If data privacy is your concern maybe don't use the Internet at all.
I'd bet you posted your comment from a major browser on either a Windows PC or Mac or from an iOS or Android device so it's a bit late for worrying about that.
Personally I'd trust Xiaomi just as much (or little) as I'd trust Samsung or Google from a privacy point of view.
The hardware is pretty good anyway, I have a Mi Mix 2S and it's very good. If using Xiaomi's OS worries you, there is a working unofficial Lineage OS for it.
Redmi 6A at £99
My reasonably top of the line at the time LG phone has turned out to be one irritation after another. It does most things OK, and nothing really well.
If a low end Xiaomi will handle email, texting, some GPS stuff, and play podcasts, and can make phone calls and take adequate pictures, I'll be first in line. I just don't believe that any phone is worth $1000.
Re: Redmi 6A at £99
I was happy to agree with you, so (trust & verify) I checked a few reviews and it turns out the 100quid mobe is overloaded with bloatware, unrootable (temporarily, maybe), and VERY spammy. So, a message from a would-be user to xiomi, or whatever they're called: FUCK. YOU.
Re: Redmi 6A at £99
That's a little unfair, all the other major brand's lowest end phones are full of crap too.
However something like the Mi A2 is still relatively cheap at £250 (compared to the £1000 LG referenced above). That has pretty decent specs and runs Android One so is fairly pure Android with Google services, maintained and updated by Google on regular basis because it's Android One.
I bought a Xiaomi Pocophone F1 a month ago when I was in Asia, it costed £280 for the 6GB/128GB version. It has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, good screen and battery life (4000 MAh ). So far it has been a fantastic phone , camera is very good but not as good as my old original Google Pixel.
The software is good with regular security update as well as software update, only minus are there is no NFC and no LTE Bands for the US. Software / security updates are better than Huawei/ Honor ,Samsung, LG(poorest) etc.
Snobbery or self interest?
So Xiaomi are a tat-flinger while Apple are a fine purveyor of hand crafted ornamental devices? I'm not sure if your distress is because you think a Chinese brand is beneath you socially or because you're afraid the high end manufacturers will stop sending you kit to test if you don't disparage people from buying something cheaper.
Re: Actually considering the scooter jobby
"If any person shall wilfully ride upon any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers; or shall wilfully lead or drive any horse, ass, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle or carriage of any description, or any truck or sledge, upon any such footpath or causeway; or shall tether any horse, ass, mule, swine, or cattle, on any highway, so as to suffer or permit the tethered animal to be thereon."
We have to remember that Samsung make a lot of other stuff other than phones, so they to are tat flingers.
At the moment Xiaomi aren't well know with the general public but if they can get their brand out there and be known for good products and support, and keep their promise to only have a 5% mark up. It will force other manufactures to keep prices at realistic levels and not price them at £1000 just because Apple have done that.
Xiaomi the money
Lots of "show me" puns possible, and you used it on a song that didn't even include that in its title.
As punishment for this, I'm hereby announcing that I've just grabbed the copyright/trademark/pizza flavour rights on the following, and if El Reg wants to use them in a headline they have to pay me a lot of money. Ta.
- Xiaomi the way to go home
- Xiaomi heaven
- Xiaomi love
- Xiaomi what you're made of
- Xiaomi what you got
- Xiaomi the meaning of being lonely
- Xiaomi the way