Three years ago I bought Nokia Lumia 525. I kind of stood out from my friends having refused pricey iPhones and phones with Android.
Then it was high time to try something else, as Nokia had become obsolete. Plus, the memory was full of crap that was impossible to remove and the app store and battery didn’t work properly anymore.
So, I purchased this model.
► WHAT DO I WANT FROM A PHONE?
After all the phones I’ve used, I know what is best for me:
I can state now that Xiaomi Redmi 4A meets all of my requirements.
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
RAM: 2 GB
Memory: 16 GB
Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Bluetooth: v4.1, A2DP, LE
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Display type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 5.0 inches (~70.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Primary camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary camera: 5 MP, f/2.2
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3120 mAh (typ) / 3030 mAh (min) battery
Weight: 131.5 g (4.66 oz)
Right up, this smartphone is not meant for heavy game apps. As far as I understand, you can download them to the internal storage only that is running low very quickly.
The phone neither acts up nor functions slowly. 2 GB of RAM is enough for my games and apps, but they are not very heavy.
The retail box contains: Phone, Power adapter, USB cable, SIM needle and User manual.
The display is big enough and very bright. The color rendering is on top. I personally can’t distinguish pixels, by the way. I love the screen, but the size is too big for my hand actually. When I hold it, I can’t reach the opposite upper corner of the phone with my thumb.
I don’t have any gripes about it. I have my smartphone in gold and I love it. Moreover, it is very nice to hold due to its shape. Plus, the phone is quite thin. The body is made of plastic, therefore it’s so inexpensive. However, it’s on the bright side for me, as I’m not into heavy gadgets.
This model fits well in my hand.
► SLOTS AND BUTTONS
The smartphone has buttons and slots typical for every phone, except for the infrared port on top maybe.
Primary camera and a flash
Secondary camera, sensors and a speaker
Lock and volume buttons
I’ve picked up 3 screen protectors, two of which were glass and 2 plastic cases.
►OPERATING SYSTEM, UPGRADES AND APPS.
The phone comes with Android 6.0.1, which is good for everyday use. All the necessary apps and games are easy to download. My phone was upgraded in a few days after the first use. There were also lots of Xiaomi utilities and apps installed. I don’t normally use all of them.
As for the Google apps, I use Youtube, Gmail and Google play. I prefer using the built-in browser, as it is more convenient for me.
To get more space on my phone, I free it up daily.
The battery is non-removable. The battery life is great. It functions the whole day without charging even if you use it very frequently. If you text only and don’t make phone calls, it lasts a few days!
I love the picture quality, although close-up shots are crap. When my hands are shaking, it takes great photos still.
The secondary camera is startlingly good as well.
► FINAL VERDICT
I’m so excited about my cellphone and would definitely recommend it, if you are looking for a pretty affordable smartphone, unless you got used to shelling out your money.
Thanks for reading!