Design, Form Factor
In the Hands-on, we did mention how compact the Redmi 2 was, and the only concern could be about the 1gig of RAM, not the design. Slimmer bezels, a non-glossy back and the smooth curves on the sides sum it up on why I like the form factor of the Redmi 2. While the smooth finish on the back doesn’t retain fingerprints and the smudges often noticed. The screen is a fingerprint magnet and just below the display are the 3 navigation buttons with the LED notification light that lets you know the notification and even let you know that the battery is charged or is low and needs to be charged.
It has a 4.7-inch screen with multi-touch capability, that makes you feel comfortable. The removable back cover that wraps and protects the edges to the meet of the screen panel. It has 2 SIM-Slots and a MicroSD slot with alongside a 2200 mAh user-replacement battery. Now let’s switch to its display.
The display o Redmi 2 has the same resolution i.e. 720×1280 pixels, while it comes with the AGC Dragontrail glass protection that helps you to protect from the scratches. The screen is reflective and this is the only issue with regards. As the display is actually very good with the colors, and the sharpness was quite there.
OS, User Interface
The Redmi 2 has the MIUI v6 on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, and unlike what we felt like on the first impression, the MIUI v6 feels much smoother than the v5, and speedily in response. everything including navigating b/the screens, transitions, opening, and closing apps are very smooth now, and that is quite a good news, for those who hated the previous version of MIUI for being slow in response. It has an in-built NAVI Launcher.
The notification panel wastes quite some space on the sides, making it look smaller and thus, not easier to navigate and access the notification. Even in the quick settings, the music player widget seemed to have taken much space, making the quick settings available on scrolling down. But get into the settings, and you are welcomed by some very good options.
The floating notifications come very handy when you are using any full-screen apps, as games and camera app take up entire screen area, and incoming calls usually distract in such cases, but the floating notifications are little widget-like pop-ups that appear on the full-screen apps. There is some bloatware but a worrying lot, as most of the apps that are pre-installed, come handy at times.
Under the settings, some important ones are Do Not Disturb, Lite Mode, Notification light settings, Options to toggle navigation button functions, and the connectivity settings we’ll talk about, below. For someone who wants an even simpler interface, the Lite Mode should be a good one, presenting with a Windows Phone-like UI, having large tile icons for important apps, and nothing else.
Now you might think of the camera. Am I right?
So now let me tell you about the Rear camera. It has 13 Mega Pixels with autofocus, LED Flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, and HDR. This is all about the rear camera. Now let’s switch to the front camera. It has 2 Mega Pixels and 720p that is really too much high for video callings.
The camera app lets the user scan QR codes, and set the picture quality between High, standard and low. Just like the other Xiaomi devices, even this one tries to detect the face and let you know of the gender and approximate age.
The redmi 2 is not for all-time phone gamers, and it never breaks down when you are using it for browsing the web, camera and standard calls. If you are looking for the better graphics loaded games than you may be disappointed.
The RAM management and the heating issue was something worrying in the Redmi 1s, and that is there a bit here as well. Especially the latter one, as just about 10-15 minutes of Skype call made the device heat up on the back, but the device indeed stayed on to continue the call for about an hour. The heating is not more about the RAM, we felt, as the continuous camera use foes heat up the phone, but it was more than natural in case of Redmi 2
The Redmi 2 features a slightly bigger 2,200mAh battery, in comparison to the 2,000mAh battery powering its predecessor.