Review: Mi Redmi 2 Enhanced 2GB RAM 16GB Malaysia (First Impressions)


Me being me, clumsy as ever, I managed to spoil my Motorola Moto G after about 1.5 years of usage. Actually, it's working perfectly except for the cracked screen. The thing is, it will cost me about RM250 to fix the LCD and I was contemplating if it was worth it because seriously, ask everyone around me - I love my Moto G. I also went to test market and see if anyone would still want a broken phone and lo and behold - I received several offers ranging from RM80-RM100. Not bad for a broken phone LOL.

Anyhows, I decided to surf the market a bit and find something within my budget. I don't believe in spending money to buy any flagships because I am not in need of one. And finally, I settled for the Redmi 2 Enhanced. The Redmi 2 Enhanced came on time as it was just launched about less than 2 weeks ago.

I got the Redmi 2 Enhanced directly from Mi Malaysia store at RM459, which is rather a good price and about how much I wanted to spend on a phone, or less. I also top up RM39 to get a 10400 mAh powerbank for my aunt.

Basically, the "Enhanced" version has an upgrade in RAM and internal storage than the Redmi 2 (older version). Specs wise, I have an upgrade from my Moto G in terms of RAM and camera, and oh a different processor.

First look! It's a phone at a size I like - at 4.7" HP IPS Display.

Basically in the box it's the common stuff you get. The phone itself, the battery, a USB cable and a charger. Nope, no documentation. I'm yet again disappointed with the charger that Mi provides. 1A only? Please. I just kept the USB cable and charger inside the box since I've resorted to continue using my OEM 2A charger to charge the Redmi 2 Enhanced now.

I don't really like the positioning of the sim card slots and the microsd card as I have to remove the battery pack first in order to remove the sim card(s). Since the battery in Moto G is not removable, the location of the sim cards were at a different sides and it indirectly made it more convenient for the user to remove or insert sim cards.

Out of the box, the Redmi 2 Enhanced has the latest MIUI software. And after I finish loading the whole phone I was prompted to get the latest update to Not bad.

Size comparison with the Moto G, it's a little longer but I still like the feel of it in my hands. The Moto G is a little beefier and nicer to hold but Redmi 2 Enhanced is not bad either but I have to be more careful since I'm a clumsy person. Heh.

First impressions:
1. I was a little skeptical about MIUI 6 but it's not bad. On my Moto G with the Lollipop update, I cannot silent my phone and have vibrate so I love it that I have it here on the Redmi 2 Enhanced. Also, when I silent my phone on the Moto G, the alarm won't sound but it will work on the Redmi.

2. I love the camera.

3. I've been playing Injustice: Gods Among Us and it's without any apparent lag. No crashes so far (unlike on my Moto G). Phone gets hot real quick, but at bearable heat.

4. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the Redmi from 15% using the OEM charger (output 1V/2A)

Looking forward to using this phone and praying really hard that I stop being so clumsy. Haha.



Drinking Water and Asking Permissions

One of the news today is about a couple who is urging the MOE to ban this particular teacher from teaching because he punished (by caning, which left bruises by the way) the couple's daughter for drinking water without asking for permission. I always read comments to see what people are talking about and how do they feel about the issue.

It irks me to read that there are still quite a number of people that felt that the teacher was right because children needs to be "disciplined" and "learn manners". I would have to disagree on this point. While I do not disagree that children should be taught manners and asking permissions before doing something is an ideal and good practice but to go as far as punishing children for not asking permission to drink water is simply absurd. Heck, even if that child drinks water without asking for permission from the teacher, it's questionable whether he or she even deserved to be rebuked.

Caning as punishment is a sensitive issue because there are divided views on how people approach the issue of disciplining children, so I do not wish to delve further into the issue whether or not the teacher should have caned the student as a punishment. We shouldn't even be discussing about what is the appropriate punishment for this case because you know what, the student did not do anything that deserved to receive any form of punishment. I know some people have commented that if students can just drink without asking for permission, next they will eat or vape in class. Really? The case here is that it is not against the school rules to drink in class. Whichever school that established a rule to ban students from drinking in class needs to be reviewed and a police report must be made because it's simply inhumane! For someone to draw a conclusion that students will eat or vape in class in the future because they did not as for permission to drink water is just...appalling and a slippery slope.

Again, this ask-for-permission-to-drink-water rule is nothing new because I have heard of it even during my schooling days. It just angers me further that some netizens lacked sensitivity towards these children. Some even suggested that students should only drink water during the 15-minutes recess time! I can't believe what I have read. I just cannot bear what will become of our public schools and the next generation of students who have to face all these draconian rules everyday. I may or may not have exaggerated to call rules like these as draconian but that's up to you to judge. As a Malaysian who underwent the public school system for 11 years, to me these rules seem to be created to establish order and teach manners but really, underneath this disguise all of them are there to create fear.

I have mentioned many times here on my blog, there are way too many rules in schools that do not make sense today, and slowly but surely, trust me - the rules will be too much and an issue will explode. Case in point: the baju kurung issue that happened earlier this year.

Seriously, parents need to spend more time with their children to know what is happening, and to get these rules off the books. These students need a voice and it seems like only parents and the media could provide this. Lengthen the recess time. Let students go to toilet if they request to (ya, there's a rule that don't allow students to go to the toilet because it's not the "right time"). There's a lot more. Will these ridiculous rules go away one day? Will we change our mentality to be more compassionate and approach things differently? Will we choose to empower rather than create fear?