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i need a mid-range phone
so what do u think of Xiaomi Note 5 (32gb version)
are their phone reliable overall?
can they die quickly?
 
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Xiaomi is the Apple of China, high quality and good reputation, and unlike Apple, prices are not bad except the high end. I personally own many of their products and they don't disappoint. Only problem? You have to deal with the lack of English, if you don't read Chinese you better avoid it.
 
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I bought my dad a Xiaomi Redmi 1S in 2014, it's still running fine, it's a great budget phone, zero complaints. Regular updates, running stable. I also played around with my colleague's Xiaomi Mi4 - I had to replace the cracked glass - it's one of the best built phones I've had to fix, a solid device. A friend of mine has a recent model Xiaomi Note, don't remember which model exactly, but he's pretty happy with it, too.

If you want one, get one. Just make sure you can take advantage of the warranty before buying, depends on where you're going to buy it from. Ask the seller.

You have to deal with the lack of English, if you don't read Chinese you better avoid it.
Every Xiaomi phone I've seen has had an English menu. I can't say for sure if the manuals have an English section, but they should. Even then - who really bothers reading them anymore? :D
Even if you decide to purchase the phone from some Chinese site, the site is in English, the sellers contact you in (yes, often admittedly bad) English. I've yet to deal with Chinese.
 
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Note 4 4/64 and Note 5+ 4/64 owner here (same hardware Snapdragon 625, second phone for my gf). With low usage per day (my usual activity is like 15 min talking and 20 min WiFi Internet) may last up to 10 days on 1 charge. Very good camera for its price range. Overall very good quality. I don't play games, so idk how it performs, for internet and YT more than capable, at least this year, in next 2 who knows.

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Almost forget the main question: Note 4 is about 1 year in use, no issues in software or build quality/battery life, 5+ is fresh 2 months, but feels same.
PPS
do not buy model with 3GB RAM, only 4 is future proof enough in next 2 years, especially with WEB browser appetites.
 
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I bought note 4 and in a year it dead, so i put xiaomi on the last list, i better pay higher but get better stuff than lower but questioning the quality
 
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Pretty good quality I gotta say. My sister has one and it is surprisely one of the least bloated android experience.
 
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I have a Mi 5X and really like it. Good build quality and a good price. The OS, MIUI, has the option to set up in English. There are some residual apps left over in Chinese, but they are not generally stuff you would use and you can just change the Launcher to get a full English experience. A lot of their phones have Android roms available on XDA as well, if you want to root the phone and have stock android.
In terms of build quality, I'd put them up there, if not above, Samsung's that are twice the price.
 
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Everything can brake or die, if it has warranty go for it. I honestly kind of regret buying an S8+ last years , I mean it's great and all but certainly not worth the money.

Only problem? You have to deal with the lack of English, if you don't read Chinese you better avoid it.
Pretty sure Xiaomi started to ship phones with regional languages as default for a while now , don't know for US though but I would imagine you can change the language anyway.
 
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Xiaomi is the Apple of China, high quality and good reputation, and unlike Apple, prices are not bad except the high end. I personally own many of their products and they don't disappoint.
Plus one to this :peace:
 
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I'd go with asus phones. Good enough and rootable. Those china phones are good but the bands and support isn't there *Yet
 
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Xiaomi is a good brand and you cannot go wrong with it.
 
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Where are you living? Depending on your location ASUS, OPPO, Lenovo, Meizu might be better alternatives. Xiaomi stopped making good VFM phones a while back, they're just recycling the same design & specs (SD625 in dozens of models) over & over again. If you want better specs then I suggest go to Gsmarena & see some of the recent launches, otherwise Mi is a relatively safe option.
 
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I'm using Mi A1 since its release last year. It has been dunk in pail full of water twice. It refuses to charge at first but still charge when the phone is off. What I did to fix it to just do a clean installation of stock ROM. It still live till this day. My mum and sister use Redmi Note 4 for roughly a year and works fine too
 

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I have mid-range Mi 4i since 2015.
If you ask about 'die', no it is still functioning normally.
That being said i will not buy from them again as software support simply suck.
Dunno about higher end.
 
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Everything can brake or die, if it has warranty go for it. I honestly kind of regret buying an S8+ last years , I mean it's great and all but certainly not worth the money.
No single phone out there is worth $800+

Back to topic.
Every Xiaomi phone has 2 versions. Chinese and Global. They first release the Chinese version, Global follows soon after.
You CANNOT change language on the Chinese version. Only option is flashing Global rom on it (which a lot of people do)

I have a Redmi 4 Prime for a year+ now and have been really happy with it. Buddy of mine had Mi5 and had no issues (he eventually sold it bc he likes to change phones often)

Build quality is good, and software is not that much bloated. There are lots of custom roms on XDA if tinkering is your thing.

If I were to look for a new phone, it would probably be Mi 8 SE, first SD710 phone on the market.
Or if large screen is your thing then wait for Mi Max 3. That one will have same chip, 6.9" screen and 5400mAh battery.
 
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$800 yikes... with my student discount I could have gotten a Samsung S9 for $640 lol...
 
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I bought my wife Xiaomi RedMi Note 4x ( 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM) for 140 bucks or so ( from Aliexpress) . I love it!!!! This thing rocks, I tried an OTG cable as well, it recognizes everything: keyboard, mouse, gamepad. Also the USB provides enough electricity to even run a portable fan I received as gift (while all other phones I had in the house, including Apple) couldn't start the thing. I also have their fitness bracelet and I am very happy with it. I couldn't recommend these guys enough. I am about to get myself one too.
 
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