Mobile phone companies ventured into the budget-friendly realm. Years before, they just want to put up the best possible phone with impressive specs and performance out there on the market, but they find that not a lot of people can afford such a phone.
Motorola was the first mobile phone company to venture into the affordable mobile phone category and they’ve enjoyed much success. All other companies followed suit, thus, the affordable phone category was on.
Today, we are going to talk about the Xiaomi Redmi 2. This is one of the most affordable mobile phones out there that just costs $120. Does it have what it takes for it to be worth $120? We will find out in this article.
The design of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 isn’t stylish but that is to be expected when a mobile phone is in the budget category. It still sports the same design to its predecessor, the Redmi 1s.
At the front, you will only see three capacitative buttons at the bottom and a front camera at the top portion. At the back, you will see the rear camera with the MI logo at the bottom. The company opted for a black and white theme where the black color can be found on the front and the white at the back.
The display of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is a 4.7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720 and a respectable 312ppi. Since this is not a midrange phone, to say the least, having a 720p resolution screen is permissible. The screen does suffer from broad daylight, however, but it still is okay in most scenarios.
As for the operating system, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 has the Android Kitkat 4.4.4 with their MIUI 6.4 overlay. For those of you who do not know, MIUI is Xiaomi’s proprietary operating system overlay that is quite pleasing to the eyes. Unfortunately, this overlay does not have an app drawer, so that is either a downside or an upside depending on how you view it.
The camera is subpar at best. This phone comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and only a 5-megapixel for the front camera. The photos are quite decent but there really isn’t any wow factor to it.
Under the hood, you will find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with clock speeds of 1.2GHz, an Adreno 306 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. The specs are pretty okay with some occasional lag when playing graphic-intensive games. Still, it performed really well when conducting benchmark tests and I could see this phone to be an affordable daily driver.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 also comes with a 2,200 MaH battery. It may be a measly 2,200 battery capacity but since the screen is only 720p and the processor isn’t power-hungry, this phone could last you a day or two.
And finally, I love the fact that the Xiaomi Redmi 2 offers dual 4G LTE connectivity. What I mean by this is that it has 2 SIM slots and you can plug your 4G LTE-enabled SIM in either of the SIM slots and it would still work.
If I were you, I would get a mobile phone signal booster so that I will not have any problems with low signal reception.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is an okay mobile phone for daily use.