In as much as this article isn’t about switching or transferring or syncing data from your iPhone to a Xiaomi phone, this post shares the story of an iPhone user titled Why I stopped using my iPhone and switched to Xiaomi.
Filip Poutintsev, an editor at HackerNoon gives his reasons as to why he decided to switch from using an iPhone to using a Xiaomi phone and claims he doesn’t regret it.
He starts by saying that he recently got rid of the iPhone
XS Max, which was a total disappointment and switched to Xiaomi MI Max 3, a
comparison of both phones follows where he weighs the pros and cons of both
If you see a Xiaomi phone for the very first time, it looks
like a Chinese copy of Apple. You can see the similarities everywhere, they
have similar packaging and Mi stores with similar interior as Apple stores.
Their user-interface MIUI looks almost exactly like iOS, but unlike Windows
Phone, they didn’t make a mistake of creating totally new UI. MIUI is based on
Android, so you can use all Android apps with it.
But beneath that there’s more. Xiaomi listened to all feedback that Apple got from its users, and unlike Apple, they actually implemented those requests and thus made a better product. That simple it is. On top of that Xiaomi is not greedy as Apple and offer bigger variety of smart widgets that all work perfectly together. Keep scrolling to see points on Why I stopped using my iPhone and switched to Xiaomi.
Filip gives a detailed comparison of his iPhone XS Max and Xiaomi Mi Max 3 below and texts are in his own words, just had to make subtle some words that might look offensive to my readers. I had written on Xiaomi announces creation of African Regional Department, the Mi Max 3 is available on Xiaomi partner site – Jumia.
The pros of Xiaomi being better than Apple
While many people may not want the biggest screen on the
market, it’s still an advantage, and for all the rest Xiaomi still offers
medium and small sized screens. The screen of Mi Max 3 is by 20% biggest the
screen of iPhone XS Max and it does not have that ugly looking speaker, cutting
the part of the screen off.
Mi Max 3 has 5500mAh battery while iPhone XS Max has only
3174mAh. In real life this means over 50% more battery life for Xiaomi.
Apple really messed things up with the iPhone XS Max
keyboard, because while the screen got bigger than in previous models, the
keyboard stayed the same size, which makes typing as hard as before. But Xiaomi
makes it even better. The keyboard on Mi Max 3 is almost 1.5 times bigger than that
on the iPhone XS Max, which makes typing a lot faster and easier. And of course
you can customize it.
Cool Android and MIUI widgets
Let’s be honest. On Android you can do more than on iOS, and
with Xiaomi you can do even more, since in addition to Android widgets you have
special MIUI widgets. It’s like having 2 user-interfaces in 1. I’m not going to
mention all of them here; I’ll just say they are some things that Apple users
could not even imagine.
2 SIM card and Micro SD card slot
Like on any normal Android phone, on Mi Max 3 you can use 2
SIM cards simultaneously, and also insert memory card to add more memory or
just too simply transfer files from one device to another.
You can use split screen on Mi Max 3 with 2 different apps,
which comes very handy at many occasions.
Mi Max 3 has full aluminum body, like the older iPhones,
which makes it more durable to impacts. IPhone XS Max on the other hand has a
fragile glass back, which will break easily and will cost $599 to replace. Yes,
as much as 2 Mi Max 3 phones. With that said, it’s really hard to justify
purchase of a new iPhone.
The biggest difference is in the price. While iPhone XS Max
costs $1099-$1499, the Mi Max 3 costs a little bit less than $300, which is 4
times cheaper. With that kind of difference you really cannot even compare
these phones. They are like from different product segment. It’s like if
similar model of Audi would cost 4 times less than BMW, would anyone buy BMW in
The pros of Apple being better than Xiaomi
I have to admit, that I liked Face ID and Xiaomi does not
have anything similar. Mi Max 3 though has rear mounted finger print scan,
which is a much better position than front mounted.
N/B: Xiaomi has the face ID in recent models like the Redmi note 7, Mi 9 etc.
Camera on iPhone XS Max is better than Mi Max 3 on paper,
but you don’t see the difference when using it. However, special video
recording modes as slow-motion and time-lapse are the ones I will miss.
However, we have to take into account that Mi Max 3 is medium budget phone even
on Xiaomi standards. When buying more expensive Xiaomi phone, you will get a
Processor (on paper) is also faster on iPhone XS Max than on
Mi Max 3, but you don’t notice it normal use. Perhaps in few years, when apps
become heavier you will, but again, Apple slows down iPhones on purpose, while
Xiaomi does not, so they will be as fast in the future as well.
However, I tend to agree with fillip on some aspects because
I have used two different models of iPhone before I heard of Xiaomi in 2016 and
got the Redmi Note 4X in 2017 and ever since has been in the Xiaomi ecosystem
and I love it.
Going through all Filip has said and also his comparisons, one would definitely agree with Why I stopped using my iPhone and switched to Xiaomi post.
He ends by saying; Mi Max 3 is so good, that I would pick it
even if the both phones would cost the same. And when the price is 4 times
lower the decision is obvious. iPhone does not have a chance. The only thing
that iPhone still may have is some sort of “premium brand” thing, but Apple has
slowly but firmly been losing it since the death of Steve Jobs. Today Apple is
nothing but a useless overpriced toy for rich ass kids. Xiaomi is the new
Apple, the kind of pioneer that Apple was back in the days.
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