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  Reply # 1743407 18-Mar-2017 15:42
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Has anyone else had issues with insanely slow charging? like 10% in 2 hours. using the same charger goes really fast on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 but the M3 Note seems to be having issues since yesterday





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  Reply # 1746958 24-Mar-2017 11:43
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So I updated my M3s to Flyme 6.7.3.3G beta and predictive text has disappeared and there doesn't seem to be any way to turn it back on. Will it be returning to the final release of this firmware?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1746989 24-Mar-2017 12:15
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So I updated my M3s to Flyme 6.7.3.3G beta and predictive text has disappeared and there doesn't seem to be any way to turn it back on. Will it be returning to the final release of this firmware?

 

 

 

 

Can't see why they wouldn't - it's a beta, so still needs plenty of localisation & region-specific tweaks.

 

 

 

Recommend using a good third-party keyboard like Google's GBoard in the meantime.





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  Reply # 1749304 28-Mar-2017 11:32
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Problem with xtra mail platform migration. Any suggestion?

 

I was helping my friend set up her xtra email account on her M3 Note which stopped syncing since 22 March. Followed Spark's instruction with no luck but keep getting error messages: Your username and password are incorrect (very unlikely).

 

I can see on the account set up page, it still says "Yahoo Authentication" even the new platform doesn't use it anymore. Is this the root cause?

 

Her xtra mail was migrated to the new platform during the weekend past.  


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Reply # 1749346 28-Mar-2017 12:46
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In summary: Should I buy a M3 Note? 

 

Having read all the comments here, read reviews etc, I still can't decide if I should buy a M3 Note. The spec is great for the price, so it seems great value, but are these reported faults serious enough to make me look elsewhere?

 

1. Cannot pick up some networks in the USA. (I happen to be going there for a month soon, so it matters to me!) I don't understand the details; will it pick up some networks and not others, or will nothing work? I presume buying a cheap phone while I'm there is an option....

 

2. Poor camera. All commentators seem to agree on this. I'm not overly worried though, it can't be worse than  my present Nokia Lumia 520 Windowsphone with its 5 MP camera, can it?

 

3. Slow charging.

 

4. Notifications not working.

 

5. Poor visibility in bright sunlight.

 

I hope that items 3 and 4 are random faults that only affect a minority of users.

 

Despite the above, do you Geeks think that overall, it's a good buy? Advice please!   

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1749377 28-Mar-2017 13:25
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In summary: Should I buy a M3 Note? 

 

Having read all the comments here, read reviews etc, I still can't decide if I should buy a M3 Note. The spec is great for the price, so it seems great value, but are these reported faults serious enough to make me look elsewhere?

 

1. Cannot pick up some networks in the USA. (I happen to be going there for a month soon, so it matters to me!) I don't understand the details; will it pick up some networks and not others, or will nothing work? I presume buying a cheap phone while I'm there is an option....

 

2. Poor camera. All commentators seem to agree on this. I'm not overly worried though, it can't be worse than  my present Nokia Lumia 520 Windowsphone with its 5 MP camera, can it?

 

3. Slow charging.

 

4. Notifications not working.

 

5. Poor visibility in bright sunlight.

 

I hope that items 3 and 4 are random faults that only affect a minority of users.

 

Despite the above, do you Geeks think that overall, it's a good buy? Advice please!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

US is a tough one since you have to go high-end for true global devices - US has proprietary network tech and bands that aren't used commonly anywhere else in the world, so it'd be a significant expense to include in cheaper models. If you want proper US compatibility + proper NZ compatibility, your choices are basically Nexus 6P/Pixel, Huawei Mate 9, couple flagship Sony Xperia models, or iPhone - with few other exceptions. However, if you're fine getting 2G & 3G on T-Mobile & AT&T, most NZ phones will work. Verizon and Sprint are a no-go unless you buy a device they have specifically whitelisted.

 

Camera is definitely better than the Lumia 520 (Still have one of those lurking around in a drawer). Recommend checking out some camera samples. Great cameraphones do get a bit spendier. Meizu MX6 has a rather nice camera for the dollars.

