For chinese phone, recently Xiaomi released the xiaomi redmi 5A, anyone here has owned it? because I consider to buy it, but i don't like Chinese brand so much.
If someone used this phone or bought it, then can you show some strong point for it? Thanks.
That phone looks like it would be a good candidate for my use case. Nice big 3000mah battery, and a 'low end' (meaning, low power use) CPU, that is fast enough to do at least one major task at once.
Considering I use a phone for Communication (messages, phone calls, forums, etc) and I don't use things like snapchat with complex filters, photo editing, or anything like that, i'm sure I'd be able to use it without ever feeling any lag.
While no one I know has that specific phone, two mates have Xiaomi phones.
One has a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, and the other, a Note 4.
In all honesty, we can't fault them.
They're quick, they're stable, they take great photos, the IPS screen has good angles and coulors... I mean, it's an Android Phone, it can do everything you expect of it.
They were very 'anti china phones' for a while, but after using one, $200 vs $1500 for a 'samsung'? It was a pretty easy choice.
About the only thing the media likes to mention is that china phones can have spyware on them;
however (I work with a Chinese Colleague) and he was explaining Xiaomi, like Huawei are relying on going Global to expand their business.
After seeing how badly the brand OnePlus got attacked from their OWN spyware (not even 3rd party!) it'd be a nightmare to the company to risk that sort of underhanded trick.
Since the OnePLUS fiasco, everyone has been packet capturing their phones like mad, and no major leaks have been found in those china phones (yet).
If you're worried, just be sure to flash the OFFICAL rom to the phone the second you get it, and I'd rest easy :)
Xiaomi does some really neat stuff, especially if you go into the Mi Home type products also.
And, really, as Australians (I know you're not) for us, we don't care if China spies on us much :P