MIUI 13 Review: Xiaomi's new interface still has a lot to offer
This article will explain Xiaomi's latest interface (MIUI 13) based on the Android version in a more understandable manner.
In recent years, we have witnessed many smartphones manufacturers venturing into starting their Operating systems based on Android's latest editions.
Xiaomi is no different from other brands. The maker runs its smartphones with its homemade interface based on Android.
At writing, the newest interface that the Chinese maker offers is the MIUI 13 that runs on Android 12 or 11 based on which model you are on
Sadly my Redmi Note 11 runs on Android 11, and I regret switching from Android 12 on my previous model. Well, that's not a determining factor, but all the same, here is what MIUI 13 has to offer.
Setting up this interface as soon as you unpack it is straightforward. You will be required to enter simple information such as language, your country of residence, your preferred keyboard, then the phone will ask you to accept the general conditions of use.
First is what matters a lot when choosing a new product. Well, that is what Xiaomi offers. Curious, aren't you? If you swipe from top to bottom left of the screen, you get the first menu. You will have a second menu if you do the same on the correct part.
Obviously, with this digital world age, one ought to check their smartphone after a few minutes to reply to messages and incoming notifications.
For MIUI 13, all notifications are collected on the left while the shortcuts pane focuses on the correct part. It should be noted that if you are not accustomed to such styling, you also have the choice to deactivate it.
Since am disappointed with the fact that Xiaomi is taking a long to embrace Android 12 for its selected devices. I must say that MIUI 13 has several blanks that the manufacturer must fill before Android 13 is rolled out.
For example, still sticking on the notification side, there are too many blanks between the text and the frame's border. In addition, we regret that the notifications of the same app do not gather in a cluster to avoid accumulation.
Navigation and personilzation
If you swipe from the bottom up now, you will choose between displaying an application drawer or a search bar to find the application that will interest you.
If you decide on the drawer, it has the definite advantage of being organized into categories: communication, entertainment, photos, etc.
Still, it is possible to customize a few elements here or there, such as choosing the size of the icons or changing their wallpaper. Your lock screen can also change every time the screen turns off, offering an astonishing diversity of visuals.
Xiaomi's multitasking is probably one of the successful points. This is good because you will often go through him if you are like your servant.
Unlike scrolling from left to right, Xiaomi has opted for a bottom-to-top layout, with floors of two apps each time. The advantage of this little originality is direct: swipe right or left to close an app, which is a much more natural gesture than the swipe up on other Android systems—well done, Xiaomi.
MIUI 13, like any interface, comes with its share of homemade applications. Let's quickly go over these. Most are very classic in their design, but well usable as Notes, Music, Calculator, Clock, Tape Recorder or Gallery that do without explanations.
For calls and SMS, the Google suite takes care of it. Google Photos, Gmail, Drive, YouTube or Maps, most of the classics of the Mountain View firm, are also preinstalled.
For the rest, some Xiaomi applications are well thought out, such as Security or Cleaner, which allow you to manage your phone's performance as desired.
MIUI 13 offers an antivirus on top of Google Protect to stay on security by default. It has the disadvantage of forcing you to validate the installation with each new app. Fortunately, it is simple to disable, so this is not a fundamental flaw in our eyes.
In general, MIUI 13 is very responsive and has good ideas, such as its task manager or control centre, which gives pride of place to home automation. On the other hand, Its customization missed the turn of Android 12, and we still regret some bloatware even on high-end smartphones.