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Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 7:43pm On Jan 23, 2017
Firstly, I have to dedicate this phone to CBN forcing me to buy a budget phone as a result of one of their restrictive policies angry ,while at the same time teaching me how to be 'wise' wink

Well, just had to do this review to enlighten some guys on a mean budget, on how not to break the bank for a budget device. (looking at you Tecno and Infinix)

Pictures coming soon. wink

just got it from china in the below pictures.

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Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Nobody: 7:49pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:
Firstly, I have to dedicate this phone to CBN forcing me to buy a budget phone as a result of one of their restrictive policies angry ,while at the same time teaching me how to be 'wise' wink

Well, just had to do this review to enlighten some guys on a mean budget, on how not to break the bank for a budget device. (looking at you Tecno and Infinix)

Pictures coming soon. wink

how much is it?!
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by NCP: 7:50pm On Jan 23, 2017
Barman, oya bring ZoboKunu for me and my OPboy. ..
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Tbillz(m): 7:55pm On Jan 23, 2017
How much is it?
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Nobody: 8:15pm On Jan 23, 2017
xiaomi doesn't produce any phone redmi 4A MINI op where did you get this info
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 8:23pm On Jan 23, 2017
I was willing to spend just somewhere around 50k.
Looking through Konga and Jumia made me annoyed.
Almost 60k for just Infinix hot 4 pro, 50k for Tecno W5 with 1gb ram. undecided

I stumbled upon Xiaomi thread on Nairaland, and was surprised to learn that just N320/$ was GTB's rate albeit with a $100 monthly limit.

Settled for the Redmi 4A cos I only had a GTB card, and I wasn't willing to use a third party's Access card ( Access bank charges $325/N qith a $200 monthly limit).


Note:Aliexpress has a wallet service which can be funded with as many cards as possible.

Going through all this sermon to answer the inevitable "how did you go about it" questions


FAST FORWARD TO THE PHONE'S REVIEW
The box contents are pretty basic. A 1A charger, Sim Ejector pin, USB cable, and an obviously useless instructional manual is all the phone comes with.
The phone is plastic but solidly built and very light, it weighs just about 140grams I think. I'm just wondering what these other OEMs put in their heavy phones.
I bought the Gold color because I couldn't stand the other, available colour; Rose Gold. (Tim Cooks cynical way of un-demonizing the pink color for Men, but Kolewerk grin )

Equipped with a Snapdragon 425, the device is a certainly lower midrange smartphone, but very capable though.

please be patient as I'm busy I don't even know wetin make me start the thread this night sef. sad

Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by ametu166: 8:23pm On Jan 23, 2017
i know say u dey lie but who am i to judge u? so i say weldone sir
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 8:23pm On Jan 23, 2017
IF you noticed in the above picture, it's equipped with an IR blaster, Used for controlling your home appliances, in case you somehow dont know. wink

Booting it on, you notice the screen, which is extremely good for it's price. Great color saturation with no notable colour loss at even exteme viewing angles.

UPDATE: The phone's screen is very visible under direct sunlight.
Also an LED indicator is present in the phone, with settings to customise different colours for different notifications




Installed out of the box is MIUI, Xiaomi's custom rom, running Marshmallow 6.0.1.
You get 1gb ram free out of the available 2gb of Ram.
It's really smooth and NEVER LAGS under heavy use.
Keep in Mind that this isn't the Galaxy S7 or Iphone 7, so it isn't blazing fast, but It's quite good.
I forgot to mention, it actually supports 4G LTE.

Don't ask me about games, because I don't play games on my phones anymore nowadays, but with an Antutu score of 36,000, it should play most titles, even the heaviest of them at Medium quality with just some Lag smiley



Honestly, this is one of the better Andriod ROMs out there. Very lightweight, and "works".



battery life is key for Nigerians, and this phone doesn't actually disappoint with it's 3000mah battery.
Even though it's equipped with a Qualcomms Quick charge 2.0, it comes with no fast charger. Anyways charging time is around 2hours 15 minutes with the phone turned off.

I use my phone for the internet mostly, so I wonder what your own usage pattern might be.
I reckon anyone under any Sort of usage should get up to at least 7 hours screen on time.

you can find my Battery usage charts below. They were taken at different times to give more insight.

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Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 8:24pm On Jan 23, 2017
Camera is a 13mp unit with a 5mp selfie camera.

1. Selfie camera
2. Camera without HDR
3 Camera in HDR mode.

Won't bother talking about Night photos taken in total darkness. As you would expect from a budget smartphone, it isn't the greatest quality camera in total Darkness or too poorly lit conditions.


To sum it up, the phone has been great for the price.
You can always trust Xiaomi for better quality devices unlike other Chinese OEMs.
I got it for $93, but it's more expensive now at over $100.

To put this in perspective, in terms of pricing, Samsung J5 2016 has even poorer specs but retails at around 100k.

So instead of getting these rubbish quality phones at ridiculous prices, you can be smart and get something better.

Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by augster(m): 8:54pm On Jan 23, 2017
Oga mi sir
Make i sit here
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 9:35pm On Jan 23, 2017
augster:
Oga mi sir
Make i sit here
long time bro. how are you doing? cool
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by KingOfThePay(m): 10:28pm On Jan 23, 2017
Which one is 4A. I only know Xiomi Redmi note4

Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 10:30pm On Jan 23, 2017
KingOfThePay:
Which one is 4A. I only know Xiomi Redmi note4
if you dont know something you use the google you used in getting those pics to ask instead of spamming angry

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Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by KingOfThePay(m): 10:35pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:

if you dont know something you google it angry
Don't be deluded. All that needed was a simple answer and this is same you that open a thread to give a review about the 4A. Why will I have to.... ..... ....
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Whizpeter(m): 10:45pm On Jan 23, 2017
This could be me, but I was impatient... sad

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Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Tbillz(m): 10:52pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:
I was willing to spend just somewhere around 50k.
Looking through Konga and Jumia made me annoyed.
Almost 60k for just Infinix hot 4 pro, 50k for Tecno W5 with 1gb ram. undecided

I stumbled upon Xiaomi thread on Nairaland, and was surprised to learn that just N320/$ was GTB's rate albeit with a $100 monthly limit.

