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Xiaomi Redmi 3s Pro Prime 5 Inch Fingerprint 3GB RAM 32GB ROM Snapdragon 430 Octa-core 4G Smartphone - AliExpress - £110.88
Xiaomi Redmi 3s Pro Prime 5 Inch Fingerprint 3GB RAM 32GB ROM Snapdragon 430 Octa-core 4G Smartphone - AliExpress - £110.88

Xiaomi Redmi 3s Pro Prime 5 Inch Fingerprint 3GB RAM 32GB ROM Snapdragon 430 Octa-core 4G Smartphone - AliExpress - £110.88

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Original Xiaomi Redmi 3S Pro Prime Global Version Mobile Phone Snapdragon 430 Octa Core 5" HD 3GB RAM 32GB CE Support B7 AND B20

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can't buy it. it says it can't be shipped to the uk

what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid range android with no warranty.

sunil237

can't buy it. it says it can't be shipped to the uk



​Where does it say that?

nitro228

what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid … what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid range android with no warranty.



pcadvisor.co.uk/rev…30/

nitro228

what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid … what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid range android with no warranty.



It's not the phone so much that's the concern here it's the risky places folks are now putting up deals from. Have you read some of the AliExpress site reviews?

uk.trustpilot.com/rev…com

Use a seller called top one on Aliexpress. He's the best on their imo. I would use him over and over.

s.aliexpress.com/UJ3…NFf

DAZZ2000

It's not the phone so much that's the concern here it's the risky places … It's not the phone so much that's the concern here it's the risky places folks are now putting up deals from. Have you read some of the AliExpress site reviews?https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.aliexpress.com



AliExpress is like Amazon or ebay, lots of third party sellers. Just buy from one with a decent score / lots of transactions. I've had no probs at all.

no, I've used Ali Express alot too and it's been fine. And I have this phone which I think is great value.

Would you not be better off buying from here laptopsdirect.co.uk/xia…asp for £129.99. at least it's a reputable UK seller for if you should have any warranty issues and it's only a £15 difference for the silver version.
Edited by: "nosh10" 3rd Jan

nosh10

Would you not be better off buying from here … Would you not be better off buying from here http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/xiaomi-redmi-3s-black-5-32gb-4g-dual-sim-unlocked-sim-free-3s-32blk/version.asp for £129.99. at least it's a reputable UK seller for if you should have any warranty issues and it's only a £15 difference.



That seller isn't great IMO. Lots of complaints.

The phone is great. came from an LG g5 and apart from the camera I can't see any difference in normal usage. I got rid of the LG due to the battery life as I was out by about 2pm. at the end of the day I haven't had this under 68%. bottom line for me is excellent phone, everything works well on it (except camera) and battery life is amazing but the camera is really dreadful.

I have a Nokia 1520 with Win 10, which recently has been having antenna performance issues and the battery draining quickly.
While I like Windows as an OS, I've accepted Android is probably where I need to go.
Would this be a good replacement for my phone?
Does it take a nano SIM?

Edited by: "sampain" 3rd Jan

Nuts. Just bought this for £131 last week. Not arrived yet.

EDIT just realised this is 5" screen. Didn't know there was an international RN3 with band 20 support
Edited by: "tan159" 3rd Jan

Redmi 4 prime is out now. Better to get that IMO.

Had mine almost 2 months now. Great hardware and insane battery life but MIUI is over-complex.

Often takes twice as many clicks to do something, assuming you even find the option you want in the labyrinthine menus. Want to see the graph of battery use:

Stock Android = One swipe, One tap
MIUI OS = Four taps into setting sub-menus

Even after weeks of tweaking, rooting, changing options still get random glitches and delayed notifications.

lhassall

Had mine almost 2 months now. Great hardware and insane battery life but … Had mine almost 2 months now. Great hardware and insane battery life but MIUI is over-complex.Often takes twice as many clicks to do something, assuming you even find the option you want in the labyrinthine menus. Want to see the graph of battery use:Stock Android = One swipe, One tapMIUI OS = Four taps into setting sub-menusEven after weeks of tweaking, rooting, changing options still get random glitches and delayed notifications.



​Install a custom ROM then.

Original Poster

sampain

I have a Nokia 1520 with Win 10, which recently has been having antenna … I have a Nokia 1520 with Win 10, which recently has been having antenna performance issues and the battery draining quickly.While I like Windows as an OS, I've accepted Android is probably where I need to go.Would this be a good replacement for my phone?Does it take a nano SIM?



Normally, one sim slot is nano and the other is micro but just get an adapter/cut down your existing one.

nitro228

what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid … what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid range android with no warranty.



