Xiaomi Mi4

Switching from iOS to Android wasn’t easy. I had to give up perfect integration of software and hardware, however with iPhone 5 battery performance I faced disappointment and then after using moto g first gen for about 5-6 months I decided to give a chance to xiaomi’s latest flagship phone Mi4 hoping that this phone would change my prospective about android smartphones. Question was will this Chinese manufacturer company managed to do that?
The very first thing I noticed with xiaomi mi4 was that it got all the bits and bobs from Apple’s iPhone 5S. While Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun might not like it being called ‘Apple of China’ it screams and shouts to be one. Just like iPhone 5S xiaomi mi4 has metal band, chamfered edges, antenna bands, sim card tray, speakers placed at bottom to the core of its design. However similarities aren’t restricted to design of mi4 but software part too. If you’ve been using Jailbreaked iPhone or even ever used one you’ll love Mi4 as it has all the latest Jailbreak tweaks borrowed from a jailbreaked iPhone. Hugo Barra the vice president of xiaomi & the guy who worked on nexus devices for Google made sure that xiaomi mi4 to be the device that offers everything that jailbreaked iPhone does. MIUI on this phone is so neat and has an ability to change the overall appearance of UI from head to toe. This trick works wonders for Mi4 users as it’s gives  ability to make phone more personal. From being able to edit service provider’s name to changing toggle positions and managing notifications gives user more control over the phone & that indeed is unique.
While many other flagship phones of other companies have decent hardware in their phones xiaomi’s mi4 is a beast rocking 3GB RAM, 810 snapdragon processor that clocks 2.5 Ghz, Adreno 330 GPU &  comes with 16 Gb or 64 Gb on board storage to choose from. Yes this specs sheet matches to OnePlus One but that’s a whole different story. Despite being all the hardware goodness comes with the mi4 it fails to provide stock android experience like the nexus devices out there. Mi4 runs on android Kitkat 4.4.4 and still hasn’t got the lollipop update.
Camera on xiaomi mi4 might be one of those things that will not disappoint you. With 13MP on the back that has the ability to shoot ‘4K’ resolution videos and 8 MP on front you’re ready to click selfies all day long. Like tons of customisable options available in OS, stock camera app also give you many options & features such as 1/3” sensor size, 1.12µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR.
Non-removable Li-Ion 3080 mAh Battery is another reason that will give a massive advantage for optimum users such as myself who keeps external batteries at hand when needed. However with Mi4 battery performance I don’t need to worry about all that. In fact battery performance on xiaomi mi4 is so impressive that you can easily spend one and half day and still left with enough battery to reach your charging unit to charge.
One question I’ve been asking myself is how does then this smartphone performs compare to other flagships smartphones out there? And obvious answer is it’s decent, good but it isn’t  quite there yet. On geekbench Mi4 scored 902 in single core and 2750 in multi-core where as Samsung’s galaxy devices such as S6 and edge has scored 1375 in a single core and 4951 in multi-core which gives us fair conclusion that devices like LG G4 &  Samsung galaxy s6 and edge are far ahead in the competition.
So what’s the verdict? Is this phone every bit of worth your penny? Answer is yes & no! In India Mi 4  priced at just 14999₹ exclusively on Flipkart which in my opinion is a steal. It could not have been better to get a phone such as xiaomi mi4 at this price point. However the problem lies with the software on this phone, it’s current ‘stable’ version has many bugs which ultimately affects the user experience.


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