Xiaomi Mi 9 long-term review

by birtanpublished on September 3, 2020

Every one with all the attention the me 90 Pro has received and with the Xiaomi me 10 coming out really soon the Xiaomi me 9 seems to be a forgotten flagship however I've been using it for the past couple of months and I found out really difficult to let go of so with that I'm

Angie fujisawa rina and this is my long-term review of the Xiaomi me 9 the design of the me9 is the definition of understated the glass back is a subtle mirrored grey that looks like

Metal and there's no crazy gradients or markings on it it looks like a very standard 2019 phone the buttons are nice and clicky and the optic fingerprint reader is usually pretty fast and accurate in fact in terms of design

Perhaps the most annoying part of the phone is how much the camera bump sticks out because it makes the phone quite wobbly if you use it on a desk I'd use a case just for this although you should know that this phone is quite durable it

Has an aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass six on the front and in fact if you're really klutzy I'd actually recommend the me9 over the me 90 pro due to the better screen flexion another reason I prefer it is the form factor which is something

That's quite easy to overlook if you're just looking at specs unlike a lot of other phones its lights and comfy to hold in fact I'd call it the Goldilocks phone in terms of in hand use because it's not too large it's not too small

It's not too heavy and it has an excellent haptic vibration system which makes typing really satisfying this has been one of the biggest reasons I've found this phone so difficult to let go despite there being other phones with

Better battery life and better cameras actually if we're talking about battery life I get around a day with the me9 with regular use that means some YouTube videos a couple of phone calls near-constant spotify usage and sporadic

Use of messaging apps even though I carry around a charger with me and an external battery I usually don't need to charge the phone until you get home in the evenings unless I've had a really crazy day also

If you have a 27 watt charger you can get from 0 to 70% in half an hour the best part is that even though it's a light phone with good battery life the Snapdragon 855 chipset has meant the phone has been pretty fast

And then all the time using it I haven't noticed a slowdown actually this has been my first time using the UI for such a long period of time before this I was using a pixel 3 but after I set up this phone and installed a poco launcher it's

Been pretty easy and pretty comfy in terms of day to day use the only time I did have a real issue was when I installed a very fresh Mew I in mid-november my notifications in general got very unreliable it took me a while

To realize that by default vibrate for calls was turned off in settings for the silent and Do Not Disturb modes since then there's been a second update and has been a much better experience as far as media consumption is concerned

Both the display and audio are pretty good the AMOLED display as a whole is a really nice one colors are good and have kept it on the inductive contrast mode which adjusts color is based on surrounding light I've never had a

Problem with sunlight legibility but auto brightness has kept the phone a little too bright at night so I've developed the habit of constantly lowering the brightness manually this phone has no headphone jack so you're

Stuck with the dongle life or Bluetooth headphones the Bluetooth connection in general is quite good and I found it very easy to connect different devices without any huge delay however recently the Bluetooth connection has sometimes

Been interrupted when the phone is low on battery and I think this is more of a mu I 11 problem than a general hardware problem because I haven't had this before so hopefully what the next update this problem will disappear the triple

Camera setup of the Xiaomi me9 might be its biggest weakness especially if we're comparing it to proper flagships although the three cameras allow you plenty of flexibility they have different color and contrast

Reproduction and the zoom camera quality is below current standards I've noticed that it's more difficult to capture photos of people because me9 has no optical image stabilization unsurprisingly and low-light pictures

Aren't impressive either there's a lot of aggressive noise reduction and low levels of details I decided to pixel peep and the me 9 C Pro has less noise in its images and more details so just for that it has a leg up over the

Regular me 9 if you like capturing landscapes and still objects during the day this camera will be more than fine but if you take a lot of photos of people especially in darker environments you'll probably be disappointed

The me is a good phone for the price and it's definitely been a nice one to use however there's a reason that the Internet has gone crazy over the Mew 90 Pro and that is the better battery life the slightly better cameras and the

Notch list displays now if you find the me 9 on sale and you're not crazy about photography and videography then I would actually totally recommend this phone I mean I'm not planning on switching to a new device anytime soon thanks for

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