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Our Verdict

The Canary does a few things that you don’t get with other security cameras, such as the air quality monitoring and the siren. 24 hours of free cloud storage is nice, but Canary now charges for features which used to be free, including the ability to download video via the phone app and view entire clips. The new subscription model means the Canary is no longer good value, and we can’t recommend it.

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There has never been a bigger choice of home security cameras and the majority can be set up in less than 15 minutes. The Canary is no exception: a plug-and-play unit that took me less than 10 minutes to install. Once connected to Wi-Fi, it offers a 147-degree view of your room in 1080p full HD as well as an overview of your home’s ‘health’ including air quality, temperature and humidity. Is it the right camera for your home? Read on to find out.

Why is Canary charging for some features now?

Since we originally reviewed the Canary, the company has taken the decision to remove a number of services (which were included previously) in favour of asking owners to pay for these through Canary Membership. Current memberships are priced at £79 per year or £7.99 (£95.88 annually).

The most significant changes are:

Customers who do not pay the new membership fee will only see 10-second clips of footage, rather than the full video that’s exclusive to members. This isn’t particularly helpful for situations where you may have an intruder in your home for a sustained period of time. This footage will only be available for 24 hours rather than full length recordings that are available to members for 30 days.

You can no longer download footage to your phone. This is a particular blow, as it means you can’t save evidence unless you subscribe.

Customers who don’t subscribe will not be able to set night mode, which allows you to deactivate notifications whilst you are sleeping. You now are now forced to either disable the camera in home mode or to have notifications sent to your device whilst you sleep.

Canary Members will also benefit from two-way Canary talk which allows you to use your smartphone to talk through your camera and web browser streaming that provides access to live footage from your desktop as well as 30 days recorded footage.

As a result of these changes, we have amended the original 4-star rating to 2.5 stars. The device itself is very good, but Canary’s new focus on membership packages has removed a number of key features for existing owners and has significantly impacted the value of the device for new owners who are unwilling to pay the membership fee.

What follows is our original review:

So what could you use the canary for? Well its most obvious use is to monitor what’s going on at home from a security point of view, but I was also interested in keeping an eye on my dogs Axl and Izzy while my wife and I were away from home. The Canary was perfect for both, as it has a microphone that registers unusual sounds such as glass breaking or a dog barking and motion detectors that monitor movement in the close vicinity, both of which trigger the camera to start recording.

All recordings are saved to the Canary’s cloud storage and  the most basic package is free and stores footage of events captured in the last 12 hours (now 24 hours). There is of course a range of packages providing additional cloud storage for events up to 30 days ago if you’re willing to pay.

The Canary is controlled using its dedicated iOS and Android app and I have to say I could not have been more impressed with how easy this was to use. The app allows you to view recorded footage, all nicely presented in a chronological timeline. Naturally, you can also watch a live stream at the touch of a button on the app’s home screen.

The Canary is available to buy for £159 directly from the manufacturer at store-uk.canary.is or from UK retailers including John Lewis, Amazon, Apple, Maplin and PC World.

This is the same price as the Nest Cam, but a little more than the Y-Cam HomeMonitor HD, which you can buy from Amazon for less than £140.

Canary Review: Design

The Canary is a standalone device and is available in a choice of three colours: white, black and silver. Also included is a microUSB power adaptor and an unusual secure setup cable that plugged directly into my iPhone’s headphone socket during installation.

Connecting the camera to broadband can be done using either Wi-Fi or via an Ethernet cable to your router, if it’s close by or you use powerline adaptors.

The camera measures 152 x 76.2mm weighs just 396g. Build quality is excellent and it has a contemporary design that means it looks like a modern home accessory that can be colour-coordinated with your home. There’s no hint of traditional CCTV or surveillance camera.

Image quality is very clear with full 1080p high definition footage and automatic night vision. Plus the 147 degree wide-angle lens meant I could monitor activity within a large open-plan kitchen and living room using a single device.

Audio quality is equally as good from the built-in microphone, which is also used to begin recording as soon as an unusual sound is heard.

