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OMG, What Have You Done To Mi?

This review is going to be hard to do, as I still remain
emotionally conflicted on my new found love for Xiaomi’s Mi Note

Being
an all-rounder, the Mi Note gets a 7.2 on the rating scale. Thanks to its
camera, sleek exterior design and super affordable price of SG$579. However,
there are some minor flaws that if corrected, would elevate this Smartphone
to a whole new elite level.


I
have met so many naysayers when any of Xiaomi’s products are the main topic for
discussion. Which is ironic because my experience with the Mi Note has been
nothing short of awesome and refreshing – In a sense. However, when I say that
it really is not a bad Smartphone given its really affordable price tag, I
really do mean it. 

I
have always been an avid user of a particular Android Smartphone, but after two
weeks of making the switch to the Mi Note, I am in trouble. 

I am in trouble
because now, I don’t really want to switch back to my actual Smartphone.

Here’s
my personal but professional take on what’s awesome and what’s not-so-awesome
about the Mi Note:

Awesome

1. Themes – Instead of having to
download a third-party software to change the boring themes that a Smartphone
usually comes with, Xiaomi has a dedicated app just for themes. Choose from
cityscapes, geometric shapes or even themes surrounding your favourite hues to
best suit your own personal style. Best part of it all, most of them are free!

 

2. Oh So Slim – You will only really take
notice at how slim and lightweight a Smartphone is when you put it in your
pocket. In the case of the Mi Note, it is so slim there were two separate
occasions I actually thought I had misplaced it. Even with its large 5.7” display,
the Mi Note manages to hide itself in my pocket (No, I have not lost any
feeling in either of my legs).

 

3. Picture Perfect – No, a cheaper
Smartphone does not equate a lousier or less competent camera and the Mi Note
is evidence of this. I am just going to let the picture convince you. No
surgery of any kind was done on the image. Just take a look at the amazing
colour contrast and details.

 

Not-So-Awesome

1. Unlocking Can Be A Finger Breaking
Chore –
Unlocking
your screen on the Mi Note might pose as a challenge to some, like me. There
were a few occasions when I had difficulties unlocking the screen due to it not
being able to sense my touch. It is not like my hands are small or that I did
not swipe the screen properly, I did, the device just sometimes isn’t as
sensitive as I thought it would be.

 

2. Battery Life – Let’s face it, in this
day and age when everything can be done on your Smartphone, the bigger the
battery the better. Although the Mi Note’s battery is 3000mAh large, there were
days when I was struggling to preserve the precious battery. This wasn’t the result of me playing games on it for a few
hours at a time or constantly check my social media accounts. It was just some
gaming here and there, texting and periodical checking of my social media
accounts – Swear.

 

Overall,
my experience with the Mi Note has been an eye opener. It is one of the better
devices that pack some premium specifications and able to take quality images
while still remaining affordable. That being said, battery life is a real issue
if you are into taking pictures and documenting your entire life on social
media or stream movie shows on-the-go.

If
you are wondering about its specific specifications, check out the in depth
article
here.

 

 

By Geralyne Kaye Ong / August 25, 2015 2:30PM
GMT+8

 

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