02-22-2019 02:22 PM
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  1. sonnnet's Avatar
    After a couple of weeks or so with One UI, I hate the way it looks. Great big curved bubbles around everything eg in the settings menu and the Reminders app, etc. Huge horrible notifications. Awful system fonts. Terrible notification shade graphics. And shifting everything down so you can access it easier if your thumbs happen to be at the bottom of the phone has a certain logic, but half a blank screen at the top with no attempt at shading just looks awful.
    I don't know who the graphic designers were for this project but it's a botched job.

    Conversely, many of the new features are innovative and genuinely useful. I suppose this matters more than how it looks, but surely the looks should also have had the wow factor.
    02-17-2019 01:50 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    I like the layout , looks better then the old design.
    02-17-2019 02:04 PM
  3. srgonu's Avatar
    I too like the layout. The empty screen on the top helps to reach top of the screen. Once you move up it fills. Seems more practical.
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    02-17-2019 02:30 PM
  4. sonnnet's Avatar
    I get the concept, I just don't like the design. But of course the look and feel of something is in large part subjective and I'm glad you like it.
    02-17-2019 02:33 PM
  5. chrism8922@gmail.com's Avatar
    I don't like the design or the theory behind it. I bought the correct size phone for my hands and my use, and there's nothing more usable about the very bottom of the screen than any other part. So now the design looks terrible and is harder for me to use one handed.

    My biggest issue is that I bought the phone one way for $1000, and now it's not that way anymore, and I can't change it back. So I hate it.
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    02-17-2019 02:51 PM
  6. chrism8922@gmail.com's Avatar
    Example: in order to use the gestures at the bottom, my finger hits the case due to the slim bezels. It's inconvenient and feels weird, and requires both hands for me to get my thumb all the way down there.

    I've never particularly needed to use my phone in only one hand, and I don't think this design makes it any easier if I did. That's why I bought the phone with the old UI - it worked and looked super clean.

    I'm glad some people like it, but those people didn't buy my phone for me. I did, and suddenly everything changed and it's too late to return it (I tried).
    02-17-2019 03:06 PM
  7. sonnnet's Avatar
    I don't like the design or the theory behind it. I bought the correct size phone for my hands and my use, and there's nothing more usable about the very bottom of the screen than any other part. So now the design looks terrible and is harder for me to use one handed.

    My biggest issue is that I bought the phone one way for $1000, and now it's not that way anymore, and I can't change it back. So I hate it.
    You definitely feel more strongly than I do about it, but I see your point. To be honest, the 'One UI' concept is a bit of a gimmick in my opinion. It's great PR. It sounds cool... but, It's hardly revolutionary. It's a combination of a number of new handy tweaks, some of which are useful. It's also a combination of taking away handy tweaks from the previous software version and this is not useful.
    But that's the way it goes with software updates; often you gave a phone that you have customised to the max, really enjoy using, because it's tailored to your spec, then an update lands and then you're back to speccing it up again with the new software.
    I wouldn't really mind; this is one way in which innovation takes place. But what I also want from a software update is a UI that looks sharp and fresh. These round bubbles around notes in the notes app, and photos in the gallery app and around menus and notifications look dated and clunky to me.
    02-17-2019 03:11 PM
  8. OJsakila's Avatar
    You definitely feel more strongly than I do about it, but I see your point. To be honest, the 'One UI' concept is a bit of a gimmick in my opinion. It's great PR. It sounds cool... but, It's hardly revolutionary. It's a combination of a number of new handy tweaks, some of which are useful. It's also a combination of taking away handy tweaks from the previous software version and this is not useful.
    But that's the way it goes with software updates; often you gave a phone that you have customised to the max, really enjoy using, because it's tailored to your spec, then an update lands and then you're back to speccing it up again with the new software.
    I wouldn't really mind; this is one way in which innovation takes place. But what I also want from a software update is a UI that looks sharp and fresh. These round bubbles around notes in the notes app, and photos in the gallery app and around menus and notifications look dated and clunky to me.
    I agree 100%.
    But I've always used Nova Prime for years and just now using SquareHome2/3 with tremendous results. It doesn't appear to be a battery drain, at the moment. Nova never messed with the battery..
    One UI isn't all that, as far as I'm concerned. I like the dark mode.. And that seems to work fine on other launchers, soo...
    02-17-2019 04:17 PM
  9. sonnnet's Avatar
    I agree 100%.
    But I've always used Nova Prime for years and just now using SquareHome2/3 with tremendous results. It doesn't appear to be a battery drain, at the moment. Nova never messed with the battery..
    One UI isn't all that, as far as I'm concerned. I like the dark mode.. And that seems to work fine on other launchers, soo...
    I'm a long time user of Nova Prime, too. (I don't have any experience with Square Home). So, thank goodness the One UI design for me is just for system/ Samsung apps, settings and functions. Nova takes care of everything else it can and looks and works just as great as it ever did.
    In fact, I often find Nova updates more significant than OS updates (for UI) and love the extra functionality each Nova update brings.
    So I have a mixed experience. Mostly great: Nova plus the new features of Pie I like. And ugly: the One UI Graphics for the system stuff, including notifications.
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    02-17-2019 04:25 PM
  10. strikeIII's Avatar
    Definitely subjective. Not everyone will like it. I personally like it. Samsung was due for a new look and I like what that did esp. With the night mode. Better than Pixels dark mode.
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    02-17-2019 04:32 PM
  11. sonnnet's Avatar
    Definitely subjective. Not everyone will like it. I personally like it. Samsung was due for a new look and I like what that did esp. With the night mode. Better than Pixels dark mode.
    Yep, I agree. Horses for courses.
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    02-17-2019 04:40 PM
  12. Mojave's Avatar
    I'm a long time user of Nova Prime, too. (I don't have any experience with Square Home). So, thank goodness the One UI design for me is just for system/ Samsung apps, settings and functions. Nova takes care of everything else it can and looks and works just as great as it ever did.
    In fact, I often find Nova updates more significant than OS updates (for UI) and love the extra functionality each Nova update brings.
    So I have a mixed experience. Mostly great: Nova plus the new features of Pie I like. And ugly: the One UI Graphics for the system stuff, including notifications.
    Same here. Nova for me also with Pie.
    02-17-2019 04:49 PM
  13. chrism8922@gmail.com's Avatar
    You definitely feel more strongly than I do about it, but I see your point. To be honest, the 'One UI' concept is a bit of a gimmick in my opinion. It's great PR. It sounds cool... but, It's hardly revolutionary. It's a combination of a number of new handy tweaks, some of which are useful. It's also a combination of taking away handy tweaks from the previous software version and this is not useful.
    But that's the way it goes with software updates; often you gave a phone that you have customised to the max, really enjoy using, because it's tailored to your spec, then an update lands and then you're back to speccing it up again with the new software.
    I wouldn't really mind; this is one way in which innovation takes place. But what I also want from a software update is a UI that looks sharp and fresh. These round bubbles around notes in the notes app, and photos in the gallery app and around menus and notifications look dated and clunky to me.
    I will readily agree that I feel more strongly about it than most - I fully know that most people aren't as particular as I am about their phones. But that is precisely why I set aside $1000 for the 9 while I was using a perfectly good 8 - because the design details matter a lot to me.

