Xiaomi Mi3 WCDMA Smartphone - Hands-On Review

First, I absolutely love this phone. I have been using it for several weeks as pretty much just a tablet and finally got my company to help me get it activated with AT&T this past week.

Pretty much the first week of ownership was spent tinkering and cleaning things up. Having never owned a qualcomm android device before I wasn't familiar with the methods of installing roms and updates. Between Xiaomi's own excellent additions to the system and the Fastboot flashing option from Google, there are numerous ways to flash roms and update the device. My favorite method is via Fastboot as it is the cleanest way to do an update (wipe and flash image files to the chipsets). However Xiaomi has their own recovery environment which is similar to a more stripped down version of Clockwork mod from which you can install update.zip packages. Finally, inside the OS itself (i.e. android booted) you can also install update packages which is a phenomenal feature IMHO and Xiaomi should be applauded.

The Mi3 also features two flash partitions and you can boot from either in their recovery environment which gives you a bit of peace of mind AND I was thoroughly impressed with the MiFlash utility for windows. A single install gets you all of the drivers and the program you need for flashing roms via Fastboot. Having several years of experience under my belt dealing with Chinese android hardware in some form or another this is by far the easiest time I have ever had getting working ADB drivers and flash drivers installed for a device.

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Thanks for all the great work and assistance Zedo! I come to you now with an issue I'm not sure excatly how to resolve. I was recently using SynergyROM/ziggy kernel and decided to try ViperROM and add the RC1 kernel for the best battery life with added speed. I rooted my phone using the 1.5 HTC method following your steps which worked great. I even flashed twrp recovery and am following that method for flashing. I just finished flashing ViperROM and the RC1 kernel and modding my CPU speed and am all of a sudden having force close issues and permission granting issues from su. Any ideas on a solution?

izhVFLjjXDSPl

Thanks for all the great work and assistance Zedo! I come to you now with an issue I'm not sure excatly how to resolve. I was recently using SynergyROM/ziggy kernel and decided to try ViperROM and add the RC1 kernel for the best battery life with added speed. I rooted my phone using the 1.5 HTC method following your steps which worked great. I even flashed twrp recovery and am following that method for flashing. I just finished flashing ViperROM and the RC1 kernel and modding my CPU speed and am all of a sudden having force close issues and permission granting issues from su. Any ideas on a solution?

izhVFLjjXDSPl

Thanks for all the great work and assistance Zedo! I come to you now with an issue I'm not sure excatly how to resolve. I was recently using SynergyROM/ziggy kernel and decided to try ViperROM and add the RC1 kernel for the best battery life with added speed. I rooted my phone using the 1.5 HTC method following your steps which worked great. I even flashed twrp recovery and am following that method for flashing. I just finished flashing ViperROM and the RC1 kernel and modding my CPU speed and am all of a sudden having force close issues and permission granting issues from su. Any ideas on a solution?

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thanos thessaloniki 23 Αυγούστου 2012 at 10:57 polu kalo feanite kai i timi tou akros .deleastiki.. toso genika prepei na kostizoun ta kinita ante 250 me 300 eyro. oxi parapano san to iphone 500-600 kai 700 euro aytes i times exoun pethanei pro pollou..eidika gia emas stin ellada. mpravo ston kinezo.. papmloutos egine se mia mera kai pou eisai akoma :)

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thanos thessaloniki 23 Αυγούστου 2012 at 10:57 polu kalo feanite kai i timi tou akros .deleastiki.. toso genika prepei na kostizoun ta kinita ante 250 me 300 eyro. oxi parapano san to iphone 500-600 kai 700 euro aytes i times exoun pethanei pro pollou..eidika gia emas stin ellada. mpravo ston kinezo.. papmloutos egine se mia mera kai pou eisai akoma :)

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thanos thessaloniki 23 Αυγούστου 2012 at 10:57 polu kalo feanite kai i timi tou akros .deleastiki.. toso genika prepei na kostizoun ta kinita ante 250 me 300 eyro. oxi parapano san to iphone 500-600 kai 700 euro aytes i times exoun pethanei pro pollou..eidika gia emas stin ellada. mpravo ston kinezo.. papmloutos egine se mia mera kai pou eisai akoma :)