the percentage level of the battery, digits and the % sign are slightly cut from the bottom. The devil is in the details, and Asus should take care of such elements with the next update – they are small, but they contribute to the overall feeling.