Call Quality


Call quality on the Redmi 2 is good, having no major issues on both ends of the line.

This does not mean it’s perfect, though, in the earpieces voices tend to sound a bit on the quiet side and with a slight distortion, while on the other end of the line there is a similar slight noise to voices. Noise is also not cancelled out perfectly, so when you are in a noisy environment, side noise gets in the way.

Battery life

Battery life is nothing short of great.

With a 2200 mAh removable battery, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 manages to squeeze a lot of actual run-time and it easily lasts over a full day even under heavy usage, while more moderate use may even help you get two days of battery life out of the device, which is definitely very impressive.

For more accurate measurements, we turn to our own battery life test. Keep in mind that we perform our battery tests uniformly for all devices: with the same load simulating typical smartphone use and all displays pre-set at 200 nits. The result that we get is for use with no screen-off time, and in the case of the Redmi 2 the phone ranks at the top of the charts with battery longevity of 7 hours and 45 minutes. Keep in mind that actual battery life depends a lot on how you set up the Redmi 2, and whether it’s running in Performance or Balanced mode.

Unfortunately, recharge times are fairly slow on the Redmi 2 - it takes nearly two hours and a half to charge up the phone from zero to 100% with the stock 5V - 1A wall charger. The phone does not support any fancy quick charging methods, as we tried juicing it up with a QuickCharge 2.0 wall charger, and the result was not any faster.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Xiaomi Redmi 2 7h 45 min (Good)
Motorola Moto G (2014) 6h 17 min (Average)
Motorola Moto E (2015) 9h (Excellent)
Xiaomi Mi 4 8h 32 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Xiaomi Redmi 2 148
Motorola Moto G (2014) 151
Xiaomi Mi 4 126
Apple iPhone 6 147

Conclusion


At a full retail price of $130 (799 yuan in China), the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is one of the most affordable Android phones money can buy.

Previously, such extremely affordable phones would come crippled significantly and lacking in features, but at first sight the Redmi 2 does no compromises: it has a fairly sharp, 4.7” display, the ubiquitous Snapdragon 410 mid-range system chip, and an 8-megapixel camera that shows promise.

However, there is a reason why this phone is not sold outside of Asia, and it’s the software. There is a lot to like about MIUI v6 that powers the Redmi 2 - its rich customization options with themes, it’s likable style and plentiful settings that you can manually tweak, and its mostly smooth operation. However, it is still a phone from China and leaves a lot of its important features to that market only: the Xiaomi account that you can register is all in Chinese, the cloud and streaming services as well, and even the Theme menu is all in Chinese. The biggest issue is that it seems that some apps just don’t run well for some reason, and those happen to be crucial apps: Facebook and the camera app crashed on us way too often.

If you are willing to tinker around with it, though, or want a phone with great battery life that captures decent images, the Redmi 2 will not disappoint, and for its price it remains a good deal.



Pros

  • Very low price
  • Great battery life
  • Sharp display with pleasing colors for its class
  • Captures good images for its class
  • MIUI skin has some nice customization options and manual settings
  • Removable battery, expandable storage

Cons

  • Issues with some key apps on MIUI
  • Limited 4G LTE bands
  • Not fully tailored to non-Asian markets
  • Recharge time is a bit too slow
  • Screen refresh rate is low

PhoneArena Rating:

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19 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I've Redmi 1s but camera is not that good, here is a nice camera improvement, images are good.

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Atleast this $100 phone defeats the iPhone 6 in some departments...

2. waddup121 unregistered

Redmi Lyfe. This is a great improvement for Xiaomi, pleased to see what's in store for future devices!

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Anyone know when the 16GB release? Never seen any of them at all.

13. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The 2GB RAM/16GB storage it's been available for quite a while now on aliexpress and such web stores.

8. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If this review is new, why didn't you test the 2 GB RAM version instead?

11. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes Redmi 2 pro with 2GB of memory is much better deal even if it cost $30 more. Just like it's bigger brother Redmi Note, having ample memory should allow for much smoother performance and better multi-tasking. Going from 1GB to 2GB is not just doubleing memory, but in practice more like 4-6X more usable memory (since with only 1GB, bulk is taken up by OS use, leaving only smaller fraction free for running applications).

12. joseanand

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

there are two versions of redmi 2 rom. 1. china rom 2. global rom for google play store and language issues. flash the global rom from miui forum >download section> redmi 2 > redmi 2 global (flashing guide is also given there)

14. sahil2007

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

heating problem and battery problem facing in my redmi 2

15. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Heating problem and battery issue is probably related. Normally, android phones are supposed to "deep sleep" when in standby mode. But rogue program or bug can keep running even in standby mode causing short battery / heating issues. You need to find out which programs/processes are holding wakelocks:http://www.phonearena.com/news/What-are-wakelocks-how-they-affect-the-battery-life-of-your-Android-device-and-how-to-Greenify-them_id58739

16. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

17. cyberjet

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Hi, I Just purchased a Redmi 2 From Snapdeal.com in Apr, 2015 I Faced problem of heating in just the stand by mode after installing Whats App, MXPlayer etc., Phone generates heat at the back and auto swich off Due to the above problem i submits the mobile at the Janak Puri Dist,: JobSheet No. 915071100440 HCL Touch (West) Address: G-5 (II), Shop No.5/126 & 5/127, Janak Place, Distt. Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 10:00-18:00 Service Center Phone Number: 011- 25615338 on 11/07/2015 and they return it on 24/07/2015 after replacing the bettery But it still have the same problem, due to that i visit the service center again on 25/07/2015 and explained the problem, They ask to re-submits the phone for 2 weeks. I am unable to re-submits it for 2 weeks again Please do the needfull

18. cyberjet

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Hi, I Just purchased a Redmi 2 From Snapdeal.com in Apr, 2015 I Faced problem of heating in just the stand by mode after installing Whats App, MXPlayer etc., Phone generates heat at the back and auto swich off Due to the above problem i submits the mobile at the Janak Puri Dist,: JobSheet No. 915071100440 HCL Touch (West) Address: G-5 (II), Shop No.5/126 & 5/127, Janak Place, Distt. Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 10:00-18:00 Service Center Phone Number: 011- 25615338 on 11/07/2015 and they return it on 24/07/2015 after replacing the bettery But it still have the same problem, due to that i visit the service center again on 25/07/2015 and explained the problem, They ask to re-submits the phone for 2 weeks. I am unable to re-submits it for 2 weeks again Please do the needfull

19. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

What does "Screen refresh rate is low" mean? It flickers?

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Redmi 2
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2200 mAh

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