Meizu m1 metal review: Glitter in the dark

Glitter in the dark

GSMArena team, 23 November, 2015.

Telephony

At its core, the phonebook on the Meizu m1 metal is a list of all contacts but you can view only a specific group or filter where contracts come from - phone contacts, email account or a Meizu account.

You can't add Facebook or Twitter or any social network out of the box. Installing the Facebook or Twitter app will allow you to sync your contacts from there. You can link contacts, but the functionality is annoyingly limited.

The dialer features smart dialing, which is nice. Otherwise it doesn't differ from any other in functionality.

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Phonebook The dialer

The Meizu m1 metal has all reception bars full and held onto signal great even in tighter spots. Call quality is very good. A dedicated mic for active noise cancellation makes sure the other party hears you loud and clear.

The phone supports dual-SIM with dual-standby. The second SIM supports GSM networks only, while the primary works on 3G and LTE. Managing the SIM cards is very easy as is initiating calls and sending texts.

The Meizu m1 metal scored a Good mark at our loudspeaker test. The speaker sound quality is very good for a single-speaker setup with deep sound.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Xiaomi Mi 4i 63.7 65.7 68.0 Below Average
OnePlus X 65.9 66.3 70.7 Average
Meizu Pro 5 67.7 66.6 68.7 Average
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 66.1 66.0 76.0 Good
Meizu m1 metal 68.3 66.6 73.7 Good
Lenovo K3 Note 65.7 66.6 76.5 Good
Meizu m1 note 67.7 66.2 75.7 Good
Xiaomi Mi 4c 73.2 66.6 77.5 Good
Xiaomi Redmi 2 70.8 70.9 77.4 Very Good
Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent


Messaging

The messaging department is quite straightforward: there are no folders here, just New message, Search and Settings buttons. Above is a list of all your messages organized into threads.

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Messenger Email

Meizu has tweaked the generic email client. It supports multiple Exchange, POP or IMAP inboxes and you have access to the original folders that are created online, side by side with the standard local ones such as inbox, drafts and sent items.

The gallery

The Flyme gallery has two viewing modes - photo and gallery. The photo stacks images into months while the gallery puts them into folders. You can add or remove folders from the gallery and also search through it.

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Gallery Editing an image

There's also a built-in editor that offers filters and all the basic controls for contrast, brightness and you can even add blur or vignette. You cannot use different editors from the stock gallery and would need to install a third-party gallery (like Google's Photos) to have different editors.

Music player

The music player can only find tracks located in the Music folder. You can browse your collection the traditional way or you can select to have it filtered by folders.

In the first case tracks are sorted into several playlists like All songs, Recently added, Folders and you have the option to create custom playlists. When viewing All songs you can choose between three types of sorting in a tabbed layout: song name, artist and album.

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Music player Equalizers

You can access the equalizer from the advanced menu. It features several presets, which you can edit manually - but you need to insert the headphones first.

Great video player

The Meizu m1 metal comes with a dedicated Video app, but it expects videos to be placed in the video folder. You can use the file browser or gallery to get videos to play from elsewhere - it offers thumbnails and everything so we ended up using it more often than the Video app itself.

There's a pop-out option that allows you to view the video as an overlay to the OS.

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Video player Pop-out view

The Meizu m1 metal played everything we threw at it - Xvid, DivX, MP4, MOV, WMV and it supports the AC3 audio codec, too. Subtitles are supported, but it recognizes only Latin and Chinese characters.

Audio output is very clean, decently loud

The Meizu m1 metal started off very well in our audio quality test. When connected to an active external amplifier, the smartphone showed average volume levels and excellently clean output for one of the better showings out there.

There's little distortion when you plug in a pair of headphones too, which is quiet impressive for the price range. Stereo crosstalk rises a moderate amount but the other readings remain as good as they were and loudness stays unchanged. All in all a very solid performance by the Meizu smartphone.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Meizu m1 metal+0.02, -0.12-93.693.50.0016 0.0068-93.9
Meizu m1 metal (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.16-93.293.20.0042 0.056-58.9
Meizu m2 note+0.08, -0.05-93.192.70.0079 0.013-92.4
Meizu m2 note (headphones attached)+0.40, -0.62-86.988.00.145 0.529-50.8
Oppo R1x+0.01, -0.04-93.592.90.0010 0.400-94.7
Oppo R1x (headphones attached)+0.22, -0.03-92.690.40.0029 1.144-69.8
Motorola Moto E (2015)+0.02 -0.06-90.891.10.0026 0.097-90.9
Motorola Moto E (2015) (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.06-90.290.70.0029 0.063-51.4
Xiaomi Redmi 2+0.06, -0.04-94.895.90.026 0.016-95.8
Xiaomi Redmi 2 (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.06-94.091.00.039 0.053-70.0

Meizu m1 metal frequency response
Meizu m1 metal frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

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Yes that is correct. After installing background apps (Facebook + messenger) and allowing them to persist in memory (via the security app), the battery is indeed poor. Around 3:30hrs SOT to 5hrs depending on workload. My nexus 5 with its paltry batte...