UMIDIGI One Max Review

19 January 2019, 06:23:56

UMIDIGI One Max Review
You can buy an UMIDIGI One Max from various stores such as the official UMIDIGI Store on AliExpress and the official UMIDIGI store on Amazon DE.

OS, UI and software

UMIDIGI One Max runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The software offers a near-stock experience and runs smoothly without errors. The UI is quite standard and you will easily find your way around dealing with the device. On the Lock screen, the usual Voice Search and Camera shortcuts appear in the bottom left and right corners. If you have enrolled a Face ID, you can choose a special animation to appear on the Lock screen. Of course, when there's a fingerprint ID enrolled, a corresponding icon will appear as well. By default, a simple swipe is enough to unlock the device and the Home screen appears with a Google search bar on the top, a docked row of apps at the bottom and a row of favourite apps above it. Desktop shortcuts are supported in their most basic variant. Only the shade colour is changed to dark grey. A swipe up opens the list with all applications listed in alphabetic order below an app search bar. A swipe to the right from the Home screen opens the Google App screen. This can be switched off from the Widgets menu. The latter is accessed via a long press on an empty space on any of the desktops and contains the usual Widgets, Wallpaper and Home screen settings. The Task Manager tiles the apps vertically and supports split-screen mode. Тhe Notifications and Quick Settings are in their stock design and functionality. Only the Quick Settings shade has a darker background colour than the stock version.
UMIDIGI One Max arrives with a minimal set of pre-installed applications. The standard Google apps include Calendar, Chrome, Drive, Duo, Files, Gmail, Google App, Maps, Photos, Play Music, Play Store, YouTube. The default Android apps include Browser, Calculator, Clock, Contacts, FM Radio, Messenger, Phone, Sound Recorder. All of them are in their stock Android appearance and functionality. Only the Camera app is customized by UMIDIGI.
The Settings menu offers a familiar and predictable structure with useful additional options for customization. The first two groups of settings are all about connectivity. The Network & Internet group manages your Wi-Fi connections, mobile networks, data usage, hotspot and tethering, SIM cards, mobile plans, VPN, airplane mode. The Connected Devices group manages your Bluetooth connections, Wi-Fi Display, NFC with Android Pay, USB connections and Printing services. The third group of settings manages your apps and notifications, including notification dots, app permissions, special app access, etc. The Battery group is fourth and you will find more about it in the Battery section of the review. The Display group of settings follows with options for manual adjustment of the brightness level, an adaptive brightness toggle, Night Light mode and full-screen app appearance management. The Sound menu is sixth with all possible settings including ringtones, volume level bars, DND mode, other sounds and vibrations. The Storage menu contains the usual toggle for the Storage Manager and an option to free up space by cleaning junk. UMIDIGI has also included an Advanced Features group of settings which manages the navigation and offers two additional useful features - reverse to mute and three-point screenshot.
The Navigation menu allows you to dock the onscreen navigation bar, make it hideable and/or swap the places of the Menu and the Back buttons. You can also switch it off entirely and opt for on-screen navigation which can be accompanied or not by a guide bar at the very bottom of the display. You can choose from three styles of onscreen gestures. Dura Speed is next and when switched on, it will boost the foreground apps by restricting the background ones. The Security & Location group of settings starts with the usual Google Play Protect, Find My Device, and Security update. It provides you with a choice of screen locks, lock screen settings, smart lock, privacy settings, etc. The fingerprint part offers only creation, deletion, and renaming of your fingerprint ID(s). The Face ID menu allows you to save and remove a Face ID with a toggle of showing a special animation on the Lock Screen that prompts the user to use it. The Users and Accounts groups are merged into one. From here you can manage the users, accounts and emergency information. The Accessibility menu follows with all standard Android Oreo features. The Google services and preferences are combined in one separate menu, which comes next and are followed by the System menu that includes the Languages & Input settings, Date & Time, Backup, Reset, and About phone. The Language & Input options offer a choice to make more than one language a primary one, use physical and virtual keyboards, a spell checker, personal dictionary and Autofill service. The About phone menu gives general data about the device, as usual, and from here you can check for OTA updates.

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