I have been reading about people constantly asking so many questions about this mobile. I too was sceptical at first buying it from china. But then so far it has been a smooth ride for me. I thought I would post my experiences here and continue posting all about this mobile here.
Before I go any futher, Mods, I am not sure if this post is in appropriate location. Feel free to edit/correct/delete.
I just thought many others would be benefitted from this.
Story so far…
28/6/2016 - Redmi note 3 pro prime(dark grey - original chinese rom, not custom, unopened) was ordered from aliexpress for $258.52 delivered via DHL.
5/7/2016 - tracking shows its awaiting customs clearnace at melbourne.
Delivery - hopefully tomorrow.
30/6/2016 - ordered magnetic cover flip cover from ebay for $6.24 delivered. This is a pu leather cover with TPU enclosure. In my experience TPU ones provide all around better protection. Hard plastic ones tend to be very brittle(cheaper ones).
Delivery - expected around 12/7/2016
1/7/2016 - ordered 2x tempered glass protectors from ebay for $2.78 delivered. Seems to be the cheapest.
Delivery - expected around 19/7/2016
My plan is to install OTA update and play store. May be use nova launcher or google launcher.
I will keep updating this post once I get the phone and start fiddling around with it…
7/7/16 - mobile got delivered.
had original chinese rom. Did OTA update to 7.3.8 stable.
Played around a bit with customization to suit my taste.
installed play store
Installed nova launcher
uninstalled Chinese apps as much as possible
changed default browser to chrome
default messaging app to native messaging app extracted from marshmallow rom
installed widgets for all services, kept in on desktop – wifi, data, Bluetooth. Gps etc.
google camera - default
for dialer I am using call log monitor, cannot change to default though
mobile looks totally de-xiaomified, except for status bar & pull down menu.
Will post screenshots soon
battery stats for one day - SOT about 9 hours, wifi on, (bluetooth, gps & data not so much)
battery stats after about 2 days wifi,data,gps,bluetooth on
general screenshots - settings, apps, theme etc
browser - chrome
messages - yaata
email - type
photos - google photos
videos- mx player
music - BlackPlayer Music Player
Theme - same old war
launcher - nova
battery saver app - deepsleep battery saver
battery profile - sleep between 23.30 - 07.30
restricted background usage for all mi-apps
antutu & geekbench test results
screen shots of theme customization, battery usages, battery profile, power schedule etc
2.5 days of battery with 20% left, SOT about 5.5 hours, talk time 1.3hours.
Guestimate is it could reach 3 days until it dies with SOT about 6 hours, talk time 1.75 hours i think
well i dont play games. mostly calls, texts, emails, browsing, whatsapp and little bit of youtube.