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Topic # 196846 15-Jun-2016 09:49 4 people support this post Send private message quote this post

I've pre-ordered a Meizu M3 Note from PBTech and its due for release on Friday 17th June.

 

I had a one plus one but I dropped it and broke the screen and to get it replaced was going to be $170 ! so I thought I'd just buy a new chinese Android phone instead of getting it repaired.  I paid $260 +GST for the 2gb RAM 16Gb storage model.  

 

My OPO was amazing and by far the best phone I've ever owned.  It proves that you dont need to shell out $700-$1000 for a good powerful android phone as it only cost me $450.

 

I'd be keen to hear from anyone else getting a Meizu M3 Note.  Looking at the reviews (all seem to be from India?) on Youtube it looks OK, I dont play graphics/processor intensive games so I'm happy with the reservations and shortfalls in this area.

 

I was tossing up between getting a Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-3 and Meizu M3 Note but decided on the Meizu cause it has a 2 year warranty from PBTech who in my experience have pretty good customer service and reputation.   Plus I read that Xiaomi users have had issues with updating their phones and I cant be bothered with that.  Also the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 appears to be more expensive plus not many shops sell it?

 

PBTech Review Video

 

Best Youtube Review I've found

 

Review on the Meizu M3 Note Camera

 

 

 

Meizu M3 Note pros and cons appear to be :-

 

Pros

 

  • 4100MmAh Battery - Im hoping for good battery life!
  • Aluminium body
  • 5.5 inch screen
  • Finger Print Scanner
  • MicroSD slot - looking forward to this being my first phone with this feature as I can then load it up with lots of TVeps and movies.
  • Dual SIM

Cons

 

  • No NFC - i have Bluetooth NFC headphones and I used NFC on my OPO - so will miss this cool feature :(
  • Lollipop 5.1 and FlyMe UI - From what I can tell once you install google installer services and get google play its just like a normal android after that.
  • Cant play Graphics and CPU intensive games on high quality mode - im ok with this.
  • Bad photos in low light and long distance shot - this is my biggest concern as I take the odd photo - fingers crossed its not terrible.
  • No 4k video - Max 1080p only - Im ok with this as I dont own any 4k playback devices.

Also I read somewhere it has some cool functions like you can set it to power off and power on at different times - so Im hoping I can set it to power off at 10:30 pm and power on at 6:30am which will save battery life

 

Theres some discussion in other threads about the 3G and 4G bands it can and cant do and that theres a problem if your in an area with only 4G and no 3G but i dont really understand what this means and the impact scenarios? - hope someone can explain this a bit clearer in this thread.

 

"The phone doesn't do band 28.  4G:LTE FDD:1800/2100/2600MHz(Band 1/3/7)  It will work fine in central city areas, but not where there is band 28 coverage only."

 

Especially keen to get feedback on camera and photo quality and fixes for this area which appears to be lacking.

 

Still the phone is only $260 so given the value for money Im still looking forward to getting it and think i'll be happy with it.

 

Anyway Im keen to here from other Meizu M3 Note owners so let me know your thoughts/loves/hates/issues/solutions/tips here...

 

I'll post back after a week or so of using the phone to give my honest review and feedback


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  Reply # 1572191 15-Jun-2016 10:14 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

I'm looking at getting one too, I'd be interested to hear what our resident phone experts chip in with regarding the coverage of the various phone networks. 

 

Really hoping it's a winner because I'm tired of the dinky shattered-screen phone I'm using temporarily (Clear packing tape over the screen prevents glass cuts to finger tips and still allows the phone to read what I'm touching)





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  Reply # 1572201 15-Jun-2016 10:32 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

4g band 28 isn't a biggie. Just means when out of most urban areas data will be on 3G.  All voice calls in NZ are on 2G/3G only anyway, 4G only for data.

 

 

 

3G bands fully covered for Spark (850Mhz/2100) and Voda/2 degrees (900/2100)

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1572209 15-Jun-2016 10:42 Send private message quote this post

jonb:

 

4g band 28 isn't a biggie. Just means when out of most urban areas data will be on 3G.  All voice calls in NZ are on 2G/3G only anyway, 4G only for data.

 

3G bands fully covered for Spark (850Mhz/2100) and Voda/2 degrees (900/2100)

 

 

OK great thanks thats what I assumed. I dont go out of central auckland much, only to Mangawhai heads where the cell phone receptions is rubbish at the best of times and sounds like the phone will still work there also.


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  Reply # 1572240 15-Jun-2016 11:25 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

Interested to hear how you get on.  My wife has the Note 2 and loves it..  A lot of bang for your buck.





