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iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2: Dark Mode feature comparison



Huawei founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei mentioned multiple times that its company is inspired by U.S. smartphone giant – Apple. Everyone knows iPhones and their vast ecosystem and dominance in the market cannot be overlooked.

Yet Huawei had its own challenges in the software section to sort out after the U.S. Ban and the Chinese tech giant has come up with a solution in the name of  – HarmonyOS 2.

This new operating system comes with lots of new features that directly challenge Android and iOS. In this case, Its important that we explore what HarmonyOS can offer better than the existing two OS.

Therefore, let’s initiate our HarmonyOS 2 comparison against iOS 14, as for this head-to-head battle, we’ll be comparing the Dark Mode feature on both of the software systems.


We’ll be conducting this iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2 Dark Mode comparison of the following UI elements while keeping the dark mode feature on.

  1. Quick Settings
  2. Settings Menu – Menu icons and view
  3. Apps – Clock, Gallery, and Dial

iOS 14 Dark Mode:

The dark mode appearance on iOS 14’s quick settings panel is subtle and provides a good viewing experience for the users. The quick settings shortcuts are easy to select and tap.

The settings menu is quite good but the text and background color have high contrast, which increases even further with the level of brightness. Similar happens to Applications including – clock, gallery, and dialer.

HarmonyOS 2 Dark Mode:

Huawei has greatly improved the efficiency of the dark mode throughout the entire HarmonyOS 2 operating system. As you can see the new Control Panel is showing better shortcut switches that are clearly visible and provide a good sense of vision after enabling the dark mode.

Coming to the Settings menu, the redefined color system of HarmonyOS 2 lets you view the exact information such as icons and labels without hurting your eye. The colors are not too bright nor too dull, as it implements a mixture that suits the user’s eyes for prolonged hours.


Furthermore, the dark mode aesthetics in HarmonyOS 2 also reflects on the system apps including phone dial, gallery, and clock app.


We cannot deny that iOS has one of the best Dark Mode UI themes but the time has brought us to the HarmonyOS 2, which currently surpasses the iOS 14.

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.


HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11: Camera app and features




HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11

Huawei has the best camera technologies in the smartphones industry. The example includes – Huawei P30, Mate 20, Mate 30, P40, and the latest Huawei P50 Pro. These phones provide the best picture quality on your hand and are taken with just a click.

Aside from the hardware and lens, the post-processing of the phone is done by the software and the entire interface is managed by the camera app. Yes, the camera app of Huawei phones has a lot of features and modes to explore.

Since we’ve already compared HarmonyOS 2.0 and EMUI 11. It’s time that we move on to the HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera app and its modes that were changed are available in one as well as the user interface.

HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera app comparison: Check the video comparison below


EMUI 11:

To know about the changes, we first need to understand the structure of the Huawei camera app. Time to begin with EMUI 11, Just like the recent EMUI versions, EMUI 11 also comes with different modes, menus, and navigation modes. Let’s start with the Modes: The app has many modes to choose from the primary modes are:

  1. Aperture
  2. Night
  3. Portrait
  4. Photo
  5. Video
  6. Pro

EMUI 11 Camera UI

The rest of the modes for the main camera resides under the “More” tab including Super Slow-mo and Timelapse. Moreover, you can adjust these options via the edit buttons on the top. On the top bar, the camera app has, a number of different options Such as:

  1. Huawei AI Lens
  2. AI Mode
  3. Flash
  4. Filter
  5. Camera Settings

The camera preview window has a floating zoom bar that you can adjust to zoom in and out accordingly.

To be mentioned, the settings for the front camera, remain the same, as there have been no new changes noted.



Settings have an important in the user interface of the camera app. The settings menu has three sections:

  1. Photo Settings – Aspect ratio, audio control
  2. Video Settings – Video resolution, frame rate, EFI format
  3. General Settings – Other general settings

HarmonyOS 2:

So, why we’ve first described the EMUI 11 camera app? Because all of the options of the HarmonyOS camera app remain the same as the EMUI 11. However, there are a few additions that have been made to HarmonyOS and are mentioned below.

