The popular custom rom MIUI was recently released for tablets, probably seeing the still good relationship between Hugo Barra and his former employer, Google, the first device to receive it was the Nexus 7 of 2 ° generation. A tablet that unfortunately for BigG did not get the same success as the first Nexus 7 ...
However, the 7 Nexus 2 ° gen. it's becoming a kind of showcase. Developers are using it to show their Roma: Ubuntu was initially in Ubuntu with its Ubuntu Touch, followed by Xiaomi with its MIUI.
Although many of you readers are familiar and already familiar with the MIUI Rom, by installing it on your phone or having bought a Xiaomi-phone, I did not have all this custom with the Xiaomi cooked rom. In the past I have owned Samsung and Sony phones with TouchWiz, Xperia or CyanogenMod so my point of view is not e7o will be very different from that of a probable standard holder of this tablet that has always run the Android stock. In fact, I have never even owned a phone with iOs!
The question we ask is: is it worth flashing MIUI on our Nexus 7? Will there be any improvements?
There are some features that are missing on the Android stock, others that for example the CyanogenMod does not run by default and that made me scream for joy right away. However, there are just as many features that I personally would review, some elements of the interface to name one. And then, the great worry, the resemblance "and "light", too"With iOs of Apple ...
Let's start from the installation. Xiaomi provides a guide for MIUI, but the software is in Chinese and although the videos explain the process step by step in an incredibly accurate way, I prefer to use the Nexus Toolkit Wug that allows you to install Google services (Google Play Store, Gmail etc. .).
Since the first release, Rom MIUI has been renamed as clone iOs. Although I never owned an iPad or an iPhone, I certainly got to try them. You immediately recognize the similarity between the two Os: the app drawer is missing (but it can be added), the icons are slightly reminiscent of iOs, By default the "Back" and App buttons are on the contrary as on iOs (also this can be changed to Settings) ... If your view was defective, you might be confused!
So why install it? Xiaomi brings some nice features to his rom, such as the one on the top of the name screen and download speed of the Wi-Fi network to which it is connected. A rom that is easily customizable with downloadable themes (like CyanogenMod), which comes with a one-click button / app for system cache cleaning very useful. These features make information and activities much more accessible. Let's say so, they deserve it!
MIUI, however, also presents some annoying characteristics. The first, shared with iOs, is the lack of the app drawer (but as we have already said it can be solved), the second is the translation, not yet completely finished: seeing Chinese characters when using a Chinese product is normal, but it is not limited to the minutiae of some apps. Three basic buttons like Copy, Select, and Paste I'm entirely in Chinese.
This may not be a serious problem for our readers who have probably already purchased Chinese devices in the past will already have some familiarity with the Chinese. However, if the MIUI Roma wants to expand its user base (with English) it must ABSOLUTELY solve problems such as these.
Just like Google wants us to connect with all devices to our Google account, Xiaomi also urges us to link to our Xiaomi account. You can not do this but you lose some of the features that make it useful and enjoyable to install MIUI!
There is Xiaomi music, from which we can listen to an incredible collection of Chinese and international hits, there is an app similar to Netflix that shows Chinese TV shows ... but the only reason why it is worth opening a Xiaomi account (if not you are Chinese) is the Xiaomi app Store.
It's possible (and even simple) Install the Xiaomi App Store on almost all Android devices. One of the largest stores on the planet, with billions of downloadable apps, some of which have descriptions in Chinese, among which you can navigate with English. Sometimes in Chinese, others in English ...
What makes the Xiaomi app store unique, unlike the Play Store or the Amazon Store, is the presence of apps that are exclusive on other stores (on the Play Store, on Amazon, no ... on Amazon, on the Play Store no), apps (especially games) that are paid on other stores and are free here ...an aspect that has yet to be clarified in terms of legitimacy but at the moment put the Xiamo Store in front of the various App Store, Play Store, and so on.
As regards the MIUI operation, we did not find any problems. No random restarts, no app crashes, no games, no streaming video apps with Chromecast, turned on the big, as on standard UI stock. Not even the performances were affected, on Antutu ul Nexus 7 managed to total about 20000 points.
MIUI is much more than an iOs clone. Xiaomi takes some features of the Apple OS and adds the opening and customization of Android to make it an absolutely interesting rom. However, it does not seem completely complete yet and the sensations on the features similar to iOs will ensure that the choice, as it should be, remains absolutely personal. That said though, I was pleasantly surprised by its stability and even though my review is over, I still have to go back to stock Android.