So I was among those who was fortunate to get this phone from flipkart. The phone is worth for money. Performance is superb. No lagging while playing games. UI is kind of OK. Email app is nice. Can't get a better phone on this price tag. Dont feel its a chinese brand. In china, u can get good products and cheap products. This one is the best from china. This phone is soon going to capture the globe.
Anonymous, 06 Aug 2014anyone can tellme that how is the xiomi mi3 phone ovar alldear sir..kindly tell me about the xiami mi3 mobile becoz i wanted to buy this mobile
SensibleTechBoss, 06 Aug 2014I agree that I should probably ask for a replacement. The headphone jack issue is quite probab... moreYou told you were on 3G. Did you use your Asus Zenfone phone also in 3G for the whole day? That didn't heat up? And if so how is the battery backup of zenfone in 3G always on? And just curious what you use 3G to be always on?
I am using this handset for about a week now, so far my observations are
Display - 5 inc display is simply awesome
Battery - Lasts for 2(~40hrs) days with use of 2G data /Wi-Fi data, 20 mins of gaming, connected to internet most of the time and 16 hrs of sleep(not switch off).
RAM - have loaded on FB, Whatsapp and other light apps only. ran some car race game for about 10 mins was really smooth.
Internal memory - this is a problematic if you wish to have most in your phone card. available space to user is around ~12GB.
Camera - photo quality is awesome in sunlight but just good within building or artificial light. please don't expect night mode to be that great, however flash serves to some extent.
UI -- MIUI is simply superb and I don't see any other device in this price range having so many options. having said that this is also a negative because only developers can effectively make use of this options.
MIUI is built upon ANDROID KITKAT and by downloading different launchers you can also change MIUI to basic Android KITKAT and you can switch between launchers easily.
Appearance -This is already projected on many website, look and feel is good enough.
Inbuilt music player has all that you need no need to download any new music player app, same with video player.
inbuilt Radio app has recording option
Themes like in traditional Nokia mobile phones for MIUI.
cons are -
Post sales Service is something not that clear .
Box contains no earphones.
Like traditional chainee mobiles ,1st 2 rings for outgoing calls are too loud, from 3rd ring onwards it seems to have settled.
Single SIM(MINI not MICRO) slot.
NO card slot, SIM slot is external and Battery is non removable. Hence no point in break opening the panel :).
Copy pasting a review stated before...
I got the mobile on the first sale 22 July. As a user of more than two weeks, it is an awesome device. If you don't trust me, just grab if any of your friends are having it. When you feel it you will love it. It not only looks and feels premium, but also works as a high end device. It is a premium device. I read comments about chinese engineering & american engineering, please don't be biased by the chinese brand, it not a yet another chinese brand or mobile.
There are 3 performance modes. 1.High performance 2. Balance 3. Battery Saving. In High Performance my mobile Antutu benchmark result is 34762, stays top in the rankings.
I have installed Asphalt 8 Airborne, Frontline Commando all I high graphics intensive games. Plays without any lag at all.
I tested choosing the Battery Saving option and played the games. It played well without any lag in even Battery Saving mode. Think what it could do in High Performance mode.
Heating Issue. When you play Asphalt 8 , which smartphone doesn't get warm?
I have Note 2 also, it also gets warm when playing Asphalt 8. I didn't find any significant increase in heating comparatively to any other smartphone.
I think, People hear use Mi3 for first time and they play games and they sense the warm and decide it heats up, without knowing what other smartphone does. Every phone in market right now heats up when using graphic intensive apps.
Battery Backup outstanding. I operated for a whole day, with 3g, wifi, gaming , calls, with screen brightness of 75% & in Balance Setting Mode. I still had juice left to charge still next day. If you use Auto Brightness or reduce the screen brightness with Battery saving mode, it can easily last for 1.5 days. Battery charges in less than 2 hours.
Themes... Guys trust me , whole lot of themse.. i can't stop seeing them. Been glued to it. The design, look everything so good. The UI 'MIUI' interface is a the icing on top. Some may not like the apps being rounded in shape, especially who are used to typical android apps shape. They can use any launcher such as Nova Launcher, once installed it gives the look and feel of the typical android interface. The sky is the limit for 'MIUI' customization. You can select different components from different themes and use as your own them in whatever way you like.
