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    PaulOBrien

    We all know by now that Xiaomi makes some incredibly good value devices and this is the latest in a long line - the Redmi Note 2. Coming in at under £115 imported from China, the device has a MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a full HD 5.5 screen (as most devices seem to at the moment!), runs MIUI6 / MIUI7 and powers it all with a 3060mAh battery. The device has a soft-touch finish on the back and a 13 Megapixel phase detection auto-focus camera and in the time we've had with it so far, we're frankly pretty blown away.

    As we put it through its paces, now is your chance to get any questions in! Want to know how easy it is to install Play Store? Where to buy? If you can really live with MIUI as a daily driver? Ask away!

    Further details on the device can be found (in Chinese) on the Xiaomi site and purchased from GearBest in 16GB and 32GB versions.

    UPDATE: Use the code 'NOTE2WHITE' to get the white 32GB version for $185.89 (~£122)! 

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    Is MUI V7 still as laggy and as bloated as MIUI V6 was?

     Is using Multitouch in the gallery and elsewhere still a painful experience?

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    Hi. Does the GPS work when in a car?

    Cheers

    Seems to, as you'd expect!

    Is MUI V7 still as laggy and as bloated as MIUI V6 was?

     Is using Multitouch in the gallery and elsewhere still a painful experience?

    Actually, i'm pretty impressed by the X10 in the Note 2. Seems largely smooth overall (I have flashed to the MIUI 7 developer version).

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    Yeah i'm still not convinced. Used to be a xiaomi fan but been sucked in my Xiaomi's low pricing too many times and then you realise MIUI is just not up to par, although I like xiaomi hardware. MIUI V6 and I presume 7 is basically the new touch wiz in my eyes, horribly bloated with high ram use, jerky animations, slow response to touch. My Mi4i has to be one of the worst phones i've owned. Overheating when doing small tasks, jerky, laggy, FC's, high ram use the works. My £94 Meizu M2 mini absolutely blows it out the water in real world use. In fact i think Flyme is a much more well thought out, better optimized, minimalist clean UI skin.

    Xiaomi introduce weekly firmware updates that do very little to address actual performance issues, some bugs linger for months and months at a time or dont get solved at all, also MIUI sees significant performance decreases over time too, horribly convoluted settings menus as well. Scroll around and use multi touch on miui for a while then compare it to any close to stock build and the decreased response times and reactivity of the interface becomes horribly apparent. CM12 on my Oneplus is in a completely different league to MIUI. Also the chance of receiving an update to a newer version of android when it is released is almost non existent on xiaomi phones.

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    I am interested as to how well the camera performs. I am currently trying to decide between this, the P8000 and the Lenovo K3. The fingerprint sensor on the P8000 is hugely appealing with Android M coming and Android Pay with it (as well as 1Password usage) but I read reports of the iffy camera...

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    Yeah i'm still not convinced. Used to be a xiaomi fan but been sucked in my Xiaomi's low pricing too many times and then you realise MIUI is just not up to par, although I like xiaomi hardware. MIUI V6 and I presume 7 is basically the new touch wiz in my eyes, horribly bloated with high ram use, jerky animations, slow response to touch. My Mi4i has to be one of the worst phones i've owned. Overheating when doing small tasks, jerky, laggy, FC's, high ram use the works. My £94 Meizu M2 mini absolutely blows it out the water in real world use. In fact i think Flyme is a much more well thought out, better optimized, minimalist clean UI skin.

    Xiaomi introduce weekly firmware updates that do very little to address actual performance issues, some bugs linger for months and months at a time or dont get solved at all, also MIUI sees significant performance decreases over time too, horribly convoluted settings menus as well. Scroll around and use multi touch on miui for a while then compare it to any close to stock build and the decreased response times and reactivity of the interface becomes horribly apparent. CM12 on my Oneplus is in a completely different league to MIUI. Also the chance of receiving an update to a newer version of android when it is released is almost non existent on xiaomi phones.

    I would love to see extensive Cyanogen OS support for Xiaomi devices. That would be epic.

    I am interested as to how well the camera performs. I am currently trying to decide between this, the P8000 and the Lenovo K3. The fingerprint sensor on the P8000 is hugely appealing with Android M coming and Android Pay with it (as well as 1Password usage) but I read reports of the iffy camera...

    The P8000 had terrible software bugs for me, the K3 looks OK though!

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    Seems to, as you'd expect!

    Sorry bad question - what I meant does the GPS work accurately using Google maps or whatever satnav software you have. My experience with cheap MTK based Chinese phones (THL/Newman/UMI) is that they are no good, GPS is slow to lock on (even with all the tweaks and fixes you can throw at it) and not accurate. You drive along OK and it jumps into fields, you get to a roundabout and your position jumps to different entry/exit turns etc etc!!

    Xiaomi are a higher quality manufacturer it seems and hopefully have better engineers and aerials?

    Only thing that puts me off is the 5.5" screen and big top and bottom edges.

    Do you think the extra £90 or so extra is worth it for the Honor 7 (£210 as I reserved one via pre-release deal)? Specs very close - RedmiN2 just bigger?

    Cheers

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    I would love to see extensive Cyanogen OS support for Xiaomi devices. That would be epic.

    The P8000 had terrible software bugs for me, the K3 looks OK though!

    P

    Were the software bugs just with the camera? Any details?

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