Samsung's One UI First Impressions
One UI helps you focus on what really matters to you. With hardware and software working together in harmony, see only what you need, using and viewing your phone with an experience that feels second nature. Because it’s the small details that make a big difference. ~ Samsung
One UI brings is such a major update that got us, *well me, so excited, and when we finally got the update, we couldn't wait a moment longer to share our thoughts. It sure does bring a lot to the table, the biggest change is the new aesthetic. UI elements have been brought down to lower parts of the screen so that they're easier to reach, especially considering how tall the Samsung flagship phones keep getting. Everything's more rounded.
We're fans of the new design, but looking through every feature coming with the update, it's rather apparent that we got some mixed feelings to share.
Focussing on the task at hand?
With this UI update Samsung intended to improve how you find and focus on the content you want easily. The decluttered screen shows relevant information with each tap, so you only get the essentials, one at a time.
This is sure one of the best things we love about the UI, as it tries to focus on the most important elements, which in this case would be the app you have open at each moment.
You'll also notice that for every item on the menu, or the app, especially default apps, they are grouped into independent cards which allows you and rather gives you enough space to interact with each independently without mistakenly picking the wrong card.
This UI improvement was intended to help you reach for exactly what you want. Content and features at your fingertips, so you can get to them faster, thus allowing for interacting with your phone as natural as possible.
Again, being the first public release, we must say that this has been well implemented. The update gives each item/app menu the focus it deserves. For instance, Under Messages you'll notice how the title is capture in bold, which pushes the rest of the information down towards the bottom of the screen, which lets you get closer to what is most important, the latest messages.
One UI changes how you view your phone. Use Night Mode for a comfortable experience in the dark. And with clear and intuitive visuals, you don't have to give it a second thought.
And finally the Night Mode is here. We really love this feature as well. There is no more need of having to install third-party high contrast themes to use as the night mode. Generally there is more updates that will follow this to help improve the look and feel. But we do sure love the efforts taken by Samsung towards making the One UI experience great.
What could be done better?
Right out of the box, we felt that the new icon design, wasn't as impressive as one would have hoped. It just feels like something is missing. What do you think?
Dear Samsung, please bring Samsung Text Sans to the One UI. I know right?
Floating Open Apps
You ever noticed how Apple uses this feature, which allows the notifications to be free of any app's background clutter? With the One UI update, this would really make a lot of sense. Dear reader what do you think?
New Look New Wallpapers
Dear Samsung, this doesn't need further explaining. It would have been great though. I guess in the meantime, we will just depend on @MKBHD.
Being an Android 9 Pie update, we hoped to get a better idea of how often we use our phones, with the ability to set app-timer and disconnect timer. But so far we haven't discovered this... we'll keep looking. It's quite visible on Pixel.
In general we think this is such a huge step towards making Android more interactive, and yes this is such an amazing update.
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