In the software (besides the facial recognition problem mentioned before) there are no compromises on the first sight. We do not get the feeling that it misses something. The Poco Launcher interface is based mostly on the well-known Xiaomi MIUI, but it has something from the classical Android interface as well. There is a tray, but searching for apps is much more enhanced.
The phone categorizes them automatically – we can search for them not only by their name, but by the theme as well. The biggest hit is the possibility to browse by the main colour of the icon, a great solution for those relying on eyesight. There is a possibility to personalize the phone using themes, we can switch the interface to a “flat” one, without a tray, and in addition we can change the transition effects between desktops and modify the arrangement of buttons in the shortcuts panel.
There are gestures known from MIUI that can replace system buttons at the bottom of the screen – but those can be left and we can even change their arrangement. Other known and liked interface options from MIUI are, for example, the possibility to create a protected space (“Second Space” with a secured access), apps cloning (to use different accounts) or one-hand usage that decreases the interface to one of three chosen sizes.
There is the “floating” button or additional shortcuts, that can be ascribed to particular phone’s buttons. There are other, popular options, like the possibility to work on a divided screen, authorizing access to selected apps with a scanner or dimming the notifications LED. There is of course app for maintaining the system, that is deleting useless files, apps, our doubled multimedia… However, Poco does not exaggerates with preinstalled apps – those, that can be found here, are useful – like MiDrop for sharing files or a text and QR scanner.
It could have been great – but there are no notifications on the upper bar! For someone, who is used to apps’ icons displayed in the upper part of the screen, this is a major problem. In order to see notifications – we need to slide the bar down every time, which is irritating on the long run. At least we can see it on the lock screen – because as the mentioned before Jai Mani have told me, we will not have it on the bar. The wide notch prevents them from being shown, just like in the Xiaomi Mi 8 model. I do not how about you – but for me this is another compromise. It is a pity, because the rest of the interface makes a good impression and it works as it should.
“As it should” – which is how? Snapdragon 845, fluid cooling, and 6 or 8GB of RAM – this cannot be slow. And it is not! My device – though I reviewed the cheaper 6+64GB version – worked really well. I did not have to worry about closing apps in the background or tabs in the browser, I could game intensively, it looked great in benchmarks. Everything worked as expected, though there were moments when I have clearly felt where the heat was being dispersed from the unit that is so praised by the manufacturer. And it should be praised, because I did not notice that “heating” the phone had noticeably affected its performance.
The efficiency of Pocophone F1 is without a competition in its price segment, it can even be considered as a good one in the segment of phones that cost a few hundred euro more. But there is something that ruins this. I must refer to discussions between reviewers of this smartphone once more. Almost everyone from this group complained about the work of some app. What is interesting – there is no pattern. One complained about the navigation, another about Google Maps, others about Twitter or Facebook. In my device it was Instagram.
When quickly typing hash tags under a photo the app could hang up. Taping anywhere beside the keyboard resumed its work. These were the only moments during which I have complained about the work of Pocophone. I suspect that the problem is not in the hardware, but somewhere between the phone’s and apps software, and I only mention this so that you could be ready in case that some of the app used by you could cause some problems. I really hope that the manufacturer knows the problem and will handle it by updates, but for now the only one that my device received did not help. Another small compromise…?
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