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WHY Buy a Chinese Phone?

WHY Buy a Chinese Phone?


My first Xiaomi phone was the Mi Mix 2. A cutting edge nearly full display phone that gearbest.com helped me get my hands on last year, And that I abandoned reviewing after spending four hours Fighting with bootloader unlocking crap in an attempt to load the English ROM on it Only to find out that Xiaomi HAD a BLOODY ENGLISH VERSION coming a couple weeks later. Anyway, the Mi Mix 2s, so called for it’s speedier snapdragon 845 Processor, presumably is better across the board anyway Including the out-of-the-box support for English But I still can’t figure out why Anybody in this hemisphere is buying premium phones from brands like Xiaomi Is there something on the surface that I am missing here? (Yes) Like, for example a sponsor for this video like Madrenas Coffee Madrenas Coffee blends specialty cold brew coffee into 16-ounce grab-and-go cans for everyone’s convenience Check them out and use offer code “Linus” to save 40% at the link below It’s really easy to fall in love with the Mi Mix 2s It manages to have the sex appeal of a nearly bezel-less design coming just 1% shy of the screen ratio of the iPhone 10 and that’s without resorting to an unsightly notch and The work that they’ve put into their ceramic-coated back has paid off in spades Glass backed phones are back in vogue now to enable wireless charging but as hard as you might try a glass back will never feel as premium nor be as durable as this And after a similar amount of time in my pocket. My OnePlus 6 is noticeably more scuffed up and It’s packed full of all the right hardware supporting the latest generation Snapdragon 845 processor up to eight gigs of RAM up to 256 gigs of non expandable storage blah blah blah blah blah So it’s super fast. I think you guys get the point and the price is right too lining up right across the OnePlus 6 as a Flagship grade phone for hundreds of dollars less than you would pay a Tier 1 like Apple or Samsung and it’s got lightning-fast fingerprint unlocking, (which is awesome) the ability to choose between button based or gesture based navigation and even wireless charging which as we outlined in our video recently has the potential, when used properly, To improve the lifespan of your non removable, but respectably sized 3400 mAH battery So, uh Wait, why was I so down on this thing a couple of minutes ago? I still can’t figure out why Anybody in this hemisphere is buying premium phones from brands, like Xiaomi. That seems kind of unfair doesn’t it? I mean even the dual rear camera Absolutely blows away previous generation efforts from Chinese phone makers like this low-light shot here does have more noise than any other camera that I tested but it avoids the over sharpening of the Mate 10 Pro and the undesirable flaring of the Galaxy S9 so I mean at least Xiaomi isn’t actively processing the image to make it worse And then in this challenging situation the Mi Mix 2s ends up Noisier than Samsung and with less true-to-life colors from the OnePlus 6 But, it looks better than both the iPhone 10 and the Pixel 2 XL and under ideal conditions You can get some really nice images out of it So let’s talk about some of the weaknesses of the Mi Mix 2s the earpiece speaker Isn’t amplified for stereo sound. There’s no water resistance, at least nothing officially IP rated, 1080p slo-mo only goes to 120 fps rather than 240 The display is IPS rather than OLED which means almost no potential for burn-in but at the cost of ambient or always-on technology and There is no headphone jack So you will need to pull out an adapter every time you want to watch My Little Pony at the back of the bus without anybody finding out. So all that is kind of a drag, but again, it’s hundreds of dollars less for top spec hardware and It’s got no display notch so I can accept that stuff even if I don’t like all of it The part that is unforgivable is the software MIUI is like going back in time To when Samsung still thought that having a bunch of bloat in there… Okay Well, that’s Samsung still has a lot of bloat in there. So um Okay, whatever in Xiaomi’s defense Some of the stuff that they include is legitimately useful like a screen recorder app and a quick link to my downloads But there were just so many annoying things that I ran into that ground my gears from having in my pocket for two weeks Let’s take Google Hangouts. If I got a message an hour ago, but left it unread because I wanted to deal with it later Every new message that I get or even opening up another conversation. Sometimes will make it pop up again Why? Um, when I create a folder on the homescreen It doesn’t pull up the keyboard automatically for me to start typing Why? the included weather app wants access to my PHONE? for some reason when all it should need is my location not to mention that it cannot be removed or even hidden so you have to create a useless crap folder iOS style There’s no obvious way to expand a notification from the lockscreen and reply to it Which is good for security, but I would like to at least have the option for my convenience I can’t install Netflix off the App Store the workaround seems to be to track down the apk and install it manually It wakes the screen for notifications, which is nice But not when you lift the phone something that I’ve come to take for granted these days and there is no hardware button to launch the camera Yuck now taken individually every one of those things would seem like a pretty Insignificant little gripe and there are things that their software does reasonably well so their screenshot management, something that I use a lot, blows OnePluses out of the water and a separate account for another user Is super handy if I want to give the phone to my kids But I don’t want them accessing all my stuff. The bottom line though, is that This device was annoying to use for me and not just compared to a flagship one like the S9+ Compared to other devices that cost the same Xiaomi would do well to take a page out of OnePlus’s book on the software side of things. There isn’t really such a thing as Stock Android anymore. I mean even Google’s own Pixel lineup customizes stock Android but they would do well to try to get a lot closer because the hardware and the design are Already really impressive. So I’m looking forward to seeing continued improvement Speaking of improvement The only thing that could improve this video is this message from our sponsor Corsair. 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100 thoughts on “WHY Buy a Chinese Phone?”

