Oukitel WP1 Review

22 November 2018, 05:01:11

Oukitel WP1 Review
Our review unit is courtesy of Oukitel and you can buy it at a promotional price from Gearbest or from the Oukitel Global Store on AliExpress.

OS, UI and software

Oukitel WP1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with a subtle Oukitel overlay on top. Despite different app icons and some minor non-stock features, everything else looks and feels like vanilla Android Oreo. The Lock Screen has the usual Time/Date widget and shortcuts to the Voice Search and Camera apps on the bottom left and right corners. A swipe up is enough to unlock by default and you land on the Home screen. It begins with the Google search bar, followed by a Time/Date widget, a Google apps folder with three of these placed to its right and a docked row of applications - Phone, Messenger, Chrome, Camera. Desktop shortcuts are supported. All apps are listed on the next desktop accessed by a swipe to the left. A swipe to the right from the Home Screen opens the Google App, which you can customize to show the latest information on topics that are of interest to you, including current weather. The Notifications cards support notification snoozing and channels. You can swipe a notification card to the right to see the two icons. The first leads to the settings for the notification channel of the app. The other one sets a time period after which the notification will appear again. The Quick Settings shade displays the battery level and time in the top right corner, followed by the brightness level bar. Below it, the toggles are listed - 6 per page. Below the toggles, the current date appears together with the Quick settings editor and the shortcut to the System Settings. The Task Manager tiles the apps vertically. There's a Clear All button and split-screen mode is supported. A long press on an empty space on the Home screen opens the Widgets menu which contains the usual Widgets, Wallpapers and Themes. The Volume and Power off menus have a stock appearance.
Our review unit has the basic Google apps and the default Android ones. The usual Google applications include 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, Downloads, Messenger, Phone, Sound Recorder. All of them are in their stock Android appearance and functionality. In addition, the device arrives with a compass app. The System Update is available as an app and is not present as an option in the Settings.
The Settings menu is an almost stock Android 8.1 Oreo one. Only the icons appearing in front of the groups of settings are in colour. The first group of settings is called Network & Internet and covers Wi-Fi connections management, mobile networks, data usage, hotspot and tethering, SIM cards, mobile plans, VPN, airplane mode. The second group is about connectivity as well - Connected devices. It manages Bluetooth connections, USB ones, Wi-Fi Display, Chromebook connection and Printing services. Apps & Notifications is the third menu and begins with an expansive list of the recently used apps. All the rest in this group is the same, including app-specific information, options, and notifications management, app permissions, special app access, and emergency broadcasts. The Battery menu comes fourth and is described in the Battery section of this review. The Display menu is fifth and is as simple as possible. It contains options for manual adjustment of the brightness level, an adaptive brightness toggle, the usual display and font size, choice of wallpapers and screensavers, etc. The Sound menu is next with the usual options you're familiar with from before and is followed by the Memory one. The Storage menu is eighth and gives you an option for freeing space in addition to offering a toggle for a Storage Manager.
The next menu is called Security & Location. It starts with the typical Android Oreo security options: Google Play Protect, Find My Device, and Security update. The rest of the options are quite standard - a choice of screen locks, lock screen options, fingerprint settings, smart lock, face unlock, privacy options such as location and show passwords, etc. The following menu is dubbed Intelligent Assist. It contains additional options for fingerprint-related functions, navigation bar customization features and three toggles - flip to silent, smart call answer, three fingers screenshot. In Oreo, the Users and Accounts menus are merged into one and this is the eleventh menu on this device, which also contains emergency data and contacts settings. The Accessibility menu comes next with all the standard options for visual, hearing and touch aid. The Google services and preferences are combined in one separate menu, which is the last but one. The last menu is called System and combines in one place the Languages & Input settings, Date & Time, Backup, Reset, and About phone. The Languages section contains the new Oreo feature for remembering logins called Autofill. By default, it uses Google's services, but you can associate any other suitable app with it.

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