Xiaomi redmi note 2 review: for the people: camera, picture and video quality

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Pros

Amazing specs for the priceMIUI 7 is one of the best Android skins13-megapixel camera takes brilliant shots swiftlyCase feels a bit cheap

What is the Xiaongươi Redmi cảnh báo 2?

The lathử nghiệm & greachạy thử phone from the company known as “the Apple of the East”, the Xiaomày Redmày cảnh báo 2 continues the company’s trkết thúc of offering impressive sầu specifications at astonishingly low prices. It’s also one of the faschạy thử selling phones of all time, having shifting 1.5 million units in its native Đài Loan Trung Quốc in the space of a fortnight.

Boasting a 5.5-inch full HD screen, 64-bit Octa-core processor & a 13-megapx camera supplied by Samsung, the Redmày lưu ý 2 gives the best Android phones out there a serious run for their money – và all for around £125.

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Xiaomi Redngươi lưu ý 2 – Design

Compared khổng lồ the iPhone-lượt thích Xiaongươi Mi4 the Redmi Note 2 is a reserved & plain offering, sharing many similarities with its immediate predecessor, the original Redmày Note. It has a two-part construction, with the main toàn thân of the handset clipping inkhổng lồ a plastic shell that covers the removable 3060mAh battery, dual Micro SIM card slots and microSD slot.

The front of the phone is entirely blaông xã, save for a trio of red capacitive action buttons which cover the usual multi-tasking, home page and back Android functions. The baông xã panel – which comes in a range of colours – is fashioned from matte plastic and is equally sparse, offering up the camera lens, LED flash, “Mi” biệu tượng công ty and speaker grille.

Around the edges you’ll find the volume và power buttons on the right-hvà side and the 3.5mm tai nghe jachồng and IR blaster on the top. The charging socket is on the bottom edge, và uses a squared-off MicroUSB-A connection despite the fact that the charging cable itself has the more common MicroUSB-B connector.

 

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At just over 8milimet thiông chồng & weighing 160g, the Redngươi cảnh báo 2 is relatively thin & light. The use of plastic gives the phone a less premium feel when compared lớn the likes of the HTC One M9 & Samsung Galaxy S6.

I noticed that the two-part casing creaks audibly when squeezed, largely because the back panel clips on rather than being permanently secured – this is especially noticeable on the left-hand side of the device. These minor points aside, the Redmi cảnh báo 2 is an unassuming yet attractive handmix.

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Redmi Note 2 – Display

The Redngươi lưu ý 2 employs a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel which boasts a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. That supplies a px density of 401 ppi, which basically makes it impossible to discern individual pixels without the aid of a magnification glass.

Detail, colour replication and contrast are all excellent, & while the display isn’t as bright và punchy as the AMOLED panels you find on the likes of Samsung’s handsets – và it’s noticeably harder lớn view in direct sunlight – it’s still impressive, especially on a phone which costs so little.

Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 2 – Software and Features

For such a modestly-priced phone the Redngươi cảnh báo 2 is packing some amazing specifications. It’s powered by a Helio X10 MediaTek MT6795 64-bit octa-core processor – the same one found in HTC’s One M9 – & comes with 2GB of RAM.

Two storage options are available: 32GB on the Redmi lưu ý 2 Prime Mã Sản Phẩm, which is the one I reviewed & 16GB on the basic edition. A microSD card slot allows you lớn expvà the phone’s storage. 4G connectivity is included – something that was missing from some versions of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi4 – & the roomy 3060mAh battery is removable, which will be a massive sầu selling point khổng lồ those of you who have sầu grown tired of the current trover for sealed units & non-serviceable power cells.

An IR blaster situated on the top of the phone can be used in conjunction with an ứng dụng khổng lồ control your television mix or audio appliance, and the 13-megapixel Samsung-made rear-facing camera takes amazing photos, supports 1080p đoạn Clip recording và boasts a super-fast focus time. One thing that is notably absent is NFC, as Xiaongươi CEO Lei Jun feels that it isn’t used enough to warrant inclusion in the company’s phones. He could well have sầu a point, but with Apple, Samsung và Google all pushing their own điện thoại payment services this year, we’re likely lớn see a massive sầu spike of interest in this contactless tech và its uses.

It’s a shame that the Redmi chú ý 2 won’t be along for the ride, but khổng lồ many buyers it won’t be a major negative sầu. Quiông xã Charging 2.0 – something that was rumoured prior to lớn launch but never confirmed by Xiaongươi – is also missing. 

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In terms of software, the Redmày cảnh báo 2 is sporting Android 5.0.2 with Xiaomi’s excellent MIUI 7 skin over the top.

While Apple fans may well point & laugh at how incredibly similar MIUI looks khổng lồ iOS, everything is buttery smooth – something which cannot always be said of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, even on the powerful Galaxy S6 – and genuine care has been made khổng lồ ensure it looks great, with attractive sầu icons và sliông chồng animations.

A lot of optimisation is going on under the hood, & Xiaongươi issues beta updates khổng lồ the core OS on a weekly basis to lớn ensure a constant drip-feed of bug fixes & new features. Potential problems get fixed faster than they would with other handmix makers – with the obvious drawbachồng being that issues can be inadvertently introduced as well.

All in all though, I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with MIUI 7 and reverting bachồng to lớn my traditional day-to-day phone was harder than I expected. One serious drawbachồng to the handphối you should be aware of is that, as a Chinese phone intended for Chinese consumers, the standard Redngươi lưu ý 2 doesn’t come with English language tư vấn out of the box & lacks Google apps.

The unit I reviewed was flashed with a multi-language ROM – which added Google Play Store tư vấn – by the retailer iBuyGou before it was shipped out, so make sure you get the same treatment before ordering or you’ll have to lớn learn a new language lớn use the phone.

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One other to is that the use of the skin will delay how fast the Redmày cảnh báo 2 can be upgraded lớn new versions of Android – like the fast approaching final version of Android M. This is likely why it’s doesn’t even have sầu the lademo version of Lollipop on it.


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