Meizu m2 note Review

Call Quality


Call quality on the Meizu m2 Note is generally good, and we having no major gripes. Still, we should mention that voices in the earpiece sound a bit on the quiet side and with a slight distortion. Volume is fine on the other end of the line, but there is a similar slight noise to voices. Noise is also not canceled out perfectly, so when you are in a noisy environment, side noise gets in the way.

Battery life

Battery life is good: you won’t have a problem getting through a day of even heavier usage.

Meizu points out explicitly that it has a 3100mAh battery made by Sony/ATL, two of the most renowned battery makers with advanced lithium processes.

We have two points of reference for battery life: our battery life test that measures performance with the screen always on, and our impressions from real-life use.

First, our battery test results: they are nothing short of stellar. With some 9 hours and a half of battery life, this is one of the longest lasting phones we’ve ever tested. You can take a look at the results other phones got on our test, and keep in mind that we equalize conditions by setting screen brightness at 200 nits on all devices (a level comfortable for typical indoor viewing) and we run a non-stop script that mimics average phone use. We used default power/performance settings on the Meizu m2 Note.

Then, we have real-life impressions. The phone easily lasts a full day, but not much more with average use. The reason for this might be in the fact that using the phone outdoors on a bright day pushes the brightness and battery drain high, and 4G LTE connectivity is an additional drain. Overall, real-life battery impressions are good, but maybe not as great as the battery test results would suggest (for the above mentioned reasons).

Given such a large battery, it’s important to measure how much it takes to charge the phone from zero to 100% with the stock 5V 2A wall charger. Having 10 watts of power input definitely helps as the phone takes 2 hours and 9 minutes to fully recharge. That’s not quite as fast as the latest QuickCharge 2 phones, but still fairly fast for this battery size.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Meizu m2 note 9h 52 min (Excellent)
Huawei P8 lite 5h 30 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 6h 29 min (Average)
LG G Stylo 7h 43 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Meizu m2 note 129
Huawei P8 lite 136
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 175
LG G Stylo 137

Conclusion


The m2 Note comes with a shockingly low price tag given what it offers in terms of hardware: it’s sold globally for around $160, and that’s the full retail price you pay resellers like PandaWill and GearBest. Do note, though, that while you can get this phone globally from English-speaking resellers like the ones above, many markets including the USA don’t have official Meizu customer service and if you encounter any issues, you might need to send the phone back to China for lengthy repairs.

If you are not the ones to get scared from this alone, the Meizu m2 Note has a lot to offer, as it’s a phone that comes with no huge compromises: it runs smoothly, has a great-looking display, its camera quality is way above the average for this class, and its battery runs a full day. The simple-looking Flyme user interface hides some nice gestures and tweaks that are also very welcome.

Quite honestly, at this price, it’s hard to find any major flaw to this phone whatsoever. The only major downside at the moment is the limited support for 4G LTE bands in the USA. For all else, we face a reality, where phones in this class from first tier brands – devices like the Samsung Galaxy A7 – cost nearly twice as much as the Meizu m2 Note. Even the affordable Asus Zenfone 2 has a higher asking price than this here device. Alternatives among other Chinese phones include the Lenovo K3 Note and Xiaomi Redmi Note, but both of them seem to be a bit less balanced offerings, and seem to run less smoothly than the Meizu phablet.

If you are not afraid to wait an extra week to import this phone from the countless resellers, you will get a great value for the money and a phone that is different than what everyone else has. With all this in mind, the Meizu m2 Note definitely ends up on our list of recommended devices.


Pros

  • Great value for the money
  • Sharp display with pleasing colors
  • Smooth daily performance with practically no micro lag
  • Flyme skin supports a lot of very useful gestures
  • Good image quality, fast shooting speeds
  • Based on latest Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Good battery life
  • Supports expandable storage, or dual SIM option

Cons

  • Some apps are not optimized and won’t run
  • Automatic brightness does not work well
  • Quiet sound via the loudspeaker
  • No continuous auto-focus in video
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Stutters a bit with very demanding games

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

9.0
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35 Comments

1. Mena13Suvari

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Great review! For what "headphones output voltage" stands for? The higher it is, the sound is louder or...?

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

It just means louder sound.

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Dont listen to noob. Higher voltage enable you to use higher impedance headphones.. Basically the one that's you would need to use an amplificator if you would use it on an iPhone by example.

25. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

Hey phone arena I hope you do the review on the 5" Meizu M2 Since not everyone is looking for a phone as big as this Note ... look forward to it

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

The true affordable phone.

4. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A question, what kind of apps aren't optimized/won't run? Any big ones like Whatsapp or Facebook?

6. hmd74

Posts: 541; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Good question Answer it PA

9. cigzz

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

I am using Meizu M1 Note as my daily driver and im on Flyme 4 with KitKat and i have never had any problems with any apps that won't run. Facebook is working same with Instagram, whatsapp, tumblr, messenger, chrome, spotify and a lot more. And also no fingerprint scanner in cons is stupid. It is an affordable phone, not flagship or sth

11. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

On XDA, ppl report problems with Facebook, Instagram and Skype, also apps notifications like email apps.

