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Meizu m2 note Review – The Complete Package?

Updated on August 6, 2015

Meizu is Xiaomi’s main rival back in China, but they are just gaining reputation here in India. They’ve not properly set up many service centers and are trying hard to make a bang in India. Few months back, they launched the m1 note, which did pretty well in the market. But it was recalled due to a design infringement notice from ZTE regarding their home button. So Meizu redid their m1 Note and voila, m2 note is born. It is mostly the same old phone with a few new changes and a few flaws. We’ll look into all that in today’s review.

Design:

The m1 note had curved edges at the back, but people complained that it was quite difficult to get a grip. Meizu addressed that problem in m2 note and has made the back with better curves which are easier to grip. Another odd thing that I found was that the power button and the volume rocker are now placed on the left hand side. In the M1 note the power button was placed at the top and it was really difficult to reach it. I, being left handed, liked the new positioning, but the others might take some time in getting used to this. Looks wise, the m2 note is a winner. It looks like a slightly larger iPhone 5C and the variety of colors just add to it. My personal favorite is blue but most of the people like the grey variant. The whole body is made from polycarbonate and the phone weighs a mere 149 grams. At the front we have the notification LED and the secondary camera at the top. Below that we have the display and a hardware button. There is more to it than meets the eye is what I can tell about the hardware button.

m2 note
m2 note

Display:

The 5.5inch display on the m2 note is just phenomenal. The display is manufactured by SHARP and it has great color reproduction and viewing angles. For this price point, getting a Full HD display is a bargain and Meizu has managed to put in a FHD screen in the m2 note. You can manually tweak the display and get it to your preferences with the settings available.

Hardware:

The hardware on the m2 note is top notch. It is a step below the m1 note, but it performs really well in day to day activities. No visible lag is seen and you will never be craving for more. Under the polycarbonate body, we have the MediaTek MT6753 chipset. It has a 1.3 GHz octa core processor couple with the Mali T720MP3 GPU. For memory, we have 2 GB of RAM which is the standard nowadays. Finally, for storage there are two versions available, 16 GB and 32 GB, and it can be expanded to a whopping 128 GB via microSD, which will take away one of your sim slots.

The hardware button on the m2 note, dubbed the mBack button, has a lot of uses. They’ve come up with a complete new concept of a home button. It has got haptic feedback like the capacitive buttons. You can tap on it to wake the screen and you can swipe left or right to go back. This is just an awesome addition to the phone that makes the m2 note stand out.

m1 note and m2 note
m1 note and m2 note

Camera:

The 13 megapixel rear camera from Samsung does its job quite well. Shots have good color reproduction, and overall the quality is good. The dual tone flash helps in low light conditions to get a natural look to the photo. 1080p recording is supported at 30 fps but image stabilization and focusing is an issue here. Continuous focus is not available, but it can be done by touching the object to focus during the video. The 5 megapixel front camera is great for taking selfies and for video calling as well.

Battery and OS:

The Flyme OS is minimalistic but it does its job pretty well. It is based on the latest version of Lollipop and the overall feel of the OS is great. There are some Chinese apps that come pre-installed with the phone, but all those can be uninstalled. The international version of the phone comes with Google Play Store, so you’ve got yourself covered.

m2 note has a 3100 mAh battery which is sure to last one whole day with heavy usage. If you check out the reviews on YouTube, you can see that the phone does extremely well in terms of battery life.

Verdict:

Overall, I think this phone is a winner in terms of everything. At a price point of Rs.9999 it is a steal. There are also other competitors in this range like the K3 Note, Yu Yureka Plus and a few others, but this phone is the best when it comes to the complete package. It is an Amazon Exclusive and you can get yourself one on the sale that is scheduled on August 10th.

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