Friday, August 28, 2015

MIUI 7 - A Quick Review

I have been using the MIUI 7 since almost a week now. Here's what I like and what I don't about the new update.

  • The battery life has improved as demonstrated. While I cannot quanitfy the fact that it has improved by 10%, With continuous 3G data on, multiple calls, messages and data sync on, by the end of the day, I still manage to have battery in the range of 35-45% left. I generally listen to the radio on my way back home for about 30 mins ride. This results in another 2-3% drop.
  • The device tends to have about 1.2 GB of RAM free after a reboot which after App usage and clearing the used apps settles in the range of 800MB-1GB resulting in a lag free and fast performance. I have close to 300 total packages installed (System+User Apps)
  • I like the way unnecessary notifications can be blocked. this way, when you install an app and have a persistent notification annoying you, you can get rid of it quickly.
  • The Copy OTP feature in the SMS is a great one. not only saves time, but also ensures that you don't mess it up.

Don't Like:
  • Customization options are limited in the MIUI Launcher. There is no way i can trigger the app to arrange the apps installed into an alphabetic sort order.
  • The settings option for wallpaper change would not work if you have a custom launcher installed. It continues to fail and changes the wall paper of only the lockscreen if that has been selected.
  • The option to do manual network search is not intuitive and needs to be more like the one in AOSP.
  • MIUI 7 is based on KitKat and there are no hopes of it ever upgrading to 5.1 or 6 ever.