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#272953 27-Jul-2020 11:17
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I am stuck between deciding on this device or throwing out another ~700 dollars and getting the OP8Pro

 

I see nothing here on the POCO and wonder if this is due to a passive lack of interest, an active dislike for the brand/device or something else

 

 

 

I guess the major retardant for me is the lack of custom ROM development on the POCO at present which I assume will change as time goes on and I am hesitant in purchasing a device with punch hole (OP8)

 

 

 

 

 

Has anyone else been considering the POCO and if so, why haven't you pulled the trigger yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2529405 27-Jul-2020 12:49
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If only Xiaomi would put Android One on these phones, they would be epic. 


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  #2529715 27-Jul-2020 17:06
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I picked up a Poco F2 pro, hoping custom ROMs kick off but miui is not quite as terrible as I remember.

 
 
 
 


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  #2529769 27-Jul-2020 19:23
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MIUI on my Mi 9 was pretty good most of the time, especially with version 12. It was a bit hard to get it to keep some apps able to wake up and notify, and more recently seemed to get worse and I could miss text messages, calendar events etc. I suspect it's aggressively killing apps or preventing them starting.

 

I've just moved to an AOSP custom rom and while the AI button doesn't work, apps all just work and notify as they should now. Battery life's maybe even better than MIUI too. It's very refreshing!


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  #2529772 27-Jul-2020 19:26
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Disabling MIUI battery management on a per app basis fixes delayed notifications / killing in background. I honestly don't understand why they would totally break the OS like this - if you don't disable the battery management it actually stops being a smartphone. Once that's all off though its insane battery life and performance for the price. 


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  #2529809 27-Jul-2020 20:27
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I've set MIUI to not optimize the apps with issues, yet they still weren't working properly. And some would never notify despite them being turned on in both the app and in settings. MIUI does add some nice control over permissions and notification access, but it seems to stop a whole lot more than it's supposed to some of the time.




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  #2529934 28-Jul-2020 09:39
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So, in general, is it a case of you don't hate owning the phone or you actively enjoy the device or do yo have some type of enjoyment level more to the middle of the spectrum?

 

 

 

That ~700 hundred dollar separation tween the two is significant and i'm struggling to justify it based on screen refresh and the extra pixels  hence me asking where your enjoyment and satisfaction level sit at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2529967 28-Jul-2020 10:33
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Chis:

 

I've set MIUI to not optimize the apps with issues, yet they still weren't working properly. And some would never notify despite them being turned on in both the app and in settings. MIUI does add some nice control over permissions and notification access, but it seems to stop a whole lot more than it's supposed to some of the time.

 

 

have you allowed those apps to autostart? I run a Mi9SE as a daily with the xiaomi.eu ROMs. All my 'essential' apps are exluded from the MIUI battery saving and allowed for notifications and autostart. Haven't had any delayed notifications etc with that combo. Those settings will be the available on the stock MIUI ROMs.


 
 
 
 


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  #2530008 28-Jul-2020 11:22
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jaypeegee:

 

So, in general, is it a case of you don't hate owning the phone or you actively enjoy the device or do yo have some type of enjoyment level more to the middle of the spectrum?

 

That ~700 hundred dollar separation tween the two is significant and i'm struggling to justify it based on screen refresh and the extra pixels  hence me asking where your enjoyment and satisfaction level sit at

 

 

 

 

The way I see it is I actively enjoy the upgrade, stock camera quality roughly on par with gcam on my old device but much faster so that's a huge upgrade. Performance is hands down a massive upgrade. The minor tweaking to get notifications working by disabling some battery management isn't enough of a hassle to really worry about at all for me, its just worth mentioning become some people would never work out how to resolve this and think the phone is a dud. 

 

Refresh rate is a total non issue, I used some higher refresh rate displays in-store and it does nothing for me on a phone. On TV or PC, yeah, just not on a phone. The battery life drop would have made that a net negative in my book if I paid more to get a "better" display. Same thing with resolution - the screen still isn't big enough for me to justify a bump in resolution. 

 

I have seen much improved usability, don't have to worry about charging night before as a quick to pup in the morning or not at all some days still gets it through the day. I was a bit worried about the size, but it still fits in all my pockets and comfortably in my hand. The display in bright sunlight is hugely easier to read than my old Oneplus 5. 

 

 




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  #2530031 28-Jul-2020 12:35
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Appreciate the Reply BatWing, the screen res and refresh rate comments especially.

 

 

 

Looks more and more likely that the poco is the better option

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2530371 28-Jul-2020 21:15
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I'm not suggesting my Mi 9 is a bad phone. Far from it. It was great value for the specs, and just slightly or somewhat let down by MIUI. I agree Xiaomi.EU was good middle ground, but it had some of the stock MIUI issues.

 

One of the upsides of a phone with a Snapdragon chipset has always been the possibility of custom roms, and with Treble they're easier to produce. I was happy what should I ever get sick of MIUI, chances were there'd be something more standard to try. And that's what's happened. My new AOSP ROM on my Mi 9 is fantastic. Snappy and modern, and completely confirms that the original Xiaomi choice for me was the right one.


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  #2530406 28-Jul-2020 22:34
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Totally, miui can be fun, and with xiaomi.eu it's a whole lot better. But planning on going down the pixel experience route. The 9se had an official build out, but then the maintainer changed devices and it just recently got someone to pick it up again.

It has reunited me with rooting, adblock, and introduced me to magisk (which wasn't around when I was on my Galaxy S4).



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  #2530519 29-Jul-2020 08:51
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I guess for me it boils down to wanting to use custom roms and the lack of them currently - I suppose there is no actual need to root and c-rom but that doesn't stop the desire to do this...


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  #2530545 29-Jul-2020 09:46
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In the interim while there are no ROMs/Development, highly recommend using Szaki's tools to debloat via adb/usb debugging. 




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  #2530613 29-Jul-2020 10:36
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tanivula:

 

In the interim while there are no ROMs/Development, highly recommend using Szaki's tools to debloat via adb/usb debugging. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Tanivula - If i do purchase the Poco that will be a helpful link - Appreciate it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  #2532670 1-Aug-2020 14:08
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Got a Blue 8/256gb model this morning

 

So far so good


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