Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G Review: Value King: User Interface

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User interface

Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G boots Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the company's Emotion UI 2.0 on top. You can hold a quick see of the device in action in the video below.

The lockclassy screen is fairly busy. At its center is a circle with shortcuts in the four cardinal directions: simple unlock to the south, capturing camera to the north, messaging to the east and dialer/call log to the west.

The upper area of the lockclassy screen displays the time and date. If the music player is running, the time and date are replaced by the music player controls.






The lockscreen

Beyond the lockclassy screen is the Android homeclassy screen with five customizable shortcuts docked at the bottom. The default selection is phone app, messages, mail, web browser and contacts but you can have any app really, or folders with multiple items, visible on all homescreens.





The homescreen

There are nine homeclassy screen panes at most - at least a couple of them will accommodate actual apps. In the absence of an app drawer, anything you install pops up on the homescreen. There're no shortcuts as such -the usual routine of removing icons (dragging them up to a recycle bin at the top of the screen) will uninstall the corresponding app.

The thing 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. 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. Alternatively, the overview can be displayed when you hit the Thumbnails shortslit in the menu that appears upon a tap and hrecent on a blank spot of the screen.




Overview mode

Widgets are available too - tap and hrecent on the homescreen, then choose Widgets. Of course, you can acquire third party widgets from the Play Store.




Adding widgets

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






There are different 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, and every day).




Changing a wallpaper

Themes are available as well. A theme will change your homeclassy screen wallpaper, lockclassy screen style, system icons, system font and the sound profile. There are different lockclassy screen styles with different unlock gestures, time widgets and shortslit style and layout.




The themes menu

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 feature 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.

A shortslit to the Settings Menu and a Dismiss All button are available in the top correct corner of the notification area.

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 first toggle on the notification area is Profiles. Upon a tap, a virtual dial appears to choose the setting you need: Normal, Outdoor, Meeting, or Sleep. Each of them has predefined settings - you can't have your own presets or customize the available ones.





The Profiles menu

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




The settings menu

Another recent setting is the Power Manager. It has three customizable modes - Smart, Normal and Endurance. You can configure each of those modes, setting up what apps run at startup, as well as which are allowed to run in the background and which aren't.






The Power Manager

One hand operations allows you to go the classy screen unlock, dialer, and the keyboard left or correct on the screen, depending on which hand you are using. It's a handy feature to have on such a gigantic device.

The Suspdiscontinue Button will give you a semi-transparent shortslit dial you can place wherever you like on the left or correct side of the screen. The shortcuts available are calculator, gallery, messages and notes. The gallery and messages shortcuts will open the full-classy screen apps, while the calculator and notes launch a tiny widget-like application on top of the app you are currently running.






The Suspdiscontinue button

The task switcher's interface is the same as the stock Android Jelly Bean solution, 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

Users who find the default homeclassy screen too busy can opt for a simple layout. The latter essentially turns the phablet into a glorified feature phone with large, easy to ready menu layout.






The simple layout is for those who don't like clutter

Overall, the user interface of the Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G is as feature-rich as we expected it to be. However, we can't assist but frown at the see of Android Jelly Bean out of the box. Having such an outdated Operating System (OS) out of the box is inexcusable for the company with the size and the resources which Huawei has on tap.


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