Writing the review after about 10 days of heavy usage of this phone.
Was LUCKY enough to be able to place order on 22nd..n got delivered on 25th.Packaging was good as always with Flipkart.
About the phone(not going into specs,as most of us know it by heart at this moment):
Build Quality- Pretty good..no crackling n squeaking due to unibody design..sometimes it feels slippery so i bought a TPU soft gel case.
Display-Just AWESOME..Anybody will love watching movies n gaming on this phone..even 4.5Gb FHD prints play smoothly as butter..Touch response is very accurate..u can increase it a bit more in Glove mode.According to Xiaomi they have provided Gorilla Glass 3 in every unit but its better to have a screen guard,dont wanna damage this awesome screen.Better be safe than sorry.
Performance-Haven't experienced any lag whatsoever in these 10days of gaming,surfing,movie watching.The mobile can handle Modern combat 4,Dead trigger 2,Frontline Commando D day with no lags even in battery saving mode.Benchmarks r at par with phones costing 3 times more than this.
Only once or twice some app crashed,but its no big deal.
MIUI- Refreshing..Loads of customization to do..
Battery backup- Pretty good considering the high end specs n screen resolution.Easily lasts a day after full charge, sometimes more than a day.If someone expects latest smartphones to last 3-4 days better buy a Nokia 1100.
Speaker Quality-Is good enough if not great..But music quality using headphone is excellent.
Camera- Picture quality is very good,nice details n realistic colour..no oversaturation.
Video quality is about average,nothing special.
Internet connectivity-Network reception n browsing is fast..the stock browser provided handles everything smoothly.u can always use chrome/opera/ucweb if u wish.
Call quality n reception- The earpiece is very loud n clear..havent have any call dropped till now.And no such heating during long calls.
Usb OTG- works well with my sandisk otg pendrive,reads immediately on connecting.
In the Box-Yes the manual is in english & the charger is an Indian variant.its a 2amp output charger so charges fast but yeah with some heating.
Sim Card Tray- Nothing wrong with it,just a little tight.Give it a good push it will pop out.
1.No expandable memory.But we know this when we buy,so nothing to whine about after purchase.
2.Yes the phone gets a bit hot after graphics intense gaming n charging..but thats common in all high end phones these days.
3.The LED notification light had a bug,was not alerting for missed calls,can be corrected by a third party app.Hope it gets ok in the next update.
4.Fm radio is not working in wireless mode sometimes,donno its my device or others too.works well with headphone plugged in.
5.Lack of adequate stocks in Flipkart.Better get a fast internet connection if u wanna get this phone.
Hope this helps to decide for those who wanna go for the sale tomorrow.
AnonD-290609, 04 Aug 2014It is a Beast no doubt!!
signal quality, display, sound, gaming, camera all are good!!
I lo... morehttp://postimg.org/image/rb1gdhqlt/
The above link is the screen shot(use volume down + menu) of my batter usage, shows it's been 1 day in battery still 9% left out, which includes 2 hours of gaming, voice calls around 2 hours, and wifi on for more than 10 hours + occational 3g usagae (use to switch off, 3g drains more battery), pretty average usage with screen brightness 60%.
It is quite common for any smartphone to drain when used heavily. i understand you said screen brightness less than auto, it also depends on how much you use wifi, 3g , gaming. 3g & gaming drains more. I have Samsung Note 2 also, i did not find MI3 draining faster than Note 2. Actually I found MI3 to be more efficient than Note 2.
AnonD-290609, 04 Aug 2014It is a Beast no doubt!! signal quality, display, sound, gaming, camera all are good!! I lo... more:( even i am also facing the same issue , also the system failed to download themes and other things over wifi
It is a Beast no doubt!!
signal quality, display, sound, gaming, camera all are good!!
I loved it's interface amazing it is..
but I am facing battery issue, it cuoldn't make it even up to 16hrs!!!
screen consumption is always more than 50% even I updated it with latest version of MIUI, KXDMIBE 18.0 but still it couldn't help!! Even using it in battery saving mode & the screen is at it's lowest not even in auto!! What to do, help??
Does MI-3 support USB OTG? i.e. can i connect and use pendrive directly with it.
Hi, Apart from look this phone simply awesome. Good battery life, no heating problem, impressive gaming experience. As per price camera is also working well and you don't need to put screen guard on it if your are using case. Simple buy in if your budget is under 15K and if you don't care about brand.
AnonD-289544, 04 Aug 2014long press home button...not google now but google now launcher which is made public on play store for all devices on saturday.
sumittheleo, 04 Aug 2014How to use google now launcher on mi3. long press home button...
VIZ, 03 Aug 2014Hello Guys........I got my Mi3 on 31st.
Did a lot of research and then decided to go for Mi3.... morehiii
I also just got the mi3 mobile and have a doubt regarding the phone. while calling my screen is getting dead like not able to on speaker or not able to cut the call so can u plz help me regarding this issue.
Thanks in advance
Interesting specs at an interesting price... I was eagerly waiting for the next online sale, but came across such a risky statement while reviewing the product over the internet... "xiaomi is sending users data on some server in China, even the manufacturers have replied on their FB page telling that its just UI related stuff and nothing serious... still I doubt the Chinese on this" (See below links)
I am not a android expert and I am very much new to the smart phone space... so can somebody tell me the information that they are sending are imp stuff or negligible ones...?? I am planning to configure phone banking and office mails in my smartphone, so if it's risky, then I am planning to drop the plan of buying this...
After I updated mi3 my sim is not getting activated it's showing a sim is unactivated, I am not able to sign up mi cloud but I am recieving calls plz help me
[deleted post]Very accurate review. I also received the phone around same time and totally agree with you.
Lucky, 04 Aug 2014Is this mobile dual sim ? Are there service centers in hyd . If there is any prob with the mo... moreRather an asking same questions again , why dont you read. Just few posts below i have posted reg. service centers.
Lucky, 04 Aug 2014Is this mobile dual sim ? Are there service centers in hyd . If there is any prob with the mo... moreSame dumb questions again. Please go through the earlier posts and flipkart page.