HarmonyOS 2.0 Camera UI

Multi-camera mode – With this feature, you can shoot a single video from different angles using different HarmonyOS powered devices and the shared distributed capabilities.

Round shape background and HarmonyOS Fonts:

Next comes the new round edge shape section background that looks way more elegant and clear compared to EMUI 11 and reflects the feel of HarmonyOS 2.0. Furthermore, the HarmonyOS fonts make a huge difference in order to identify the overall camera settings and options.


HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera comparison Video:


There you have it, a comparison of HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera app. HarmonyOS 2.0 surely have more features and a better camera app UI than EMUI 11 but almost 90% of the features remain the same.

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iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2: Comparison of Settings user interface




iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2 Settings Menu

We recently conducted a comparison between HarmonyOS 2 and Oxygen OS 11 in terms of the Settings menu user interface as well as design parameters. Today, we’ll compare iOS 14 and HarmonyOS 2 for the same feature.

iOS 15 is also under development and Apple is also looking to introduce this new software on iPhones. Since the software is still under beta testing, we look back to iOS 14, and is perfect for our comparison.

So, without further ado. Let’s begin our iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2 Settings menu comparison.

iOS 14:

iOS 14 Settings menu carries the same design changes as previous iOS devices, the UI looks clean and tidy.


The icons are colorful and remain vibrant even in the dark mode feature. Also, the description of some options is very informative and helps users to learn more about the corresponding feature.

The operation around the UI is very simple and enables the gentle transition from one screen to another to provide a good user experience.

iOS 14 Settings Menu


Huawei HarmonyOS 2 settings menu has its own uniqueness, the round corner background container enhances the look of a particular set of settings elements.

HarmonyOS 2 Settings Menu

The HarmonyOS fonts appear elegant alongside the well-baked icons on the same row. The animation and transition are quick and smoother than the iOS.


Furthermore, the dark mode feature in HarmonyOS provides a better user experience and low contrast compared to iOS 14. Therefore, the overall Settings menu and the layout are provided better in this new operating system.

Also, Check:

HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11: Settings UI, Fonts, Icons, Sections and more

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HarmonyOS 2 vs Oxygen OS 11: Difference in Settings UI




HarmonyOS 2 vs OxygenOS 11

Huawei HarmonyOS 2 presents one of the best user interface designs in the mobile operating system industry. This new mobile software doesn’t only come with new animation effects but new UI elements.

Following a comparison with EMUI 11, Oxygen OS 11 is the next focus of our Settings menu comparison. It’s time that we dive into a head-to-head battle between these two softwares.

For the HarmonyOS 2 vs Oxygen OS 11 comparison, we’ll explore the Settings menu as well as the user experience.

Oxygen OS 11:

Compared to HarmonyOS 2, Oxygen OS 11 carries Red enthusiasm throughout the user interface that looks good but not too perfect. The Settings operations are fast but they lack smoothness.


harmonyos 2 vs Oxygen os 11

Also, the UI settings elements have Red-colored icons with outlined architecture. The menu items also have details of a specific menu option along with their corresponding interaction scheme.

The UI effects and transition from one menu to another are very subtle and it’s really good.



HarmonyOS 2:

In comparison to Oxygen OS 11, the HarmonyOS software has a very elegant Settings menu, which enables elegant design and section-based menu options approach towards you.

The section-based Settings items provide a categorical view of the UI elements and showcase insights on the features. You can select the features as well as options to strive and move forward with.

The scrolling animation is intriguing to the eye and reflects on the users’ fingertip. We definitely have to mention the icon design and the colorful behavior that catches your attention, allows them to choose the option in a correct way.

The ease of visibility further extends with the new HarmonyOS fonts that increase the overall viewing experience of the HarmonyOS 2 Settings menu. You can see the demo linked below.


HarmonyOS 2 Settings

EMUI 11 vs HarmonyOS 2:

You can also check our Settings menu comparison between EMUI 11 vs HarmonyOS 2, which is linked below.

HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11: Settings UI, Fonts, Icons, Sections and more

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