​because they are class phones. a lot of people dont want to pay £6-700 for a mobile phone when you can pick one of these up for a little over £100

robertvan1

​Install a custom ROM then.



​cm13 works a treat on these

Looks like a nice phone - would like to order one but never ordered from Aliexpress.com. How about customs as it is being shipped from China? Thanks

lhassall

Had mine almost 2 months now. Great hardware and insane battery life but … Had mine almost 2 months now. Great hardware and insane battery life but MIUI is over-complex.Often takes twice as many clicks to do something, assuming you even find the option you want in the labyrinthine menus. Want to see the graph of battery use:Stock Android = One swipe, One tapMIUI OS = Four taps into setting sub-menusEven after weeks of tweaking, rooting, changing options still get random glitches and delayed notifications.



​out of interest what takes four taps on miui? what takes one on stock.

af3113

Looks like a nice phone - would like to order one but never ordered from … Looks like a nice phone - would like to order one but never ordered from Aliexpress.com. How about customs as it is being shipped from China? Thanks



​get it sent china post and then it gets delivered royal mail this end which means they're not likely to check and you SHOULD be ok. though can then take some time to deliver.

dhl = guaranteed customs charge.

lhassall

Had mine almost 2 months now. Great hardware and insane battery life but … Had mine almost 2 months now. Great hardware and insane battery life but MIUI is over-complex.Often takes twice as many clicks to do something, assuming you even find the option you want in the labyrinthine menus. Want to see the graph of battery use:Stock Android = One swipe, One tapMIUI OS = Four taps into setting sub-menusEven after weeks of tweaking, rooting, changing options still get random glitches and delayed notifications.


I just installed nova launcher and it's perfect. Took me all of 20 minutes to set up the phone how I like it, and to be honest the phone and it's interface is so slick that I didn't mind doing it.

harveybq

​because they are class phones. a lot of people dont want to pay £6-700 f … ​because they are class phones. a lot of people dont want to pay £6-700 for a mobile phone when you can pick one of these up for a little over £100



Exactly. I hate the thought of paying £400+ on an item I might drop or lose easily.

This phone is cheap as chips and is absolutely rapid. The best thing about it is the battery, too. Can play with it all day (i.e. from 10:00 to 20:00) and it'll be on about 20% by the end of it. Phenomenal phone when you factor in the price.

harveybq

​cm13 works a treat on these


After the pain of rooting it I've decided I'm now too old for messing with custom roms! Would rather get something with stock Android and sell this on.
christopheshort1

​out of interest what takes four taps on miui? what takes one on stock.


Viewing the battery usage graph
drummerdickens

I just installed nova launcher and it's perfect. Took me all of 20 … I just installed nova launcher and it's perfect. Took me all of 20 minutes to set up the phone how I like it, and to be honest the phone and it's interface is so slick that I didn't mind doing it.


Launcher is least of the problems. Doesn't clean up the settings area or all the MIUI "optimisations" that just cause app/notification issues.

harveybq

​cm13 works a treat on these

christopheshort1

​out of interest what takes four taps on miui? what takes one on stock.

drummerdickens

I just installed nova launcher and it's perfect. Took me all of 20 … I just installed nova launcher and it's perfect. Took me all of 20 minutes to set up the phone how I like it, and to be honest the phone and it's interface is so slick that I didn't mind doing it.



If you managed to flash TWRP and root the phone. Installing CM is not going to be very difficult

​viewing the graph takes about 2 seconds from the swipe down notifications pane. not sure why you would need to look at the that often, with the amazing battery of the 3s mind.
You can turn off all MIUI app related battery saver optimization if you wish in the settings, or turn some on some off etc,
I don't have the 3s but MIUI is pretty self explanatory

nitro228

what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid … what's the obsession with this on here? seems to be a very average mid range android with no warranty.



​They are very good phones for the price, much prefer it over Apple.

DAZZ2000

It's not the phone so much that's the concern here it's the risky places … It's not the phone so much that's the concern here it's the risky places folks are now putting up deals from. Have you read some of the AliExpress site reviews?https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.aliexpress.com



​I bought mine from Ali express, and it's perfect

harveybq

​cm13 works a treat on these

christopheshort1

​out of interest what takes four taps on miui? what takes one on stock.

drummerdickens

I just installed nova launcher and it's perfect. Took me all of 20 … I just installed nova launcher and it's perfect. Took me all of 20 minutes to set up the phone how I like it, and to be honest the phone and it's interface is so slick that I didn't mind doing it.



Settings -> Permission -> Autostart fixed all my app notification issues.

