Why I stopped using my iPhone and switched to Xiaomi

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 devices.

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.

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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

Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Bigger screen

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.

Bigger battery

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.

Bigger keyboard

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.

Split screen

You can use split screen on Mi Max 3 with 2 different apps, which comes very handy at many occasions.

More durable

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 that case?

The pros of Apple being better than Xiaomi

iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS Max

Face ID

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 better camera.


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.

Final Verdict

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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