The Xiaomi Mi3 is, without a doubt, the best value for money purchase in smartphones today. At Rs. 13,999, it gives you an experience that phones twice its price dont offer. That said, its not without its problems, and you should know a few things before you plonk down your cash for it.
The Many Problems to Buy it
The phone is available only through online retailer Flipkart. And Flipkart and Xiaomi have come up with a system that would require buyers to pre-register for a short sales window, after which they have to stay online a couple of hours before the sale starts. The sale itself has about 10,000-20,000 units available, and far more people are interested in buying it, so you need a huge amount of luck to get it. Its not a good buying experience.
No Expandable Storage
The 13.3GB of user available memory is all you get, you cant expand that with a microSD card. Given the phones high-end specs, you might want to load it up with great games or FullHD movies or take a lot of photos; but thats going to quickly fill up your storage. If you buy the phone, youll need cloud storage to get over the memory problem.
All you get with the Xiaomi Mi3 is a USB cable and the plug point. With a phone like this, you want a good set of earphones, and thats going to cost you at least Rs. 1,000. You might also want to safeguard it with a case or a screen protector; chalk up another Rs. 1,500 for that. At the moment, Xiaomi hasnt released its own accessories for the Mi3, so youll be reliant on third-party Chinese manufacturers. Not only do these products take the sheen off your brand new Mi3, they also lack in quality.
Like with any new entrant into the market, after-sales service is an important consideration. Xiaomi has launched two Mi3 exclusive service centers (Bangalore and New Delhi) and a few more service centers in the following cities: Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Thane, Thiruvananthapuram, Noida, Bhubaneswar, Surat, Faridabad, Nagpur, and Indore. You can see a full list here. Like weve said before, after-sales is an untested, unquantifiable element and its a matter of luck whether your experience is good or not. The one good news about after-sales Xiaomi has said it will honor international warranty, and even rooted phones.