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JoeTurksta
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  #1594590 18-Jul-2016 16:41
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So another annoying post, but thought it might be useful if someone else is seeking answers to the same problem I've experienced:

 

 

 

Working DUAL SIM Configurations:

 

 

 

Scenario 1) SIM1: Vodafone SIM2: Vodafone (Only 1 SIM can have Data active. The other SIM will be 2G only)

 

Scenario 2) SIM1: 2Degrees, SIM2: 2 Degrees (Only 1 SIM can have Data active. The other SIM will be 2G only)

 

Scenario 3) SIM1: Vodafone, SIM2: 2Degrees (Only 1 SIM can have Data active. The other SIM will be 2G only)

 

Scenario 4) SIM1: Spark/Skinny, SIM2, Vodafone/2 Degrees (Spark/Skinny HAS to be Data Enabled, the Vodadone/2 Degrees SIM will HAS to be Voice Only as Spark/Skinny DOES NOT Support 2G Capability)

 

Scenario 5) SIM1: Spark/Skinny, SIM2, Spark/Skinny (Only 1 of the SIM's will work. The second SIM WILL NOT WORK as Spark/Skinny DOES NOT Support 2G Capability)

 

 

 

It's no water off my back, I was REALLY hoping to eliminate carrying 2 phones (I don't have 2, but I prefer having business/personal separate), but for now, I'll keep to it. Might have to buy my own personal Meizu handset.

 

 

 

On the interim, there's nothing on the Meizu Website which explains this limitation, and I really think that PB Tech should do the right thing for customers and explain this on the website. I would put a review on the handsets, but considering that I respect PB Tech as the most reputable IT Reseller in the country who has never once let me down, I'm hoping that this will be published with the product listings.


tripp
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  #1594659 18-Jul-2016 17:42
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Joe, I had the same issue as you with 2 phones

 

I just ended up forwarding my work number to my personal number then blocking my personal number for calls to customers etc.  Does help i have unlimited calling on my personal plan however.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1594663 18-Jul-2016 17:56
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JoeTurksta:

 

So another annoying post, but thought it might be useful if someone else is seeking answers to the same problem I've experienced:

 

 

 

Working DUAL SIM Configurations:

 

 

 

Scenario 1) SIM1: Vodafone SIM2: Vodafone (Only 1 SIM can have Data active. The other SIM will be 2G only)

 

Scenario 2) SIM1: 2Degrees, SIM2: 2 Degrees (Only 1 SIM can have Data active. The other SIM will be 2G only)

 

Scenario 3) SIM1: Vodafone, SIM2: 2Degrees (Only 1 SIM can have Data active. The other SIM will be 2G only)

 

Scenario 4) SIM1: Spark/Skinny, SIM2, Vodafone/2 Degrees (Spark/Skinny HAS to be Data Enabled, the Vodadone/2 Degrees SIM will HAS to be Voice Only as Spark/Skinny DOES NOT Support 2G Capability)

 

 

 

It's no water off my back, I was REALLY hoping to eliminate carrying 2 phones (I don't have 2, but I prefer having business/personal separate), but for now, I'll keep to it. Might have to buy my own personal Meizu handset.

 

 

 

On the interim, there's nothing on the Meizu Website which explains this limitation, and I really think that PB Tech should do the right thing for customers and explain this on the website. I would put a review on the handsets, but considering that I respect PB Tech as the most reputable IT Reseller in the country who has never once let me down, I'm hoping that this will be published with the product listings.

 

 

 

 

2degrees primary/Voda secondary works fine too. :)

 

Have asked the team to update every Dual SIM product page to clarify that 2x Spark network SIMs will not work.





Product Manager @ PB Tech

https://pbtech.co.nz/smartphones


JoeTurksta
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  #1594664 18-Jul-2016 17:59
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Yes, although it doesn't matter which SIM slot the SIM card is in, the FlyMeOS decides which one has the active data selection by user selection.

JoeTurksta
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  #1594666 18-Jul-2016 18:00
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Also.. thank you for taking my feedback onboard. Great customer service as per usual.

1eStar
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  #1594732 18-Jul-2016 21:01
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There is only a very few phones that can handle dual 3G standby. The latest Sony X Performance is one. There is one Chinese phone too, can't remember it offhand.

rgoulter

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  #1594919 19-Jul-2016 10:52
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Im experimenting with the "A better Camera" app and it has a mode called DRO which appears to increase the picture quality a lot!  The factory M3 Camera sensor doesnt let much light in but the DRO mode compensates for this... Im keen to get anyone elses recommendations for better camera apps and why?

