Xiaomi Mi Note 2 review: Filling in

Filling in

GSMArena team, 9 December 2016.

Telephony

The dialer and the phonebook share a single app although there are two shortcuts, bringing you straight to the tab you need - recent with dialer on the first and the contact list on the second.

Call recording is available - the files can be saved either on your device or on your MiCloud. The dialer can recognize automatically business numbers, as well as scam contacts thanks to the Xiaomi's Caller ID database.

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Dialer • Contacts • Viewing a contact • Dual SIM settings

Loudspeaker

The Mi Note 2 achieved a Good rating in our loudspeaker test, on par with the OnePlus 3T and right in between the Average Mi 5s Plus and the Very good Mi Mix. The Pixel XL and Huawei Mate 9 can go much louder though.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
HTC 10 (Theater mode) 61.9 66.0 62.1 Below Average
Sony Xperia XZ 61.6 65.5 67.6 Below Average
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 65.0 68.2 70.8 Average
HTC 10 (Music mode) 63.1 66.7 74.3 Average
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 63.4 68.6 76.4 Good
OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 70.0 69.1 71.8 Good
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 68.3 72.2 72.9 Good
Xiaomi Mi Mix 64.2 72.8 86.0 Very Good
Huawei Nexus 6P 74.7 77.8 72.1 Very Good
Google Pixel XL 73.4 72.1 84.1 Excellent
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent

Other apps

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes bundled with the MIUI 8 excellent file managing app called Explorer, which lets you browse the files in its internal storage and groups them by type.

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Explorer

MIUI 8 also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blacklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, clean some RAM; it can also manage the permissions of your installed apps. The Security app also allows you to define the battery behavior of selected apps and apply restrictions only to the ones you choose.

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Security app • Data management • Battery management

The Mi Remote uses the IR blaster to control anything from TVs (including the Mi TV, of course) to digital cameras. The setup process is relatively straightforward, and a handy option shares the remotes you've set up with others on the same Wi-Fi network. You'd have to go through the setup only once per home assuming everybody else uses a Xiaomi phone as well.

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Setting up the Mi Remote app

The custom and now flat Calendar looks good, syncs with your accounts including Google, and offers Day, Week, and Month views, but no Year - boo.

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Calendar

There is also the standard sound recorder, flashlight, clock, and weather apps, among others, that are a given in any self-respecting Android package nowadays.

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Voice recorder • Alarms • Clock • Weather

We liked the Compass app. It has very nice and clean interface, shows the magnetic directions and doubles as a level meter. If you lift the phone up, then you'll get a nice augmented reality view with real-time East/West/North/South overlay.

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Compass • level

Reader comments

  • Alfas

Does not remember wifi password. I tried everything that I can find on internet, nothing helped.

  • 0583263174

MI note 2 display a a body

Note 2. The redmi note 7 has a weaker chipset.