First of all, the phone is Chinese, that means that if you buy the device online there's a chance it comes with a Chinese ROM.
Second, you HAVE to install a Custom ROM (You can find anything you need on the Xiaomi EU forums), the built in one has a lot of useless features and Chinese apps and store, the battery last less because useless Chinese processes and other things (I use MIUI7 by Hermes).
When you install the custom ROM you see a super noticeable improve in the system, is faster, heats less and battery last a lot longer(2 hour of music draws 2% of battery on stand by).
Now, phone specs:
-MIUI ROM uses 1gb of RAM
-Camera has very good quality for the price
-Speakers not so good, use headphones
-Screen is made of glass (like most phones), not gorilla glass or plastic.
-Screen is outstanding with this procesor, can display double of the Hz of a normal phone, u have to set it up to work like this tho, and video apps are the ones who benefit from this feature. Color can be adjusted bc the screen is "brownish/yellowish".
-WiFi connectivity is great (1mbps when I use it at max) as well of 4g. (CHECK THE BANDS COMPATIBILITY OF YOUR COUNTRY).
-You won't need an SD card if you get the 32gb version, ~28gigs are for you.
I have been using this phone for 4 months and I am disgusted with the phone because it is like you have the sun on your hands as it becomes very hot easily. The worst when it is a hot day as the screen will be as boiling temperature. After 3 months using the phone I am seeing a lot of lag and when I play pokemon go 75% always restarts. STAY AWAY only use for minimum usage.
Its very capable phone, specifications wise.
But the ROM that comes with it is very immature, with various bugs. And as a layout is worse than my 4 year old zte970.
- Auto screen brightness is crazy and laggy. Although sensor is perfect when i test it with a program. After i get a call the next button i press even after many hours, plays the calling sound for 0.5 second.
- Have to plug in the usb twice so the software can pick it up and connect.
- After connecting to the PC and removing it i go a temperature warning, and it was draining the battery like the processor got stuck 100% and it got very hot. I had to reboot it because it wouldnt get straight.
- Lots of default software that want to cleans the cache save battery with stupid functions and recommends Mui search engine randomly....
- No calculator in the main menu. I can only find it if i search from the quickbar (offline). (duh wtf ?)
- Background picture position changes by itself after reboot (show left part only), and fixes by itself in a random time i have never seen (set to middle by me).
- Interface has lots of usefull function pretty hidden up. But other stupid functions are right in your face numerous times...
- Loud speaker is set with too much gain, so it sounds like its loose or broken after 75%
There is some common issue in MI when i call from my mi note 2 then display screen is not working properly. there is some censor issue on the phone top
after 1 year i bought this phone. first, its awesome. after a few month the battery need some more capacity.
Anonymous, 14 Aug 2016This phone has more problems than most of the other phones I own. The wifi problem is sicken ... moreU winning to much man..I've been using this phone for past 8 month now and it still working great..didn't lag..although I agree battery drain quite fast but it still good and worth your money..
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 in the philippines? What do you think will be the pros and cons? Will there be adaptability issues with the apps/software?
I have been using Redme Note 2 for the last 5 months.The phone gives value for money but it has certain issues.Battery discharges fast.The phone heated like oven but gradually cooled down after update.Back camera is great but front okay type.Problem connecting with computer.Not many issues with software.Satisfied.
I just bought a RedMi note 2. The battery finishes really quickly. Without even using it the battery drop 20% in couple of hours. Is that common? The phone is connected to wifi n with 3G data. I already replaced the battery with a new one from the shop owner but still the same problem occur.
Other than that, when charging the phone, weird cartoon picture appear. I don't know whether it's virus or not.
So my question is, is this common for RedMi note 2 or there's something with my phone. Thank you.
This phone has more problems than most of the other phones I own.
The wifi problem is sicken me a lot, I am getting N wifi speed when it is connected to AC channels. No Fast Charge, poor battery life, horrible yellow screen and dusty front camera.
Bahadut, 11 Aug 2016My phone cannot detected on pc..can someone help ? is there any setting on the phone that i ac... moreHi,
If you have a fast charge cable you cannot use it to connect to the computer as well. The cables can either transfer data and charge at 1AMP or charge at 2AMP but not transfer data.
Basically ... get another cable.
Bahadut, 11 Aug 2016My phone cannot detected on pc..can someone help ? is there any setting on the phone that i ac... morePreviously can be detected?
If previously can be detected, there maybe cable issue.
If never get detected before, it is Windows, where after Android 5.0, only can be detect by Windows 7 or higher, no luck on Windows XP.
My phone cannot detected on pc..can someone help ? is there any setting on the phone that i accidently change that cause the problem ?
or any option other than connect with cable ?
Anonymous, 10 Aug 2016has anyone updated to MIUI8 developer ROM here? i want to update my redmi note 2 so just wante... moreUpdated to MIUI 8 before.
The most drastic change is the drop down menu, it become something like Samsung menu, a menu that is shorter, with colors.
Other thing are remain the same, feel nothing changed from MIUI7 to MIUI8. Both MIUI7 and MIUI8 are as fluid.
The only thing annoy will be the update as update is too frequent, until need to restart too often.
Suggest wait till the stable release only update.
has anyone updated to MIUI8 developer ROM here? i want to update my redmi note 2 so just wanted to ask is anyone has used it.
Compare to other almost similarly priced and almost released at the same time, Lenovo K3 Note or A7000 Plus, Meizu M1/M2 Note, Meizu MX4, ASUS Zenfone 2/Selfie/Laser, Alcatel Flash Plus, ZTE Blade A711, Alcatel Idol 3, this phone is the best among those.
I can say the 1st generation Redmi Note is not ok, but certain I can't say the samething on Redmi Note 2.
This is the phone that is not fancy with latest spec, not with the best hardware, but usable and works without many issue, and simply outstanding with it's selling price.
Can you compare something with the same price class? Not really. For how much the phone is it isn't bad, a couple years back someone I know bought the blackberry z10 for a Lil bit more than the xiaomi and you just cannot compare them, come on, octave core 2ghz processor doesn't sound bad to me with a 13mp camera. Have to agree that the battery is poor compare to the rest and it might suffer a bit when it comes to gaming but you pay for what you get and I got better than what I paid for.. 2mp short of a Canon 50d dslr camera.. Some bugs herd and there but I couldn't find better for the same price.. You?
Walid Elsaid, 08 Aug 2016Thank you very much my friend .. I will follow your advice and go to xiaomi redmi note 3 .. Th... moreDo take note only buy the Snapdragon version Redmi Note 3.
There are Redmi Note 3 with Mediatek Helio X10 processor that is much inferior.