- The price tag and what you get for what you pay
- A good camera
- a lite mode for easy use
- 1 GB RAM
- A heavy MIUI OS is a ram hog
- Android Kitkat
The Redmi 2 is the successor to the popular Xiaomi Redmi and Redmi 1S. It occupies a major share of the entry level smartphones along with the Moto E. It was one of the first phones from the company to get a 64-bit architecture. Though the upgrades over the 1S are minimal they do improve the overall performance of the phone, like a newer processor, a bigger battery, 4G support and a much lighter profile.
Design And Build:
On a quick look you really can’t differentiate the phone from the 1S, but it’s more rounded around the corners and the position of the rear LED flash giving it away. The phone is much lighter than its predecessor. The plastic back cover is still removable and swappable with the whole lot of options available, and under it lies the dual sim card slots, the SD card slot and a removable battery.
The Redmi 2 has a 8 MP rear snapper and a 2 MP front camera. Even though the 8 MP doesn’t seem like much, it actually does a much better job than a lot of those 13 MP sensors out there on phones that cost a lot more. This is thanks to the sensor which is a f/2.2 with 1.4 µm pixel size. The front camera does a good job with selfies as well.
The display is the same 4.7 inch 720p IPS LCD panel, so it’s pretty nice to look at, and since the screen is smaller, the pixel density is pretty decent at 312ppi. The absence of onscreen buttons give more room on the screen as well.
The processor is the major update here over the Redmi 1S, and it’s the same Snapdragon 410 chip as seen on the Moto G3. Along with the Adreno 306 the phone can handle almost everything you throw at it, the almost is because of the OS, MIUI. MIUI is a nice and tweakable OS, but it comes with a cost; it’s a rather heavy UI and it’s iPhone like home screen might not be to the liking of all. The phone runs on Android Kitkat, but since it’s Miui you really can’t differentiate between Kitkat and Lollipop. The 1 GB RAM is sufficient for daily usage, but under heavy usage it does start to show the flaw of MIUI.
The phone has a decent 2200 mAh Li-Po removable battery, a slight bump from the 2000 mAh one in the Redmi 1S. There are still fans of removable batteries out there. The phone lasts you a day easily and Redmi really does shine in the standby department.
When released it was a direct competitor to the Moto G, although it’s priced alongside the Moto E, which in itself shows how much of a value for money this phone is. The specs are as good as a phone that’s priced in the next price category and that is what made this phone a great success story. The 8 MP camera is pretty good and phone speakers are rather loud even though they are placed at the back side.