Review: Mi Redmi 2 Enhanced 2GB RAM 16GB Malaysia (IN-DEPTH Review)

I find it quite tricky to review something on the Internet after using only for a few times or a few days. Thus, I've always put it as first impression. When I got my current phone, Mi Redmi 2 Enhanced about 3 months ago, I published a first impression review which you can read here.

In the last few weeks, I have noted the requests for a second review since I've used it for awhile. So I thought I'll share what I think about the phone now, after about 3 months of using it on a daily basis. Do take note that I am basing this review with my personal usage, which I will explain below (hopefully in greater detail for you to understand) and also from my experience with using my previous phone, the Motorola Moto G.

Just a note: I am using two sims on the phone - Maxis on Sim1 and Hotlink on Sim2.



BATTERY
The battery life is not too impressive for me. On an average day where I leave my phone at the office table (idle mode) but allow the wifi to be switched on, it can last about 6-8 hours. Battery drains even faster with data switched on, needless to say. I was expecting more since the battery capacity is OK. I'm pretty sure I played around with the right settings. I have put it to the lowest brightest

USER EXPERIENCE
Overall, quite pleasant and can do a lot of customisation. One thing I really love is Mi's permissions settings, which is excellent although I didn't know a lot about it at first. It's a little tricky. I had some difficulty getting push notifications from apps but as I learn a little bit more about MIUI, I learn that you can actually do a lot of customisation for the permission settings for apps.


There is one thing that irks me though and it's enough for me to remember when writing this review - I haven't manage to find a way where I can immediately copy paste a telephone number straight into the textbox. There is actually no way to do so, and that is just plain stupid. The only thing I can do is to actually simply press a number, then only the textbox will appear. Then I will have paste the number in the textbox, erase the number I pressed for 'fun'. Such tedious work.




RAM MANAGEMENT
Coming from using Motorola Moto G, I have to the MIUI is still not very good at RAM management. Sometimes, I only have 100MB free out of 2GB even after I killed all apps by clearing cache. That's utterly poor. To resolve this, I have to restart my phone and then I could get back about 1GB free.

LAG
I did experience some lag once or twice when I watched videos on Youtube. Not sure how did that happened. I mentioned that I played Injustice: Gods Among Us in my first review and that it was without any apparent lag. True, most of the time when I play the game, I did not experience any lag. However, like Youtube, I have experienced lag once or twice.

GPS
I use Waze quite often (at least 2-3 times a week) and found that sometimes the phone has problems with detecting location. Usually this is solved by restarting the phone. Not sure what's the problem though.

CAMERA
Unfortunately, I do not use the front camera enough except for selfies, which I do only once in awhile. But here are some pictures from the Redmi 2 Enhanced's rear camera:






It's OK for me but I really don't use the phone's camera often coz I use my Olympus camera more often. If I do use the phone's camera, I interchangeably use the default camera app and LINE camera (known as aillis now).

OVERALL
I use my phone mostly for social stuffs (yeah, the usual Facebook-ing and stuff) and it's good so far. And for the money I paid (RM459), it's kinda worth it for a phone that I can use everyday, almost without any regular problems. I'm still looking forward to the day when I don't have to charge my phone at least once everyday.

Think I left out something in the review? Let me know in the comments below :)

GET THE REDMI 2 ENHANCED PHONE HERE. 

Comments

  1. I like the Moto G interface more (idk, Redmi 2 is kinda flat in comparison?) but the camera quality on the Redmi is so much better. Thanks for doing an in-depth review! :)

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    1. Yeah! Nothing beats almost-stock Android UI, like Moto G! Redmi 2 is really kinda flat, even flatter with the theme I applied haha. You're right! The biggest 'upgrade' from Moto G to Redmi 2E is indeed the camera quality. I see myself using the phone's camera more often now as compared to when I was using Moto G.

      And you're most welcomed! :)

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    2. How worst is Moto? I dont have any G version. Using MotoE as my backup phone, and I can really throw the phone away if use it for camera. -.-

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    3. Moto G's camera is just...baaaad. I probably only use the camera once in a few months (like for emergencies). Haha!

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  2. Hi...tqvm for your in-depth review. it really helps me a lot to decide to buy this model next month. In your review, i noticed you said about battery problem and some heating issue too. I found this link that will improve your battery performance. Hopes it can be a help.

    Link: http://en.miui.com/thread-161989-1-1.html

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    1. Hey Amir. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out! :)

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  3. I am using redmi note 1 and I find that the night readability is too bright even when I have set it to the dimmest. How about this phone? Did they improve?

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    1. There's a redmi note 1 at home couldn't really tell the difference between the two but I find that the screen is alright for me - I use the lowest brightness everytime, everyday. One thing though, I find that the screen could be even dimmer by using apps like Twilight. :)

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    2. Alright. I just had a look at both phones again. The redmi2 enhanced is slightly dimmer by comparison by the naked eye haha.

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