The device also begins recording as soon a movement is recorded using the camera and and 3-axis accelerometer. Annoyingly, there’s no option to specify an area within the field of view to monitor for movement. Movement which occurs anywhere will trigger an alert. There is a sensitivity slider which you can ajust to receive fewer alerts, and the algorithms learn (with your feedback) when movement is due to a pet, moving light or shadows, and will – over time – stop notifiying you of these events.

The Canary is also fitted with a loud siren which you can sound using the iOS or Anroid app. This is intended for warning or deter an intruder of course, not for playing pranks on your family. There’s no speaker for two-way communication as the Nest Cam – and some other cameras – have.

In addition to the home security features, the Canary it is also equipped with sensors which monitor air quality, humidity and temperature. Specifically, it can detect ISO Butane, Carbon Monoxide, hydrogen, ethanol and cigarette smoke.

Other devices that measure air quality include the Foobot.

By contrast, the Canary is unfriendly to most other smart home kit. There’s no IFTTT support, either, so you can’t get around the lack of official third-party support. The only integration is with

Canary Review: Software

The Canary app works with the iPhone 4s or newer and on Android devices with version 4.0 or newer.

With both the app and the hardware installed I had a host of options including setting the Canary to detect when I’m at home (using the location of my phone) and to automatically arming and disarming recording depending on my location and the privacy I required.

In armed mode, the Canary is constantly monitoring for motion and sounds and will alert me to either with a push notification.

When disarmed, the Canary still monitors and records activity but will not send a notification.

Privacy mode disables both the camera and microphone to ensure that footage is not recorded when you don’t want it to be. Privacy mode can be activated automatically whenever I or another registered user return home. There’s also the option to activate any of the settings manually through the app.

The camera is equipped with an LED which highlights which mode is selected through a green ambient light for armed, a yellow light for disarmed and the light is switched off when in privacy mode.

It is also possible to watch live footage in all modes other than privacy mode by simply pressing the ‘watch live’ button on the app’s home screen. You can zoom in (digitally) on all footage both live and recorded using a simple pinch gesture on the iPhone. Here’s the wide-angle view:

And this is the 2x digital zoom:

Accessing the app also feels particularly secure, as there’s the option of signing in using either a password, PIN or fingerprint recognition via the iPhone’s Touch ID.

It is also possible to manage multiple Canary cameras from the app, additional devices could either be placed elsewhere in the same home or in a separate location that you may want to monitor such as a business address, or elderly relative.

In addition to the smartphone app, you can also  was also arm and disarm using the Canary app on an Apple Watch as well as receive notifications when any activity was recorded. I loved this feature as it allows me to have piece of mind that my home and pets are safe without the need to be constantly reaching for my phone.

Related articles for further reading Specs Canary: Specs

Camera:

1080p HD Camera 147° Wide-angle lens Automatic night vision Motion detection

Sensors:

3-axis accelerometer Ambient light Capacitive touch

HomeHealth Technology:

Temperature Humidity Air quality

Audio & Siren:

Microphone Built-in speaker 90+ dB siren

Connectivity:

2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) Wired Ethernet

Size & Weight:

Height: 152.4mm Diameter: 76.2mm Weight: 396g

Power: 100-240v power supply

Smartphone:

Apple iPhone 4s iOS 8 or Android 4 or newer

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Google Pixel 2 Review: Android Camera Magic

I confess, I worried when I saw that Google had stuck with a single main camera sensor. At a time when most of the Pixel 2’s rivals are embracing twin lenses, it felt like that was a decision that could instantly date a brand new phone. Turns out, though, there’s plenty you can do with some very clever algorithms.

Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL share the same 12.2-megapixel main camera. It now has an f/1.8 aperture, rather than the f/2.0 of the original Pixel, and both optical and electronic image stabilization. The laser autofocus of before has been joined by dual-pixel phase detection. It’ll shoot up to 4K at 30 fps video, or 1080p at up to 120 fps.