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.almalence.opencam&hl=en

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1595006 19-Jul-2016 13:17
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Most important Question! Does Pokemon Go run well e.g Battery Life, GPS signal, Graphic performance 


rgoulter

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  #1595040 19-Jul-2016 14:03
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Kicker:

 

Most important Question! Does Pokemon Go run well e.g Battery Life, GPS signal, Graphic performance 

 

 

Sigh.... should be as has a good battery life that last for ages and you can set the phone to savings power mode for everyday use.


FeralPhil
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  #1596724 22-Jul-2016 10:59
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Having used the Meizu M3 Note in anger for a couple of weeks now, I just want to share a few of my observations.

 

Firstly, I'm happy to report my initial problems with the camera lens scratching super easily have not been replicated on the replacement unit I received. The replacement unit has been treated in exactly the same manner, and no scratches on the lens cover.

 

Physically, the phone has held up well indeed. With the addition of the reasonably priced TPU (assumption it's TPU) cover from Meizu, this phone has taken some knocks and drops, with no effect so far. The DinoRex glass is a winner too, with no visible marks or scratches so far. In this regard, it's more akin to DragonTrail than Gorilla glass. My personal experience with screens bears witness to the fact that Gorilla glass scratches more than DragonTrail does, and DinoRex seems to be in the same league as DragonTrail. Given they are both from Japan, they may share manufacturing processes. Plus it has a nice tactile feel on this phone.

 

I have been comparing this against a phone of same size, same RAM and running a Snapdragon 801, and there have been almost no occasions where I have noticed any performance difference. I don't run any serious 3d games though, so your mileage may vary. Using Clash Royale as the benchmark, on the very rare occasion there might be a brief stutter when a unit is placed, but that is not all that frequent, and is very brief. I have no idea how this would play Pokémon, nor will I ever :) It does handle the Navionics charting app I use for fishing well, which is GPS heavy.

 

The bigger battery is great, and ability to turn the phone into a feature phone when you want to save battery is super cool, especially when out tramping, fishing or what-not. Flicking into feature phone mode until you need to use the phone for something other than voice and SMS boosts the battery life amazingly. In that mode the battery purportedly lasts over 4 days!

 

The OS overlay is good, once you get used to things like a single button, no apps drawer, and the odd bit of "Chinglish" scattered through out the menus. It becomes quite intuitive to use versus the standard 3 button configuration I'm used to. It's a little bit disconcerting getting push notifications about the OS in Chinese, but I'm sure that will get sorted in future releases. So far I've only got the one message. The simple theming is fun, and the ability to customise gestures on screen and have the phone do something is also a neat feature.

 

For what it's worth, I would recommend this phone, but your requirements may be different to mine. For me, this is great value for money so far, being robust, well-performing and a great battery capacity.


rgoulter

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  #1596730 22-Jul-2016 11:05
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FeralPhil:

 

Having used the Meizu M3 Note in anger for a couple of weeks now, I just want to share a few of my observations.

 

Firstly, I'm happy to report my initial problems with the camera lens scratching super easily have not been replicated on the replacement unit I received. The replacement unit has been treated in exactly the same manner, and no scratches on the lens cover.

 

Physically, the phone has held up well indeed. With the addition of the reasonably priced TPU (assumption it's TPU) cover from Meizu, this phone has taken some knocks and drops, with no effect so far. The DinoRex glass is a winner too, with no visible marks or scratches so far. In this regard, it's more akin to DragonTrail than Gorilla glass. My personal experience with screens bears witness to the fact that Gorilla glass scratches more than DragonTrail does, and DinoRex seems to be in the same league as DragonTrail. Given they are both from Japan, they may share manufacturing processes. Plus it has a nice tactile feel on this phone.

 

I have been comparing this against a phone of same size, same RAM and running a Snapdragon 801, and there have been almost no occasions where I have noticed any performance difference. I don't run any serious 3d games though, so your mileage may vary. Using Clash Royale as the benchmark, on the very rare occasion there might be a brief stutter when a unit is placed, but that is not all that frequent, and is very brief. I have no idea how this would play Pokémon, nor will I ever :) It does handle the Navionics charting app I use for fishing well, which is GPS heavy.

 

The bigger battery is great, and ability to turn the phone into a feature phone when you want to save battery is super cool, especially when out tramping, fishing or what-not. Flicking into feature phone mode until you need to use the phone for something other than voice and SMS boosts the battery life amazingly. In that mode the battery purportedly lasts over 4 days!

