Xiaomi Mi Note Review: Striking The Right Note: Web Browser, Pre-installed Apps

By 06:01 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


MIUI Browser

The Xiaomi Mi Note comes with the feature-rich MIUI Browser, now with recent flatter looks. It does a remarkable job browsing, syncing with your Google account, supports downloads, there is a night mode, too. It is as almost quick as Chrome, but does not support Find on Page.

On the positive side, it has a built-in Reading mode, which isn't available in Chrome. It enlarges the text font and strips away unneeded elements, leaving only the article you are reading in focus.

There is also a dedicated Night Mode, which is something we really miss in Chrome. It inverts the background and font colors and is easier on the eyes at blackrooms.






Mi Browser • Night Mode • Reading Mode

Unfortunately, the MIUI Browser, even though updated, still had problems with some pages and our battery-test browsing script. That's why we recommdiscontinue you install Chrome, at least as a backup, just in case you need to avoid crashes or you need to find something on a page. Plus it can sync with your Google account easily.

Other pre-installed apps

The Xiaomi Mi Note offers a remarkable file managing app called Explorer, but there is no document viewer/editor pre-installed. There are plenty of free options in the Play Store (even ones made by Google), so this shouldn't pose a problem.





Explorer

The MIUI v6 also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blocklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, clean some RAM, it can also manage the permissions of your installed apps.






Security app

The custom and now flat Calendar looks good, syncs with your accounts including Google, and offers Day and Month views.






Calendar

Xiaomi Mi Note features the WPS Office suite, which supports creating, viewing and editing office files (docs, xls, ppt).






WPS Office

There are also the standard sound recorder, notes, flashlight, calculator, clock, and weather apps, among others, that are a given in any self-respecting Android package nowadays.






Voice recorder • Notes • Calculator • Weather

We really liked the recent Compass app. It has very nice and clean interface, shows the directions and doubles as level. If you lift the phone up then you'll acquire a nice augmented reality view with real-time directions.





Compass app - compass, level, VR directions

If Google Maps isn't installed on your unit, you can acquire it for free from the Android Market. The app offers much of the same functionality as its web-based counterpart, although you will need a data connection to hold full advantage of the navigation features. Street view mode with digital compass enabled is an especially neat thing that you should definitely check out if you haven't already.

Whatever else you may be missing, you'll find it in Google's Play Store.




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