    With that in mind, I'm with you - the round bubbly look is absolutely the worst, most pervasive feature, and is a really disappointing design language. I also use Nova, so that takes care of the launcher interface, but the Samsung apps look pretty weak now.
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    02-17-2019 06:02 PM
  14. sonnnet's Avatar
    Totally appreciate that. The design clearly divides people. Personally, I don't know what they were thinking, it looks miles from premium to me... But I'm sure I'll learn to live with it (not much choice anyway...!)
    Try not to be too disappointed. The rest of the phone is as brilliant as it was. Who knows, One UI is new so maybe there will be future refinements which will give us what we are looking for. Certainly hope so.
    02-17-2019 06:21 PM
  15. edubb256's Avatar
    Yes, there is no way Samsung can design a UI that everyone will like. Their goal should be to implement a design that most prefer. Judging from the mostly positive comments, it seems they were successful in that regard, but not everyone will be happy.

    I personally like it and for me it improves usability in several ways, but YMMV.
    02-17-2019 07:24 PM
  16. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    Definitely subjective. Not everyone will like it. I personally like it. Samsung was due for a new look and I like what that did esp. With the night mode. Better than Pixels dark mode.
    This is why the "update" should not be mandatory.
    02-17-2019 07:59 PM
  17. barondebxl's Avatar
    I totally disagree. I love the new look. Yes it's more cartoonish but I like it and I really love the bubble notifications instead of the rectangular ones.
    02-17-2019 08:34 PM
  18. BBSeattle's Avatar
    At my age "cartoonish" anything is not desirable, not to mention an eerie resemblance to the iPhone. The UI has some nice new features but nothing life changing. After the the honeymoon I find myself using my phone as I always have.
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    02-17-2019 09:29 PM
  19. bassplayrguy's Avatar
    I think it looks better than the old design as well. If you scroll up a little, it will fill the screen.
    02-17-2019 09:48 PM
  20. JHBThree's Avatar
    I thought I would hate it, but it seems Samsung has finally started to 'get' the software side of things. My favorite thing is how they treat things like text. It is much closer to stock and way less messy than pre-One UI versions of Samsung software
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    02-17-2019 11:12 PM
  21. Kilroy672's Avatar
    Is the edge panel still active on Pie? If so does it look and act the same way as it does in Oreo?
    02-17-2019 11:31 PM
  22. strikeIII's Avatar
    This is why the "update" should not be mandatory.
    Yes, but this is also why there are launchers because not everyone likes the design choice of the OEM.
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    02-18-2019 01:55 AM
  23. strikeIII's Avatar
    Is the edge panel still active on Pie? If so does it look and act the same way as it does in Oreo?
    Yes, looks a little different but acts the same. but I believe the maintenance edge panel is no longer available.
    02-18-2019 01:59 AM
  24. TheGeekNextDoor's Avatar
    When I saw the demos of the One UI, I hated it. I love the dark mode along with everyone else. I LOVE the gestures. I have a very thin case that doesn't come up much on the top and bottom, so I don't even feel the case there. My wife has an iPhone XS with the gestures, and we both love the way apple did the gestures there as well...if not better actually...apple just does transition animations way better than everyone else.

    The buttons are a little cartoonish. I use Nova Prime with mine and love the features it brings like no margins on the widgets and the ability to double tap the desktop to launch an app of your choice...not to mention the ability to shove more into the bottom bar on the home screen.

    The more I use it, the more I like it. I'm just happy they brought back the calendar of today's events back to the always on display.

    Everyone knows that the look of the phone UI changes every year or so. It is a fact of life. As they chase apple, you are going to see more and more apple style interfaces. I have a OnePlus 6T as well. I find myself oddly attracted to using that phone. The biggest drawback for me with the OnePlus is the lack of wireless charging. The UI is amazing and fast.

    The good news is that you can buy a new phone. The bad news is that Samsung phone values don't hold up at all like their apple counterparts.
    02-18-2019 08:51 AM
  25. wadecb's Avatar
    I definitely think it's an improvement. I like the new fonts ( I know they have had mixed reviews). I find them more readable and clearer. Overall nicer look and feel
    02-18-2019 01:29 PM
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