Big De­light

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

six-inch-plus ph­ablets have ex­isted for a while, but there were few tak­ers for these big-size de­vices. The new trend of thin bezels and bezel-less dis­plays are mak­ing big­ger phones more com­pact and con­ve­nient to hold. In line with this, Xiaomi has launched Mi Max 2, the suc­ces­sor to Mi Max launched last year.

Done in matte black, the Mi Max 2 is a pre­mium-look­ing phone. Boast­ing a 6.4-inch dis­play just like its pre­de­ces­sor, the Mi Max 2 in a 6.85x3.49 inch body is not too big to hold. A lot of credit goes to the soft me­tal chas­sis and the 2.5D curved glass merg­ing smoothly into the an­odised alu­minum body. The power but­ton and the vol­ume key

are easy to ac­cess. The 3.5-mm port sits at the top edge with the Type-C charg­ing port and speaker grills at the bot­tom edge and a fin­ger­print scan­ner at the rear panel. There are three ca­pac­i­tive touch keys be­low the dis­play, which can be used to en­ter the one-hand mode as well. Slid­ing the fin­ger from home to­wards the back key shifts the one-handed mode to­wards the bot­tom right and slid­ing the fin­ger from home to op­tions key moves ev­ery­thing to the bot­tom left. Tap on the empty area to exit this mode.

Go­ing back to the dis­play, Xiaomi has added a full HD dis­play with de­cent view­ing an­gles, mak­ing it apt for watch­ing mul­ti­me­dia con­tent on the move. The colour re­pro­duc­tion is good with suf­fi­cient sun­light leg­i­bil­ity. When com­pared with the 5.5-inch screen of the Ap­ple iPhone 7, both fetched the same num­ber of sto­ries from Google News, but the font size on the Mi Max was slightly big­ger. Xiaomi has even added dual speak­ers that com­ple­ment the mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence.

The user in­ter­face is pretty neat. But un­like stock An­droid, apps are placed across the home­screen in dif­fer­ent fold­ers and fea­tures are tucked un­der dif­fer­ent apps. For in­stance, the data us­age set­ting can be ac­cessed within the se­cu­rity app and as­sis­tive touch can be ac­ti­vated by turn­ing on Quick ball from set­tings, which will elim­i­nate the need to reach out to the power but­ton to lock the phone or the ca­pac­i­tive but­tons from the bot­tom. For pri­vacy, Xiaomi has added an app lock, where apps that you don’t wish oth­ers to ac­cess can be pass­word-pro­tected. You can in­stal a third-party launcher app and, thank­fully, the one-hand mode will still be ac­ces­si­ble.

The Mi Max 2 runs on MIUI8 based on An­droid 7.1.1 and is yet to re­ceive split-screen mode. I used the Mi Max to stream videos, play games, write emails and browse the web. It han­dled all the tasks with ease, with­out slow­ing down. The Mi Max 2 is pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625 pro­ces­sor paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB on­board stor­age. There is also a 12MP rear cam­era with Sony IMX386 sensor with var­i­ous modes such as man­ual, straighten, beauty, group shot and tilt-shift, among oth­ers. Images shot in bright day­light had great de­tails, but there was vis­i­ble noise in low-light images.

Smart­phone bat­tery is usu­ally a pain point in many de­vices, but Xiaomi has ad­dressed that con­cern by adding a mas­sive 5,300 mAh bat­tery to the Mi Max 2. When fully charged, it can eas­ily last two days. But charg­ing such a big bat­tery can take a lot of time and that’s why Xiaomi has added Quick Charge 3 to this phone. Us­ing the Type-C adap­tor pro­vided in the box, 68 per cent of the bat­tery can be charged in just over an hour, which is good enough to last a day.

Bag it or junk it: If you are look­ing for a big- size ph­ablet, this is the best one

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