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  Reply # 1366546 14-Aug-2015 19:31
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Xiaomi pretty much just raised the bar overnight.

http://www.gizreview.com/#!Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-2-Launched-Gamechanger-starting-at-128USD/c1rfl/55cc4f790cf20d12ccc1c3fb (Link to my site about it, shameless plug)

Official Site. http://www.mi.com/note2/

Those specs and that brand for that price is INSANE, I will try and get one to review ASAP :)

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  Reply # 1366552 14-Aug-2015 19:47
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That looks awesome




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  Reply # 1366756 15-Aug-2015 09:29
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I have the Mi 4i   nice phone but the interface is too iPhone looking.  No app  or widget draw.  Even using a new launcher only gives you  the app draw.  The hardware id nice though and the price..




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  Reply # 1366763 15-Aug-2015 10:07
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Here's a more comprehensive link for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

It looks quite compelling.  It'd be interesting to hear about the battery life.  The price point is very appealing, I'd be tempted to get one if I saw a few good non-pimpesque reviews.

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  Reply # 1368168 17-Aug-2015 20:08
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Purchased one, I will write up a review as soon as I get it :)

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  Reply # 1368307 18-Aug-2015 01:51
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I have no experience with any of them, but I see them around online. 

Xiaomi boasts some impressive specs for the price.

And some lenovo phone seem to cater for the lower end, without sacrificing much spec wise. 

If I was in the market for an android phone, the chinese market would be where I went. There are also some phablets by some of the chinese tablet manufacturers around 6.4-6.5 inch. 




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  Reply # 1368344 18-Aug-2015 08:40
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With Motorola's inability/reluctance or whatever to supply the NZ market with a 16GB Moto G I've started looking at these alternatives (as a first smartphone). Which bands/networks should I be looking for to guarantee it works in (rural south island) NZ? As I said I'm new to smartphones so haven't kept up with the network technology. Looking at maybe the elephone p7000 or p8000?
Thanks!



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  Reply # 1368391 18-Aug-2015 09:37
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Who are you with?
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=150270
Vodafone/2Degrees use 2g - 900 and 1800, 3g - 900 and 2100 and LTE - band 3 (1800) and band 28 (700). 
Telecom uses 3g - 850 and 2100 and LTE - band 3 (1800), band 7 (2600) and band 28 (700)

Most phones sold don't cover the band 28 requirement which will be needed for good rural LTE in the future as the 4g rollout continues.




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  Reply # 1368424 18-Aug-2015 10:15
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paulmilbank: Who are you with?
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=150270
Vodafone/2Degrees use 2g - 900 and 1800, 3g - 900 and 2100 and LTE - band 3 (1800) and band 28 (700). 
Telecom uses 3g - 850 and 2100 and LTE - band 3 (1800), band 7 (2600) and band 28 (700)

Most phones sold don't cover the band 28 requirement which will be needed for good rural LTE in the future as the 4g rollout continues.


If the expectation that 4g will provide a better coverage of rural areas?

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  Reply # 1368645 18-Aug-2015 14:50
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paulmilbank: Who are you with?
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=150270
Vodafone/2Degrees use 2g - 900 and 1800, 3g - 900 and 2100 and LTE - band 3 (1800) and band 28 (700). 
Telecom uses 3g - 850 and 2100 and LTE - band 3 (1800), band 7 (2600) and band 28 (700)

Most phones sold don't cover the band 28 requirement which will be needed for good rural LTE in the future as the 4g rollout continues.


I think we can assume that roll out will take a long time. Atm its only major cities. If you purchased a phone for its LTE capability now, it could be years before it could be utilised at all. 

2degrees falls back on 2g in rural areas yes? Whereas telecom and vodafone don't? In my limited recollection I seem to recall that vodafones 3g coverage rurally is much better. Skinny which is the same network/frequencies as telecom (same company), is similar, it has bad rural coverage. 

I think thats the info this person requires, which networks have faster speeds right now (3g), in his location, and then they can look for the frequencies of that network in a new phone.

Anyone know this info?  




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  Reply # 1371550 21-Aug-2015 12:54
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Should have my Xiaomi Note 2 here by Tuesday/Wed :)

Regarding LTE, its not just major cities to be fair, I live just outside of Feilding, and we have 4G with all the providers.

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  Reply # 1371552 21-Aug-2015 12:59
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moxpearl: Should have my Xiaomi Note 2 here by Tuesday/Wed :)

Regarding LTE, its not just major cities to be fair, I live just outside of Feilding, and we have 4G with all the providers.

Who's your provider that you'll be testing it with?

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  Reply # 1371557 21-Aug-2015 13:10
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2degrees :)

I do have other sims I can try if needed thou

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  Reply # 1371570 21-Aug-2015 13:12
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moxpearl: 2degrees :)

I do have other sims I can try if needed thou

No, that's perfect for me :-)  I am also a 2degrees user, especially with their 12GB zone data packs.  Looking forward to hearing how it goes.. 



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  Reply # 1371628 21-Aug-2015 14:38
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Who did you buy it through. I am thinking of making the jump to one as well.




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