 

M3 Note does take a few hours to charge with the stock charger, but that's because the battery is huge. Recommend taking a look at the new M5 Note if you're keen for fast charging. Shouldn't be any issues with most folks who leave their phones on to charge overnight.

 

Haven't had any specific notification issues recently myself, though they're reportedly fixed in Flyme 6, which is now available in public beta.

 

Sunlight visibility hasn't been an issue I've noticed, the display gets quite bright. It doesn't have a brightness boost mode like the Galaxy S and friends, but hey, neither do the iPhones.





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  Reply # 1749462 28-Mar-2017 14:53
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NikT:

 

DaveOz:

 

In summary: Should I buy a M3 Note? 

 

Having read all the comments here, read reviews etc, I still can't decide if I should buy a M3 Note. The spec is great for the price, so it seems great value, but are these reported faults serious enough to make me look elsewhere?

 

1. Cannot pick up some networks in the USA. (I happen to be going there for a month soon, so it matters to me!) I don't understand the details; will it pick up some networks and not others, or will nothing work? I presume buying a cheap phone while I'm there is an option....

 

2. Poor camera. All commentators seem to agree on this. I'm not overly worried though, it can't be worse than  my present Nokia Lumia 520 Windowsphone with its 5 MP camera, can it?

 

3. Slow charging.

 

4. Notifications not working.

 

5. Poor visibility in bright sunlight.

 

I hope that items 3 and 4 are random faults that only affect a minority of users.

 

Despite the above, do you Geeks think that overall, it's a good buy? Advice please!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

US is a tough one since you have to go high-end for true global devices - US has proprietary network tech and bands that aren't used commonly anywhere else in the world, so it'd be a significant expense to include in cheaper models. If you want proper US compatibility + proper NZ compatibility, your choices are basically Nexus 6P/Pixel, Huawei Mate 9, couple flagship Sony Xperia models, or iPhone - with few other exceptions. However, if you're fine getting 2G & 3G on T-Mobile & AT&T, most NZ phones will work. Verizon and Sprint are a no-go unless you buy a device they have specifically whitelisted.

 

Camera is definitely better than the Lumia 520 (Still have one of those lurking around in a drawer). Recommend checking out some camera samples. Great cameraphones do get a bit spendier. Meizu MX6 has a rather nice camera for the dollars.

 

M3 Note does take a few hours to charge with the stock charger, but that's because the battery is huge. Recommend taking a look at the new M5 Note if you're keen for fast charging. Shouldn't be any issues with most folks who leave their phones on to charge overnight.

 

    

 

 

 

Haven't had any specific notification issues recently myself, though they're reportedly fixed in Flyme 6, which is now available in public beta.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunlight visibility hasn't been an issue I've noticed, the display gets quite bright. It doesn't have a brightness boost mode like the Galaxy S and friends, but hey, neither do the iPhones.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

1. I can't speak for the US, but I couldn't get action in the EU. It may well have been the carrier I used. In S. Africa though, I enjoyed cheap and fast(ish) '4G' on Vodacom. Had to perform a reset on the phone in NZ to get back to 4G on 2degrees though.

 

2.  My replacement M3 Note, is much improved over my original handset. Comparison between an iPhone6 and M3 Note below, shows a marked improvement compared to ea.

 

3. I found with my original phone, that it took several power cycles before fast charging from 10% to full kicked in. By that I mean 2.5-3 hours. My new unit is taking around 4 hours presently. It takes two days to get down to 10% though. 

 

4. Notifications not working? Was never and issue on the original unit. The replacement though, normal messaging and phone notifications work a treat, but Whatsapp and Viber, unless the phone is 'open'. The odd Chinese notifications have again started to creep through again. I still need to find time to tinker with these issues.

 

5. Bright sunlight, definitely an issue. But the same can be said for almost every phone on the market, regardless of price point. Most days, not an issue. I've still been able to read and reply to emails and txt's without hiccup.

