One UI 5.0 vs iOS 16 – Can Apple compete with Samsung’s customizable Always on Display?
Always On Display, also known as AOD, is on of the most useful and famed features of Samsung smartphones for ages. Whereas, Apple has introduced its AOD feature just a few months ago. And, in this article, I am going to compare Samsung One UI 5.0 Always On Display feature with Apple iOS 16 Always On Display.
Aren’t you excited to see if the most awaited iPhone AOD can compete with Samsung’s customizable Always on Display or not? Let’s check it out in this comparison story.
One UI 5.0 Always on Display
Samsung has been offering the Always On Display feature for years and over time, the company has significantly improved it. Obviously, this feature shows time, date, notifications, missed calls, battery level, and other essential information without unlocking your phone but there are much more.
At the same time, One UI offers users a variety of clocks styles and AOD designs, you can choose colors and wallpapers or can even select a picture from the gallery to put on your Always On Display screen.
Besides the basics, it also presents many widgets on the AOD screen by double-tapping the clock area, and can easily play music off-screen, or check schedules and alarms. Not only this, but you can also pin text and images that you want to remember every time.
In addition to all this, Samsung also offers its Galaxy devices to apply AOD in the landscape. You can select whether you want to see AOD while tapping or always. If that’s not enough, you can even schedule AOD on Samsung. And, if you want your AOD to show new notifications or the fingerprint icon, you can enable these options as well.
iOS 16 Always on Display
To be honest, I was pretty excited to see the Always On Display making its way to Apple iPhones. The US company has introduced a completely different AOD from the ‘traditional’ feature that we see on Samsung or other Android phones. It has an abundance of elements on the screen at all times.
The initial implementation on iOS 16 just dimmed out the display. It did not turn any pixels off, nor did it blacken out the background, which means you’ll still see parts of your wallpaper on the screen. But things have been changed with iOS 16.2 as it offers you the ability to disable the wallpaper portion, which will make the background black just like a usual AOD.
Other than this, the Always-On display on iPhones shows helpful information, including the time, widgets, and wallpaper, all while using new technologies that make the display incredibly power efficient. On the other hand, you can also disable Notification from the AOD.
It is worth mentioning that Apple AOD is not actually part of iOS 16 software, it is introduced with iPhone 14 series, and maybe it will expand to older devices in the future.
One UI 5.0 vs iOS 16 – Always on Display
Apple’s implementation of the Always on Display feature is admittedly creative, but it’s a classic example of choosing form over function, meaning it’s pretty but not particularly useful.
Samsung’s approach to AOD, on the other hand, makes so much more sense. After all, the main motive of Always on Display is to provide essential information at a glance.
If you are thinking that Apple has introduced AOD for the first time so the company will take some time to make it perfect. You may be right but let me tell you that even years ago Samsung’s AOD was better than the current Apple AOD.
So, Apple iOS 16 Always On Display cannot compete with Samsung One UI 5.0 Always On Display in any way, at least now.
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.
Battery Widget – Samsung One UI 5.1 Vs Apple iOS 16
Samsung introduced a new battery status widget feature with the new One UI 5.1 software. Sadly, it’s not a new innovation as Apple’s iOS and Pixel’s Android already have such kind of widgets. Well, here we compare the battery widget of Samsung’s One UI 5.1 and Apple’s iOS 16 operating system.
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Apple Battery Widget
Since Apple has already brought the battery status widget to iPhones, it has mastered the feature with generation improvements. In the latest iOS 16, there are three different battery widgets available on iPhones including a square (single), a rectangular (list), and a circular (4).
Samsung Battery Widget
Samsung’s battery widget introduces two choices for Galaxy consumers including the circular and square box styles. Both of the choices let you display the battery status of up to 8 devices including the smartphone itself. By default, the widget expands for 4 devices, which can be further enlarged for eight.
One UI 5.1’s circular battery widget doesn’t have any background layer as all circles are arranged independently. On the flip side, iOS 16’s circular widget has a transparent layer so it can be clearly visible in any kind of wallpaper or home screen theme.
The One UI 5.1’s circular widget shows the device icon and percentage inside the circle, whereas the iOS takes additional space beside for percentage.
Talking about the second style, the rectangular widget of One UI 5.1 looks way better than the iOS 16’s. It has a solid background layer with an intuitive interface as well as a header, device icon, battery percentage bar, and text.
On the other hand, iOS 16’s rectangular battery widget keeps the same transparent background layer and occupies much space on the home screen. One UI can show the status of up to 8 devices, while iOS is limited to just 4.
Apple’s battery status widget is unquestionably mature, compared to the first version of Samsung’s battery widget. Still, Samsung did a pretty good job when it comes to personalization of the widget and usability with a high amount of devices.
The circular widget of Apple looks better than the One UI, while the rectangular-styled widget of One UI clearly defeats iOS. It’s pretty difficult to make a winner in this comparison, as both have their own specialties and limitations. Well, which one do you prefer? Let us know through social media!