Few teachers make an impression on their students like senor Rodrigo. He left a lasting mark on his students and his death was felt deeply by all.
Poco – with the exception of Paul Cotton – doesn’t have much cool cache and their albums get relegated to dollar bins but they should be seriously reappreciated.
1. Easy to learn
A great deal of this runtime magic is achieved by using Poco::Dynamic::Var, which is the POCO equivalent of dynamic language data types. It is very easy to learn and use, though there is a slight performance penalty.
The screen is a real winner – it’s bright, colour-rich and features refresh rates that feel more like those on premium flagships. It’s not perfect though – 2x zoom struggles to handle natural textures and the software lacks granular gaming control (it only supports two programmable touch buttons).
The Poco F5 Pro also suffers from some annoying software quirks and a bloated system that’s hard to get rid of. And unlike Samsung and Google, Poco promises only two years of OS updates and three years of security patches. That’s a shame, as the phone otherwise has so much to offer for the money. Hopefully it’ll improve its update policy down the line.
2. Easy to maintain
Poco seems to know what its target audience wants: it delivers a powerful phone at a competitive price. The X5 Pro scores well in benchmarks and matches phones costing twice as much in our tests. The triple-lens camera doesn’t match the best but it still delivers good shots, especially with its bokeh mode, which creates pleasingly moody, contrasty images and works reasonably well for up-close subjects.
The IPS LCD panel is not as high-resolution as an AMOLED display, but it gets sufficiently bright outdoors and has a pleasant viewing experience. The power and volume keys are well placed, and the chamfered edges give the phone a premium look.
The only drawback is the lack of a fingerprint sensor, which means you have to use the camera app to unlock. The phone also comes with a lot of pre-installed apps that you might not want, but the good news is that they can be easily uninstalled and disabled.
3. Easy to test
Poco is an adjective and can stand before a countable noun, like casa (house), movil (cellphone) or nino (child). It can also be used after a noun or as part of a compound noun.
Using poco, you can easily test your domain model. The framework makes it easy to add new properties without having to worry about handling persistence. The framework also has a good support for testing data migrations.
The audit team notes that a large number of custom assembly functions are present in the codebase. These can save a few thousand gas per function but reduce readability and auditability.
The X5 Pro delivers a powerful, speedy phone that performs well and feels fast. Its vibrant display and 120Hz refresh rates are impressive, as is its powerful processor and battery. Only the mediocre ultrawide and macro cameras detract from the overall experience. But even with these drawbacks, this is a great phone for the price.
4. Easy to deploy
The Poco X5 Pro 5G features a UPF 50+ rated sunshade and raincover that live in their own zippered compartment at the top of the pack. They’re ready to deploy in a matter of seconds, so you can spend more time enjoying the beach without worrying about the sun or getting wet.
There’s also a fun movie frame mode that adds black letterboxing to your video footage, as well as granular gaming control in a dedicated app that lets you configure hardware and software settings on a per-game basis. The camera is intuitive to use and the 64MP main lens captures some impressive shots, but it can struggle with tricky textures such as fur and hair.
If you want to improve the overall experience of your Poco, then consider installing a custom ROM. These can give you a more AOSP experience, and come with built-in tools such as a cleaner, battery saver, and memory boost. They can also offer superior customisation, and tabs for frequently used and new apps.