It is not every day that one sees an entry level Android phone that one falls in love with at first sight. Which was what happened to Mister Mobility when he saw the Redmi Go for the first time. Here is his full Xiaomi Redmi Go review for your delight.
With my experience in the industry, it is difficult for an entry-level smartphone to impress me. Sure; I can use one as my primary smartphone if I need to. That’s different from it actually impressing me. The itel P32 impressed me last year, and now, Xiaomi’s Redmi Go has managed to pull it off as well.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Quick Specs
- Android Oreo 8.1 (Go Edition) operating system and software
- 2G, 3G, 4G networks
- 5″ display
- Faux-Aluminium body
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB storage
- 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- 5 megapixel front camera
- 3000 mAh battery
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Quick Pros And Cons
Before we dive into the review proper, starting with the major pros and cons of this device.
- It is a very handy, pocketable phone that can be used one-handed.
- Well designed and built to be tasteful.
- It runs stock Android OS.
- Great telephone call quality.
- It has no fingerprint reader.
- Small usable storage out-of-the-box.
Xiaomi Redmi Go review: In the box
- The Redmi Go smartphone.
- Wall adapter
- USB cable.
- Paper documentation
That’s it. There is no audio headset included though the phone has a 3.5mm port.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Hardware And Design
The design and materials of the Redmi Go are exactly what we would expect from Xiaomi. If there is any smartphone manufacturer that has managed to consistently offer tastefully built devices, it is Xiaomi. And the Redmi Go is no exception to that rule.
We have the blue unit and it is beautiful. In hand, it almost feels like metal, even though it is plastic. This is a well done shell. The screen quality is also a notch above what competiting phones offer.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Software
This entry-level smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Android Go edition is a version of Android OS that is optimised for devices with entry-level hardware. The software is leaner and faster, so it runs better than regular Android OS would on a phone like this.
And it is stock Android too, so Xiaomi’s signature MIUI custom skin is non-existent here. In my opinion, that’s how an entry-level Android phone should be made: no custom skins. This helps with the performance of the device.
There are some pre-installed apps, including Mint Launcher, Mint Browser, Mi Drop, and a Cleaner app. They are not uninstallable either, so if you don’t like or want any of them, there is nothing you can do besides disable them.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Network And Telephony
Audio from the earpiece is good – really solid. The microphone seems to be a solid piece of work too, as callers at the other end say they hear us loud and clear. I found the call quality a pleasant surprise. It is distinctively of better quality than what obtains on most entry-level Android phones.
This is a dual SIM phone, with both SIM slots 4G-enabled. Where there is no 4G coverage, it defaults to 3G or 2G depending on what is available.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Display And Multimedia
The display of the Redmi Go is another area where you will find some extra touch of quality. Entry level phones often have displays that do not have a level of smoothness and finese when you run your finger on them. Not the Redmi Go. This display is smooth and begs to be used.
Music playback is okay. There is a music app built in. However, the phone uses Google Photos as the default image and video gallery.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Photography
There is an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back and a 5MP camera in front. Again, with this being an entry-level phone, I wasn’t expecting much from either of them.
Here are some sample photos taken with the main camera:
As you can see, the camera performs better in good natural lighting conditions but not so great once lighting is poor. Still, the results are decent for a sub $100 smartphone camera.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Multitasking And Performance
As with every entry-level Android phone, the first commandment is this: “Thou shalt not expect too much. Thous shalt not push it.” Once you understand that and stick to that, you will be fine.
As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Go runs stock Android and feels quite sleek. But it is still powered by a lowly chipset and has only 1 GB of RAM. The Android Go Edition software is what makes that small difference in its smooth running. But this is still an entry-level phone with entry-level performance.
You will need a memory card with the Redmi Go. It has 8GB of memory built in, but the system software uses 2.4 GB out of the box. That means right from the first time you power up the device, you have only about 5.6 GB space to use. Be sure to get that microSD card.
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Battery life
Battery life is good. If you use your phone often, you will need to charge the 3000mAh battery before the end of the day if you start out with a full battery. And as there is no fast charging technology built in, it takes about 3 hours to fill this battery up.
One day, fast charging will filter down to entry-level devices. For now….
Xiaomi Redmi Go Review: Final Words
I like the Redmi Go. I like it for the great physical build. I like it for the Android Go software. I like that it has solid call quality and 4G LTE. But I also wish that it had a fingerprint reader. That would have been perfect.
If you ask me for what makes the Redmi Go so special, I would simply point at the really sleek design and build that it has and to the distinct call quality: there are not many entry-level smartphones that match those. With Xiaomi’s Redmi Go, you can use a basic smartphone that was designed and built with taste and quality in mind.