Its great, but certainly, not the best. albeit close.
NopeNein, Phone Arena
28 May 2015
Excerpt: Might be Cheap, but leaves nothing essential and excess behind, and isnt a cheap phone by any means. for $225 No other phone could go close, its old, but gold, 2 years old, ready for another 2. although design shows no originality whatsoever, its fine though.
Pros: Cheap, Camera, MIUI, 2GB of ram is good, Class leading chipset (for its time), Cheap 64Gb Variant, 3050Mah battery
Cons: No 4G (no big deal if you ask me), Camera, MIUI, 2gb of ram and bad, But Lags Still Creek here and there, NO MICRO SD, NO REMOVABLE BATTERY
Excerpt: I've had this phone for 3 months, and I haven't had any problems with it so far. For the money I got it (300 dollars), it is the best phone you can get for the money, in my opinion. Plus, with MIUI installed on it, it has a bunch of features loaded up on it. I absolutely recommend getting it.
Pros: Display is amazing, UI Speed is excellent, Performance is good, MIUI brings a lot of features
Excerpt: A great quality for an economical phone. The phone is far from comparison against others within its price range. MIUI is a smooth and fast OS. The camera which I use most of the time to harness my artistry in photography. The macroshot is the best that i have seen so far.
Amazing phone with latest specifications at an affordable price. Its a steal !
Utkarsh Singh US, CNET
20 August 2014
Summary: I am from India and I have been using this phone for about a month now. It is a great phone at its price, only 14,000INR (US $234). I got it from a flash sale from an online giant flipkart.com in a flash sale. This phone is giving all its competitors chills through their spine.
Excerpt: Overall my favorite phone to use. Yeah, there's the lack of LTE, or 4G for that matter, but the H and H+ load pages up quickly, picture intensive sites quickly, and small downloads I may need (on average 30 megabytes) download at a very good rate (this is using it on the T-Mobile network).
Pros: Outstanding battery life, Fast charging, Very smooth, Superb for gaming, Excellent for movies, Few (if any) dropped calls, Outstanding earpiece quality, Great sounding speaker, Very bright display
Cons: Speaker is easy to cover, Lacks 4G LTE, Non-expandable storage, Camera quality could be better
Excerpt: For me, this seems to challenge a lot of Nexus and Motorola phones priced for decent specs. But there's no flagship phone that exists without compromises, and the Xiaomi Mi 3 is not an exception to that. Its UI, despite being smooth, needs to erase some lag.
Pros: Price!, Smooth and iPhone-friendly UI, Outputs sound with superb quality on headphones, Brilliant display, Smart-looking unibody built, Native functional apps and features such as battery saver and data transfer rate displayer
Cons: No LTE, No expandable storage, MIUI lags when screen orientation is switched, Dim display on outdoors
Excerpt: Ever wanted a phone that was extremely fast, has the most beautiful display you have ever seen AND doesn't keep you tied to a charger? This is that phone. This phone has one of the highest scores in Antutu. It's no wonder as the SnapDragon 800 processor runs at 2.3Ghz.
Pros: THIN! 8.1mm, lightweight, comfortable in your hand, awesome display, unbelievable battery life, Available with 64GB internal storage.
Excerpt: It's amazing processing speed, screen-level One HTC, sony camera sensor very good, sound quality is standard Cruising speed is better than my HTC One, is a unique and everyday phone, highly customizable and zero freezing screen.