JesterLee, 02 Dec 2016If you remove the WOW factor from this phone, then it's pretty ordinary. I would add these to ... moreAny phone over 140x70mm is too big to handle one handed by most people. Most phones are handled two handed these days. Only iPhone and probably galaxy S avoid this dubious honor.
According to professional scratch test the glass is equally scratch prone as a gorilla glass 4.
...you still don't get it. It's not about the wow factor. It's about functionality. It's about fitting the biggest possible screen (I.E. productivity) in something that can still fit in many pockets (it's iPhone plus sized).
It's shutter prone, I agree. That is one thing that should be fixed in bezeless phones, instead Xiaomi made it all worse by choosing something as brittle as ceramic. A bad choice overall; *that* part is/was "fashion over function", not the screen size.
How exactly do you handle your devices? I've read almost every review since October 2015(I think), and plenty of them have had issues with "scratches" while JerryRigEverything's scratch tests always reveal them to be up to par with every other flagship out there.
If you remove the WOW factor from this phone, then it's pretty ordinary. I would add these to the list of shortcomings:
- Too big to handle with one hand
- Ceramic is shatter-prone
- No Gorilla Glass 5
- Piezoelectric earpiece sounds thin/distant
I would add these to the nitpicker's list:
- No Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
- No UFS 2.1
- No USB 3.1
- No aptX
- No IR blaster
- No wireless charging (Qi)
- No Super AMOLED
- Ceramic back is slippery
- Very heavy (over 200 g)
To be fair, these shortcomings are the norm nowadays, not the exception:
- No removeable battery
- No memory card slot
- No FM radio
- No stereo speakers
Anonymous, 02 Dec 2016too heavy, next pls.It's a phablet, what do you expect? -_-
Thanks for the review guys, I always appreciate them. The camera is much worse than I realised (sob).
Just a couple of things:
Glass Protection: JerryRigEverything on YouTube has bend, drop & scratch tested it and the front glass is a normal MoH of 6 the same as any flagship, while every other surface is an incredible 8.
Proximity Sensor: You might want to reword the proximity sensor from being Â“belowÂ” the screen to Â“behindÂ” to save confusion.
I would have loved to have seen more of the full screen UI as like many if I can get my hands on one I would have the soft keys set to autohide and just use the Quick Ball, which is smarter, to make use of the full screen.
Hmmmmm, 02 Dec 2016Lack of screen protection is a negative? That's a little too much nic-picking. Last time I che... moreThey are referring to CGG 1-5 protection or something similar. They are not referring to Screen protectors/tempered glasses that you can just purchase...
Hmmmmm, 02 Dec 2016Lack of screen protection is a negative? That's a little too much nic-picking. Last time I che... moreIt means "no Gorilla glass" (or anything similar) which is certainly a negative, because most phones have it.
"Unfortunately, Xiaomi yet once again didn't mention any specific glass protection for the screen. Our review unit acquired a few scratches on top of its display in the first three days even though we were extra careful in handling it."
I have been using this phone since the first release in China on the 4th Nov. Almost a full month of using without any screen protector and I can't even find a single scratch on the screen. There is a video on youtube that test the durability of this phone and it shows that the Mix screen durability is on par or better then the Note7 and other high end phones.
Lack of screen protection is a negative? That's a little too much nic-picking. Last time I checked almost all phones ship with no screen protection at all. Sony used to ship all their high end phones with screen protection and every online forum and blog whined about it.
I've owned the Sharp some time back so the fact the screen with the 'speaker' technology is by Sharp it doesn't surprise me in any way...
But I'm impressed by the material and the screen size... But drop it without a case and get ready to cry all day long...
Since the disappearance of Motorola and Nokia everything is stupid, especially about built. Phones are now coming with glass, and now ceramic. How practical for a mobile phone. And they have their 40 IQ users and fanboys too.
Good luck to these companies and their users.