I picked this phone up almost 2 months ago and I have to say that I’m extremely happy with it.
It was to replace a OnePlus X which was really starting to show its age.
Using the Pocophone has been a pleasure so far, it’s fast, has a nice sharp screen and the the camera is excellent.
The screen is 6.18 inches and has a resolution of 1080 x 2246, this means watching video on the phone is a joy (especially for me coming from the old OPX), the difference in quality and richness of colour is immediately noticeable.
There have been grumblings from some as the phone currently allow playback of Netflix in 1080P but on a screen this size it may not make that big of a difference, however I’d like to compare it to a device that can play Netflix at that resolution before I pass judgement.
Sound from the phone is pretty good, obviously not much bass but happily the phone features a headphone jack so you can plug in a beefy headset to enjoy your music or video.
There’s a fingerprint reader on the back of the phone just below the cameras and you can store multiple fingerprint scans, this is useful as it allows for both right and left handed people to comfortably use the phone without the need switch between the two to unlock.
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The phone has a 4000 mAh battery which is a godsend if you’re out on the road a lot and don’t have access to a power bank. Even with fairly intensive use I’ll get about a day and a half from a full charge.
It also comes with a fast charger (doesn’t have wireless charging) which again is a giant leap up from my old OPX. In about 20 minutes plugged in the mains you can get 40% – 50% charge, this is extremely useful as you don’t need to leave the phone plugged in over night and a burst of fast charging in the morning will give your phone enough juice for the morning commute.
I’m not really sure why but Xiaomi (Pocophone are a subsidiary / rebrand of theirs) decided to go with the notch at the top of the screen, in fact I think almost all new phones from different manufactures at the moment have this design, I don’t really see the purpose of it other than to copy the design of the latest iPhones?
For those of you who travel, the micro SD card slot also doubles as a secondary SIM card slot. I was travelling abroad a lot recently and this feature really helped as I could just pick up a local SIM to allow mobile data access and could still use my main number if required.
One thing worth noting is that by default the phone uses Xiaomi’s distribution of Android (named MIUI), you can change this back to stock Android but you’ll need to search online for the instructions. Honestly, it took a little getting used to working with MIUI as the layout is a bit different but after a few days it becomes second nature.
So overall I’m extremely happy with the Pocophone F1, it’s fast, has lots of storage, the camera is amazing and the price is right!
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