Meizu M3 Note Review

Call quality

A phone that's certainly fine for talking purposes.

Voices from the M3 Note come strong and audible, but also a bit muffled for some reason. Both the earpiece and loudspeaker are sufficiently loud so, most of the time, you should be able to handle calls just fine.

Battery life

The M3 Note does last long, but it's fairly slow to charge.

With its large 4100mAh battery and economical processor, the M3 Note lasted for 11 hours and 6 minutes of constant on-screen use in our battery test, which is an excellent result. The smartphone takes 2 hours and 27 minutes to charge from zero to full with the bundled charger – that's fairly slow, but acceptable given the battery's imposing capacity.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Meizu M3 Note 11h 6 min (Excellent)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 12h 36 min (Excellent)
Honor 5X 6h 54 min (Average)
BLU Vivo 5 8h 3 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Meizu M3 Note 150
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 153
Honor 5X 170
BLU Vivo 5 107

Conclusion



A functional smartphone, but hardly a low-cost miracle, the Meizu M3 Note does deliver a few pleasant surprises, but it doesn't evade all the flaws typical of phones in its price range. We are fond of its clean and sturdy metallic design, the fast fingerprint scanner, the pleasant bloat-free interface, and the strong battery life, in particular. The same can't quite be said for its below-average gaming performance, inconsistent camera with shaky videos, and dated Android version. Moreover, the phone is incompatible with U.S. LTE networks, which means American customers should probably cross it off their lists.

Can we forgive the M3 Note's flaws when we also consider its price? We think we can, but there are other options you might consider. The handset starts from $180 for the 2GB RAM/16GB model, but that's prior to potential shipping and import taxes, and you most likely won't be getting warranty and customer support.

At this price, one can consider an older flagship phone like the Moto X, or better spec'd out and supported ones like the ASUS ZenFone 2 and the BLU VIVO 5, although neither has the M3 Note's 11 hour battery life or a fingerprint scanner. And if one can stretch their pockets a bit farther, the $250 ASUS ZenFone 3 seems like a more compelling choice that's worth the additional expense.

Pros

  • Nice design
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Outdoor visibility could be better
  • Inconsistent camera
  • Below-average gaming performance

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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