On the front, there’s an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera, with f/2.4 aperture. It tops out at 1080p at 30 fps. However, because Google is doing its photographical magic tricks with software rather than dual camera hardware, the selfie-cam doesn’t miss out.

The main camera is fast. Very fast. Quick to load – double-tapping the power button launches it even before the lock screen – and quick to take shots. Moving subjects that left a blur on rival smartphone cameras were crisp and clean in the Pixel 2’s shots.

Its images are bright, colorful, and show great contrast. The steadying hand of Google’s algorithms are never far away, no matter how you’re shooting. Stills are automatically captured as Motion Photos, the Pixel 2’s take on Live Photos from the iPhone, where a few seconds of video brackets each picture. They’re automatically trimmed to what the software thinks is the cleanest loop, too, and you can export them as short movies or GIFs through Google Photos.

HDR is also on by default, the Pixel 2 firing off numerous frames to combine their data. Interestingly, it does that in preference to relying on the optical image stabilization and longer shutter speeds. Again, the results can be astonishing: plentiful detail and minimal grain. Google has actually developed its own system-on-chip, the Pixel Visual Core, which not only does the HDR processing but at a fraction of the energy the Snapdragon 835 would demand. Right now, oddly, nothing actually accesses it: even the Pixel 2’s own camera app isn’t touching it. That should change eventually, though, and in time Google plans to also open Pixel Visual Core access to third-party apps using the Android Camera API.

It’s the Pixel 2’s Portrait mode where the power of Google’s software really shows its hand. Early, software-driven attempts to add background bokeh, or blur, to single-camera devices had generally lackluster results. Better were the dual-camera approaches, like the iPhone 8 Plus’ Portrait mode, which can build a depth map of the scene by using both slightly-offset cameras simultaneously. Even so, they can still struggle with fine detail like hair, and get things wrong around the edges of subjects.

Google took a data-first approach, training the algorithm responsible for Portrait mode with millions of sample faces, and then combining that with the dual-pixel data from the new sensor. On paper, with an offset so small as to be invisible to the human eye, it shouldn’t work. In practice, it’s producing some of the best Portrait mode images I’ve seen.

I take a lot of iPhone Portrait mode photos of our cat, but often her whiskers either suddenly fade out or just cut off into blur prematurely. The Pixel 2, however, keeps those tiny hairs crisp, even as the background is blurred. If you’re not in the habit of running a feline photo studio, you should see the same benefit around human hair: no more weirdly fuzzy beard halos, for example. The fact that the Pixel 2 uses its f/1.8 aperture for bokeh shots, too, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus is relying on its f/2.8 telephoto camera, makes a big difference too.

Since it’s software that’s at the heart of the system, not hardware, it means Google can extend Portrait mode to its front facing camera too. The selfie cam obviously doesn’t have the dual-pixel sensor, and the resulting photos aren’t quite as refined around the edges as when you use the back camera, but it’s still very impressive. It also means that both sizes of Pixel 2 get the functionality, as opposed to Apple only offering it on its larger iPhone.

The other place that the software and hardware partnership shows its worth is in video stabilization. There’s none of the jelly-like wobbles or judders some phones suffer, just the OIS and EIS working in tandem.

Some of the more playful features I couldn’t test yet. Google’s AR stickers, interactive characters and emojis that you can drop into photos and video captured on the Pixel 2, will be arriving in the coming months. Face-retouching, which does at least smooth your skin out without making you look entirely rubbery, isn’t available in Portrait mode yet; it’ll arrive in mid-October.

Leagoo T5 Review: Dual Camera With… A Twist!

Leagoo T5 is one of their most interesting – and worth buying- models, that offers quite adequate performance, running on Android 7.0 Nougat, along with a mediocre MT6750T chipset, 4GB of RAM and a dual camera setup on its back. It’s available at a really affordable price – when compared to its specs- and can easily become one of those models that belong into the competitive market. Let’s take a close look at its features and functions.

