The Good Xiaomi's Redmi Note 2 may be cheap, but it packs in good performance with a reliable camera and expandable storage.
The Bad The phone is pretty much limited to countries in Asia for now, and there's no indication it will head westward anytime soon. Camera color accuracy is a problem indoors and battery life is good, but not great.
The Bottom Line The Redmi Note 2 is yet another Xiaomi smartphone that delivers good performance at a low price -- but those outside Asia however will have a hard time getting one.
Speedy performance for cheap
Xiaomi's latest smartphone, the Redmi Note 2, is the kind of phone you're looking for when you need a big screen and features at a low cost, even if its specs aren't all that exciting. As the last new phone the Chinese smartphone maker is selling outside of China for the rest of the year, this is the budget large screen phone to try especially if you've never heard of Xiaomi before.
Personally, I don't really like displays larger than 5 inches, as they make it a tad uncomfortable to use with one hand, but the 5.5-inch Redmi Note 2 didn't seem too hard to get used to. Perhaps it's because I've been testing out the Apple Watch with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus, which may have made the transition easier.
Like all Xiaomi phones, the Redmi Note 2 runs a custom version of Android called MIUI, and like most Chinese smartphones it takes a page out of Apple's design handbook and puts all the apps on the home screen by default. Also, Xiaomi likes to keep things lean, so you'll find a lack of irritating bloatware, which is always a plus. The 13-megapixel camera isn't the best, but it will take pretty decent pictures with enough natural light.
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