I use a Galaxy S9+ as my main smartphone but, every now and then, I keep picking up the Redmi Go to use. Very few entry level Android phones have that effect on me. And that is because very few are as delightful to use.
Let me say it: I love the Redmi Go. Even as low-powered as it is, it still manages to hold my attention and I keep picking it to use again and again. The last smartphone that had me doing that was the Lumia 950, I believe.
While the Lumia was a flagship device in its time and certainly way out of the league of the Redmi Go in terms of processing power and multi-tasking ability, both phones have one thing in common: they are both compact smartphones.
The Redmi Go has a 5-inch display, which is not very far from the Lumia 950’s 5.2-inch display. You will find barely any difference, when you put them side by side.
But compactness is not all that the Redmi Go has going for it. For an entry level Android phone, it is also built strikingly well and exudes the quality of smartphones that cost N10,000 to N20,000 more.
I recently reviewed the Soda S2, a phone that costs N40,000, and I’d take the Redmi Go’s build over it any day. Of course, the S2 is a much more powerful and capable phone, which accounts for the price difference. 3GB RAM, 32GB memory and better cameras, among others, account for the price difference between it and the Redmi.
If you are not familiar with the Redmi Go, here is a quick run through its key specs: 1GB RAM, 8 GB memory, 3000mAh battery, and 8MP camera. Yes; the basics. Like I have said, it is an entry level Android phone. As a matter of fact, it runs Android Go Edition, which accounts for how smoothly it runs most of the time.
But don’t be fooled: for someone who is used to a Galaxy S9+ as a daily driver, I soon run into the limitations of this beautiful little phone.
For example, launching an app, there is that noticeable pause before it opens up. I never have to deal with that on the S9+. Or when switching between two apps. The Redmi Go cannot be rushed. There is only so much that 1GB RAM can do, no matter the software optimisation.
But its limitations and all, the Redmi Go is a beautiful phone to see, to hold and to use. Xiaomi wisely left their custom skin out of it so users can get the smoothest possible performance. As I have repeated, Android OS is a resource hog and entry level Android phones should not be saddled with the need to run a custom skin. The best performance happens with stock Android.
An entry level Android phone with a mid-tier build
I cannot end this blog post without mentioning the display quality of the Redmi Go. Entry level phone screens are usually the first turn off for me. They do not feel smooth enough to want to use and they feel prone to scratches.
But the Redmi Go is different. The display belongs on a higher grade smartphone and it makes the phone a joy to use. It is no wonder that I pick it up again and again.
If you are shopping for an entry level Android phone that works as best as one can, and you do not mind the lack of a fingerprint scanner, the Redmi Go has a solid build, good quality screen, smooth performance, and 4G internet capability.
If you haven’t read it yet, here is my Xiaomi Redmi Go review.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.