Leagoo T5 – Technical specifications

● Network: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz – 3G: WCDMA 850/900/2100MHz – 4G: FDD-LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz TDD-LTE B40

Leagoo T5 review: Design and general appearance

Leagoo has ditched the plastic casing and has given a chance to the CNC and NANO metal body, providing the device with 7.9mm of thickness, 15.30 x 7.61 x 0.79 cm dimensions and 160 gr. weight. On the front it has a front camera and a home button, on the back side, it has dual rear camera, LED flash light, very simple design, but superior quality.

The colors of the display may be rather saturated, but the images are crisp, with good viewing angles and a fully responsive panel if I may add. All in all a decent display – especially for a smartphone on this price range.

Just below the display you will also find a fingerprint sensor which proves to be rather fast. It can unlock the phone in less than 0.1 second with almost 97% success rate. It can basically store up to 5 different fingerprints and can recognize them all from 360 degrees, something that’s a standard nowadays.

Hardware & Performance

When it comes to hardware, the Leagoo T5 has adequate specs for its price. It comes with a relatively old MTK6750T Octa Core (1.5GHz) processor, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB. The available RAM is plenty enough for you to run all your day to day apps very smoothly, and the gaming performance is decent if you play games like Asphalt 8 on medium graphics. Still, you should expect some skipped frames but no significant lag.

It offers a rather decent user experience with good multi-tasking, enabling users to keep several applications open in the background with no significant impact on its everyday performance. To confirm our deductions, do have a look at the benchmark results of the device as they appear above, showing the Leagoo T5 scoring 41615 points in AnTuTu.

I didn’t have any issues with GPS related apps, as the phone was connected to more than 12-13 of the available satellites every time. It could be connected to more I guess, in order to offer even better results when scanning for our location. In any case it still offered great global positioning services, no complains at all.

I guess you already know it, but I will say it one more time. The Leagoo T5 is a 4G/LTE smartphone with acceptable performance when it comes to LTE networks, achieving average data speeds of 45-55Mbps that surely offer a decent feeling when you use it, along with great performance in everyday use. It has good GSM/WCDMA/LTE signal reception with flawless handovers and no dropped calls – during my tests that is.

Gizchina News of the week Leagoo T5 review: Android software and UI performance

The Leagoo T5 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat but we have no official confirmation on when (and if) the company plans to upgrade it to Android 7.1.2 or (one can hope) Android O. In any case, the Android 7.0 gives you more control on the smartphone and also lets you customize the phone just like any other Nougat based smartphone.

There is no bloatware or other unnecessary apps inside, it supports all the classic Nougat features but the UI has been tampered a bit by Leagoo. There’s themes support with certain pre installed themes waiting for us when we first boot up, along with some few widgets for the weather, time etc.

All in all this extra customization doesn’t seem to affect the performance of the device. Don’t forget it has 4GB of RAM, which is more than enough and offers decent everyday use for a novice Android user, as long as you don’t choose to put any extra pressure on it with severe multi-tasking, more than 6-7 apps opened simultaneously etc. It’s not a phone for the demanding power users, you’ve been warned.

Dual camera/Selfie camera performance

I guess we all know by now that the Leagoo T5 comes with dual cameras on its rear which are 13.0MP and 5.0MP in resolution, with dual flashes too and on the front, there is a 13.0 MP selfie camera, a treat for selfie lovers. For the dual camera fans, note that one camera sensor is used for creating the bokeh effect and the other will capture the image with quite impressive portrait photos, but average performance in low light conditions.

GOOD PHOTOS, AVERAGE VIDEOS, adequate LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE

The OV 13MP sensor technology is the main reason why the camera turns the most lifeless things into jovial ones. A special soft light for the selfies is provided in the front camera of the phone. The soft light would help to have the brighter picture with the more defined look. You can shoot photos at 77.9 wide angles, and the 1.12um pixel size of the main sensor can result in good photos given its price tag. There is an extra instant beauty mode that would remove away all possible glitches from your selfies and turn them into highly beautiful ones. The selfie fans will surely love it.

Both cameras have independent vision processing unit, which enables background blurring in real time. It also allows you to choose where to focus (touch focus/autofucus) and where to blur, with the ability to adjust the intensity of blurring, too.

