Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Hulked Up: User Interface

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User interface serves up MIUI Marshmallows

Xiaomi advertises the Mi Max as running MIUI 8, but that's still in Beta. Our review unit runs the latest official release, v7.3. It's based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

MIUI is one of the most comprehensive customizations of Android. It has a gigantic following in China where Google services are not accessible so Xiaomi refocused the ecosystem away from Mountain View and onto its custom solution. For those living elsewhere, there are ways to sideload the full Google suite if the vendor hasn't done it for you.

The lockclassy screen is fairly standard (time, notifications, a couple of shortcuts), but once you setup the fingerprint reader you'll rarely see it anyway. Still, the Wallpaper Carousel can put lovely images on the lockclassy screen every 15 minutes.






The lockclassy screen and the Wallpaper Carousel

The fingerprint sensor proved quite accurate and can hold the phone from sleep to homeclassy screen pretty quickly (the lockclassy screen is bypassed). It's not as quick as some flagship implementations, but the speed is okay.





Setting up the fingerprint reader

Tap to wake is available but off by default. We turned it on since reaching the Power key on a phone the size of the Mi Max isn't always easy.


MIUI has a simple philosophy - every shortcut, plus widgets of your choosing are dropped on the homescreen. You acquire a docked menu for the most commonly used apps and there's a search field in the notification area if you can't remember where you put a rarely used app.






All-in-one homeclassy screen • Searching for apps in the notification area

The notification area has two panes. The first shows notifications (and the search field), swipe left and you acquire the quick toggles and the brightness slider.





The two panes of the notification area

The app switcher feels like it came out of iOS 6.0 - apps are represented by their icons, in a single horizontal row. Even on a 6.44" screen, you don't acquire to see a lot of apps at a time and you don't acquire to see a preview of the state in which you've left the individual apps. You can pinch zoom to switch to the standard thumbnail card view.




The app switcher is a step back

Themes are fully supported and several are available out of the box. You can download more, they change wallpapers, lockclassy screen style, system icons and font, sounds too.






Many themes are available, including high-quality promo material from Xiaomi


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