Im in dire need of a new smartphone with my aging Moto G (1st gen) starting to show its age. Ive been researching various budgetish smartphones over the past few weeks such as the Moto G4, Wileyfox Swift 2 + and the Huawei P9 Lite. I stumbled across the Xiaomi Series of smartphone, and it seems you get way more bang for your buck for £150.
Im interested in purchasing this phone specifically, The Xiaomi Rednote 3 Pro Prime? https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Official-Global-Version-Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-3-3i-pro-prime-special-Version-Mobile-phone-5-5/32720577266.html?ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10065_10068_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10060_10061_10062_10056_10055_10054_10059_10099_10078_10079_426_10073_10103_10102_10096_10052_10050_425_10051,searchweb201603_1&btsid=8a8fd6b7-1751-47d5-8fe6-88e9c594879b
I was wondering if anyone has brought this phone before and could give me an overview of their experience with Xiaomi phones in general (even better if its this phone specifically). Im interested in how easy the phone was to set up (i understand it needs to be flashed?), how has it held up since you purchased the phone, whats the user interface like, and whether there are any niggling issues with UK phone Carriers. Im thinking of putting my BT sim in this, but am unsure if this phone or Xiaomi in general work well with BT sims.
One last, query. Whats your experience been ordering from aliexpress? Smooth or a complete nightmare?
Apologies, first time seriously considering purchasing a non major phone from outside the UK, and could use some advice before taking the plunge.
ANy advice is much appreciated.