It’s quite easy to capture decent photos in daylight conditions, panoramic images with a helpful assistant that shows the way to do it correctly and the same goes for video capture. However when the sun goes down problems appear, such as low ISO, increased digital noise in photos and reduced framerate in videos.

All of the above however are typical for this type of phones, and the final verdict is that using the Leagoo T5 you will be able to capture decent photos in daylight conditions but not that impressive photos during low light conditions.

Battery consumption

The Leagoo T5 is equipped with a relatively average 3000mAh battery but numbers don’t mean anything in this case. The device comes with an energy efficient processor and -in general- it performs well providing a full day’s usage with no problems and perhaps a bit more if you are able to be gentle with it.

All in all we have a winner here, a mid-range smartphone with decent standby times if you’re an average user (6 hours of active screen) but the fact that it doesn’t support some type of quick charging is a bit disappointing. On the other hand it costs just 129,99$ so I guess it’s something we can live without ?

Conclusion – So what about it?

Decent performance, impressive quality built

I really enjoyed this small beauty from Leagoo. It’s not featured as the super wow dual camera phone that everyone should buy, no. It’s an average dual camera phone, with good photos in daylight conditions, adequate photos in low light conditions and… below average videos. It offers however excellent battery consumption, good performance for the average Android user and quite impressive build quality.

I loved the display, some of its usability features, its battery performance and of course the price tag, especially when compared to its basic specs. If you’re in the market for an affordable 4GB RAM/64GB ROM, dual camera smartphone with impressive display and great build quality then the Leagoo T5 should definitely be among your top choices.

The Leagoo T5 is currently available with a price tag of 129,99$. 

Nokia 6.1 Plus Camera Review: Is It Any Good?

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is official and it’s the first Nokia phone with a notch. The phone comes in at a price of Rs. 15,999 and is obviously competing against phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Mi A2. Nokia has opted to go with a dual 16MP + 5MP shooter on the back, along with a 16MP selfie camera with the phone, and that sounds good on paper, but does it stack up against the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2?

Nokia 6.1 Plus Camera Test: Specifications

Before we take a look at how the Nokia 6.1 Plus performs in real life, let’s take a quick look at the hardware the phone packs. The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a dual 16MP f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.4 rear camera with support for 4K videos, EIS, and Portrait Mode. On the front, the phone comes with a single 16MP shooter. There’s a Portrait Mode on the front as well, and the phone also brings in Nokia’s very own Animoji-clone, although there’s currently only one in the phone. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at what the Nokia 6.1 Plus is capable of.

Rear Camera Performance

First let’s talk about how the phone’s primary camera set up fares in real world usage. Since the major competition here is the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2, I’m also comparing the camera performance of the Nokia 6.1 Plus against the performance of those two phones.

Good Lighting Conditions

In good lighting situations, the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ camera performs decently good enough and personally, it looks a tad better than the Nokia X6 with the China ROM in it. Photos come out with a good amount of detail, and a nice overall color balance.

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Low Light Conditions

In low light things don’t look so good for the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone tries to capture more light, and for the most part it succeeds, but it also ends up losing focus most of the time, and photos turn out really soft and noisy.

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The Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 definitely fare better in low-light conditions. Keep in mind that these phones are nothing magical in low-light, but they are a lot better than the Nokia 6.1 Plus and definitely impress with the way they handle focus, noise, and capturing enough light in a shot.

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I was particularly happy with the Mi A2 in low light since it performs at par with the Redmi Note 5 Pro in most situations, and sometimes fares even better.

Portrait Mode

The rear portrait mode on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is decent. It’s nothing special, but it’s not bad for sure. The background blur here is adjustable, and I personally find it to work best when set to around 50% blur. I mean, you could go higher, but then things start to look really unnatural; that 50% blur point usually turns out more like a DSLR-shot than any other blur-settings on the phone.

