This blog about the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is provided by a CompareImport user and quite recognizable. “After sitting on my Doogee DG550, cracking the screen, I found myself in a position where I had to either replace the LCD and touchscreen (costing approximately 50 dollars), or buy myself a new phone. Though the Doogee offered a lot of bangforbuck, I found that the software wasn’t always stable, resulting in some annoying bugs, like the wifi disconnecting regularly, and the GPS sometimes failing randomly. Not knowing for sure whether the bugs were software related and whether they could be solved, I chose to buy a new phone, instead of spending more money on the old one. Instead of buying another Doogee, I decided to go for a phone from a manufacturer with a better reputation: Xiaomi. I chose for the successor of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, the Redmi 2 (1GB RAM).
Xiaomi Redmi 2 – Specifications
|Model||Xiaomi Redmi 2|
|RAM MEMORY||1GB (a 2GB version is also available)|
|ROM MEMORY||8GB FLASH|
|Screen & Resolution||4,7 inch 1280×720|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 1.2-GHz CPU
Adreno 306 GPU 64bit
|Camera||8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera|
|Android||4.4 (with MIUI)|
|Connectivity||4G Network | FDD-LTE 1800/2300 MHz
3G Network | WCDMA 900/2100 MHz
2G Network | GSM 900/1800 MHz
|Sensor||GPS, GLONASS and BEIDOU positioning|
The phone is normally sold with MIUI version 6. However, it looks like the phone I ordered contained a different version: 16.x. After a few weeks I found that because of this, I could not receive OTA updates, and therefore flashed the latest stable release (Miui 6.6). Miui is quite different from stock android: Instead of an app tray, all shortcuts are placed on the homescreens. This can, however, be easily changed by installing a different launcher (of which there are lots available from the playstore). Also, the settings menu is quite different. There are a lot more features available than on stock android. This does, however, result in a long list of options, which can be overwhelming when you’re not used to it.
Compared to the other phones I’ve owned (the latest being a Huawei G330D and a Doogee DG550), and laptops I own, reception for both 2G/3G and Wifi is about the same. I have not had a chance to test the 4G connection.
So far, I have only tried the bluetooth with a Plantronics Voyager Pro headset and with a Weloop Tommy smartwatch. The headset worked fine most of the time. I had trouble connecting once, but this has also happened with my Blackberry Q10, so I assume this has more to do with the headset than with the phone.
I’ve been using the phone in combination with the smartwatch for a couple of weeks now, and so far it works flawlessly, the connection has never let me down.
The GPS of this phone is great. I usually get a fix in just seconds, and the positioning is accurate enough to accurately determine my position, even in places where there are a lot of parallel roads. Besides GPS, the phone also supports GLONASS and BEIDOU. I have not been able to test Beidou, as it can only be used in China (I believe). As for GLONASS, it finds a bunch of satellites quite quickly, so it appears that this features works fine.
Though my previous phone had 16GB of storage, I find that 8GB is more than enough. At the time of writing I had all the apps I needed installed, and there was still 3GB available.
The battery in the Redmi 2, at 2200mAh, is not particularly big. However, I do not use my phone much, and therefore often end up with 70 to 80% battery at the end of a day. Even on days where I do use the phone intensively, I have never had to recharge the phone before the end of the day.
An example of my battery usage:
1. After a normal working day, starting at 7:00 and using the phone to navigate to and from work (about an hour), and using apps like whatsapp and gmail casually (2.5 hours of screen time in total), I had 38% left at 21:30 in the evening.
2. After taking my phone off the charger at 08:30, and using it casually throughout the day (2.5 hours of screentime), and in addition to this, having it connected to my smartwatch all day, at 22:45 the phone had 39% left.
The Antutu score for this phone is 20455. This is lower than the DG550 (at 27000), but considering that the Xiaomi is a Quadcore and the Doogee an Octacore (which is clocked higher too), it’s not half bad.
Overall I’m very happy with the Xiaomi Redmi 2. It seems more mature than my Doogee, and I’ve not run into any problems yet. Personally, I’m not a fan of Miui, so I might flash a different ROM at some point, but this is a matter of taste, as the Miui ROMs are stable enough. A big plus is that Xiaomi offers (stable) updates every month, to fix known issues.