November 3, 2014 by ...
The following is an excerpt of a Xiaomi Mi 4 review. It is probably the most comprehensive and balanced review I have read of any Xiaomi product yet. Read the entire article before deciding if the Mi 4 is for you.
What is the Xiaomi Mi4?
Imitation is touchy topic in tech circles, but few manufacturers are as slavish as Chinese company Xiaomi. Branded by many as “The Chinese Apple”, Xiaomi has adopted many of its rival’s tactics with great success.
The Xiaomi Mi4 is possibly the most unashamed copycat phone you’ll ever lay eyes on. It looks almost exactly like an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S. But despite the flagrant plagiarism on show, the Mi4 is arguably one of the best Android devices of 2014. It manages to combine incredible power with impeccable build quality and excellent software, and all for around £250.
The chamfered edges are very Apple-esque
Xiaomi Mi4: Design
There really is no getting around it: the Mi4 looks like an iPhone. But if you’re going to emulate another product, you might as well pick the one that looks best. The Mi4’s metal chassis exudes a premium feel that is all-too-often missing from Android phones, and the entire device boasts the kind of build quality that most pre-Galaxy Alpha Samsung owners can only dream of.
The back of the phone is where Xiaomi has deviated slightly from the Apple template as it has a convex plastic panel and a centrally-aligned camera. The back of the handset can actually be removed — using a suction cup, we kid you not — and replaced with another to give your Mi4 a more unique feel.
Despite the 5-inch screen, the Mi4 feels thin and tall, just like the iPhone. This is largely thanks to the very narrow bezels either side of the display, which give an almost edge-to-edge screen, at least horizontally. At 8.9mm, the Mi4 is impressively svelte, but the aforementioned bulge on the rear panel makes it feel a little fatter than it actually is.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/xiaomi-mi4-review#qWwbPQcYDdkBM11d.99