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tdas777

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May 13, 2015
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Moto X Play
Redmi Note 8
Hi,
I am thinking of buying a 9R. I am hearing negative comments about display regarding tint issue, flickering at low brightness. Some are saying they have not faced any display issue. So, I'm little hesitant.

I'm looking for a phone with following priorities:
- Flickering is a concern for me; I mostly use my phone in dark room with phone brightness below 30% (current phone: Redmi note 8 Ginkgo with IPS LCD - I like its display);
- Close to true color display. no to boosted color/over-saturated display;
- I want an android phone with usb 3.1 standard (for quick data transfer);
- clean/light ui or stock android;
- good build quality;
- I dont play games on phone;
- Camera like Sony IMX 586 will be ok for me. (I liked the camera quality of age old Nokia N8, it has very true color reproduction)

Will it be okay for me to switch to 9R?
 

h8Aramex

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Oct 24, 2012
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I mean, not sure what you are expecting. It's a OnePlus. Software is mediocre, updates are late / non-existent, often buggy. Notifications are delayed. Hardware is often plagued with faults here and there. But we buy it because it's cheap and the dev scene usually is good. This does not really apply to the 9R because its a niche device, niche market.

> - clean/light ui or stock android;
That's not OxygenOS tho, lol. It became a super heavy skin the past few years, versions.

I am not trying to hate, I am also pondering about the purchase. It is cheap after all, and it's top of the line chipset, even with OnePlus's sneaky limitations ( https://www.notebookcheck.net/OnePl...aims-leaves-a-lot-to-be-desired.549823.0.html ).

Trying to decide if I should buy a Mi 11 Lite 5G (way lighter, but similarly bad OS); Pixel 4a (superb phone, bad battery, costs a lot for the hw) or this.
 
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tdas777

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May 13, 2015
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Moto X Play
Redmi Note 8
How's it turning out to be? Any gripes with it? Like Battery life/heating issues etc. etc.?

You planning to try flashing 8T Lineage to it?
It's still on OOS 11.2.LE28DA (have not updated)

1. I'm not happy with the screen - this is my first android with amoled - didn't like black smearing - brightness control response not smooth - there is an off axis(45degreesh) light pink tint (even type not patchy) (noticeable on white, not a deal breaker for me, it's visible if you look for it) - well I didn't face any other tint issue ---- High quality/Color accurate IPS screen could have been used. And side mounted fingerprint sensor (which would have been much faster than in-screen FP sensor.)

2. Battery doesn't drain fast on idle (I have disabled the usual stuff - location/wifi scan/bluetooth scan/some other small things). - but battery consumption is little more than usual on daily use (browsing, social media apps, phone calls, [NO Gaming]).

Strange thing: Yesterday, on 4G single sim (data on, moderate to full signal, no wifi), with 120hz refresh rate, moderate use, ~2hrs youtube music, ~1.5hrs poweramp music, some insta/fb/twtr/google/browsing, the battery lasted ~2days (@15% remaining battery - 3H 43M voice call, 3H 28M SOT)

I noticed sometime it uses more battery on wifi.

3. Main camera is okay in good light. It suffers in low light/indoor lighting (tuning is not done properly by oneplus.) [Main camera sensor could have been improved in this price range] (I didn't use other back cameras that much)

4. Front camera is okay.

5. Headphone jack could have been given.

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This phone is now my daily driver; so I'm not planning to flash custom rom. I flashed lineage os 17.1 on my redmi note 8 (Ginkgo).
 
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tdas777

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On wifi, screen on 120hz RR, single 4g sim, no gaming, no music listening, ~30 mins voice call, light social media-firefox browsing:
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    I mean, not sure what you are expecting. It's a OnePlus. Software is mediocre, updates are late / non-existent, often buggy. Notifications are delayed. Hardware is often plagued with faults here and there. But we buy it because it's cheap and the dev scene usually is good. This does not really apply to the 9R because its a niche device, niche market.

    > - clean/light ui or stock android;
    That's not OxygenOS tho, lol. It became a super heavy skin the past few years, versions.

    I am not trying to hate, I am also pondering about the purchase. It is cheap after all, and it's top of the line chipset, even with OnePlus's sneaky limitations ( https://www.notebookcheck.net/OnePl...aims-leaves-a-lot-to-be-desired.549823.0.html ).

    Trying to decide if I should buy a Mi 11 Lite 5G (way lighter, but similarly bad OS); Pixel 4a (superb phone, bad battery, costs a lot for the hw) or this.
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    If you're thinking about Oneplus 9R. Oneplus Nord 2 is a better value for money option. Go with Oneplus Nord 2
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    How's it turning out to be? Any gripes with it? Like Battery life/heating issues etc. etc.?

    You planning to try flashing 8T Lineage to it?
    It's still on OOS 11.2.LE28DA (have not updated)

    1. I'm not happy with the screen - this is my first android with amoled - didn't like black smearing - brightness control response not smooth - there is an off axis(45degreesh) light pink tint (even type not patchy) (noticeable on white, not a deal breaker for me, it's visible if you look for it) - well I didn't face any other tint issue ---- High quality/Color accurate IPS screen could have been used. And side mounted fingerprint sensor (which would have been much faster than in-screen FP sensor.)

    2. Battery doesn't drain fast on idle (I have disabled the usual stuff - location/wifi scan/bluetooth scan/some other small things). - but battery consumption is little more than usual on daily use (browsing, social media apps, phone calls, [NO Gaming]).

    Strange thing: Yesterday, on 4G single sim (data on, moderate to full signal, no wifi), with 120hz refresh rate, moderate use, ~2hrs youtube music, ~1.5hrs poweramp music, some insta/fb/twtr/google/browsing, the battery lasted ~2days (@15% remaining battery - 3H 43M voice call, 3H 28M SOT)

    I noticed sometime it uses more battery on wifi.

    3. Main camera is okay in good light. It suffers in low light/indoor lighting (tuning is not done properly by oneplus.) [Main camera sensor could have been improved in this price range] (I didn't use other back cameras that much)

    4. Front camera is okay.

    5. Headphone jack could have been given.

    ---------------

    This phone is now my daily driver; so I'm not planning to flash custom rom. I flashed lineage os 17.1 on my redmi note 8 (Ginkgo).