5 Features To Look Out For When Buying A Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi A2, a newer version of their wildly successful Mi A1 released in 2017

A smartphone has now become an everyday must-have in 2018 --  whether you're a working girl or a student, choosing the perfect smartphone will be worth every ringgit spent. But with so many options on our radar, it's overwhelming if you're not too sure where to start.

Instead of succumbing to peer pressure or impulse that you have to buy a gadget that everyone else owns, be open to the idea that different flagships have their own pros and cons. In an ideal world, we'd only have to buy a phone once in a lifetime, but of course with the on-going development of all things #tech, there will always be new updates to lessen our daily burdens. Making a comeback in the world of Android, Xiaomi's latest power duo brings the Android One series to a whole new level with their Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, the cheaper and more compact version of the OG

It's more than just about picking up calls and sending text messages (c'mon, when was the last time you even sent one?). The Mi A2 takes inspiration from their beloved Mi A1, whereby the look and feel of both phones are almost identical but there are a few improvements that make the latest version much more special.

As a guide for your next cutting-edge device purchase, we got CLEO readers to tell us the most crucial things they look out for when buying a new smartphone.

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“I’d like to be able to type (efficiently) with one hand when I’m on-the-go. Also, preferably a phone that fits universally into bags of all shapes and sizes. We girls have it tough!”

— Marissa voo, 24, freelance illustrator


The Mi A2 Lite’s compact body makes it super easy to use with one hand while multi-tasking. On top of that, it has some pretty cool features like its Reading Mode. Let’s hope it hurts a little less when you accidentally drop the phone on your face while scrolling through our page (tee hee!).

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