This phone is amazing. Been years using it And suffering on Battery issue..but after updated it to MIUI 8 and got OTA Update MIUI 9, and obviously battery replacement (3080mah), the phone can last longer than ever!
Brian, 13 Sep 2018I am unable to write & type sms,,, what would be he problem
Probably the sms app crashed.
Suggest to factory reset the phone, or update to it's latest stock message app.
OTA updated again to MIUI 22.214.171.124 stable.
Well, really hope Xiaomi really consider for MIUI 10 updates, despite it is not possible.
kamz, 15 Aug 2018So the battery life is a major problem rite. Currently facing sudden turn off problem. Thinkin... moreAs this phone use old generations (4 to 5 generations behind) SoC, also the power hungry Mediatek SoC, and the low grade 1080p LCD screen, it won't improve battery life significantly even after changing new replacement battery, might not solving the battery drain issue. Yes, there are apps that draining battery, you can check at battery usage by apps and look for the one that consume battery even without opening. But be reminded, some apps are normal battery drain for day to day usage, the one you use more will drain more battery life too, not completely is hidden apps drain.
New battery might solve your sudden turn off issue, but won't solve the poor battery life issue.
Only the last gen Redmi Note 4 and current gen Redmi Note 5 that use 14nm process SoC do significantly boost battery life, and also comes with bigger 4000mah battery. (Redmi Note 3 do improve battery life too with 4000mah battery, but not as drastically with newer gen SoC)
So the battery life is a major problem rite. Currently facing sudden turn off problem. Thinking to buy a new battery but if got any advise due to which apps i need to uninstall pls help. This drain so fast battery life and sudden turm off really make me nuts.
Finally, buy a replacement Power + Volume button, self disassemble the back cover and replace the button.The replacement is just USD 2.5, now my power button is working again. No need factory reset, just replace and power on, then will be ok. With battery also been replaced with Pisen OEM BM45 battery, whole phone just works like new.
Anonymous, 17 Jul 2018I bought it about 3 years ago. It worked well. But now the phone becomes warm and battery last... moreTry aliexpress. The OEM brand such as Pisen and Nohon are guaranteed and much better than the many fake orange color BM45 Redmi Note 2 battery. I bought 2 fake orange colour BM45, which claim is original, but actually is fake battery. Currently I'm using Pisen, and Sun Global brand replacement battery, that is available locally at my country.
Today get the so called last OTA update on MIUI 9,for this phone, version 126.96.36.199, where it is being described the last stable update. The update specify the auto update will be turn off. There still will be future update, just need to go to "System Update".
All these are more on stability and refinement rather than priority updates.
For me, this phone get much smoother, stable and faster than before, despite using MTK6595 Helio X10 SoC, and just on the outdated Android 5.0.2.
I recently replace it's battery with a genuine Pisen branded 3000mah battery (from any online store), get at least 3.5 hour SOT.
After 3 years, still going strong.
HoodKamil, 04 Jul 2018your opinion is right...but late...on that particular time rendmi note 4 and redmi 5 not exist... moreThat is being very old time.
That time my country, around almost the same price, has Meizu M1 Note, Lenovo K3 Note.
These are almost similar spec, all using Mediatek processor. This RN2 being the most powerful using Helio X10, however, it drain battery and overheat.
Meizu M1 Note maybe is the better all round choice by not overheating, and much long lasting battery life. All these are the most budget "big" 5.5" phone can buy at that time, that pack reasonable hardware like 1080p screen, powerful processor.
There is also the problematic ASUS Zenfone 2, that actually comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, but cheaper model doesn't include the QC charger.
GuardianOTB, 29 Jun 2018I have been using this phone for almost 3 years now. Flashed it immediatelly, been using weekl... moreI bought it about 3 years ago. It worked well. But now the phone becomes warm and battery last only few hours after charging. Where did you buy battery from?
Anony, 01 May 2018In all respect, this is not the phone to get, due to it's very poor battery life. Please consi... moreyour opinion is right...but late...on that particular time rendmi note 4 and redmi 5 not existed yet....by far redmi note 2 still the best choice in terms of price and performance that time.
I have been using this phone for almost 3 years now. Flashed it immediatelly, been using weekly rom with some updates (miui 9 - not all features, but ok ROM ) - global MIUI 8 is perfect.
Ordered a new battery couple of months ago, SOT around 4h, daily use no problem, without a lot of gaming/YT it can go for 2 days without charging.
So, yeah, well built phone (get a temeperd glass), not the best one out there, but still.. i am happy with it.
Not to bash this phone. The normal usage performance is great, no lag what so ever. Heavy game take tolls on it's processor, overheat very quickly. Call quality is ok, 4G signal is ok, screen is 1080p, no issue on sharpness and PPI.
Really, the only thing bothering me is the battery life. I'm using it with a power bank everyday. Before that, I have a Redmi Note 3, which is far more satisfying than this Redmi Note 2, before giving my Redmi Note 3 to one of my relatives. I'm going to upgrade to Redmi Note 5 or something else.
I'm in love with MIUI by the way, the real minimalist, almost bloat free, useful Android skin that really outshine the rest.
In all respect, this is not the phone to get, due to it's very poor battery life. Please considering the new Redmi Note 4, Redmi 5 Plus, or the new Redmi Note 5. For other brand alternative, Meizu M5 Note, Nubia M2 are proper alternative. Smartphones do improved very fast, and get replaced very fast too.
Now it's global MIUI 9 is updated to 188.8.131.52.,still on Android 5.0.2.
Besides very bad battery life, and overheating, this is a fully functional phone, with very fluid and minimalist UI.