Samsung Galaxy S10+ works under Android Pie, with the new One UI add-on. This interface can be known to users of Galaxy S9 or Note9, but it is worth to say a few words about it. The interface is designed in a way that we can use it with one hand – that is why functions’ descriptions can be seen in the upper part of the screen, while the “operating” one is usually in the reach of our finger.
“Ten” does not have a notifications LED, that is why we are left with Always-on-display. Fortunately, OneUI provides a wide personalization of this element. The rest of the interface offers wide personalization options as well – but most of them are well-known from previous Samsung interface incarnations.
I will simply remind that we can use the flat interface or a one with a tray, we can change the grid and the size of icons, their shape, as well as whole themes. What is important we have a night time mode, with darkened interface elements. It is worth using it during the day as well, because it is readable and due to the high level of black it is more power saving.
The notifications bar is nicely remodelled. In OneUI with a single swipe we will drop down the main line of shortcuts and notifications, and another swipe will show the full panel of shortcuts – with the clock at the top. Thanks to this switching functions is more comfortable, we have shortcuts just under our finger. Using the last apps menu was made easier as well. After entering it we just need to tap the icons’ app in its upper part, in order to see available options – including moving to the divided screen view.
Less swiping – more comfort. Of course there is the navigation bar as well. We can edit its arrangement and the placement of buttons, and in addition switch to gestures, which seem to be a lot easier in usage than in iOS or in MIUI. We just need to swipe a finger through the display in places where normally we would have icons’ buttons. We need to get used to it, but basically it is rather comfortable.
Of course in OneUI there is everything that we already know from previous Samsungs – there is the safe folder, gaming mode, keeping the display on when we are looking at it, muting calls by turning the phone or cloning selected apps.
Samsung does not exaggerate with the number of preinstalled apps, providing basically what is needed. There is an app that helps managing accessories, there are packages from Microsoft and Google, there is Spotify, Health and Facebook. Samsung adds its own browser (though there is Chrome as well) and Gallery, but I cannot understand why there is no Samsung Music app, instead there is a simple app from Google… Fortunately, there is the additional Galaxy Apps store, in which we can download this app, which is much better than the one from Google. Another flaw is the lack of an FM radio… It is good that they have left the minijack!
I have never thought that I will ever commend the Bixby button. Now it does not have a single function ascribed to it – we can change its work. And in addition Bixby allows creating procedures, which enables to “automatize” many functions of the phone.
Thanks to “Bixby Routines” we can make the phone “go to sleep” along with us in order to save energy, not attacking us with notifications at the same time, it can change signals when we will be at work or it will turn on music when we will enter our car and it will connect to the radio.
The configuration is simple – and the number of capabilities is a big one. I have almost forgot – in the interface there are side panels, which use the curvature of the display and are known from previous generations of Samsungs with curved displays.
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