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  Reply # 1574981 16-Jun-2016 12:24 3 people support this post quote this post

Thanks for starting this one, saved me the trouble. M3 Note is my baby, happy to answer any questions. :)

 

rgoulter:

 

  • Lollipop 5.1 and FlyMe UI - From what I can tell once you install google installer services and get google play its just like a normal android after that.

Just to clarify this point - there are two different versions of Flyme available for the M3 Note.

 

The Chinese version has no Google services by default, although they can be installed through Meizu's app store. Instead, it has heaps of Chinese content portal apps and preloaded guff. If you're familiar with the 'special offers' editions of Kindles, where they're cheaper because they're subsidised by advertising, that's the case with many budget Chinese smartphones - their extremely low cost is subsidised through bundled apps that send daily push notifications which can't be disabled without root access.

 

This is, thankfully, not the case with the international version. It has zero bloatware, and comes with Google services installed out of the box. In fact, it has less Google bloatware than other Android phones. You get Google Search, Google Maps, and the Play Store by default, and you can install any of the other Google apps you need at your leisure. Even Nexus phones come loaded with pushy content portal junk I hate and never use, like Google Play Music/Movies/Games/Newsstand/Books. With Flyme, the choice to install them - or not - is yours.

 

 

Also I read somewhere it has some cool functions like you can set it to power off and power on at different times - so Im hoping I can set it to power off at 10:30 pm and power on at 6:30am which will save battery life

 

 

It sure does - and heaps more.

 

Android is getting homogenised. While plenty of folks love vanilla Android, Nexus-style, the problem with every vendor adopting vanilla (or close-to) is that every phone becomes the same thing in a different box. As great as vanilla Android is, it's only one US-centric approach to UI and UX, and other countries, cultures, and companies can have different ideas about how an OS should work which are just as valid. One user's hideous icons are another user's favourite feature. Thankfully, Android lets manufacturers explore their ideas while still having access to all the apps and games people want.

 

While plenty of manufacturer skins have been of dubious value and quality in the past, Samsung/HTC/Moto/Sony and others are now moving away from what made their phones unique, as vanilla Android absorbs more and more features from those skins. But that can mean less innovation and fewer new features overall, as well as less diversity, which is bad for everyone.

 

Meizu have been working on Flyme since 2012. It's not as gaudy or packed full of weirdness as Xiaomi's MIUI, and has some truly clever stuff going on. Like so:

 

  • Instead of the standard three navigation buttons, Meizu phones have one - tap on the button to go back, press to go home, and hold it down to turn the screen off. To multitask, swipe up from the bottom of any screen. It's kind of genius and I keep wishing my other phones worked the same way. The button is also the fingerprint scanner.
  • You can lock individual applications with PIN, password, or fingerprint.
  • You can type a different PIN on the lockscreen to enter guest mode.
  • Gestures - you can double tap or swipe up to wake the screen or unlock, and draw letters on the screen to launch any app you like, e.g. C for camera.
  • There's a virtual joystick called SmartTouch that lets you navigate the phone with a single thumb. It's like Apple's on-screen accessibility feature, but doesn't require a silly number of extra taps.
  • Application permission control, including which apps are kicked out of memory in standby, and which are launched at boot.
  • Processor performance profiles, including by time of day.
  • Here's the big one - Sign up for a Flyme account with your phone number or email address, and you can get root access right from the settings menu - and rooting your phone does not void the 24 month hardware warranty.

We're working with Meizu to localise Flyme as well, so your NZ SIM will automatically configure with the right settings when you install it, the timezones and languages are set up correctly, and we're beta-testing and providing feedback for translations and further localisations (Still a few spots of translation that could use a polish, but I'm picky about these things and even Samsung doesn't get it right all the time). We've also supplied them with all the top Android apps for NZ to make sure they work as expected. Any issues with app compatibility, please let me know. Meizu are crazy fast at turning around fixes for these things - one of our reviewers had an issue earlier in the year with Periscope crashing on the Pro 5, and Meizu patched it within 2 weeks, which blew me away after seeing how slow the other guys can be at this kind of thing.

 

Presenting all this at the big launch event tomorrow night. Can't wait to see what you guys think of this one. :)





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  Reply # 1574989 16-Jun-2016 12:36 Send private message quote this post

Good thread. 

 

I have been tossing up whether to sell my recently purchased P8 and instead go with the M3 Note 32GB version. 

 

The only downsides I can see are the graphics performance, camera and lack of NFC.. but is NFC actually that useful anyway? 
I like the P8, but with the 16GB ROM, you only get about 8GB to play with, which seems to get eaten up with updates and obviously apps that you can't move to an SD card. 