 

 

 

I've decided to stick with the new M3 Note for now. Have ordered a new slim protective case and 9H screen protector.

 

Receiving MMS is still an issue. iPhone users still insist on trying to send them to me. All the Android users us Whatsapp. When I got the replacement phone, I went and bought a replacement 2Degrees SIM and tried the process without any 3rd party

 

 

 

iPhone6 Click to see full size

 

M3 Note Click to see full size

 

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  Reply # 1749472 28-Mar-2017 15:13
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Many thanks to NikT and pristle for your prompt and very full replies.

 

So pristle, you mean you have to 'open' the phone to see if you've got any Whatsapp messages? That would certainly be a pain. Are you running Flyme 6, which NikT thinks has fixed this issue?

 

Your help is much appreciated, it has given me plenty of food for thought.

 

 


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  Reply # 1749515 28-Mar-2017 15:48
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DaveOz:

 

Many thanks to NikT and pristle for your prompt and very full replies.

 

So pristle, you mean you have to 'open' the phone to see if you've got any Whatsapp messages? That would certainly be a pain. Are you running Flyme 6, which NikT thinks has fixed this issue?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presently yes, my wife gets quite irritable. (Why she insists on calling me on Whatsapp I don;t know). My original handset was a running a beta version of Flyme5 (5.6?? NikT could confirm), this handset is running the latest main release.

 

 

 

Not sure if that's where the issue is, I may be overlooking something. Been fighting different tech battles at the moment and haven't been able to focus on it.


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  Reply # 1750220 29-Mar-2017 15:46
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Have noticed a comment on the PB Tech M3 Note site - 'No video calling!'. What, you can't use Skype? I haven't noticed anyone else mention this. Can anyone enlighten me pls?

 

Also, is it really too late to be buying a M3 Note? M5 Note is out already, but $100 more. I wonder if it's  worth the extra?


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  Reply # 1750271 29-Mar-2017 16:47
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DaveOz:

 

Have noticed a comment on the PB Tech M3 Note site - 'No video calling!'. What, you can't use Skype? I haven't noticed anyone else mention this. Can anyone enlighten me pls?

 

Also, is it really too late to be buying a M3 Note? M5 Note is out already, but $100 more. I wonder if it's  worth the extra?

 

 

Skype & other over-the-top services work fine, it's just that once-hyped 3G video calling service (that very few people ever used thanks to the hefty per-minute costs) which doesn't work. Very few phones support it these days, if I recall Samsung stripped it out of the local Galaxy S variants ~2 years ago.

 

M5 Note gets you a full metal unibody, better screen, slightly better camera, & fast charging over M3 Note, & uses Marshmallow as the Flyme base. Plus a night mode blue light filter I particularly enjoy.

 

I've deployed the Flyme 6 beta to a few users here at PB HQ, they're reporting all previous notification issues are now resolved.





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  Reply # 1750298 29-Mar-2017 17:26
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 Again many thanks, NikT.

 

May I ask, are you officially representing PB Tech on this Forum, or are you just taking an interest?

 

 


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  Reply # 1750318 29-Mar-2017 18:09
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DaveOz:

 

 Again many thanks, NikT.

 

May I ask, are you officially representing PB Tech on this Forum, or are you just taking an interest?

 

 

 

 

 

 

D) All of the above. :)





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  Reply # 1750659 30-Mar-2017 12:42
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NikT:

 

.... Plus a night mode blue light filter I particularly enjoy.

 

 

 

 

And if the blue light filter is your ONLY factor for deciding then save yourself $95 and download Twilight from the Play store :)





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  Reply # 1751232 31-Mar-2017 15:50
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One thing that has ALWAYS puzzled me about my M3 Note is the alphabetised app list.

 

Here's an example directly from my app list so you might understand my confusion:
Marine Weather
My Vodafone
My Slingshot
Maps
Market Feedback Agent
My Cloud
Marine Traffic
Mekorama
Magic Bloxorz
Microsoft account
Magsorb
Migraine Buddy

 

So is there a logical explanation for this mayhem @NikT? Anyone else care to chip in?





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