Ulefone Power 5S Review

16 December 2018, 15:36:12

Ulefone Power 5S Review
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OS, UI and software

Ulefone Power 5S runs on almost stock Android 8.1 Oreo. The Lock Screen presents the usual Voice Search and Camera shortcuts n the bottom left and right corners. A simple swipe is all you need to unlock the device by default and this can be changed, of course, from the Security menu. The Home Screen contains the standard Google search bar, Time and Date widget, a folder with Google apps and favourites as well as a docked row of apps with an app drawer. Desktop shortcuts are supported. A swipe to the right from the Home Screen opens the Google App. A tap on the app drawer opens the list of applications shown in alphabetic order on a single page with a search bar on top. The Task Manager tiles the apps vertically, has a Clear All button and supports split-screen mode. It also has a White List shortcut from where you can select which apps should be protected from background clearing and which not. The Notifications cards support notification snoozing and channels. The Quick Settings have the typical stock Android Oreo layout. The Widgets menu can be accessed after a touch and hold on an empty space on any of the desktops. It allows you to change the wallpaper, add widgets and customize your Home screen by switching on/off the Google app, the notification dots and the option to place icons of new apps on the Home screen. The Volume and Power off shades are standard.
Ulefone Power 5S has no bloatware at all. You get all the standard Google applications: Calendar, Chrome, Drive, Duo, Gmail, Google App, Maps, Photos, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube. The default Android apps include Calculator, Camera, Clock, Contacts, File Manager, FM Radio, Messenger, Music, Phone, Sound Recorder. All of them are in their stock Android appearance and functionality. Te QRCode Scanner can be accessed from the list of apps and from the list of System Settings, which are discussed below.
The System Settings menu holds no surprises. If there are any suggestions about the setup of the device, they will appear above the groups of options. The first two groups are about connectivity - mobile, Wi-Fi, other wireless and wired. They are followed by the Apps & Notifications group from where you can monitor and manage the apps and notifications behaviour. The Battery menu is fourth and you can check it out in the Battery section of this review. The Display menu comes fifth and includes the usual brightness level, adaptive brightness toggle, font and display size, wallpapers, screen saver, etc. From here you can also customize the LED notification light and the navigation bar - dock it or make it hideable, swap the places of the Menu and Back buttons. The Sound settings arrive with the usual volume level bars, DND rules, ringtones, vibrations and other sounds settings. They are followed by the Storage menu, which in Android 8.1 Oreo contains a Cleaner - an option to free up space by cleaning junk, and a Storage Manager that can be toggled on/off. The DuraSpeed feature is listed as a separate menu from which you can simply activate or deactivate it. When active, it boosts foreground apps by restricting background ones. The Security & Location group of settings is one of the largest. It starts with the Security Status that contains the Google Play Protect, Find My Device, and Security update features. Then, it continues with the screen lock settings, lock screen preferences, fingerprint IDs management, Smart Lock settings, privacy and data protection options.
The Face Unlock menu is separate from the Security & Location one. From here you can enrol a face ID and manage four options related to face unlocking. Android Oreo combines the Users and Accounts menus into one. You can manage accounts, set up emergency data and contacts and toggle on/off automatic data synchronizing between the device and your account(s). It is followed by the Accessibility group of settings contains all the usual options such as Select to Speak, Switch Access, TalkBack, etc. The Fingerprint menu comes next. Even though it has shortcuts to storing and managing fingerprint IDs, from here you can also activate various functions associated to a tap and a long touch on the sensor, which work even if haven't set up a fingerprint ID. The Gesture Motion menu comes next including Telephony Motion (turn to silence), System Motion (three-finger screenshot, three-point camera entry, two-point volume adjustment, double tap to lock), and Smart Somatosensory (operating with gestures the launcher, camera, music player, and unlock the device). This menu is followed by the Fast Capture one which creates only one toggle. When it is on, you can snap photos with the Volume Up and Down keys when the screen is off. The Scan Code menu simply activates the QRCode Scanner. The standard Google settings are next followed by the System ones. There you can set up your language and keyboard preferences, including the Autofill service, activate the "Jump to camera" toggle from the Gestures sub-menu, backup your data, reset the device, set the time and date, check the About phone data. This overview of the software is made based on the latest software version for this model available at the time of this review.

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