One UI 4.1 vs OxygenOS 12: Notification Panel and Quick Settings
The One UI 4.1 and OxygenOS 12 are two of the custom skins based on Android 12 operating system. While the former is quite famous as it powers millions of Galaxy phones, the latter is created by tough Samsung rival – OnePlus.
Quick Settings and Notification Panels are the most used features of smartphones and OEMs are countinuously trying to further enhance the overall usability. In this article, we are going to take an overview on the Quick Settings and Notification Panel features of the One UI 4.1 and OxygenOS 12.
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Notification Panel: One UI 4.1 x OxygenOS 12
By swiping down on the homescreen, we get access to the Notification Panel on both, Samsung’s One UI 4.1 and OnePlus’ OxygenOS 12 software systems. Here, the consumer can check notifications in brief format, however, there are no similarities between both UIs that we are comparing today.
With the Android 12-based One UI 4 and OxygenOS 12, Samsung and OnePlus, both, tried to further enhance the usability of the Notification Panel. As you can see in the images below, the One UI 4.1 delivers a neat and clean interface, while the OxygenOS 12 has fancy toggles arrangement.
One UI 4.1 – Notification Panel
OxygenOS 12 – Notification Panel
Quick Settings: One UI 4.1 x OxygenOS 12
Quick Settings, on the other hand, is a common yet most useful feature on any smartphone. This section contains toggles for a number of tools, features, as well as features settings. Directly from there, you can enable/disable various functionalities, seamlessly.
Overall form factor of the Quick Settings section of the One UI 4.1 and OxygenOS 12 seems similar. However, the One UI 4.1 showcases toggles on full screen with transparent background, the OxygenOS 12 has those toggles in a boxed layout, while background features solid color.
One UI 4.1 – Quick Settings
OxygenOS 12 – Quick Settings
One UI 4.1 x OxygenOS 12, which one is better?
Unquestionably, Samsung One UI 4.1 comes with neat and clean Notification Panel and Quick Settings toggles, compared to the OxygenOS 12. At the same time, the Colour Palette adoption seems improved yet useful on the One UI, whle there’s no major effect of that feature for the OnePlus devices.
Samsung Galaxy A54 already kills the Google Pixel 7a
Google is about to introduce the Pixel 7a, a new affordable smartphone to its Android portfolio. The Pixel 6a made excellent profits for the OEM, which is benefiting fruitful upgrades on its sequel, however, Samsung Galaxy A54 is still a great choice over the Google Pixel 7a.
Samsung Galaxy A54 is way better than Google Pixel 7a, let’s compare key specs.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 7a reportedly brings a 6.1 inches OLED display, with a 90Hz refresh rate, up from 6a’s 60Hz. While the Pixel 7a is getting an upgrade to a 90Hz panel, Samsung’s Galaxy A54 is already equipped with a pro-grade 6.4 inches 120Hz Super AMOLED screen.
Pixel 7a is also getting upgrade in the main camera as a new 64-megapixel sensor, which features optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus technology. On the flip side, the Galaxy A54 brings a 50-megapixel primary camera, which delivers stunning images anytime, anywhere.
Moreover, both smartphones come with a 12-megapixel ultrawide image sensor with the same f/2.2. While Google’s upcoming phone is capped at two sensors for imaging, the Galaxy A54 features a 5-megapixel macro lens so you can capture close-up shots, such as nature, too.
Samsung’s best 2023 mid-range phone is equipped with a 32-megapixel front camera, while Pixel 7a reportedly brings a 10.8-megapixel lens for selfies and video calling. Notably, both phones promise great AI capabilities to let you shoot in the nighttime too.
Both phones feature matching designs as Samsung and Google’s flagship portfolios. The Pixel 7a brings a horizontal bar on the camera lenses, which expands from the left to right end, which seems thin compared to Pixel 7. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A54 has the same design as the Galaxy S23 flagship.
