I have to admit I’m an avid iPhone user and have been for a number of years. However, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 is an awesome phone especially for people looking for a budget smartphone. It has literally made me rethink the whole iPhone – Android debate. It’s extremely user-friendly, and to be honest, it’s probably taken the best quality selfies compared to other phones.
● Price: $225.59
● Display: 5.99 inch, 1440 x 720 pixels screen
● CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz
● System: Android 8.0
● Camera:Triple cameras – 12.0MP + 5.0MP rear camera + 16.0MP front camera. Camera Functions: Face Beauty, Face Detection, Panorama Shot (AI camera)
● Sensor: G-sensor control, distance sensor, light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, fingerprint recognition
● SIM Card: dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) + micro SD
● Feature: GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
● Bluetooth: 4.2
The Redmi S2 pretty much has it all when it comes to the necessary features of smartphones. Firstly, it’s less than half the cost of other smartphones (a lot less) and its features include fingerprint recognition, passcode, apps, a camera- that in my opinion takes pretty good selfies, and it also has split screen ability. The phone is also super slim and light and it comes with a clear protective cover.
The Redmi S2 is very easy to use and is a great option for people who are looking for their first smartphone or want to buy a smartphone on a budget, that does most of the things its more expensive counterparts do. You’ll need a Google account and either a credit card or PayPal account to access Play Store- but that’s standard with smartphones. Set up is really easy and simple so you’ll be ready to go in no time. The phone also comes with some battery charge (mine had 60% battery), so I didn’t have to wait to use it.
The camera is good, the photo quality is very clear, and it comes with a few filter options to choose from. It’s also great with no filters on and takes good shots (#nofilterneeded), which I tried and tested on my favourite subject – FOOD!
Ok, let’s get real for a moment. This phone is all about the selfies! And when it comes to taking selfies- not that I’m a pro, the quality and filters are pretty good. The filters are easy to find and use and the phone even has a beauty filter to make sure your skin looks clear and you can also slim your face down (if you want to). You’ve got to love that- especially after devouring the burger pictured above!
The sound quality on theRedmi S2 is really good, especially when playing music. And because of the size of the phone’s screen, the clarity of video streaming on sites like YouTube looks and sounds crisp.
Another design feature of the phone is that the fingerprint recognition scanner is on the back of the phone. I thought this was clever and easier to use as naturally your hand wraps around the phone to hold it.
The bonus is that the phone also comes pre-loaded with Word, Excel and PowerPoint so you’re ready to work away. Not only can you access the Microsoft package, you can work on an excel and a word doc at the same time. The split-screen function allows you to have two apps open at once so it’s very convenient, especially if you’re working off your phone- like most of us these days.
You can use multiple SIM cards – although you’ll have to turn one off to activate the other, this is a great feature if you only want to carry one phone around instead of two – bye-bye work phone! Personally, I’d want both phones operating at the same time -so it depends on the individual and how well connected they want to be if you want to use this feature. Although for travel it’s great as you can flick between SIMs if you need to. There is also a slot for a micro SD so you can increase your phone’s memory (i.e more selfies!). That’s the one downside the Redmi S2, the memory isn’t large enough when you compare it to the other smartphones on the market, so you’ll need a micro SD for the extra memory space.
Another downside is that the charger base is not global, so you need an Australian USB base to plug into your power socket, which shouldn’t be hard to come across. And it doesn’t come with headphones which is a bit annoying as most phones come with a pair these days, however, it’s a standard headphone jack so headphones shouldn’t be hard to source.
Overall, the Redmi S2 is a good phone, if you’re looking for a phone that isn’t too expensive and has all the features you need for day to day use and can make you look pretty impressive in selfies then this is the phone for you. It’s also a great phone for teenagers as it doesn’t cost the earth and has everything they will need to stay connected on their social apps. It’s a great budget smartphone!
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