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Xiaomi Mi 3 review 18 months on: There is no need to buy an expensive phone anymore .


In July 2014, Xiaomi entered the Indian smartphone market with the Mi 3. At that time, the Xiaomi Mi 3 had almost top-of-the-line specifications,with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 5-inch Full HD display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13-megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Crafted in a steel body and priced at just Rs. 14,000, it seemed like a deal too good to be true. I, like many others, took the plunge and bought it. It has been 18 months since that launch. Every week, I see new phones being launched with high-end hardware and surprisingly low price tags. The OnePlus One or OnePlus Two, Xiaomi’s own Mi 4, Lenovo’s Vibe X2, Moto X Play, and several other phones seem great and I keep looking for reasons to upgrade. But honestly, even after a year and a half, the Mi 3 is going strong and I don’t actually need a new phone or an upgrade.

If you had told me in 2014 when I was buying the Mi 3 that a power user like me wouldn’t feel the need to upgrade the phone come 2016, I would have laughed in your face.

And yet, here I am, ready to meet the new year without being able to convince myself to buy a new phone.

Cheap in Price, Not in Quality

Through these 18 months, given the nature of my job, I got to use other smartphones, from flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to mid-range marvels like the Motorola Moto G. There’s always something to like about each new phone, but everytime when I’m done with a review and come back to the Mi 3, I never feel like I’m missing out on a premium experience. More importantly, it feels like I got my money’s worth—nay, it feels like I got a sweet deal!

 

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Much like decently future-proof PCs became affordable sometime in the late 90s and early 2000s, and decently future-proof laptops became affordable around 2007-2010, smartphones seem to be hitting that sweet spot now. Most of these mid-range phones launched in 2014 are still going strong in 2015 for those who bought them.

Smartphone hardware has largely hit a plateau. There is no ground-breaking innovation happening, and every new model is about small improvements. That’s not a bad thing either. It gives you, the user, better value for your money. With smartphones plateauing, you don’t need to upgrade your phone every year.

At the same time, companies like Xiaomi, Lenovo, Gionee, and others are able to work their numbers in a way where top-notch hardware can be made available at a much cheaper price than giants like Samsung or Sony. The end result is that the mid-range phone you buy now is probably matching up to what Samsung or HTC released a few months ago, and it’s also not going to be obsolete in hardware terms for another two years. All at a fraction of the price!

Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi, android 6.0 marshmallow update, android update, mobiles, os update, update, xiaomi android 6.0 marshmallow update, xiaomi android update, Android, smartphones, tech news, technologyCompromises Are Everywhere

The common refrain against these mid-range phones is that you’re going to compromise somewhere. And that’s true. There is a compromise on some aspect or the other. Here’s the thing though: *every* Android phone asks you to compromise somewhere. If you buy the top-of-the-line flagship, don’t think that you’re getting a flawless phone, there are disadvantages in everything.

In the end, it often comes down to the price you pay and how much value you derive out of it over the long term. With the Mi 3, buyers who got it at Rs. 14,000 last year would, like me, be astounded by how good a phone it still is. It’s got a great camera, the battery life is among the better ones, the FullHD screen holds up, and it’s reportedly even getting upgraded to Android Marshmallow!

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I persuaded several friends to purchase the Mi 3 last year, and every one of them is happy with their phones. Sure, there are a few complaints. Mi 3 owners are sometimes bottlenecked by the 16GB of storage; some gamers bemoan the 2GB RAM killing their game midway when they need to switch tasks for a few seconds. Legitimate concerns, but none of them feel like they should have paid twice or thrice the cost of the Mi 3 to get that little boost in performance.

There’s another issue that keeps them (and me) from upgrading: the design. The Mi 3’s metal body and curved edges make it feel like a premium smartphone—even more so than its successor, the Mi 4, or most other mid-range phones like it.Go Cheap, It’s Worth It

In India, after-sales is a matter of luck. Two people can, and often do, have completely different experiences when they take their phone in for repairs. The argument of “buy a known brand, you’ll have good service” doesn’t hold much weight with me.

When someone is buying a flagship phone now, I turn them to the Xiaomi-Lenovo-Gionee-OnePlus class of mid-range phones. Unless they have specific requirements, I find it difficult to recommend anything that is far north of the Rs. 20,000 mark. In fact, I usually end up somewhere around Rs. 10,000-15,000, depending on the buyer.

