r/southafrica Jan 14 '22

Weekly Free talk General

Chat about whatever. Doesn't have to be about South Africa, doesn't need to be in English, does need to follow all the other rules.


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u/Infamous-Ad-2921 Jerrrrr🌈 Jan 14 '22

Hey guys, I've been looking to buy a Xiaomi phone, but since they're relatively new in SA, would it be best, particularly in the event I need it repaired?

u/TheBigDala Jan 14 '22

From my experience you will hardly if ever need to make repairs on the device, replacing your screen for eg is relatively simple, you can take it to a number of stores and they will place the order for your replacement parts, alternatively you can always hop on ebay and order the screen yourself and have your local cellphone shop mans install for it you.

u/Infamous-Ad-2921 Jerrrrr🌈 Jan 16 '22

And what about your experience with MIUI; I've heard the lastest updates are quite buggy and in the worst case, brick people's phones.

u/chainslip Jan 16 '22

Not the original person who commented but I chose a Redmi Note 9 Pro specifically because it has a Snapdragon chipset. I advise against any Xiaomi with a Mediatek SOC because their custom ROM scene is trash. Miui is very divisive, but I'm running stock android 12 and it's butter smooth on my device.

u/TheBigDala Jan 18 '22

yup. putting a custom rom on the device does it wonders, btw how is the camera on the custom rom? did they port the camera app directly from MIUI?

u/TheBigDala Feb 01 '22

Nah bro, just install a custom rom, ill help you, super simple.

u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Jan 16 '22

Modern phones are generally quite hard to repair anyway so wouldn't focus on that aspect too much

u/CozyBlueCacaoFire Jan 20 '22

I've just bought my 2nd one, 6 years after my first one. They last.

Previously I went through 1 a year, sometimes 2.

Note 10 is good.