There is a lot of good stuff in the interface, not only for MIUI fans. Traditionally, Xiaomi does not overstep with preinstalled apps – but it is not modest either and enhances the system with a few additions. If you do not like the solutions from the Google's package, there is a separate Gallery app, audio and video player and a browser.
I am interested when Xiaomi is going to install its own e-mail client, because now we must still rely on Gmail. Among the preinstalled stuff we can find a weather app, QR and text scanner, compass, notepad and an app for reporting problems, access to the MIUI community and an app for sharing files. There are Facebook, Aliexpress, Joom and Amazon apps. We can get rid of them with a single move. There is a software for managing the system as well.
MIUI is enhanced with the possibility to replace system buttons with comfortable gestures and with optional buttons’ shortcuts, created from combinations of screen’s virtual and mechanical buttons. There is the “floating” buttons as well, one-handed mode, and in some time we should have the Enterprise mode – but for now it only has a slot in the menu.
There is Second space, in which we can separate apps and private accounts from business ones, in addition we can clone apps and divide the screen. The notifications section is a typical one, and the shortcuts panel can be widely configured. We can modify the looks of the main desktop and use prepared themes as well.
And the compromise? We must accept the fact that when using some apps (like the one that cleans the system) we will see a commercial. Fortunately, it is not invasive – but it can bother us. On the other hand, if it was not for this, the phone would have been probably more expensive.
Another problem are notifications displayed next to the notch. We can only see last 5-6, in addition for a moment, because right after unlocking the display they disappear – and we need to drop down the bar. But, if we remember problems of Pocophone or Mi 8 - I should probably be happy that we can even see them…?