Xiaomi is a company we like, and very much, partly thanks to their good work with the software of their devices and partly thanks to the high quality of the same on hardware, a combination with which the company is usually quite successful.
However, it is true that in many cases we are complainant about how heavy MIUI seems to be a customization device – despite it being the best Android layer – and therefore We wanted to try ROM with pure Android in one of the top of the company's range China, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S. This was my experience with Custom ROM in high-end in 2018.
The installation, crazy thing
Installing ROMs is not the same as it was a few years ago, and this change is not that it is present in the process itself, but rather in the steps before it, who has some battles that make it difficult to "risk" our smartphone to install Custom ROM.
Without a doubt, the blocked Bootloader makes our phone safer and, if we lose it, no one can use it without entering our MIUI account, but it's a double edge sword. In fact, in many cases we have no choice but to turn off it due to certain incompatibilities by the company in its system of bets. In fact, everything started there, With the impossibility to move from the beta version of MIUI 10 to the stable, not more or less, than the presence of Android P in the beta version.
The process of opening the Bootloader has not changed significantly compared to a few years, we continue to use our own Xiaomi program, for which we must have our account associated with the terminal in question. But with the discomfort that Xiaomi can make you wait a month to count in hours or weeks to start the process. A month in which, of course, you can not change the MIUI account from the terminal, which will resume this account again. Authentic chaos.
A similar performance, but a much worse experience with gestures
During a week I had in my Xiaomi My MIX 2S Custom ROM of Android 9.0 which allowed me to enjoy the latest version of the operating system in a completely different way as I usually do in the terminal.
And, as you know, MIUI completely covers the experience of Android stock, and although the newest version of the layer has come closer to the aesthetics and lines that Google launched this year, it is not the same. Although, seen as seen, almost better than that.
The performance of Android 9.0 was totally pure, it was a real pleasure, and in fact, although MIUI 10 finally manages to get a tremendous performance in the Xiaomi, the experience with a completely clean layer is better due to the "impulse", which the terminal seems to have with free software of Xiaomi applications and services.
However, this experience is very poor with Android's "gestures" and I quote the word gestures because the truth is that it's a navigation system just like we've seen for many years on Android, with the isolation that we can slide on the home button to show multitasking. No longer
Without a doubt, this is one of the sections in which Google has failed to live up to a few Android manufacturers such as OnePlus or Xiaomi, whose deed system is excellent at the operating level, and most importantly: it allows us to enjoy a full screen experience in any application that is precisely the reason for having a navigation system with gestures.
The room, deciding to return to MIUI
On the other hand, the experience with the camera has left us quite cold, because it is obvious that a ROM-ROM that does not integrate the software adapted to the sensor – as it is – is unable to fulfill its full potential, and that's one of the biggest impediments we have today in this regard.
Of course, I installed the Google camera optimized for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and the results were very good, even more than those of the MIUI camera, as we show you below. The GCam manages a very good interpretation of the color, and the level of detail is a little higher.
However, the experience is completely opposite, because in the MIUI camera taking an image is simple and fast, and, as if that were not enough, all cameras-modes work absolutely, with action according to range, exactly what we expected.
At GCam, on the other hand, it took us 2 to 7 seconds to get another image due to the slowdown in HDR + processing, which, although it improves the photos, also causes us a certain slowness, which in some situations is very unacceptable. If you use Google's camera, you can forget to quickly take 3 installations.
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