  1. Kiddo why are you so prejudiced about foreign phones. Why don't you do a positive review on foreign tech like unbox therapy. I've seen many, many positive reviews for foreign phones. Why focus on whiny little details? They are budget phones. And many of them much better than the flag ship phones for actual affordable prices that work in America. It is just irritating everytime I watch one of these reviews from you to see you tear apart foreign tech. My kids watch you, and then they get the wrong idea, and want ridiculously prices stuff, that is problematic, but of course "flag ship" brand names. I spend more time sending in our kids Apple products for repair, than they actually use the things it seems like. Rich, name brand companies just cut corners anyhow and yet overcharge by obscene amounts these days, just to get richer. They don't care about the prices we are paying for our kids to have this stuff!!! Seriously, do some research and look around open mindedly, and you will see the foreign companies have great products at great prices!! And you know, nothing is perfect. Not even the rip off $1000 phones. I can show you first hand many things wrong with some very expensive brand name tech!!! Thankyou.

  2. IPhone user : Android phones have no security

    Also iPhone user : why can't i reply my message directly from the lock screen

  3. You said SD 845 but on sheet you wrote SD 835
    even you are not "Perfect"
    And why you suggest people not to buy Chinese smartphones ?
    People are buying it because they give more specs for lesser price
    That's what smart people buy
    Not every one rich as you to buy iphones ,black berry, pixel devices

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  5. Xaiomi got rid of most of their junk on the Global edition. It has less bloat than Samsung now

  6. Try to understand what linus is saying here. He is not trying to discourage us with these companies, but he is motivating the companies to improve user experience in order to really compete. He did admit his first statement was kinda unfair especially if he appreciates oneplus even though it is made by a chinese company.

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  8. I think MIUI has a good clean aesthetic. Going back to stock android will be hard. I agree on the bugs and annoyances but they don't bother me. And with weekly updates, MIUI is constantly changing and updating.

  9. i've always used apple in my life and i never felt like i was getting the best so one day my iphone broke so i thought hey i'll try something different so I ordered the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 plus the day I unboxed it I was hookedxD

  10. I actually like MIUI, so I think Xiaomi should continue with it as I'm not a fan of stock Android, so I think it's a case of if you don't like MIUI, Xiaomi phones aren't for you. But if you do, then they are good. The only two reasons I stick with Samsung myself are that I've become dependent on features like the built in heartrate/SpO2 sensor, (which I guess would change if I got a smartwatch, but can't afford one at the moment), and the high availability of cheap high end Samsung phones with slight screen damage on the secondhand market, which allows me to get a fully functional (with only mainly cosmetic damage/no longer waterproof) last couple of generations old flagship phone (currently I'm using an S8) for less than the price of a new low-end phone (£80 in my case).

  11. Well most of the parts of every phone is made in china so technically most of the phones we use are chinese 💁

  12. Xiaomi is only one of the many Chinese brands…
    Your generalization is not even legitimate…
    Apple’s iPhone is cool indeed…
    Try buying it with 400 dollars…
    This phone from xiaomi is bad to you…
    then it stays with xiaomi…
    You bought Chinese one customized to Chinese customers… and you don’t like it…
    It’s none of your concerns….

  13. Why don't you mention about all the ads they put in all the places to make you crash your phone out of anger? Even settings have ads. They have good hardware but their business model is shitty. If they are giving for free i won't mind trading my convinence but no i bought and i get ads. WTF is that. Never buy one.

  14. Great vid, I have had my Xiaomi redmi 7 for a week today and I have a love hate relationship with it, I love it because it's a great looking phone with great specs for the price but hate it because it keeps opening apps every few minutes b y itself including the settings app and still proceeds to go into out stuff in apps and the settings which I have tried everything I can to fix it including updating it and resetting it but nothing worked, this is my first Xiaomi phone and It will be my last as I am planning to switch to Samsung Galaxy A10.

  15. What weird gripes. I've owned the Mi Mix 2 for a couple of years and the software is fine. Not sure I understand your UI struggles.

  16. Software is not an issue… If you have any issue from xaomi flagships the you must have tons of issues from iphones… I never seen anything so pointless issues about a phone

  17. This video coud be 10 seconds lol
    People buy flagships from Xiaomi cuz they are pretty good and cheap! Lol 😀

  18. iOS now lets you almost uninstall everything that comes stock. The stock podcast app is gone. Apple made all the stock apps available in the App Store. Don’t have a smart home? Uninstall the Home features, the activity app can also take a hike. Pretty much everything, I know on android you can only disable crap apps.

  19. Never buy for gear best go with geekbuying they preload the English ROMs before the ship you Chinese phones with the Google play store. Everyone asked me how I got my original Mi Mix in English and I said it came like that.

  20. I have a question should i be scared of chinese brands because im scared that after 1 year of using a xiaomi it will be unusable and are there some things that are bad on this phone like the battery i really don't know what to choose an a40 or a xiaomi i don't trust chinese brands that much

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