System and applications
XZ3 is my first contact with Android 9 Pie. What is more, we do not need to install any update – the smartphone has the newest system right when we take it out of the box. Of course Sony does not provide smartphones with pure Android – there is an add on, which can be considered as an advantage. It is a light one, visually and aesthetically attractive and simple in usage.
The left screen is taken by the Google Assistant panel, there is apps’ menu and numerous interface personalization options (wallpapers, widgets, shortcuts, transitions and icons’ grid). Icons in the shortcuts bar and notifications have a round shape, and the volume control is in the vertical orientation – these are features of the new Google system. The interface offers a lot of settings connected with displaying image (Colour gamut and contrast, White balance, Video image enhancement). The smartphone will take care of our eyes in the night mode and will make sure that the screen is on when we are looking at it. It can display information about data, hour, battery and notifications through Always On Display.
The side panel with apps is an interesting feature – Side sense. It is adjusted to the user – here we can find shortcuts to those apps and functions, which are used the most (we can of course set them manually). We can find here a place for 8 apps’ icons, three shortcuts to settings and three shortcuts to other actions – it is a pity that there is no place left for favourite contacts. The panel can be shown by double tapping the edge of the screen – it will appear on this side and this height, on which we have tapped. It is an interesting function, though it requires some time to get used to it. Sometimes I have extended this menu by accident, and when I wanted the panel to show – the smartphone did not respond to gestures. Other action that uses active edges is swiping the finger up and down in order to get back to the previous screen. And it works just as selectively as the additional menu. The side panel function can be deactivated in the menu.
I like the fact that Sony, to some extent, gives the user an opportunity to choose software that will be installed in the device. Appropriate windows will appear after turning the phone for the first time. Thanks to this, among preinstalled apps, we will not have several useless ones (like Booking.com, AR Effect, AVG Protection, Amazon Shopping, Playstation App, Movie Creator, Sketch), which can later be installed from the Google store. This is a nice gesture towards its users – previously Sony’s smartphones where full of useless apps, that could not be uninstalled.
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