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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

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Call quality

Surprisingly good.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review
With even high end Android phones regularly posting mediocre results in this area, we expected the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 to offer poor performance when talking call quality. We were wrong — almost entirely

For one, the volume of the earpice is great, and sufficient to make out what's being said even in loud environments such as airports or busy malls. Voices transmitted through it sound a bit off, though, with a slighty muffled quality to them.

On the other side, things are about identical: strong volume output courtesy of the microphone, and satisfying voice reproduction. We'd know who we're talking to, even without looking at the caller ID.

Battery life

Good, not excellent.

After a decent showing so far, the last major test of the Redmi Note 2 is battery life.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review
Rocking a 3,060 mAh juice pack, we expected the phablet to deliver reasonable results in our custom battery life benchmark, which attempts to mimic your everyday usage of the phone — calls, messaging, video playback, and such. And while the clock stopped short of excellent, at 7 hours and 4 minutes, we were happy with what we got.

Depending on your personal use patterns and habbits, this results can translate to both up to two days of usage, or a single one — but of intense work. In our experience, we easily got a day and a half, but had to ease up a little to survive the fourthy eight hour.

Once your juice is out, you'll need just under 2 hours to get the battery back to full. Not a record-setting figure, sure, but very good on the whole, and specifically in this class. Thanks, 2A charger.


Conclusion


At about $170 to $190 (excluding any possibly applicable import fees), the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is a hard phablet to beat, though certainly not unopposed. For around that kind of money, you can get Meizu's m2 Note 5.5-incher, which sports a nearly identical specs list, but comes with a better camera and sweeter battery life. It's arguably the more attractive of the two, also. We've had some troubles with its software, though — in comparison, MIUI is madly powerful, but contained and well-behaved.

In any case, as far as successors go, the Redmi Note 2 ticks all the right boxes to qualify and end up in the 'worth' it corner. So if you've got the original Redmi Note, it'll be worth getting this one, as it's an all-around better performer. Honestly, our only real beef was with the wobbly backplate, which may be isolated to just our unit — so if possible, get some hands-on time before committing.

Bottom line: If you're on a tight budget, and want a competent, phablet-sized phone with MIUI, get this. If not, go take a look at Meziu's m2 Note.

Software version: Android 5.0.2 with MIUI 6.7.10.0

Thanks to ShopJoy.com.au for providing us with the review unit.

Pros

  • Very good screen-to-body ratio
  • Well-balanced display
  • MIUI is versatile and reliable
  • IR blaster available
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Creaky backplate that can drive you mad
  • Built-in Xiaomi apps aren't 100% translated to English
  • MIUI comes with bloatware
  • Camera could use some work
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7.8Good
Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek Helio X10, Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.98 x 2.99 x 0.32 inches
(152 x 76 x 8.25 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)

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