 

On the M3 Note 32GB, how much usable space is there, without any apps installed?


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  Reply # 1574993 16-Jun-2016 12:44 One person supports this post quote this post

semigeek:

 

On the M3 Note 32GB, how much usable space is there, without any apps installed?

 

 

 

 

System uses ~4.2GB out of the total 29.12GB.

 

It's eMMC 5.1, too.





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  Reply # 1575010 16-Jun-2016 13:16 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

Thanks NikT a great post and good to have someone in the thread from PBTech - you'll be able to get feedback from REAL users first hand via this thread.

 

I'd like to come to the launch party but I have other plans.  I'll have the phone on Friday afternoon by the sounds so good to get it for the weekend.

 

Out of interest whats the main reason why people root there phones?  I dont plan to do this but always wondered what the drivers were for doing it?




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  Reply # 1576905 20-Jun-2016 09:45 2 people support this post Send private message quote this post

Have had the phone for a couple of days now and im impressed.  the build quality and look and feel of the phone is just like an apple 6S.   It runs nice and smooth and didnt come with a lot of bloatware or rubbish apps so theres not much apps to have to figure out which is how i actually prefer it i.e. just install the apps you want and use.

 

Havent really had much time to have a good look at the phone but im happy so far because the value for money for this phone is amazing.  Just the extended battery life, 5.5 inch screen and the look and feel of the phone is enough to justify the $300.

 

I took some photos and the quailty itself is ok just the colours are a little washed out but the couple of photos i took were indoors at night with the lights on so im not convinced its a poor camera experience just yet.

 

Anyone else get one and have feedback?


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  Reply # 1577196 20-Jun-2016 15:35 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

I'm in the market to replace my ageing M7 and very tempted with this. Great thread - a lot of honest good sense here.

 

What about covers and cases? I guess I should google for that. I prefer CaseMate 'Barely There' - type cases.




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  Reply # 1577233 20-Jun-2016 16:07 Send private message quote this post

the case that PBtech sells (they only have one) is very good as it gives good grip and doesnt make the phone much bigger i.e. its more of a shell than a case.

 

You definitely need a case as the brush metal finish of the phone is super slippery in your hands - i was paranoid it would slip out of my hands while not in a case.

 

Get this phone, for the price you wont regret it.


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  Reply # 1577237 20-Jun-2016 16:12 2 people support this post quote this post

eracode:

 

I'm in the market to replace my ageing M7 and very tempted with this. Great thread - a lot of honest good sense here.

 

What about covers and cases? I guess I should google for that. I prefer CaseMate 'Barely There' - type cases.

 

 

 

 

Full range of accessories incoming, this case may be up your alley.

 

 

 

rgoulter:

 

the case that PBtech sells (they only have one) is very good as it gives good grip and doesnt make the phone much bigger i.e. its more of a shell than a case.

 

You definitely need a case as the brush metal finish of the phone is super slippery in your hands - i was paranoid it would slip out of my hands while not in a case.

 

Get this phone, for the price you wont regret it.

 

 

 

 

Two cases available, more coming. :)





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  Reply # 1577333 20-Jun-2016 18:01 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

NikT:

 

eracode:

 

I'm in the market to replace my ageing M7 and very tempted with this. Great thread - a lot of honest good sense here.

 

What about covers and cases? I guess I should google for that. I prefer CaseMate 'Barely There' - type cases.

 

 

 

 

Full range of accessories incoming, this case may be up your alley.

 

 

 

rgoulter:

 

the case that PBtech sells (they only have one) is very good as it gives good grip and doesnt make the phone much bigger i.e. its more of a shell than a case.

 

You definitely need a case as the brush metal finish of the phone is super slippery in your hands - i was paranoid it would slip out of my hands while not in a case.

 

Get this phone, for the price you wont regret it.

 

 

 

 

Two cases available, more coming. :)

 

 

Excellent. Thanks NikT and rgoulter - more goodness here.


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  Reply # 1577345 20-Jun-2016 18:32 Send private message quote this post

eracode:

 

I'm in the market to replace my ageing M7 and very tempted with this. Great thread - a lot of honest good sense here.

 

What about covers and cases? I guess I should google for that. I prefer CaseMate 'Barely There' - type cases.

 

 

For the wife's Note 2 I bought the glass screen protector and cover from PB Tech  but later bought her a leather wallet from Amazon,





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  Reply # 1577422 20-Jun-2016 22:09 Send private message quote this post

Looking forward to getting my hands on a demo one of these tomorrow. Any word on whether it will support Android for Work?


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