You know that satisfying feeling when you finally get your hands on the Christmas present your parents had hidden from you? That’s how I felt when I unboxed the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
I was greeted with a blank screen covered in metallic gold, a much better choice of colour as compared to its predecessor, which were a bit too tacky and immature for my taste. It is Xiaomi’s first attempt at covering its smartphone in a premium metal body with metallic colours and it is a home run for me.
Doing the Back Stroke
Smartphones these days are getting more secured than ever. Aside from the usual pin code and pattern key lock, Xiaomi has finally joined in on the trend of biometric fingerprint scanners.
Joining the likes of Huawei Mate 8 and Nexus 6P, the Redmi Note 3 features a rear placement fingerprint sensor – just right underneath the camera. This somehow works better for me, compared to traditional placements such as on the front home button. I am more comfortable placing my index finger onto the spine of the phone rather than at the front of it, but that’s personal preference.
Easy Peasy Set-Up
Setting up the Redmi Note 3 was simple and straightforward. Due to the speed of which the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor was working, I got through the entire process in less than 10 minutes. It would have been a lot shorter but finalising your set-up before actually getting to the home screen took up a few crucial minutes, which could have been saved.
The MIUI 7 – Xiaomi’s version of Android – has already been deeply customised with games and applications. What makes the OS stand out from the rest, is that it’s forever changing and evolving with constant improvements coming…all done through user-base feedbacks worldwide.
A plus point during the set-up was having the chance to choose and customise my own keyboard. Although this feature is generic across all Android smartphones, Xiaomi’s take on it was refreshing as it gave twice the amount of options to choose from as compared to other big name brands. The downside however, is most of them would cost at least RM10 to have. Another nifty feature that adds a plus in my books is the one-handed mode which minimises the screen to a smaller size, allowing you to access the entire screen, which will be within reach of your thumb.
It’s pretty safe to say that most people who own a smartphone would be glued to it 24/7. I plead guilty as I am constantly finding new articles to read online. Somehow, that only occurs during the night or it’s just me growing bored during the wee hours that every article seems interesting. Go figure…
After reading a few articles through your smartphone, you would find that going to sleep becomes harder than normal, no matter how tired you are. This is because all phones emit a certain blue light out of its screen that can cause discomfort and eye strain. Xiaomi has a cure for this with its Reading Mode, which emits a yellow hue to the screen, providing much relief; this makes it easier on the eyes and also ensures a good night’s sleep.
Standing at 5.5-inches, the Redmi Note 3 is at an optimum height to watch all your favourite movies and videos. The 1080p full HD display is a dream to look at, even if nothing is going on. What makes it even better is the 178° angle, which allows you to share the screen with your friends and everyone will still be able to view it clearly.
Although I only get to spend one weekend with the Redmi Note 3 (which is a lot longer than most hook-ups), it has been more than a blast and I would highly consider doing it again.