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Xiaomi Mi A1 User Reviews Back

Overall user rating

8.2

The overall rating is the average of all user reviews, while the overall alternatives are the ones that has been listed most.

Camera
7.0
Multimedia
8.0
Internet
8.8
Call quality
8.8
Battery
8.4
Reception
8.8
Display
7.4
Build quality
8.8
Text input
7.6
Everyday usage
8.6
UI speed
9.2
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Tahir215 posted on Nov 24, 2017, 2:56 AM
Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

8.0

Best choice in budget world

Tahir215 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

So far so good. Waiting for Android 8 Oreo update. Quite a solid cell in this price. Portrait mode is fun to use. It would have been great if it had optical image stabilisation or even Electronic stabilisation.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
5.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
5.0
Display
7.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Portrait/Telephoto mode
  • Good battery
  • Pure Android stock
  • Fast software updates
  • Sound

Cons

  • No water/dust resistant
  • No OIS/EIS in camera
  • Big bezels
  • Camera quality is poor in low light

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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pangolinpanda posted on Apr 11, 2021, 6:02 AM
Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 11, 2021

8.0

Good considering the age

pangolinpanda has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Had this one since 2017, recently dropped it for like the 50th time (including in water), and the screen shattered beyond recognition. Though I quite like this phone and I bought a replacement screen+case+screen protector from Aliexpress (30 dollars), so now it's going strong again. It's served and continues to serve me well.

The positive things about this phone is the by Xiaomi standards solid build quality and easy to find spare parts, good quality and really loud speaker, decent call quality and great battery quality. I'm still on the original battery from 2017 and it's still always lasting a full day as it used to do when the phone was brand new. I'm running Lineage OS 17.1 so it's still very up to date and gcam works just fine for good quality photos.

The negatives are definitely the headphone jack that hisses a lot, the somewhat pale display and too cold display (fixable on Lineage OS), the upgrades on stock Android being troublesome and the radiation of the phone supposedly being quite high.

Build quality
8.0
Solid build, can bend if in too tight pockets but not any more so than other metal phones of this age, rather less.
Reception
7.0
Hasn't been a problem for me, but the radiation is high so the design of the antennas might not be the best.
Call quality
7.0
Just fine. Speaker phone doesn't work on Lineage OS, but on stock it does.
Internet
9.0
Nothing much to complain about, maybe some sites are getting too heavy for this phone with many tabs open, though usually not a issue.
Multimedia
6.0
The speaker is really good for the price, but the headphone jack output is horrible and the screen has good contrast but subpar color reproduction (without calibration which is possible on custom roms).
Camera
6.0
It's a cheap Omnivision sensor, just about okay with stock software. Good with gcam
UI speed
8.0
No complaints, especially for the age.
Everyday usage
8.0
Everything considered it's a good phone.
Text input
9.0
Somewhat unresponsive touch if charging at the same time. Otherwise no issues.
Display
6.0
It's a low grade display, with calibration it's okay. Good contrasts and decent brightness but bad color reproduction and not the best responsiveness (it smears a tiny bit when scrolling).
Battery
8.0
Not the longest lasting, but really good quality as it doesn't seem to have degraded much.

Pros

  • Build
  • Speaker
  • Battery
  • Easy to find spare parts online

Cons

  • Headphone jack output
  • Mediocre camera, okay with gcam
  • Stock Android could easily be better

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toma_ichuaidze posted on Feb 08, 2018, 2:05 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

8.0

The first Xiaomi Android One device

toma_ichuaidze has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

It's very affordable phonefor everyone,but price is Directly proportionate to quality.

Phone has metal body which is very pleasant in hand but it scratches and slides easily so you should be careful with it.Screen is 2.5D glass and you should consider this before buying tempered glass.It has one colour led notification which is also disappointing.
Display is awful with it's faint colours,it also lacks saturation.
System is fast overall, gets updates quickly,but lacks customization because of stock Android and for me it's very sad(personal opinion).
Camera is good at daylight photos,has very good portrait mode, captures 4k ,but at night quality of both photos and videos doesn't have EIS or OIS .
Battery is very good but didn't lasts as other Xiaomi's 4100mah phones logically.I am heavy user and scored 6h average of screen on usage on Android 8.0 (browser,some gaming,internet, brightness 30%).it charged in about 2 hours before they add quick charging in 8.0 Android,but it's fun because overall time decreased for 10-15m .

Finally i say that for stock Android lovers this phone is dream and it's the best in price category.

Build quality
8.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
8.0
Multimedia
7.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
8.0
Display
7.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Price
  • Metal body(It's a pleasure to catch in hand)
  • Stock Android
  • Big display
  • Portrait mode
  • Fast updates
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • 4k video

Cons

  • Display quality
  • Metal body(easily scratches)
  • Lack of customization
  • Easily slides in hand
  • Audio output
  • No EIS
  • No OIS
  • Led Light
  • Charging time

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MSarabNaveed posted on Jan 08, 2018, 5:03 AM
Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

9.0

Best choice in budget world

MSarabNaveed has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

XIaomi Mi A1 is very good phone with 4/64 Config and Stock Android. The build quality is good and is has a good price.

Quite a solid cell in this price. Portrait mode is fun to use. It would have been great if it had optical image stabilization or even Electronic stabilization.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
9.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Fast Fingerprint Censor
  • Very good build quality
  • Pure Stock Android
  • Good amount of RAM and Storage
  • Portrait/Telephoto mode
  • Good battery
  • Fast software updates
  • Sound

Cons

  • No water/dust resistant
  • No OIS/EIS in camera

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Andronikos posted on Nov 17, 2017, 11:55 AM
Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

8.0

Good budget phone with Stock Android

Andronikos has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

XIaomi Mi A1 is very good phone with 4/64 Config and Stock Android. The build quality is good and is has a good price.

The only bad things that I experience is when I open several apps and want to switch, it's sometimes lag/freeze when I swipe in the opened apps list

Build quality
9.0
Reception
8.0
Call quality
8.0
Internet
8.0
Multimedia
7.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
8.0
Everyday usage
8.0
Text input
7.0
Display
7.0
Battery
7.0

Pros

  • Fast Fingerprint Censor
  • Stock Android
  • Good amount of RAM and Storage
  • Very good build quality

Cons

  • Sometimes lag when you swipe in list of open apps

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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