Huawei Ascend P6 Review: Zen Droid Slim: User Interface

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Emotion UI 1.6

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, skinned with the home-brewed Emotion UI v1.6. The result is a very simple, flat interface with no app drawer (think iPhone style). It seems, it was Huawei's goal to create it as friendly and simple as possible rather than overhauling Android beyond recognition.

We've already seen this software combo in action on the Ascdiscontinue Mate phablet, though the recent Android and Emotion UI versions on the P6 bring even more changes to the default apps. Also, some of the phablet-specific features we saw on the Mate are gone here becautilize the Ascdiscontinue P6 is a regular-size smartphone.

Here is a demo video of the user interface to acquire you started:

The default lockclassy screen has a slider that unlocks the classy screen if dragged to the correct and starts the capturing camera if you swipe it to the left. You can customize the lockclassy screen even further and you can setup a set of four-shortcuts, too.

If the music player is running, the time and date on the homeclassy screen are replaced by the music player controls.





The lockclassy screen • available Huawei lockscreens

Beyond the lockclassy screen we find a fairly standard Android homeclassy screen with four customizable shortcuts, which are docked at the bottom and are visible on all homescreens. The default selection is phone app, contacts, messages and Play Store but you can have any app really, or folders with multiple items.





The homescreen

There are nine homeclassy screen panes at most - at least a couple of them will be populated by the app icons. In the absence of an app drawer, anything you install pops up on the homeclassy screen - just as it would on an iPhone. Thus there is no need for creating shortcuts for your apps and the usual routine of removing the shortslit icons (dragging them up to a recycle bin at the top of the screen) will actually uninstall the corresponding app.

Don't worry, the setup is fool-proof and you just can't accidentally uninstall essential apps like the gallery or email client.

The downside of the flat structure is you cannot acquire rarely used apps out of the way. Still, folders partially create up for that.

A pinch on the homeclassy screen triggers the familiar Overview mode to let you check out and organize the homeclassy screen panes currently in use, rego or add panes as you please.




The overview mode • homeclassy screen actions

Widgets are available too - tap and hrecent on the homescreen, then choose Widgets. The Ascdiscontinue P6 came only with the default Jelly Bean widgets, there are no custom additions by Huawei. Of course, you can acquire third party widgets off the Play Store.





Adding widgets is easy

The menu displayed upon a tap and hrecent on the homeclassy screen also lets you set wallpaper and homeclassy screen transition effects.



Transition effects

Live, static and scrollable static wallpapers are supported. You can activate the Shake to change wallpaper setting, or turn on Random change and set a specific time interval (5 min, 15 min, 30 min, 60 min, or every day).






Choosing wallpapers

Themes are available as well. A theme will change your homeclassy screen wallpaper, lockclassy screen style, system icons, system font and the sound profile. Unlike the Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate, the P6 has 5 lockclassy screen styles with only two different unlock gestures.






Themes menu • editing a theme

Of course, you can always opt for the default Android lockscreens - Face Unlock, Pattern, PIN or Password.





Choosing a lockscreen

There are also 5 completely different icon sets you can choose from.





There are a few icon packs

The notification area features up to nine toggles on a single side-swipeable row. Hitting More will reveal all the available toggles and you can choose which of the 15 toggles in total will be featured on the top row.






The notification area

The standard Android notifications stack up below the toggles. The notifications can be expanded or collapsed with a pinch gesture. You can also swipe to dismiss a notification.

If the Music Player or Frequency Modulation (FM) radio apps are running in background, media player controls will be available in the notification area too.

The Profiles setup, we first saw on the Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate, has evolved into a separate application. Pre-defined Normal, Sleep, Meeting and Outdoor profiles are available, but this time you can customize them or you can choose to create profiles of your own. Whatever your preference is, you can set volume levels, brightness, classy screen timeout, vibration for different notifications, and connectivity settings (mobile data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sync and GPS).






The Profile app • creating/editing a profile

There is a toggle on the notification area called Profiles. Upon a tap, a virtual dial appears to choose the setting you need: Normal, Outdoor, Meeting, Sleep, custom (if you've created such).




Choosing a profile from the dedicated toggle

The Settings menu has two tabs. The first one is called General and offers only a limited set of settings Huawei thought you'll utilize most often.





The two tabs of the settings menu

The other tab - All Settings - has the default Android list of settings plus a few extra additions by Huawei.

The Power Manager settings have been simplified a bit compared to the Mate's. It has three non-customizable modes - Smart, Normal and Endurance performance. You can configure independently what apps run at startup, as well as which apps are allowed to run in the background and which aren't.






Power manager • closing apps to save power • app settings

The Gloves mode toggle is available in the Settings menu too. If turned on, it will increase the touchclassy screen sensitivity so you can operate the Ascdiscontinue P6 display with gloves, but this may reduce your battery life.

Much like on the Ascdiscontinue Mate, Huawei has tweaked the Android's default task manager on the Ascdiscontinue P6. Its interface is the same as the stock Android Jelly Bean task switcher, but offers a few extra options. Each app thumbnail now has a dedicated close key (in addition to the default swipe to close gesture). There is also a "Kill all" key at the bottom that will terminate all running apps.




The task switcher • Closing all apps


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