I just bought the newer Redmi 2a for 499RMB (marginally over R1100) during 11.11 shopping day / singles day in China to give Android a whirl again.
Not a bad phone. Pleasantly surprised actually.
Camera is a bit miff, its equivalent to taking photos with an iPhone 4, albeit with higher resolution, and the phone size is thicker than I like, but for the price, its a steal. Has an sd card slot too, unlike most of the Xiao Mi range.
2G ram/ 16G flash
4G China Mobile / 4G China Unicom frequencies (so fine for MTN / Vodacom / Telkom etc)
Has MIUI 7, which is fast, and a reasonably clean UI. Still suffers a little from the horrendous Android lets stick menu's all over the show, but all in all a good experience. Hopefully the global one will be the same model.
At 5.7" its a little larger than I usually prefer in a phone, but its something you get used to. That said, holding it one handed makes it difficult to do stuff like swipe down for the setting menu.
The screen is excellent. Far better than my iPhone 5.
Considering this is the lowest end model, I'm impressed.
That said, I still prefer IOS, but Android is getting a little bit better every iteration.
Android feels less half assed than it used to be, but it still has a lot of rough edges.
Main issues I have with Android are the complete lack of standardisation.
eg some apps have back buttons, some rely on the back key. No cohesiveness at all, which is jarring when you come from Apple, as Apple feels far more coherent designwise.
All in all, a happy purchase. Now I'm tempted to go for something a little thinner / better (maybe the Mi 5 when that comes out).