Xiaomi Redmi 2 Review: 9 Reasons To Buy


I bought Xiaomi Redmi 2 online from Lazada. The main reason I bought this because the price match with pocket and the specs is good enough to support my daily job as IT staff. Below is some great reasons you may find it useful for you:

1. Fast internet browsing 

Even I am not on LTE network yet, I experience faster internet browsing comparing with my old phone using the same SIM card. The only problem with this is my quota reach its peak in a very short time 🙂

2. Voice clarity 

Every time I make or receive a phone call, I can hear very clearly the voice of another party even when I receive a phone from my colleague from Cambodia. It's like he calls me from the same town. Before this, I have to use WhatsApp chat instead of a phone call to avoid miss understanding when communicating with my wife, but now I can talk crisp and clear with her.

3. Camera with vivid color and good to capture moving objects. 

My friends always want to use my Redmi 2 when took pictures because of its quality. When capture moving object it also have good quality. However, when zooming the object the picture is not to focus. The front camera can predict the age and gender of a person, although it may predict the wrong age but it still really nice to have this feature.
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Capture moving motorcycles
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Zoom 6.1x for still object

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Predict age and gender

4. Glossy look 

Its glossy and dark color always new look, easy to remove stain and dust.

5. 4.7 inch display match with my pocket size 

Although 5 inches and more display give a better experience when playing games. I prefer use a 4.7-inch phone to fit with my pocket and convenience when grasping the phone.

6. Radio can on without earphone. 

Although you may not hear the radio clearly without antenna/earphone but Redmi 2 radio can operate without earphone. I never found this with my previous phone.

7. GPS fast locking

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I can see the road is not jammed indicated by the green line

Every time I go to work, I always check my Google map to find out the traffic condition of the road we will travel. There is an indicator in green, yellow and red to indicate traffic density. With fast lock GPS and its accuracy indeed helpful to my daily trip.

8. VPN work using only its build in VPN setting 

With my previous android phone, I need to root and install special apps just to be able to connect to my office's VPN. With this phone, I can configure using its built-in VPN feature. 
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Connect via VPN using their built-in feature
Name is anything descriptive, choose TYPE, choose IPsec Xauth PSK if using Cisco VPN client. Server address same as Host row in the Cisco VPN client picture below. IPsec identifier same as Name row in Cisco VPN client picture below. IPsec pre-shared key same as Password row in Cisco VPN client picture below. 
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Cisco VPN client

9. Different indicator lamp color for calls messages, and other notification

This is very helpful when you receive a new message we can set it to light in green and when received missed calls the light we can set red and for other notification, we set to light yellow or another color you like. To set this go to Settings, additional settings, notification light. Different light color of notification setting

Some minor problem I found with Redmi 2:

1. I found it's very hard to open the case by nail. I made a scratch on the casing after I tried to open it with a metal object. So don’t even try it, use a plastic device to open, I finally able to open using plastic spoon help.

2. Mediocre battery life. I am active in using email, camera, and internet. I found it only last a day from 100% to 14% battery life. I went to the office at 6:30 and need to charge it fully at sleep time.

Specification of Redmi 2:


Snapdragon 410 64-bit / 4G Dual SIM / Display 4.7″ IPS HD / Camera 8MP f/2.2

64 bit processor cortex A-53 (better from Cortex A-7)

Up to 150 Mbps download in LTE network IPS Sharp/AUO 4.7″

fully laminated display with 1280×720 resolution 8 MP rear camera and 2MP front camera

MIUI 6 EMS

Microphone with better noise suppression

2200mAh lithium-ion polymer battery from Sony/LG

Redmi 2 came with Battery and adaptor.

My conclusion: I still love my Redmi 2 although the battery still not satisfy me. The price is about USD 150, this is the great choice for me, many pros above and little cons still worth to buy. Ok this wraps up my Redmi 2 review.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Review: 9 Reasons To Buy Reviewed by Yunar Winardi on May 02, 2017 Rating: 5

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