Poll results: Redmi Note 2 vs Galaxy A7 vs Meizu M2 Note, which one would you pick?
Xiaomi made its glory on such well-appointed phones that it usually begins to sell near cost, but keeps them longer on the shelf than usual, and turns a profit when component prices start going down with time. The big fly in the ointment this year, however, is that some Chines manufacturers have begun to mimic Xiaomi's strategy, resulting in the $160 Meizu M2 Note that has specs almost similar to the Redmi Note 2, and which we found in our review to be an excellent phone for this price, with one of the longest-lasting batteries in its class, and very good photographic chops.
Throw in a juggernaut like Samsung with its Galaxy A7 that also has very similar specs to those two, but offers a premium design for a higher price, and the fight of the budget 5.5-inchers is getting really bloody. This is why we asked you yesterday which one of those three would you pick, if you were looking for an affordable phone with a large screen. Somewhat unsurprisingly, given the amazing value-for-money ratio, your choice overwhelmingly went to the Redmi Note 2, which offers 0.1s autofocus thanks to its phase detection tech, an IR blaster, and a removable battery. Granted, it is still to prove itself in our reviews and benchmarks, but on paper it seems like the sweetest option indeed, at least until the first real-life usage opinions start pouring in.