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Smartphone Reviews, Xiaomi Redmi 9 2021

so you've once again spunked away all of your lockdown funds on beer whiskey and cigarettes and now you're hunting through all your old pairs of pants searching for any kind of loose change to buy yourself or a loved one a new smartphone well fear ye not because xiaomi is here to sort you out with a fresh new redmi 9 which costs just 139 quid here in the uk or 150 if you want to bump up the memory and double the storage and despite costing just one fifth of the standard iphone 11 you get a fully fledged smartphone experience here one which i've been enjoying and occasionally enduring a wee bit over the past week so here's my full final review of xiaomi's redmi nine smartphone and for more on the latest greatest tech please do poke subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9 review: Design and key features

so starting with the design the redmi 9 doesn't do anything particularly surprising at this budget price you get exactly what you would expect namely a cheap and cheerful plastic frame that said i do approve of the circular swirl pattern and the lack of glossy surfaces which means i don't have to spend hours buffing the thing on my t-shirt to get rid of the endless greasy prints and i've got to say this ocean green model is rather pleasing on the old eyeballs not to mention carmen on the old soul as well but you do have a choice of purple if you're feeling a bit jazzy or cobb and grey if your idea of a wild knight is under the splash of malty or bedtime glass of milk up front xiaomi has been proper cautious with the redmi 9 not only is that display coded in gorilla glass 3 but you've also got a screen protector slapped on there to keep scratches at bay and so far gotta say the redmi nine has proven tougher than a concrete jean-claude van damme absolutely no scratches or chips or anything to speak of but yes this phone is a proper big bugger like pretty much every smartphone out there so it is just as well that xiaomi has served up a bit of one-handed help where needed now on the software front it's android 10 running on there but of course you have a bit of miui 11 of xiaomi's own creation slathered on top and it's a combination that can prove a wee bit shonky at times for instance quite often those app shortcuts in the tree at the bottom will just disappear and you actually need to pull up the app straw for them to reappear it's like a spectacularly [ __ ] magic trick and you'll notice the odd other weak work as well including the occasional ad which still pops up when you're installing apps or whatever.

 but me ui has definitely improved recently and i've got high hopes for the miui 12 update which is coming imminently after all me ui does add in its fair share of decent bonus features including plenty of resources for cleaning up your memory and storage you've also got a fair bit of crapware installed however not all of which can be dispensed with to actually unlock the redmi 9 you've got where's probably the dinkiest little fingerprint sensor in the world built into the bottom end of that sticky out camera chassis now first i was seriously worried that this would be awkward to use but i find that my finger falls on it straight away when i pick up the phone and it is impressively responsive too and thankfully so far haven't had any issues with smudgy camera lenses from any over-enthusiastic fingering and there's also a bit of face recognition action for those sticky-handed moments which works pleasingly well it's not all good news with the redmi 9 though and of course at this sort of price point you do have to lower your expectations a bit and expect some limitations so for instance there's only single band wi-fi support on here so i found that when i was downloading a big file or wanted to stream some high fidelity music for instance there'd be a bit of a weight involved and also despite xiaomi's website here in the uk claiming that the redmi 9 has built-in nfc i could not find that in the connections and sharing section of the menus at all and google pay told me in no uncertain terms that the redmi 9 would not be used for contactless payments so that sure sucks back on to the good bits though.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9 review: Screen and specification

 and i really like that 6.53 inch ips display it's a full hd plus panel which is just as well given the size of the thing so your netflix or your youtube or whatever will look nice and crisp colors aren't particularly poppy but the contrast is okay and the screen is definitely bright enough for comfortable outdoor use and the downwards firing mono speaker is absolutely fine but you will want to use a bit of bluetooth or get on board with that headphone jack the bluetooth connectivity though i've got to say isn't fantastic if you straight even just a small distance away from whatever speaker or device that you're streaming audio to it will start to break up quite quickly but as long as you stay right next to it or just using the pair of headphones with the phone on you that's absolutely fine performance is of course often a sore point for phones around this sort of 150 pound mark but the mediatek helio g80 generally manages to survive everyday existence without exploding you've got to choose the three or four gigs of ram with the redmi nine this is the four gigabyte model it costs you just 11 extra quid over the standard model so i'd say definitely go for it if you can a couple of times over the past week i have had apps hang on me or chrome just for instance completely crashed and had to be restarted but apart from that touchwood redmi 9 has been behaving itself and you can't even get a bit of split screen app action on the go if you really need to.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9 review: Performance and battery life

 meanwhile gamers can blast through the likes of call of duty and pub g on medium detail levels with a pretty respectable frame rate again you'll find the old little stutter creeps in here and there but nothing serious and that's definitely helped along by the game turbo feature which can help free up memory and keep things ticking along nicely and i'll tell you what i am certainly a fan of the battery life here on the redmi nine thanks in no small port to the massive 5020 milliamp cell stuffed inside and even though that's just a 20 milliamp capacity higher than the moto g8 power light i definitely found that the returns were better here on the redmi 9. this thing did me two full days between charges even with a little bit of skype action some camera use stuff like that and sure the 18 watt so called fast charge support isn't exactly sweat inducing the rapid but it's basically standard for budget smartphones around this price.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9 review: Cameras

 let's finish up with a look at the quad lens rear camera starting with that 13 megapixel primary lens this is just fine for simple everyday snaps as long as you stick to the basic laws like never shooting into light the redmi 9 isn't great in hdr situations so those are definitely best avoided but to be fair it is rare to see any serious oversaturation likewise indoor snaps with ambient lighting often come out quite soft and sadly there is no night mode on the redmi nine either so you'll need to resort to the blinding flash whenever the light gets proper low still for a budget blow the redmi 9 more than holds its own and despite those limitations i was more than happy with the results from a lot of my test picks try to keep your subject as still as possible and you are golden with the ability to take really nice looking portrait shots that's helped along by the 2 megapixel depth sensor you've also got an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle lens although i avoided using this as much as possible because the picks you get are often grainy and rather dull looking compared with those from the primary lens and the final lens in this quad effort setup is a 5 megapixel macro lens and frankly that can do one because macro shots of plants and stuff are pure pish video results are perfectly respectable you can only shoot up to full hd resolution but that's still good enough for home movies when they're viewed back on your laptop audio is usually picked up fine from all directions occasionally can be a little bit quiet in front of the camera if your subject isn't too close and wind distortion can mess things up a bit that's a pretty standard complaint with many low end smartphones and you'll also want to avoid walking and shooting at the same time as the stabilization it ain't too hot as for the 8 megapixel selfie cam well this often came up trumps your shots are detailed colours are once again natural and the portrait mode can help you to stand out from the crowd and that right.

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 there is what i think of the redmi nine after using as my full-time smartphone for a week as you can see the few little quirks here and there the performance can be a wee bit stuttery at times even with this four gigabyte model and of course how much you love or despise me ui is gonna basically sell or destroy this phone for you but so if you've got 150 quid this is one of the strongest options out there right now just for full on usability and features but if you're still unsure and you're looking for some more inspiration i have rounded up the best sub 200 pound budget smartphones that you can buy in the uk right now go check that out trying to remember to buy a link up there or in the end credits bit uh if you've been using the redmi 9s if you let me know your thoughts down in the comments below please do plug subscribe dig that notifications bell and have yourselves a.

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