The Honor 6 runs on Android KitKat wrapped under the company’s Emotion UI 2.3. The UI is user-friendly and brings with it a bunch of customizations that sets it apart in the crowded Android smartphone market. Unlike Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, Emotion UI isn’t very heavy and doesn’t affect the phone’s performance. Here are five top features of the Emotion UI 2.3. Also Read - Asus Zenfone Live vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Lenovo K6 Power: Prices, specifications and features compared
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One of the first features that catch your eye is the Magazine Unlock. In essence, the UI displays new wallpaper every time you wake the display. The company has a bunch of pre-installed wallpapers that make full use of the smartphone’s full HD display and look gorgeous to say the least. Also Read - Honor 6 Plus vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: Price, specifications, features compared
Lock screen shortcut menu
The smartphone’s lock screen also boasts an iOS-like Control Center. Swiping up in the lock screen will pop up a window with shortcuts to features like Calendar, Calculator, Flashlight, and Mirror — which basically fires up the front camera for use as a temporary pocket mirror.
The shortcut menu also has options for Magazine Unlock. It not only shows a short description for the current wallpaper, but also options to pause the slideshow, go to the next wallpaper, save the current wallpaper, share it with your friends, and Magazine Unlock settings.
Notification menu shortcuts
The Notification center in the Emotion UI 2.3 has two panels — one for notifications, and the other for settings. The latter is really handy since it has shortcuts to most of the essential and frequently visited features like Wi-Fi, Sound, Airplane mode, Bluetooth, GPS, flashlight, and the brightness bar among others. Swiping down reveals shortcuts to additional features like Wi-Fi hotspot, power off, restart and screen saving options among others.
It is also easy to open the tab you want — swipe from top-left for the notifications tab, while swiping down from the right will open the shortcut menu.
Much like the UIs from other Chinese OEMs, Emotion UI 2.3 too is big on animations. But the animations on the UI are subtle and very well executed. When moving your finger across to unlock the screen for example, your homescreen is slowly unveiled like pulling a curtain off a window.
You can also change the transition animation for the homescreens. These animations include Perspective, Windmill, Squeeze, Box, Flip Over, and Rotate among others. As mentioned above, the overall animations have been beautifully executed.
Home Screen Styles
The company has also included an interesting option to change the homescreen style. This option lets you switch between default Android homescreens and a Simple homescreen that boasts a tabbed-interface reminiscent of the Lumia smartphones.
These tabs include weather, location, dialer, messaging, contacts, camera, music, gallery, calendar, browser, notes, calculator and settings among others. You can also customize these tabs by deleting the ones you do not want and adding the ones you want. The simple homescreen makes is easy to use smartphones with one hand, and is also something that will be appreciated by senior citizens.
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