Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 MIUI 8.2.1 – Update or Leave?

Recently, Xiaomi has finally released the MIUI 8.2 for the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. I know it is a bit overdue, but is it good Upgrading?

Honestly, I am not a fan of updating, since my experience with previous MIUI updates were not great. My Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 came with Windows, so I used my guide to update it to Android. And so far, I’ve been stuck on MIUI 7.2, since updating to 7.5, is a nightmare, with performance issues, bugs, and applications such as Youtube not working properly.

PS: If you want to know how to update your Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Windows to Android, go here

Now, I am confident that the new MIUI 8.2 is much more stable and I would recommend updating to it. So here are the lists of improvements.

Aesthetic Changes:

  1. A brand new Homescreen Wallpaper
  2. The icons look a bit smaller and the screen actually looks a bit bigger, because of more screen room

Performance Improvements:

  1. I have noticed that it is faster, more fluid in the UI transitions and doesn’t anymore lock up when you open a lot of apps.
  2. Antutu Benchmark scores adds 5K points, other benchmarks like Geekbench, PCMark, have the same score as before
  3. No more lock ups or freezing of the device on WiFi page

New added features and effects:

  1. When you change the orientation to Landscape, Quickball will appear, it is similar to iOs Assistive Touch which is basically a shortcut on the navigation buttons

How about Gaming?

Sorry, no changes. It struggles on most 3D intensive games like Mortal Combat X, Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8. Frankly, Intel Atom, Retina Screen and only 2 GB RAM doesn’t really sit well with a gaming set up.

What I don’t like:

  1. It installed Xiaomi Mi Live, which is a bloatware, but thankfully it can be removed easily
  2. It’s still Android 5.1 Lollipop. Xiaomi Why!!! No Marshmallow, Nougat… A year later and still at 5.1 quite a disappointment

Should you upgrade?

Yes, it is currently the most Stable MIUI available from Xiaomi. So far, using it for 2 days, I haven’t noticed any issues or problems with apps. It seems to work well.


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