The Galaxy A54 runs One UI 5.1 out of the box, while the Pixel 7a runs Android 13 in its purest form. Google owns Android, but the real and longest support provider is Samsung. With A54, you will get OS upgrades up to Android 17, while Pixel 7a will stick to Android 16.
Performance & Battery
Samsung’s own-made Exynos 1380 5nm processor powers the Galaxy A54, which is an octa-core chip featuring 4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 and a Mali-G68 MP5 GPU.
The Pixel 7a brings 5nm Tensor G2 processor, featuring 2×2.85 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2×2.35 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55 and Mali-G710 MP7 GPU.
In terms of battery and charging, the Galaxy A54 is packed with a 5000 mAh battery, supported by 25W fast charging. Pixel 7a, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller, 4500 mAh battery, which can be charged through a 20W charger along with wireless charging that Galaxy A54 lacks.
One UI 5.1 Vs Android 13 – Ultimate battery widget comparison
Battery Widget is the biggest and most noticeable addition to the One UI 5.1 software. Samsung phones just got the new battery status widget, while Android 13 already has one, which is somehow better than the One UI 5.1, let’s dive into the ultimate comparison.
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Battery Widget: One UI 5.1 Vs Android 13
Showcased at the SDC 2023, Samsung’s Battery Widget arrive on Galaxy devices with the One UI 5.1 update in February. Galaxy users after upgrading their phone to the One UI 5.1 version can use the feature to get updated with info about how much juice is left in their devices.
One UI 5.1’s battery status widget introduces two different styles including a “Circles” 4×1 and a “List” 4×2. You can expand the area by two times vertically, while it’s not possible to reduce the occupation area, which is the worst thing I noticed.
On the other hand, the Android 13 battery widget has just a single choice but it’s way too advance, as compared to the One UI 5.1. The widget takes size as per the number of devices paired with the smartphone, if you don’t have any, it will remain single-linear.
One UI vs Android
Not that all, the widget is interactive as the system Settings’ battery tab gets opened as soon as you tap the widget. Similar to One UI 5.1, the Android 13’s widget adapts to system settings whether it’s in Light mode or Dark mode for a well-optimized home screen appearance.
Earlier, we compared the Battery widget of One UI 5.1 and Apple iOS 16, which was a tough fight between both. However, the One UI requires work on optimization and usability improvements are necessary to make it better than rivals including Android and iOS.
Since One UI 5.1’s battery widget is just the initial version, we believe Samsung will work on it and make notable improvements. The One UI 6.0 will be the next major version for Galaxy devices, likely to release later this year, you can check our features wishlist below.
High hopes for One UI 6.0: The ultimate features wishlist for Samsung users
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra: Camera Design
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a camera beast and brings a massive upgrade in features as compared to S22 Ultra but the design of this successor needs to be explored. In that case, we’ll have to do a comparison.
For your information, this comparison will look into the structure, layout, shape, lens count, and some key specifications of the rear camera module.
First comes the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which features a quad camera including a laser autofocus sensor and an LED flash. This system has two columns, the left side starts with a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera, followed by a 108MP wide-angle/main camera and the third one is a 10MP 10x periscope zoom camera.
The second column consists of a laser autofocus, an LED flash, and a secondary telephoto camera, capable of 3x zoom. Actually, the S22 Ultra resembles the S21 Ultra but without that large camera bump.
(Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – Left, Galaxy S22 Ultra – Right)
If you look closely at the S23 Ultra, the difference between the camera structure and the aesthetics is barely noticeable. Because the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra willfully carries the camera design and layout from the S22 Ultra. Specifically, the first and second columns are identical in both devices. This is causing a variation in opinion among consumers who were expecting a major makeover.
Speaking of major, this flagship stands as a 200MP camera powerhouse. Using a super-resolution sensor, Samsung promises high-quality photography and robust optical image stabilization in videos.
Aside from the layout and lens, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a brand-new silver outsole ring. This tweak makes the entire module big, bulky, and elegant as compared to the past version.
In terms of appearance, this premium device strikes full marks for those new optimizations and it will definitely catch your eyes on the first look.