 

The OS overlay is good, once you get used to things like a single button, no apps drawer, and the odd bit of "Chinglish" scattered through out the menus. It becomes quite intuitive to use versus the standard 3 button configuration I'm used to. It's a little bit disconcerting getting push notifications about the OS in Chinese, but I'm sure that will get sorted in future releases. So far I've only got the one message. The simple theming is fun, and the ability to customise gestures on screen and have the phone do something is also a neat feature.

 

For what it's worth, I would recommend this phone, but your requirements may be different to mine. For me, this is great value for money so far, being robust, well-performing and a great battery capacity.

 

 

Can you give me the steps to locate and turn on this "feature phone mode" you mention?


FeralPhil
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  #1596750 22-Jul-2016 11:32
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You can find it here:

 

Settings > Battery > More modes > Super mode

 

My battery is on 98% right now, with 32 hours 51 minutes remaining. In Super mode, this goes to 4 days 2 hours remaining. Turns the phone into a black and white feature phone!


JoeTurksta
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  #1596802 22-Jul-2016 12:58
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Ok, so other than the dual Sim issue, I compromised. My legacy (Samsung Galaxy S4 Active) phone has my work SIM in it and the Meizu I've put my personal one in (Thanks work).

 

So far, the phone is fantastic, performance = amazing. The FlymeOS is nice and thin, with basically no 'bloatware' that vendors such as Samsung put on the phones by default. The only annoying thing I found was that some app notifications hadn't worked automatically in the background (Twitter), and after some googling and coming across the Meizu Forum, it turned out to be Power mode the issue. I had to change from Balanced (Factory standard) to Performance and notifications worked a lot better.

 

The Screen Quality is hard to fault, the finger print scanner is flawless, and Bluetooth integration in my car is very easy as well. In the landscape of phones in NZ, I would like to consider the Meizu Note 3 a game changer in comparison to other vendors. I base my comment on Storage, RAM, Price, No Bloatware, End User Speed, Camera Quality, Unlocked, Screen Size and finger print security. I'm making this my first choice of phone to recommend to anyone looking for a new phone in the market, even though it doesn't have Imessage, you'll find a majority of your friends use Viber/WhatsApp anyway.

 

Sure I found flaws with Dual SIM, but to make the point of other users on this thread, 2G is being decommissioned in the very near future anyway. So well done PB Tech for getting on to a good thing and encouraging your customers to get on board.

 

Love it.

 

 

 

 


semigeek
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  #1596871 22-Jul-2016 13:51
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JoeTurksta:

 

Ok, so other than the dual Sim issue, I compromised. My legacy (Samsung Galaxy S4 Active) phone has my work SIM in it and the Meizu I've put my personal one in (Thanks work).

 

So far, the phone is fantastic, performance = amazing. The FlymeOS is nice and thin, with basically no 'bloatware' that vendors such as Samsung put on the phones by default. The only annoying thing I found was that some app notifications hadn't worked automatically in the background (Twitter), and after some googling and coming across the Meizu Forum, it turned out to be Power mode the issue. I had to change from Balanced (Factory standard) to Performance and notifications worked a lot better.

 

The Screen Quality is hard to fault, the finger print scanner is flawless, and Bluetooth integration in my car is very easy as well. In the landscape of phones in NZ, I would like to consider the Meizu Note 3 a game changer in comparison to other vendors. I base my comment on Storage, RAM, Price, No Bloatware, End User Speed, Camera Quality, Unlocked, Screen Size and finger print security. I'm making this my first choice of phone to recommend to anyone looking for a new phone in the market, even though it doesn't have Imessage, you'll find a majority of your friends use Viber/WhatsApp anyway.

 

Sure I found flaws with Dual SIM, but to make the point of other users on this thread, 2G is being decommissioned in the very near future anyway. So well done PB Tech for getting on to a good thing and encouraging your customers to get on board.

 

Love it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After reading this, it's only making me more impatient for mine to arrive lol, which I ordered yesterday. At least it has been picked up by the courier, but I probably won't get it until Monday now. 

 

 


semigeek
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  #1596976 22-Jul-2016 16:53
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One quick question about the M3 Note, is the back actually aluminium as one review says this: 

 

"The phone isn’t overly thin, but it has a nice-premium feel to it, despite the fact that it’s not made of metal. Although the M3 Note may look like it’s made from aluminum in some pictures, it’s actually plastic with a metallic finish. It’s reminiscent of the LG G3’s metallic-looking plastic back plate."


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