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  #2407507 27-Jan-2020 13:24
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timmmay:

 

Any feedback on Miui @mrdrifer? Any drawbacks? Xiaomi have a mixed track record on quality - some of their things are great, some are really not good. Seems like a great value phone, but looking for gotchas after having the P9, which has good hardware but questionable software.

 

 

When I purchased the Mi5 it was a bit of a risk as MIUI felt like it was still in it's infancy, but the improvements have continued and regular updates keep coming, most of them I don't even notice as everything on the front-end just flows so well. I skipped a couple of generations between the mi5 and Mi8 as there wasn't enough of a step up to warrant a move until the battery started to get annoying for work purposes. It looks and feels like a premium phone as well, I've had a number of people asking about it during the work day.Most of my photos I took around the UK and Europe at the end of 2018 were taken on my phone and came out much better than I expected. Camera technology has taken a jump in the last year though. Paired with my Sony XM3s the sounds is great and battery lasts well enough for when the phone was designed.

 

The UI is close enough to stock that I'm happy with it and I still get to change some of the things that bother me. Themes are there if you want them, but I never use them. the updates are a little slower that stock android, but they do tend to release them for 2-3 years minimum on their higher end phones. Personally I try to spend no more than ~$600 on a phone and for that price I got what I would estimate were 90% of the specifications of the S10. No was would I be spending over $1,000.

 

The most annoying thing is the 'game booster' - just disable and remove that rubbish, it trys to launch with any games, slows things down and disables swipes, which are pretty important on a phone reliant on swiping for back and home etc... The system optimizer runs automatically on a weekly basis and suggests items such as APK's/Cache and Memory items which may just be taking up space/resources seems to help. Security patches usually follow any major releases/announcements/vulnerabilities.

 

I've had no unexpected reboots or lock ups etc... 

 

 

 

Just be careful on the models as I believe there is a Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro and Mi 9 Pro which all have different performance and corresponding price points.


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  #2407513 27-Jan-2020 13:35
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I have the MI9T and am more than happy with it for the price. Big edge to edge screen, great battery. Have put Nova Launcher on it and gcam for better low light photos. Love the wide angle lens on it for scenic photos etc.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2407516 27-Jan-2020 13:43
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Just looking now at pb tech on those mi9 and mi9T pro, are they really that good, the prices are so cheap for such feature rich spec's, did you find the UI easy to get used to?




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  #2407525 27-Jan-2020 13:54
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33coupe:

 

I have the MI9T and am more than happy with it for the price. Big edge to edge screen, great battery. Have put Nova Launcher on it and gcam for better low light photos. Love the wide angle lens on it for scenic photos etc.

 

 

Nice. I was looking at the 9 Lite mainly because I don't want a pop-up camera, but how do you find it? How is the GUI - close to plain Android or quirky? I prefer Nova launcher and plain Android too.

 

If you're in Wellington central any chance I can buy you a coffee and have a quick look at it?

 

Looks like it'd be about $500 delivered from Amazon USA, or $650 locally. Is support worth $150?


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  #2407531 27-Jan-2020 14:01
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TENKAN: Just looking now at pb tech on those mi9 and mi9T pro, are they really that good, the prices are so cheap for such feature rich spec's, did you find the UI easy to get used to?

 

 

 

For the price I don't think you can get any better value. The UI isn't as good/fast as stock (my previous phone was an Essential PH1), but you soon get used to it and is more than quick enough. nothing really to complain about. I was pleasantly surprised with build quality, looks/feels pretty premium.

 

USB C, dual sim & headphone jack as well

 

 


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  #2407548 27-Jan-2020 14:44
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You’d get any xiaomi a lot cheaper from AliExpress than PBTech. Even try Dicksmith.co.nz they have very sharp pricing on a lot of phones. 




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  #2407577 27-Jan-2020 15:06
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33coupe:

 

For the price I don't think you can get any better value. The UI isn't as good/fast as stock (my previous phone was an Essential PH1), but you soon get used to it and is more than quick enough. nothing really to complain about. I was pleasantly surprised with build quality, looks/feels pretty premium.

 

USB C, dual sim & headphone jack as well

 

 

How's MIUI to use, with Nova? The only time you'd notice it would be quick pull-down settings, and general settings wouldn't you? With hardware that fast it should be fast enough.

 

 

 

GSManiac:

 

You’d get any xiaomi a lot cheaper from AliExpress than PBTech. Even try Dicksmith.co.nz they have very sharp pricing on a lot of phones. 

