Meizu m1 note review: A major scale

A major scale

GSMArena team, 27 March 2015.

Telephony

At its core, the phonebook on the Meizu m1 note 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 phonebook will automatically link contacts with the same name, but that's it. You can't manually link or unlink contacts.

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Phonebook

The Meizu m1 note has all reception bars full and held onto signal great even in tighter spots. Call quality is very good with loud and clear sound on both ends of the call.

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

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Dialer

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 note passed our loudspeaker test with a Good mark, but the speaker quality is very poor and while playing music, the m1 note subjectively sounds really quiet.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
HTD Desire 816 66.6 65.7 66.6 Below Average
Sony Xperia C3 Dual 66.2 61.1 75.3 Average
Lenovo Vibe X2 66 67.7 71.8 Average
Xiaomi Redmi Note 65.9 66.7 75.7 Good
Meizu m1 note 67.7 66.2 75.7 Good
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 73.5 67.7 78.7 Very Good
OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent
Meizu MX4 81.3 75.8 83.6 Excellent


Simplistic messenger

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.

When composing a message, the input field starts out at only one line tall, but will grow to up to seven lines if need be. Left of the text box is a button that handles attachments and smileys.

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Messenger

When you add multimedia content to the message, it is automatically turned into an MMS. You can either quickly add a smile, a photo or an audio file to go with the text or compose an MMS using all the available features (like multiple slides, slide timing, layout, etc.). The multiple slides are all shown inside the compose box.

Batch operations are enabled for multiple threads - Mark as spam and Delete are available.

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.

Switching between accounts is pretty easy. Just swipe out the side-placed menu and you get all your folders plus your accounts.

There's support for batch operations - Mark, Filter and Delete are the available options. Filter acts against spam to weed out unwanted email senders. There's also the option to switch to threaded view in which case an icon appears alongside the name of each thread, giving you the number of messages inside.

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Email

Email and text input

The keyboard of the Meizu m1 note is nicely laid out and has a four-row interface. There's a dedicated numeric view with a numpad-like style but we would have preferred the numbers as a line on top of the keyboard.

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Keyboard

You can switch between keyboard styles, send Meizu and text smileys and have an option to choose between many languages.

Fleksy keyboard is also pre-installed - it offers bigger and comfy keys and we like it more than the system default option.

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Fleksy keyboard

Naturally, you can always download a third party keyboard if you wish, there are many on the Google Play store.

Reader comments

  • AnonD-623343

for camera & video capturing.....which one is better m2 or m1 note?

  • aamir ch

3G not y?????

  • PT .0000..

Meziu m1 note is nice . But its too hits while useing data. .. Charger also gives hitting problem.... ... This my 1st month useing meziu m1 note and my charger is not working proparly....