nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition Review

2 June 2024, 17:16:08

nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition Review
You can buy nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition from nubia's official European store.

OS, UI and software

nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition runs on Android 14 with MyOS 14 on top. The result is a user-interface that's close to the stock Android one with plenty of options for customization. These customizations begin with the Lock Screen which can be set to display various wallpapers instead of a fixed one. The layout is quite clean with a shortcut to the Camera app in the bottom right corner and a pair of arrows pointing up. If you swipe them up, they give you access to the torch and voice recorder shortcuts. The Home Screen has a stock Android layout with a Google search bar on top with Assistant and Lens integrated. These are followed by a Date and Time widget together with a Weather widget. The bottom is occupied by a row of favorite apps and a docked row of apps. Desktop shortcuts are supported.

You can choose how to view your apps - either via an app drawer or on consecutive desktops. The Task Manager tiles the app previews horizontally. On top of each there's a split-screen icon (if this function is supported by the app) and additional options such as access to the app info, lock/unlock the app from being cleared, and app pinning. You can also customize the Notifications shade and the Quick Settings in the way you access them. You can split the two and access the Notifications after a downward swipe from the top left of the screen and the Quick Settings after a downward swipe from the top right of the screen. You can opt for a classic layout when the two are displayed together.
The Customization picker contains a total of five options aligned horizontally at the bottom of the screen. From here you can access the Wallpaper picker, Theme and personalization, the list of Widgets, the screen transition effects, and the Home screen settings. Google Discover is activated by default. The Volume options are re-designed a bit. The thin transparent bar appearing by default on the right border of the display activates the Z-SmartSidebar. It has a dedicated section in the Settings to customize it to your liking. It contains shortcuts to various Google services, Capture screen, Record screen, One Key lock, and other apps and features.
nubia Z60 Ultra Photographer Edition arrives with the bare minimum of pre-installed applications. These include Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Chrome, Clock, Compass, Contacts, Drive, File Manager, Gmail, Google Discover, Keep Notes, Maps, Meet, Messages, Phone, Phone Switch, Photos, Play Store, Private Space, Safety, Voice Recorder, Wallet, Weather, YouTube, and YT Music.
Most of these apps retain the default Android layout and design. The File manager is different in terms of appearance. The Phone Switch app is used to transfer contacts, pictures, apps, and other data from one mobile to another. Private Space is an app that creates a special place for encrypted personal info, photos, videos, and other files.
The Settings app lists the various menus visually grouped in five parts. Each menu has a color symbol in front of it and the top is headed by a settings search bar. The first group is about connectivity. It comprises all available options for Wi-Fi networks, Wi-Fi Direct, and other related features. Then there's the Bluetooth menu followed by Mobile network settings including the Airplane mode toggle, Hotspot & tethering, SIM cards, etc. Finally, there's the Connected devices group for Z-SmartCast options, NFC, VPN, Quick Share, Android Auto, etc.

The second group of settings begins with the Them and Personalization menu. It lets you choose from nubia and Android themes, plenty of wallpapers, adjust the lock screen Time and Date widget, customize the app icons, the animation speed of screen transition, change the color and shape of the theme and its elements, adjust the system font, customize the AOD, fingerprint animation, and the SuperLock that displays various wallpapers. The second menu in the second group comprises the Home screen settings which can also be accessed from the Customization picker. From here you can choose the launcher style, icon layout, lock home screen layout, app icons, turn on/off Google Discover, etc.
The Display settings are next in line containing the standard Dark Mode, Read Mode, Night Light, Brightness level, Automatic brightness, Display size, screen timeout, screen refresh rate, font settings, and auto-rotate screen. There's a dedicated Color mode & temperature that really allows you to change between differently calibrated color modes. The full screen display option is available for apps that are not optimized for full screen viewing. The Tine screen display adjustment tinkers with the small display area that covers the front camera. You can choose from three levels of brightness for the entire screen and there's a brightness bar for the UDC area. By default, it is positioned at 100%. When placed at 0% you can see the cutout for the front camera.

The Notifications & status bar offer the standard app notifications settings, history, conversations, bubbles, enhanced notifications, and lock screen options but also expanded options such as full-screen notification styles, status bar icons options, top panel style, and others. The Sound & Vibration closes off the second group of settings. It arrives with the usual options for sound modes, the four types of volume levels, DND settings, ringtones, and LiveCaption options. There are also advanced settings for DTS sound and Haptic feedback.
The third group of settings comprises only two menus. The first is called SyncMind. It comprises advanced settings for the 5G connectivity. These include smart antenna boosting, smart dual-SIM, and smart adaptive 5G. The second SyncMind features is the Z-SmartSidebar. It can be open with a swipe from the handle or with a swipe-and-hold gesture from either edges of the screen. You can also change its background opacity. Finally, there's the Floating Window option which teaches you to view a notification in floating window, open an app from the Task Manager in a mini window, move and resize a floating window, turn it into a mini one, or directly turn a current app into a mini window. The second menu is called Features. From here you can manage the sliding switch settings, the system navigation, the one-handed mode, the Z-POP floating dot, the record screen function, and the app duplicator. There are also options for mistouch prevention, gesture and motion, accessibility, and Google Assistant.
The fourth group of settings comprises six menus. The first manages the Apps with all the standard options, including screen time. The second manages the battery life and is described in detail in the Battery section of this review. The third is the Storage menu, followed by the Location one. The fifth menu is about Security & Privacy. Being an Android 14-based smartphone it now combines both. This entire section is in its stock Android design and functionality. The same applies to the last menu in the group - Safety & emergency.
The fifth group of options also contains stock Android features and options such as Users & Accounts, Digital wellbeing & Parental Control, Google settings, System, and About phone. It is under the System menu that you will find the Languages and Keyboard options - separated in Android 14. From here, you can also access the Phone Switch function under Change Phone. The About phone menu provides the standard information - OS version, build number, model name, and basic specifications.

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