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robertvan1

Redmi 4 prime is out now. Better to get that IMO.



Yeh, I would agree but no Band 20 version yet for the Redmi 4's

Ordered mine and actually got another couple of quid off on checkout and 8.4% Quidco too

So in Grey with Case and Screen Protector (Bundle3) came out as $139.59 so just under £114 delivered.

Seriously looking into this to replace a, frankly excellent, Moto G 2nd Edition. Don't usually like to spend much more than £100 (give or take £10) and can't see anything that compares with this (price or spec-wise), which also includes NFC, which I would like if at all possible. I like as close to stock Android as possible with a custom launcher on top (currently using Apex). I note you can install CM13 on this but what are people's thought's on future upgrades, either from Xiaomi or the developer community, especially as CM has now closed down.

Thanks
Edited by: "Llyllyll" 6th Jan

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Llyllyll

what are people's thought's on future upgrades, either from Xiaomi or … what are people's thought's on future upgrades, either from Xiaomi or the developer community, especially as CM has now closed down.Thanks



Xiaomi are a big brand that has generally supported its devices pretty well, they are also popular with the XDA community so there is always a strong likelihood of the availability of custom roms.

However, at this price point, I've stopped worrying about it. I've had mainstream brand mobiles and imports and the only device that really is ever bang up to date is my Nexus. Given the cost of import phones, if I felt my phone was lagging behind, I'd just buy another.

colgrigson

Xiaomi are a big brand that has generally supported its devices pretty … Xiaomi are a big brand that has generally supported its devices pretty well, they are also popular with the XDA community so there is always a strong likelihood of the availability of custom roms. However, at this price point, I've stopped worrying about it. I've had mainstream brand mobiles and imports and the only device that really is ever bang up to date is my Nexus. Given the cost of import phones, if I felt my phone was lagging behind, I'd just buy another.



Cheers Colin. What would you recommend as the best stock or near-stock android experience in this price bracket? I've considered the Motorola G4/G4 Plus (but they're a bit big and more expensive) and even the Moto G 3rd edition (but that isn't much of an upgrade over the G2 (which I currently have).

Original Poster

Llyllyll

Cheers Colin. What would you recommend as the best stock or near-stock … Cheers Colin. What would you recommend as the best stock or near-stock android experience in this price bracket? I've considered the Motorola G4/G4 Plus (but they're a bit big and more expensive) and even the Moto G 3rd edition (but that isn't much of an upgrade over the G2 (which I currently have).


Currently I have a Uhans S1 which has a custom rom (Freeme) but adding the Google Now Launcher just makes it run like stock Android anyway. That was merely a matter of installing the launcher from the Play Store so can't invalidate your warranty etc. I've not owned a Xiaomi before but seen lot's of reviews and some of the Miui features look like they might be worth keeping. The freeme on the Uhans wasn't bad but I preferred the stock launcher.
Edited by: "colgrigson" 6th Jan

colgrigson

Currently I have a Uhans S1 which has a custom rom (Freeme) but adding … Currently I have a Uhans S1 which has a custom rom (Freeme) but adding the Google Now Launcher just makes it run like stock Android anyway. That was merely a matter of installing the launcher from the Play Store so can't invalidate your warranty etc. I've not owned a Xiaomi before but seen lot's of reviews and some of the Miui features look like they might be worth keeping. The freeme on the Uhans wasn't bad but I preferred the stock launcher.



Something that's just occurred to me is that, after having a good look around, many of these Chinese vendors state they have rooted the phones to install international ROMs etc. This means that things like All4/4OD (which I use quite a bit) will not work on them and it seems like apps to counter root detection like RootCloak are less likely to work what with recent updates to Android.

Original Poster

Llyllyll

Something that's just occurred to me is that, after having a good look … Something that's just occurred to me is that, after having a good look around, many of these Chinese vendors state they have rooted the phones to install international ROMs etc. This means that things like All4/4OD (which I use quite a bit) will not work on them and it seems like apps to counter root detection like RootCloak are less likely to work what with recent updates to Android.



Yes, I didn't have an issue with the Uhans but my Nexus would not run Barclays Mobile Banking software even though it isn't rooted.

Sideloading is your friend.

tan159

Nuts. Just bought this for £131 last week. Not arrived yet.EDIT just … Nuts. Just bought this for £131 last week. Not arrived yet.EDIT just realised this is 5" screen. Didn't know there was an international RN3 with band 20 support



​mutz nutz

Price is £113 now (you have to order with silicon case). The Redmi 4 is now reduced to a similar price although its not a global version
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