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Front Camera Performance Good Lighting Conditions

Moving on to the front camera, the story remains pretty much the same. The 16MP shooter on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a decently good enough camera in good lighting situations and pictures turn out nice, with great color balance. However, the front cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 are simply better. There’s no other way to put it, both the Xiaomi phones end up overshadowing the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ front camera in good lighting conditions. The photos have more light, more detail, better exposure, and are just overall much better than the selfies you’ll get from the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

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Low Light Conditions

In low light, the front camera on the Nokia 6.1 Plus suffers from issues similar to the ones we’ve seen with the rear camera in similar lighting. While the phone does try to capture light, it simply can’t handle low light all that well. Photos turn out dark (usually), with weird lighting, and details are all but gone here. Also, there’s quite a bit of noise in the shot. Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 once again fare better than the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The photos from these phones are not exceptional by any means, but they are definitely a lot better than what you’ll get from the Nokia 6.1 Plus. They capture more detail, more light, and usually balance the highlights and the shadows pretty well.

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Portrait Mode

The front portrait mode on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is, once again, decent enough until you start comparing it to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2. If you do that, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is definitely the runt of the litter. Photos from the Nokia 6.1 Plus look decent enough, but the portrait shots from the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 are quite obviously better.

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Videos

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with support for shooting 4K videos, something that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is incapable of. The phone also comes with EIS for stabilisation and in my usage I found that the EIS on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is good, but it can be pretty aggressive at times. Simply put, if there’s a lot of shake in the video, the EIS kicks in really hard and the entire video looks like it’s vibrating.. that’s like an extreme case of the weird stutter issues that EIS stabilised videos suffer in fast panning shots.

Animojis

The Nokia 6.1 Plus also brings along Nokia’s very own implementation (read ‘clone’) of Animojis that we first saw in the iPhone X. The 6.1 Plus currently has only one Animoji in the camera app and it’s a dragon, I think. To be honest, Nokia’s implementation here is way better than what we’ve seen from companies like Samsung with their AR Emojis. It’s nowhere near as good as the Animojis on the iPhone X, obviously, but at Rs. 15,999, I’m not complaining about this.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Camera Review: Nothing Special

Over all, the cameras on the Nokia 6.1 Plus (Rs. 15,999) are nothing special and while I wouldn’t go as far as to call them all bad, they definitely don’t even come close to the competition in situations like low light. The Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 both have cameras that perform far better than the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ cameras. Basically, if camera quality is an important metric to you, I’d not recommend the Nokia 6.1 Plus. That said, I do hope that HMD Global can improve the cameras with software updates. Fingers crossed.

Xiaomi Redmi Note Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi Note Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Xiaomi Redmi Note Quick Specs

Display Size: 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 HD resolution

Processor: 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Mt6592

RAM: 2 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS

Camera: 13 MP AF camera

Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 8 GB with 6.15 Gb for apps and 5 Gb approx user available

External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB

Battery: 3100 mAh battery Lithium Polymer Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes (First Slot Support 3G and Second Slot support 2G), LED Indicator – Yes ( Color Can be changed )

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensors

SAR Values: 0.760 W/Kg (MAX) – its under permissible limit.

Box Contents

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

Redmi Note looks good but its bigger to hold in one hand, its slightly heavy at 199 grams but does not feel cheap. The plastic back is glossy and white in color, so it may get scratches over time and its finger print catchy as well. The front looks good with glossy black bezel. The overall looks of the phone is good. Its quite slim and has slightly rounded edges on the back cover which makes it easy to hold. Its easy to put in pocket but size and weight does affect one handed usage.

Camera Performance

The rear camera can take good photos in day light and low light performance is decent but can show noise if the light is not enough. The front camera can also record HD video and can also take good selfie shots. Below are some camera samples you can get an idea from these about rear camera and  front camera as well

Redmi Note Camera Video Sample

coming soon..