Phones are fragile, they’re easily stolen, and a million things can alter their functioning. If a 15,000-rupee phone is giving you almost the same experience as a 50,000-rupee phone, there’s simply no justifying the rich purchase. Buy the expensive phone if you can and want to, but know that you probably aren’t getting that much more more value out of it.

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What Does ‘I’ in iPhone Means?,Did You Ever Think..?

There is no wonder that iPhone is one of the most attracted and most wanted smartphones by almost every tech freak in the world. There was never been a flop show from any iPhone till now. This has continued right from the first iPhone which was launched in 2006 by Steve Jobs. But one thing you have to know is that – iPhone is not the first Apple product which name starts with ‘i’, there are several products like iMac, iPod, iPad etc. So did you figure out the common thing in all of these? Yes, what does the ‘i’ at the front of each one of them mean?

The naming pattern began in 1998, when Steve Jobs first released the iMac. Since then, nearly all new Apple products — up until the launch of the Apple TV and the Apple Watch — have been preceded by the lowercase letter.

When Jobs first introduced the iMac, he explained the meaning behind the “i” at the computer’s launch event . In the beginning, it stood for internet. But it was so, so much more. The prefix also stood for individual, instruct, inform, and inspire. So much meaning in a single letter!

“An iMac comes from a marriage of the excitement of the internet with the simplicity of Macintosh,” he said in the announcement. we can’t even imagine a computer that does not have the capability of connecting to the internet. But, when this one first launched, there were few that did.

Since then, the “i” has moved beyond its Internet-centric meaning; Apple probably didn’t have the Internet in mind when naming the original iPod.

When the iPhone was announced in 2007, one of its three key ingredients was Internet communication, bringing the “i” back to its original intended meaning of Internet.

Almost everything Apple makes can connect to the internet now, so the consumer doesn’t actually need a reminder, but it’s still a major part of the brand. For example, when texting from iPhone to iPhone, you are iMessaging, and when you back things up remotely, you’re saving your photos and data to the iCloud

But as Apple continues to grow into other markets, including smartwatches and TV boxes, its famous prefix seems to be falling to the wayside. Instead of iWatch and iTV, we have Apple Watch and Apple TV. Perhaps this is because we no longer need to know our devices connect to the Internet — it’s something we’ve come to expect.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition With Dark Beige Stripes.

No strangers to creative, incredible cool things, ColorWare is back today with a look at their latest creation. Today we get a look at ColorWare’s Retro Apple Mac Paint Job On The iPhone 7. This unique design comes rocking an old school appeal and modern design, rocking all of the power and tech you are used today.

It is like any other 256GB iPhone 7 Plus out there, except for that sweet old school computer beige, rainbow-coloured Apple logo, and the lines that mimic those of the vents on the original Macintosh. As the 20th Anniversary Sony PlayStation 4 shows, there’s nothing better than OG colourways.The Retro iPhone 7 Plus is basically a regular unlocked 256GB black iPhone 7 Plus, which costs $969. ColorWare, the company that specialises in creating custom skins and designs, has added its ‘Retro’ paint job on top for an additional $930 for a total of $1,899.

The iPhone 7 Plus, with the multicoloured Apple rainbow logo at the back and the dark beige edge stripes, look gorgeous.

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Apple launches limited edition 7 and 7 Plus model in new red colour..

Apple announced on Tuesday that it will begin selling an all-red special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on March 24. The handset comes with the same features and design as the original iPhone 7 models—very much still available to purchase—and starts at $749.The tech giant on Tuesday unveiled red iPhone7 and iPhone7 Plus along with new variants of iPhone SE.

The limited edition red iPhone would contribute to fund the global fight against AIDS, the Cupertino-based firm said.

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” CEO Tim Cook said.

The new colour was brought to life in partnership with RED, he said.

“Apple is the world’s largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million as part of its partnership with (RED),” said Deborah Dugan, (RED)’s CEO.

Product (RED) is a charity that has partnered with a number of major corporations to donate a part of their proceeds to AIDS research.

The red iPhones will come in 128GB and 256GB versions, available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning March 24 at a starting price of $749 (around Rs 49,000).

The phones will be available in India on the same day.

The new storage variants of the iPhone SE — 32GB and 128GB – replace the 16GB and 64GB models but prices remain unchanged. These, too, would be available from March 24, with a starting price of $399 (around Rs 26,000).

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