Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Snapdragon) Review: Dragon Fire: Pre-installed Apps

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MIUI Browser

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with the feature-rich MIUI Browser. It has flat looking UI elements and does a remarkable job at browsing. There is a native ad-block add-on and a data saver, it supports downloads, there is a night mode as well. It is as almost as quick as Chrome, and now supports Find on Page.

It also offers a built-in Reading mode, which isn't available in Chrome. It enlarges the text font and strips away unneeded elements, leaving only the article you are reading in focus.

The aforementioned Night Mode, which is something we really miss in Chrome. It inverts the background and font colors and is easier on the eyes at blackrooms. Not that the Redmi Note 3 really needs it as its minimum brightness level.

Finally, the browser supports some very handy features as scrolling with the volume keys, quick tab switching from the edge of the display, you can opt for different search engines, among others.

Mi Browser • Night Mode • Reading Mode

Other pre-installed apps

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 offers a remarkable file managing app called Explorer, which lets you browse the files in its internal storage and groups them by type.


The MIUI v8 also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blocklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, clean some RAM, it can also manage the permissions of your installed apps.

The custom and now flat Calendar looks good, syncs with your accounts including Google, and offers Day and Month views.

There are also the standard sound recorder, notes, flashlight, calculator, clock, and weather apps, among others, that are a given in any self-respecting Android package nowadays.

Voice recorder • Notes • Calculator • Weather

We really liked the Compass app. It has very nice and clean interface, shows the magnetic directions and doubles as level meter. If you lift the phone up then you'll acquire a nice augmented reality view with real-time East/West/North/South overlay.

Compass app - compass, level

Once again, if Google Maps, Drive, or any other Google-related app isn't installed on your unit, you can acquire it for free from the Play Store.



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