The display on Honor 5X is sufficiently bright. The one thing that we noticed immediately is that the display as well as the colors used in the user interface are very easy on the eyes unlike other phones which do seem to cause a headache or two if you look at the display continuously. The user interface uses a very decent mixture of subtle as well as solid colors making the display a charm for the eyes. There is no pixellation whatsoever and the viewing angles are fairly deep. Screen reflection has been controlled very well too. Very frankly, the colors seemed just right on watching Youtube videos which again many smartphones can't boast of. The blacks are pretty dark too. The only minor flaw that caught our notice is that the brightness of the display seems to change as we move between windows even though the ambient light is maintained at the same level. If you wish to see this, click on the camera icon, and then when the camera opens, click the Home button. Then see the brightness of the home screen change from overly bright to medium tone. This can cause nausea for some people if they continuously move between apps. It seems that this is not a bug. The UI designers seem to have chosen it that way purposefully. And finally, we have found a deal breaker too. The display is not very usable under direct sunlight and you'll end up twisting and tilting the device as well as your eyes and head to be able to make out what's on the screen.
The notification panel floating down by swiping from the top is slightly modified as notifications and shortcuts have been moved to separate tabs which personally we would like under a single page without the need for a separate time consuming click. Under the settings, there are a few motion gestures that can be enabled, like double touch to wake up the screen or draw letters to open a specific application when the screen is off, all of which can be quite handy in case you can learn them. More settings include decreasing the size of the screen and moving it to one side for one hand operation, a few ways to tweak the navigation buttons at the bottom and a glove mode. All in all, quite useful.
You can also swipe down the home screens to be able to search apps, contacts, messages etc. which looks extremely similar to iOS search screen, we don't really know who has inspired whom and we aren't going into that conversation here.
If it were for us to pick the pros of this UI, it has to be uniformity, minimalistic approach and lack of bloatware. But at the same time, some users might see these same points as disadvantages with the UI, just a differing perspective.
At the very outset, we would say that the camera reproduces astounding colors, specially the basic ones like blue, red, yellow and green. Though a bit of noise does start appearing when the ambient light is less like in the first image above. However, we just love the fact that the images are photo realistic. The camera shots are neither under exposed, nor over exposed, they maintain high detail as you can see on the car in the 2nd picture as well as on the leaves in the 3rd. But we would like to give brownie points to the camera for bringing out what we see with a naked eye in images captured as well, for us that's outstanding. Any smartphone that post processes the images with a color tinge is a strict no-no for us. Honor 5X camera does not do that. The front camera selfies are usable too though they wash away the colors slightly understandably.
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