 

 

DSE prices seem good, better than PB. Amazon are also good. Ali Express are cheapest, but I don't like their service around disputes, so I wouldn't buy anything substantial from them. There are many versions so I've remoived my links as I think I linked to a couple of different phones.


 
 
 
 


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  #2407597 27-Jan-2020 15:46
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Forgive me if I am missing a critical detail, but wouldn't you be better looking at the Mi 9t Pro for $599 from PBTech or the Mi-Store, no?

 

Seems like for under a hundy extra, you get local warranty and support, plus the flagship-grade SD 855 processor.

 

I imagine the pop-up sensors have been tested for a bit of abuse since they are a few generations old now.


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  #2407599 27-Jan-2020 15:53
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ShinyChrome:

 

Forgive me if I am missing a critical detail, but wouldn't you be better looking at the Mi 9t Pro for $599 from PBTech or the Mi-Store, no?

 

Seems like for under a hundy extra, you get local warranty and support, plus the flagship-grade SD 855 processor.

 

I imagine the pop-up sensors have been tested for a bit of abuse since they are a few generations old now.

 

 

Problem with it is the Chinese MIUI.




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  #2407600 27-Jan-2020 15:58
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ShinyChrome:

 

Forgive me if I am missing a critical detail, but wouldn't you be better looking at the Mi 9t Pro for $599 from PBTech or the Mi-Store, no?

 

Seems like for under a hundy extra, you get local warranty and support, plus the flagship-grade SD 855 processor.

 

I imagine the pop-up sensors have been tested for a bit of abuse since they are a few generations old now.

 

 

I only just realised there was the 9T and 9T Pro. For $100 yeah the performance almost doubles again, making it super fast.

 

lNomNoml:

 

Problem with it is the Chinese MIUI.

 

 

Can you expand on that a little? I would like a cheap, powerful phone, but not if it's a pain in the butt to use. I've still got to look for reviews of the device, haven't had time yet today.


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  #2407601 27-Jan-2020 15:58
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lNomNoml:

 

Problem with it is the Chinese MIUI.

 

 

So both PBTech and the NZ Mi-store don't sell NZ market specific versions with English firmware?


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  #2407660 27-Jan-2020 16:56
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mrdrifter:

 

Have you also considered the Xiaomi Mi A3 if you want stock android?

 

 

I was using Mi A3 for a couple of months. Excellent device for its ridiculous price tag, and a way better experience than mid range Nokias. Things to consider for not buying it: a) slow fingerprint sensor; b) PWM-based brightness control 


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  #2407664 27-Jan-2020 17:11
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timmmay:

 

Any feedback on Miui @mrdrifer? Any drawbacks?

 

 

Just one note re Xiaomi, and MIUI in particular. Stock camera app is a joke, especially HDR implementation. If you wanna use some GCam port you need to have Camera2 API enabled. On many MIUI phones Camera2 API either disabled or have API level set below Level 3. To enable it one need to root the phone. So before buying I would search on XDA about availability of Camera2 API Level 3 on a particular model.


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  #2407666 27-Jan-2020 17:13
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timmmay:

 

ShinyChrome:

 

Forgive me if I am missing a critical detail, but wouldn't you be better looking at the Mi 9t Pro for $599 from PBTech or the Mi-Store, no?

 

Seems like for under a hundy extra, you get local warranty and support, plus the flagship-grade SD 855 processor.

 

I imagine the pop-up sensors have been tested for a bit of abuse since they are a few generations old now.

 

 

I only just realised there was the 9T and 9T Pro. For $100 yeah the performance almost doubles again, making it super fast.

 

lNomNoml:

 

Problem with it is the Chinese MIUI.

 

 

Can you expand on that a little? I would like a cheap, powerful phone, but not if it's a pain in the butt to use. I've still got to look for reviews of the device, haven't had time yet today.

 

 

I've encountered compatibility issues with using MIUI mobiles when using Bluetooth, Android Auto, different launchers and they are heavily skinned. MIUI devices are further away from the stock feel and functionality of a stock Android device than a Samsung device. I would of suggested it to you but your initial requirements (Plain Android, no or minimal skin) fitted more a Pixel mobile than anything else. If you want a no hassle experience software wise than you can't get better than a Pixel.

 

 

 

 




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  #2407668 27-Jan-2020 17:18
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That's a shame that they're heavily skinned, and the thing about the Camera2 API. I don't mind rooting and messing about it, but really want a reliable phone. Otherwise they sounded like amazing value.


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