Xiaomi Redmi Note 2: Smartphone Review


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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

At my company we do things a little different to most companies in SA and around the world in terms of the gadgets we use. After all we are an investment technology firm that always aims to be ahead of the curve. I use a Chromebook laptop that I had never seen or used before joining Burnette Associates and about a week ago I received this Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 smartphone aka Mi Note 2. My purpose for writing this review is to enlighten those interested in the latest gadgets and smartphones, someone looking to buy a different smartphone to the Samsung and iPhones that everyone buys here in South Africa AND most importantly if this Redmi Note 2 is a worthy investment.

Out the Box

Out of the box, I grabbed a cellphone and it was featherweight light without the battery. After putting in the battery, I felt more comfortable that it would not slip and drop, but at the same time that does not have the weight of a brick. This Redmi Note 2 weighs 160g which is just under the weight of an average apple (no pun intended) that you have in your fridge. This phone’s dimensions is 152 * 76 * 8.33mm and coupled with it being light in weight makes it user friendly for holding and operating with one hand or both (see cool features for One Hand Mode).

Looks Matter

The Redmi Note 2 has a simplistic sleek design that looks classy from the front and an impressive rear cover that has a smooth matte design that comes in a variety of colours other than my dark grey that I like very much. In the smartphone era of today, the inches of the screen is a key factor in purchasing a smartphone. You will never be disappointed by choosing a smartphone with a large screen. The Redmi Note 2 has a beautiful 5.5” Full HD display that will make any person who frequently uses their smartphone, whether for social networks, browsing the internet or viewing emails and PDF documents to name a few things that I use my phone an appealing purchase.


The biggest selling point of the Redmi Note 2 is its performance capabilities. This phone operates on an android operating system, has 2GB dual-channel RAM and a Mediatek Helio X10 octa-core 64 bit processor chip (most advanced mobile technology in terms of CPU performance, integrated 4g LTE technology and multimedia capabilities for optimal camera/video recording). For those unfamiliar with these terms, it simply means that the Mi Note 2 is elite in terms of performance in the current market. This is a smartphone that any techno wizard would be proud of. The Redmi Note 2 also has a 13mp PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) camera typically found in DSLR cameras for picture perfect image quality. Anyone familiar with photography and DSLR camera’s will stress the importance of a camera with autofocus capabilities and not only megapixels.


The Redmi Note 2 has a 3060mAh removable battery that offers up to 144 hours of standby time, up to 11 hours of talk time, up to 46 hours of music playback and more than 4 hours screen on time. The battery for this phone is quite large and has fast charge technology that will get your phone back up to power relatively quicker if you have a Quick Charger. A feature that I like to check is how long it takes to reboot/switch on the phone. The Redmi Note 2 wont have you waiting for long as it takes less than 50 seconds to reboot/switch on. My colleagues Wileyfox Swift smartphone (you can read up on his Wileyfox Swift Review on our company website http://burnettellc.com/wileyfox-swift-smartphone-review/#more-699) took about 1 minute and 20 seconds which makes the Redmi Note 2 impressive if you're as impatient as me when it comes to rebooting a smartphone.

Battery and Performance Monitor

The Redmi Note 2 has a useful battery and performance tool that allows you to view which components of the smartphone consume your battery power divided into Apps (Android system, Android and Other) & Hardware (Screen , Cell standby, Phone idle, Bluetooth, Voice calls and WiFi). This feature is very useful as you can determine which areas of the phone you can personally save battery life on. The largest source of my battery usage came from screen time on default 50% brightness level that accounted for 55% of my battery consumption on a full charge. To put this screen time in perspective is that it gave me between 2 and 3 hours of the phone’s screen being on at different times of the battery life cycle and would last between 24 and 28 hours before my next charge along with me using other applications on my phone like Twitter, Whatsapp and browsing the web. I am thus able to adjust my phone’s brightness level to be lower for times when I need my battery to last me longer.

Other Cool Features

  • The Mi Note 2 is a dual sim smartphone
  • 16GB internal memory and micro sd card slot (up to 32GB expandable memory)
  • 13MP rear camera and 5MP secondary camera
  • Built-in camera features (filters, panorama, face detection, HDR and many other camera features)
  • Can be used as remote for TV’s, air conditioners, projectors etc
  • Voice record phone calls
  • One Hand Mode that adjusts the resolution of your screen to be smaller and easier to operate with one hand
  • Sunlight Display and Night Display


The features coupled with the price tag on this phone makes it a worthy purchase for a consumer looking for a unique smartphone with top of the range features. This is a smart phone I would definitely recommend for a consumer looking for an alternative smartphone to the Apple-Samsung trend, selfie lover and super fast internet connectivity lover. Just be prepared for the question “what phone is that?” because most people in South Africa have not come across this brand.

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