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has 5.5 IPS LCD display with resolution 720 x 1280 pixels which gives good viewing angles, has decent outdoor visibility. Touch screen is responsive and touch is smooth and color reproduction is also good. It comes with corning gorilla glass 3 protection but this is not mentioned in specs but we confirmed this from xiaomi india. Out of 8 GB internal memory user get around 5 GB and 6.15 Gb in total has been allocated for apps and user data to be stored. Battery dropped from 30 % to 20 % with 30 minutes of HD game playback or 30 minutes of HD video play back. It can last around 6-7 hours on continuous usage and can give around more than one day of backup with basic to moderate usage.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

Benchmark Scores

Antutu Benchmark: 32244

Nenamark2:  61.4 fps

Multi Touch:  10 points

Redmi Note Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker is at the back on the bottom, its loud and sound is clear, it can get muffled and blocked as well accidentally by hand. You can easily play HD videos at 720p and 1080p without any issues. GPS navigation worked fine and you can get the GPS lock easily in indoor depending on signal strength, it does have magnetic field sensor as well.

Redmi Note Photo Gallery What We Liked

Great display for the price

Good rear camera

What We Did Not Liked

Heavy in weight

Glossy back cover

Conclusion and Price

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Quick Specs

Display Size: 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1080 HD resolution

Processor: 1.6 Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 MSM8228

RAM: 1 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS

Camera: 8 MP AF camera.

Secondary Camera: 1.6 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 8 GB

External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB

Battery: 2050 mAh battery Lithium Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and Magnetometer Sensor

SAR Value: – 1.21 W/KG (Max Value)

Box Contents

Inside the box you will  get a handset, microUSB cable, USB Charger ( 1 AMP output ), User Manual, Service Center List. ( There are no headphones in the package )

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

It has good built quality and its build is actually much better as compared to the other phones offered at the same price point. It comes by default in black color with grey colored matte finish back cover of plastic. The overall design is not extraordinary but it looks decent. The rounded curved edges makes it easy to old in hands and 4.7 inch display does make sure that its one handed usage does not go for a compromise. At 158 grams it does not feel very heavy but its not the thinnest phone around, its fairly thick phone at 9.9 mm, but on the whole it feels like a solid good built quality phone in hand.

Camera Performance

Note: While recording HD video we faced a lag in camera when the device was hot in terms of temperature after using the camera app for some time, but Xiaomi should be able to fix this with a software update in future.

Camera Samples

Redmi 1S Camera Video Sample Front Camera

Redmi 1S Camera Video Sample Rear Camera

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It features 720p display which gives you great viewing angles and good color reproduction, the display also have protection for scratches and it does get scratched easily. Sunlight visibility of the display is also good. It has 8GB in built memory out which around 4.12 GB is available to the user which gives you enough storage for the apps and games. However you cannot install apps on the SD card without rooting the phone. You can get around 1 day of battery backup with moderate usage but on continuous use you will get around 4-5 hours of usage. Available amount of RAM is around 430 MB but if you run too many apps then some of the apps might have problem with low amount of available RAM.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software UI is MIUI 5 which runs on top of android is responsive and does not give you lag unless you load the phone with too many resource hungry apps and games. We played MC4, Front line Commando D Day and every games ran fine without any audio video lag.

Antutu Benchmark: 18507

Nenamark2: 42.9

Multi Touch: 10 point

Redmi 1S Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker on Redmi 1S is fairly loud and but the speaker is placed on the back so it might get blocked when you place the device flat on a table. You can play HD videos both at 720p and 1080p on this device, it did gave any issues in this department. GPS navigation works fine and it locked the coordinates pretty quickly outdoors and in indoors it may take some time, it also has magnetic field sensor.

Redmi 1S Photo Gallery What We Liked

Great Performance for the price

Good Camera

Value for money

Awesome Hardware

What We Did Not Liked

Video Recording Issues to heating

Conclusion and Price

Xiaomi is relatively new chinese brand who has entered india, but it their products are offering the best value for money to indian consumers. Redmi 1S is one such device which has given great results in our testing of different things, apart from video recording lag at high temperature we did not faced any problem with the device. Redmi 1S is retailing on flipkart and it comes for sale every week but gets out of stock in 2-3 seconds, last time 40,000 Redmi 1S were bought in india.

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