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Xiaomi Mi 8
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Not so easy to be assessed

Interface

The review Xiaomi Mi 8 came to me with the MIUI 9.5 interface on board, but it end up with MIUI 10. How do I asses the interface? Mostly positive. Mostly, because I am irritated with the problem with notifications mentioned before. Why do I need to slide the bar down to see them? This does not make any sense… Just like the shortened version of the Always-on Display.

Xiaomi Mi 8 shows a discrete clock with the date on the dimmed display – but nothing more. On the notch there is a notifications LED, but it is a weak one and it is easily missable, what is more I have noticed that it not always signalizes all notifications. Basically – I have gotten used to checking notifications from time to time, not hoping that the phone will reveal them to me in any way. This is a good option for a user that does not want to be distracted, but for me – it is irritating.

And it is a pity, because besides these flaws, the interface is a practical one, comfortable and friendly. In standard, MIUI 10 offers a flat form of the interface, without the tray for apps. It does not have a preinstalled garbage, and what Xiaomi offers from itself – are practical additions.

The only thing that we do not need is the shortcut to the MIUI community – but we can uninstall it. The rest – are rather handy additions, like a business cards, barcodes or text scanner, the possibility to record what is happening on the screen or even an enhanced app for managing the system.

There are of course standard elements, like a calendar, recorder or a calculator. Xiaomi adds its own gallery, music and video player or a WWW browser, but in the system we cannot find an FM radio and… a files manager. However, we can clone apps (in order to use different user accounts) and set a private zone in the interface (“Second Space”).

We have the possibility to work on a divided screen, decreasing the interface to one hand usage or induce a floating button – Quick Ball. We can ascribe shortcuts to buttons and different combinations of them and swich the interface to gesture usage, similar to iPhones.

We need to get used to gestures, but later on it turns out to be comfortable.

From the visual side, the new MIUI has gotten more transparent and has some eye-pleasant curves. The last used apps menu was reshaped, just like the representation of the volume scale to a vertical, much more comfortable one. It is simply neat, clear and aesthetical.

Source: GSMchoice.com; viewed: 901 times.


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