What became the Xiaomi smartphone after a year and a half

In one of the reviews, I talked about the cheap smartphone Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime (it’s Pro, it’s the Chinese version of Redmi 4 with an improved processor and FullHD-screen).

The smartphone took its place in the role of one of the main gadgets. And now, after a year and a half, he leaves it – although there are no objective reasons for this. Nevertheless, it’s time to take stock.

You will be in shock.

Why did I choose Xiaomi?

The history of the appearance of this smartphone, which became the second “xiaomi” in the house, is quite simple: it took a cheap compact smartphone with good autonomy.

As you understand, the iPhone disappears – “compacts” on Android work longer. Yes, it may seem that it works faster, photographs better and has an extended ecosystem.

But after testing it turned out that Xiaomi offers for  conditional 10 thousand rubles almost the same as Apple: excellent work with branded gadgets; a fast operating system; comfortable launcher; stable operation in standard scenarios. There are several important features that distinguish Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime from other smartphones. In particular, for 10 thousand to find a completely metal case and a screen with a high pixel density is difficult to find.

The main competitors are Sony and  Samsung . But in the indicated price range they are primitive (the situation has not changed today). “Xiaomi” -analogues were worth 1.5-2 times more.

Why pay more if you can get the same experience and use? It dragged on because the smartphone was better than I expected.

How did Xiaomi show themselves in the work?

At the time of the release of Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime caused an undisguised “wow effect”: a tightly knocked-down metal smartphone without a single gap, responding lightly to each touch.

Before this, only Apple’s smartphones boasted such quality of work. Even “pure” Android a couple of years ago did not work very well under the load: frequent microlags, hanging of the shell became a kind of a visiting card for the actively used smartphone.

Without a software-klinera anyone, even the most powerful smartphone in six months began to slow down. Especially with the “live wallpaper” and with the active scrolling of the desktops. Xiaomi lags did not appear in a week, not two, or six months later. Even now, the smartphone works just as lightning as it was at the time of purchase.

The company’s smartphones often complain: it does not work either one, then another, then the third. There is an algorithm in which the shortcomings do not appear: do not go where you do not understand anything.

Why resell a stably working smartphone, which is updated once a month – is stable, itself, without a reminder? Moreover, why use third-party firmware for this?

On  Stable firmware (there are still firmware for developers), there are no problems: the cameras work normally, Google services are stable and power consumption is optimized. A good day photo on Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Redmi 4 proved to be an ideal working smartphone: it’s not a problem to take pictures on the road, it works for 2 days without recharging and does not lose the network. If you do not use third-party firmware, of course.

Bad photos in the dark? Like all Adnroid smartphones are cheaper than 30 thousand.

Do not send alerts from instant messengers? MIUI prohibits all applications, go into the settings and put the necessary permissions. But you can be sure that they will not ask for too much.

Close the applications in the background? Same. And do not forget about the “Energy Saving Manager”.

Did not like the update? Do not put everything in order, forcibly no one forces.

And no problem. Just use a smartphone for everything that it is capable of. Although without the nuances anywhere – but they are also pleasant.

What has become a cheap Xiaomi in a year and a half?

These smartphones are similar to the iPhone with its reliability. Other Chinese brands have not learned this yet. A striking example of this is my Redmi 4.

Who will spare the budget smartphone? Such devices are bought as a consumable. In addition, all these your covers, protective glasses and films interfere, spoil the tactile sensations and reduce the usability.

I have never met glass with a normal oleophobic coating – simply because it is more expensive for accessories manufacturers than for smartphone manufacturers. Volumes are incomparable.

Standard Chinese smartphone I live six months, a maximum of 9 months. Redmi 4 has lived a year and a half, and is not going to landfill. Although several times I tried to sit on it. Several times dropped on the concrete floor. A series of falls and constant wearing in pockets left several marks on it. The corners of the case are damaged, the protective glass of Gorilla Glass is covered with thin, barely perceptible scratches.

Although the smartphone was used without a “bumper”, there are no scratches on the case. All the gaps, joints between glass, plastic and metal remained minimal.

Surprisingly, but the hardware stuffing did not work out its resource. The average battery of the smartphone loses about 30% of capacity in a year  . Judging by the autonomy of my Redmi 4 Prime, now in its battery is not less than 3500 mAh instead of the previous 4000 . The result is excellent! Yes, and fresh MIUI 9 arrived in time ( read the review – a cool alternative to Android AOSP )

All sensors and sensors have retained their full capacity (including cameras). Well, the processor and memory work just as well, losing no more than 5% of parrots in synthetic tests during their operation.

What will happen next with this smartphone?

Here is another reason to buy Xiaomi – they are selling well in the secondary market. My Redmi 4 Prime served me well, and now I went to Avito.

A smartphone in an ideal condition when sold with hands loses about 25% of the cost. And, not from the original: the initial price should be considered from the market, the average Avito. This is a couple of thousands higher than in China.

With an initial price of 10,000 rubles, the budget worker loses not more than 1,000-2,000 if he was bought in China not at the start of sales, but at an adequate price.

If at the time of sale the next generation has appeared (as in my case, when the Redmi 5 is relevant), the price is reduced by another 10-15%. Similarly, the cost falls if there is damage. Why so little? Because Xiaomi accessories are very cheap. The screen in the collection can be bought for 1500-2000 rubles, the case – for 1000.

Therefore, now the market price of my Redmi 4 Prime with several scratches balances in the range of 6000-8000 rubles at the initial 10,000.

Like the iPhone!

How to buy quality Xiaomi?

The fact that my smartphone is still in order is not an absolute norm. We must not forget about industrial marriage. In addition, it is Xiaomi smartphones that are faked more often than other Android-smartphones.

When buying it, check with Antutu authenticity (for this purpose a special tab serves). If this function was not found, use any program that will tell you about the filling in detail. And compare it with the passport on the official website.

Some devices may vary. So, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is available in several modifications for different markets. Nevertheless, on the box the model is marked with an alphanumeric code, with the help of which it is easy to get to the core.

Do not buy smartphones from sellers with low ratings, and be sure to ask not to install russified firmware. If the smartphone has not yet received the official international, it is better to wait for the release of a quality translation from the fan community. Chinese firmware with Russian language will bring a bunch of problems. With some of them it is impossible to reflash, and some after updating make a smartphone into a “brick”.

And do not forget – this is a Chinese smartphone on Android. An excellent smartphone, but not an iPhone.

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