31. 5Cents

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2015

@cigzz; @hafini_27. I just got my Note 2 day before yesterday. Spent yesterday learning the difference between a nano-sim and a micro-sim; and about broadcast bands for LTE(4G) technology, I tried to log into Facebook today (to register for this site) and it tells me my password changed over a year ago! --- can you see my point!! I think the MNote 2 is an excellent smartphone for Generation Xer's. We want a phone with good phone clarity; the ability to use communications media quickly (gmail, WhatsApp, possibly twitter); to be able to navigate when we travel (g-maps); to conduct electronic transactions (banking; shopping apps); and quickly access information (efficient browsing). Generation Xer's generally couldn't care less about gaming features (I've never used an X-box in my life) and normally have other ways of keeping things private/safe (which we've used for a long time) so fingerprint technology isn't really that important. The majority of Generation Xer's, I know, feel immodest taking selfies and so the use of Instagram also isn't really important. Our careers often make us work long hours and battery life is important. For my needs this is truly the right phone (and that it comes at the right price is a plus). Just my 5 cents worth.

32. 5Cents

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2015

Also just a quick reminder: Most Generation Xer's I know would be quite content to continue using the phones we had three years ago. If you did a study you would find that they are more often forced into a new phone due to their tech companies planned obsolescence (leading to malfunction) rather than willingly upgrade for "better screen resolution" or more advanced software etc. In this sense I echo the compliments to Meizu for giving the likes of Sony/Samsung/Apple a run for their money.

18. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Chat heads on Facebook Messenger do not appear on top of everything as they should, and I've had Google Play Games not installing and one other, non-essential application.

21. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Thank you Victor, will be ordering one as my secondary phone.

5. hmd74

Posts: 541; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Wow! I'm buying one

7. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This are the kind of phones that is hurting Samsung, lg and Sony right now.

8. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Meizu are on a Roll! Good for them, the more competition the better!

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Looks like a great phone from all areas other than its looks. Nice size battery to boot Looks very bland one front and back though

12. aReefer

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

I just picked one up today myself. Just loading some apps, so nothing to offer other than first impressions so far, but it seems to run smooth and no crashes or odd behaviour so far. Just make sure to jam the little SIM drawer key *all* the way in to open it, as I used too much force on opening mine, and now it's a tad wobbly. My own fault, but no big deal. Generally I am pretty happy so far. Images and video are great, and no heating (yet). I am especially happy that I can use 2 SIM cards - one personal, and one from work. No more carrying around 2 phones. Yippee! ..oh yeah, and I love the display.

15. aReefer

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

Ok, some 12th hour impressions: No issues with any apps so far because of the single button design, but I haven't tried any heavy games yet. I already dropped it once accidentally (no case or screen protector yet) as I was getting out of the car, and it fell from an angle onto gravel from about 1 meter of height, and then it skidded for another 50 cm. across the gravel until it stopped - fortunately entirely on its back - with me looking on in horror. No scratches on back panel at all - not even in the corners. One helluva first day. My poor little phone. That said, it seems to be pretty rugged overall since it has survived my abuse, except for the (now-loose) SIM tray.

14. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Wow display quality assessment give good to excellent score in every aspects, I wonder why PA not describing this as good achievement, but if reviewing Samsung & Apple device gotta be like "Wow, this display so accurate, bright, vivid blah blah blah" and kudos to Sharp display invent IGZO display

16. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

M2 Note with M1 Note's processor would be great. Unfortunately the one in M2 (MT6753) is much slower and than Snapdragon 615.

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good review Victor. Really the loudspeaker is so dull?

20. aReefer

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

I can confirm that it is very weak - something that really bothers me when using Waze while driving, since I have trouble hearing the directions over the volume of the car stereo - even when the car stereo's volume is low. Hopefully the issue will be resolved with a software update at some point in the future(?) - if not, perhaps I'll be able to work-around it by routing the sound to the cars Bluetooth speaker. In any case, it is one of two major 'bugs' in the design of this phone that I have discovered so-far, but it's a pretty annoying one for me. The second issue I have discovered is an issue with the touch screen near the edges of the screen. For example, I have trouble setting the screen brightness to maximum by tapping on the highest end of the brightness slider. I can still 'drag' the slider to maximum, but still.... Basically the touch-screen recalibration, and the speaker issue both need to be addressed in a software update from Meizu I think.

19. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Wow and they scored the Desire Eye an 8 for some ridiculous cons while this phone got a 9.. Sick s**t right there

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

for the price, this phone really deserve solid 9

22. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Umm PA, could you tell me where you downloaded the official Google Play app for this. It doesn't come out of the box, right?

23. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

It comes with the Google Play Store already installed.

24. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Internationally it will come with Google Apps. Only in Chinese version it won't be included.

27. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

I have a Meizu M1 note and like mentioned in the review, the speaker is dull. Fortunately I've been able to boost the loudness of the main speaker in both normal and headset mode through the engineering settings (*#*#3646633#*#*). Don't know if this would work in M2 note though.

28. Furbal unregistered

give these phones lte bands 2 4 7 12 17 damn you :(
m2 note
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh

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