Camera: Outdoor pics are awesome. I agree under low light it does shows some grains only when you zoom. But guys it is not a cam, it is a mobile. And trust those grains aren't visible unless you zoom in completely. Secondary camera's age & gender detection is a real funny feature. It is just a funny feature, age changes depending upon the amount of light falling on the face, but will make you guys laugh with your friends.
USB OTG works very well with pendrive and External Hard Disk. Able to connect 1 TB WD my passport HDD and play video from it. If anybody wants to know how to connect External HDD, use USB Stick Plugin & Total commander so that NTFS file format will be detected. The same with pendrives if its FAT32 it can detect directly, else install the above apps.
The phone looks beautiful and feels awesome. It is very slippery so a TPU Case or any case would be advisable. AND TO THOSE WHO SAYS THERE IS NO INFO ABOUT GORILLA GLASS 3 IN OFFICIAL WEBSITE. CHECK MI3'S OFFICAL TWITTER PAGE https://twitter.com/MiIndiaOfficial/status/491613019495870464 (sometimes this link doesn't open properly, go to https://twitter.com/MiIndiaOfficial and scroll down for Jul 22 or ctrl f after scrolling for gorilla ). IT IS CONFIRMED THAT IT IS GORILLA GLASS. due to some licensing agreement or something it is not explicitly stated in the official site.
SensibleTechBoss, 06 Aug 2014I agree that I should probably ask for a replacement. The headphone jack issue is quite probab... moreEvery product manufactured by every big brands do have faulty products. Go to gsm arena and read reviews about any phone, for someone some problem might have happened and they would have gone for a replacement. It happens with every brand. I would suggest you to contact flipkart and ask for the days of replacement. A company such as flipkart won't keep you at bay. They would have got extra stocks for replacement purposes. Call them and confirm before deciding to keep the phone.
Actualy i noticed in phone pics that,the icons subtitil are in chines,is that same in ur phones,who al r usin g in india?
SAHUL Hameed, 06 Aug 2014How it is possible 15000 mobiles are sold out within 2 seconds unbelievable. I think they will... morejust one clik it will add to cart i n 1 second. No need to checkout,can do later even
AnonD-291297, 06 Aug 2014How reputed news papers like Economic Times are reporting that xiaomi M1 3 sale was over withi... moreHow it is possible 15000 mobiles are sold out within 2 seconds unbelievable. I think they will create demand in Indian market. Better we will wait for sometime to buy this mobile.
Anonymous, 06 Aug 2014Head phones are fine for me. Used sony head phones no pulling in out problem. Accelerometer... moreI agree that I should probably ask for a replacement. The headphone jack issue is quite probably not an across the board issue and i definitely cannot live with it. I was just pointing to the lousy quality control that has some lemons rolling out. The accelerometer is still not showing any consistency and works half the time on the first try and half the time doesn't. I am on 3G full time and the battery barely makes it, which now has me thinking is probably why the phone gets burning hot as well. I can't afford to keep turning data on and off though because I need push mail. But you can see why the bad taste,because god knows when I will get a replacement and if that is possible with the limited stocks. I m now left praying some of the issues may get fixed with a software update and probably invest in Bluetooth headphones. I still think people should wait for more reviews to know how many lemons are rolling out and get a better idea of the patheticness of their quality control. Like I said, the lousy feeling is compounded by the absolute lack of issues with the Zenfone, but now that I m stuck with this can only hope something will fix it.
ved, 06 Aug 2014yes I m agree wt u buddy.. since the sale happenned stday, everybody discussing abt sale... Read posts before 5th august u wil get many reviews....indeed thr are lot of discussions..
Awesome phone.. Received it 10 days back.. No Issues so far...!!
AnonD-289749, 06 Aug 2014"new Mi3 fake out, be careful" "this new fake have much less diffirences than o... moreThat is why i am telling you to buy only from flipkart. But you are the one looking for other sources.
sree, 06 Aug 2014i agree with you!! it happened same with me and my friends as well! it's a part of promotion ... moreIt is not promotion. Adding to cart the phone is yours. i.e y it s out of stock within seconds. You can checkout later. Except 1st sale on flipkart it took 40 minutes because one has to checkout. Later flipkart changed the system to just adding to cart its yours. Don't spread rumor.