Settled for the Redmi 4A cos I only had a GTB card, and I wasn't willing to use a third party's Access card ( Access bank charges $325/N qith a $200 monthly limit).


Note:Aliexpress has a wallet service which can be funded with as many cards as possible.

Going through all this sermon to answer the inevitable "how did you go about it" questions


FAST FORWARD TO THE PHONE'S REVIEW
The box contents are pretty basic. A 1A charger, Sim Ejector pin, USB cable, and an obviously useless instructional manual is all the phone comes with.
The phone is plastic but solidly built and very light, it weighs just about 140grams I think. I'm just wondering what these other OEMs put in their heavy phones.
I bought the Gold color because I couldn't stand the other, available colour; Rose Gold. (Tim Cooks cynical way of un-demonizing the pink color for Men, but Kolewerk grin )

Equipped with a Snapdragon 425, the device is a certainly lower midrange smartphone, but very capable though.

please be patient as I'm busy I don't even know wetin make me start the thread this night sef. sad
In conclusion access bank allows $200 limit a month? What Card did U use to purchase the product? And what's the price of that monster? Thanks
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 10:58pm On Jan 23, 2017
Tbillz:
In conclusion access bank allows $200 limit a month? What Card did U use to purchase the product? And what's the price of that monster? Thanks
GTB mastercard.
$93 plus shipping equals to $99.

It's now over $100 though.
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 10:58pm On Jan 23, 2017
Whizpeter:
This could be me, but I was impatient... sad
lol what did you now buy?
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Tbillz(m): 11:09pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:

GTB mastercard.
$93 plus shipping equals to $99.

It's now over $100 though.
but GTB has a limit of $100 monthly, which of the banks exceed that limit please?
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Horlar995(m): 11:20pm On Jan 23, 2017
Please hw much is d phone in naira
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Whizpeter(m): 11:25pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:

lol what did you now buy?


Went for a Samsung S4...

Xiaomi wasted time in pushing this device to the market and I needed a phone urgently...

I waited for two weeks after it was released to the market but aliexpress, gearbest and Co were still having it on pre-order which was very expensive... sad
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by SirKriz(m): 11:29pm On Jan 23, 2017
It's now $115 on AliExpress, shipping not included. OP what site did you get it from and how long did delivery take?
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 11:29pm On Jan 23, 2017
Whizpeter:



Went for a Samsung S4...

Xiaomi wasted time in pushing this device to the market and I needed a phone urgently...

I waited for two weeks after it was released to the market but aliexpress, gearbest and Co were still having it on pre-order which was very expensive... sad
Yeah I remember seeing you on that thread.
Hope your s4 battery isn't terrible?
My sister's is.
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 11:32pm On Jan 23, 2017
Tbillz:
but GTB has a limit of $100 monthly, which of the banks exceed that limit please?
You combine two or more cards to fund Alipocket.
Access bank used to have a $200 limit, but I heard they now have $100 limit.
I'm not sure about the info.
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by augster(m): 11:33pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:
long time bro. how are you doing? cool
I'm good bro, what about you?
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 11:38pm On Jan 23, 2017
SirKriz:
It's now $115 on AliExpress, shipping not included. OP what site did you get it from and how long did delivery take?
Aliexpress.
Took 13 days from shipping.

I unknowingly bought it when it was on presale though, so that's why I got it at less than $100 I think.

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Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 11:39pm On Jan 23, 2017
augster:
I'm good bro, what about you?
We just dey tug on jare. smiley
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Whizpeter(m): 11:40pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:

Yeah I remember seeing you on that thread.
Hope your s4 battery isn't terrible?
My sister's is.


It's wonderfully terrible bro... Greenify made things easier and I had to turn off all the plenty effizzy that Samsung packed into the phone... I only use them when I want to show off...


My laptop have got my back too... 3-4 full charge!
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Gptech(m): 11:41pm On Jan 23, 2017
SirKriz:
It's now $115 on AliExpress, shipping not included. OP what site did you get it from and how long did delivery take?
Oya check this store, its $102.99 plus free shipping grin
https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32767241214.html

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Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by SirKriz(m): 11:41pm On Jan 23, 2017
Elxandre:

Aliexpress.
Took 13 days from shipping.

I unknowingly bought it when it was on presale though, so that's why I got it at less than $100 I think.


I saw the pro version too. I'm kind of interested. Right now, I'm thinking of selling my Elephone P8000 and get it.
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by SirKriz(m): 11:47pm On Jan 23, 2017
Gptech:

Oya check this store, its $102.99 plus free shipping grin
https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32767241214.html


Wow! Thanks a lot bro! The initial 0 order confused till I opened it and saw 553 orders. Thanks bro.
Re: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: Perfection On A Budget. by Elxandre(m): 11:47pm On Jan 23, 2017
SirKriz:


I saw the pro version too. I'm kind of interested. Right now, I'm thinking of selling my Elephone P8000 and get it.
That's even better.
I'm already thinking of buying another phone already sef. cry

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