Mobile handsets are becoming more powerful and the benefits we see today in an inexpensive handset a few years ago were not even feasible on the best smartphones.
However, the current catalog is so wide that you can choose from many settings. Many settings maybe.
In recent days, I tested a low-end Xiaomi terminal. This is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A a smartphone with truly fair benefits. Be careful, we're talking about the cheaper version, not Prime. And the difference is substantial since they do not share a processor, RAM or ROM.
Life with 16 GB of internal memory
This is possibly the most critical point . Restoring data from a previous cell has occupied almost all internal storage. I actually could not restore the WhatsApp backup, which was almost 2GB.
Not that it would do very well, but it was something I had done every time I started trying a new cell phone.
How to live with 16GB of storage without dying in the attempt
Although it seems inconceivable to some users, 16GB of internal storage may be sufficient if you know how to take advantage of it.
When installing new applications, I had to carefully examine the available space and even delete some applications.
However, I could have made use of the microSD slot, which in this model does not even eliminate the option of having two simultaneous SIMs, since has three spaces in the same tray.
Is it advisable to opt for 16 GB? Obviously, if we can not avoid it, but if we know how to manage the cache (and the security application of Xiaomi help) is possible.
A quad-core processor
We always say that the number of cores in a processor is not relevant and, in part, true. But if this increases the low clock frequency, the experience gets worse.
I managed to play well with proposals like HearthStone and even use demanding applications like Instagram or Inbox, but it's true that the speed of application opening is notoriously slow and although I do not despair, I realize the difference already with high-end phones, but with a few more current processors.
The Snapdragon 425 is still accessible, but if possible we should choose 435 or higher.
2GB of RAM
The last critical figure is given by RAM. We get used to having cell phones with at least 3 GB, and the truth is that it shows.
MIUI is an ultra-optimized Android version, and strangely, its speed of execution is fast . In this model, I did not have a single complaint, but when using multitasking, there is a certain delay and some attraction.
Applications like Google Maps, which are quite demanding, are regular at first, but after a few seconds, it works correctly.
Why choose this setting?
When we buy a cell phone many look at the price as secondary. Between opting for this model for about 120 euros and the best Prime for 160, obviously more than makes up for the second.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Smartphone 4G 2GB 16GB Dual Sim with Google Play [Version Europea] Gray
But to compensate, this does not mean that everyone can, or wants to, pay 33% more price to opt for the second variant. If it is a possibility it is obviously the best but if you do not need to settle for it.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime – 5.5 "free smartphone (4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, Snapdragon 425 1.4 GHz, 32 GB expandable ROM, 3 GB RAM, 13 Mp, Android MIUI, dual SIM) gray [versión española]
Using this cell phone on a daily basis is undoubtedly a different experience from most readers and users who love technology, but it may be closer than many people have.
What do you think?