Experience using Meizu MX

It's amazing how a rather small Meizu company has become popular with us in Russia, and not only. It is difficult to say which of the factors has become key - an interesting shell, good value for money or something else, but the fact remains that Meizu smartphones are popular with an informed audience. To be honest, I took the MX for a test, having heard a lot of good reviews about the shell used and the smartphone itself. Whether Meizu MX lived up to my expectations or not, read below.

Content:

Appearance, materials used, durability

The most popular meizu holiwar can be boiled down to one question: "Does it look like an iPhone or not?" Of course, the MX has similar details in appearance to the iPhone 4/4s: it is a screen with the same resolution, and a button at the bottom, and rounded shapes. Unknowing people even asked me a couple of times if I was holding an iPhone in my hands (in order to avoid disputes in the comments, I will note that those who asked me about this are very far from mobile topics). However, it cannot be said that this is a “Chinese clone” of the iPhone, there is continuity, but no more.

The model uses interesting materials, Artyom talked about them in detail in the review, let me quote a piece from it: “The battery cover is made of glossy white plastic, the top layer about a millimeter thick is transparent plastic, and under it is a layer of white plastic . The surface of the lid is smooth, traces and streaks, of course, remain here, but it is almost impossible to notice them on white. The use of such a “double” plastic has a great effect on the durability of the smartphone; after a month and a half of use, the cover has not lost its “presentation” at all.

Separately, I would like to note the mechanism for opening the back cover. I broke all my nails the first time I tried to take it off. The fact is that I tried to remove it in the same way as I remove the covers from Samsung smartphones, that is, I pry it with my fingernail and lift it, but this method did not work in MX. Here you need to pry off the bottom cover with something thin (for example, some kind of discount card) and then, without removing the card from the slot, slide it along the entire rim of the smartphone. The method is not intuitive, but such a mount allows you to avoid any backlash of the cover. By the way, about assembly. The smartphone is perfectly assembled, better than many models. Despite the fact that the cover is made of plastic, it does not creak, as in some Samsung smartphones.

Controls

Quite briefly about the buttons in the smartphone. The volume rocker is located on the left, and the power button is on top, both of them are slightly recessed into the case, and it is difficult to find them blindly, the buttons have a short travel, pressing is hard to feel.

There is a physical home button below the screen, a touch-sensitive back button to the right of it, and a touch-sensitive menu button to the left. Depending on the position of the screen, the button icons rotate. Also, in the off state, they play the role of a light indicator: if you have received a letter, both buttons will blink. There are no complaints about the Home button, it has a good click and move.

Screen

A few words about the characteristics of the screen. It uses a touchscreen display with a diagonal of 4 "and a resolution of 960x640 pixels. It is made using ASV TFT technology, the screen manufacturer is Sharp. Supports "multi-touch" up to ten simultaneous touches.

First about the good. The MX has a very high-quality screen, it has natural colors, good brightness and high-definition pictures. It is especially pleasant to read books from a smartphone.

And now about the bad. I don't understand why it was necessary to use such a non-standard resolution? What a stupid copy from iPhone? Just do not need to say that the same resolution is just a coincidence. In my opinion, this element was clearly copied, and completely thoughtlessly. Due to this permission, some programs are displayed incorrectly, others are not installed at all. It also reduces the convenience of watching videos, because all modern video files have an aspect ratio of 16:9.

I didn't have an iPhone 4/4s handy, but I did have the latest iPod Touch, so below are some comparison screenshots of it. As the owner of this iPod noted, the MX has more pleasing and natural colors. In my opinion, the picture quality of both screens was similar, and I did not see any special differences (except in size).

If the screen had a normal resolution (for example, 960x540, like Sensation), I would give it a solid "five", otherwise it can be called good, but not very practical.

Performance

Here I will quote a piece from Artem's review to remind you of the characteristics of the device:

The device is based on the Samsung S5PC210 Exynos 4210 (Cortex-A9) platform with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. This is one of the most productive solutions to date, suffice it to say that the flagship Samsung Galaxy S II, as well as the Samsung Note smartphone-tablet presented in the summer, and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 tablet, work on this platform. The Meizu MX smartphone has 1 GB of RAM, of which approximately 825 MB is allocated to the system, of which about 500 MB is free and available to the user to run applications.

Relatively recently, the Meizu MX Quad-core was actually released, but I had a model with a dual-core processor on the test. Here it is appropriate to say that the device works really fast. Tables scroll without slowdowns and twitches, pages in a standard browser load quickly.

The disadvantages of the device include heating, sometimes the MX started to warm up for no apparent reason, and when watching a video, the temperature of the device was slightly higher than comfortable.

Video and Music

Let me remind you that MX has an impressive list of supported codecs and video formats. I tested a lot of videos, all videos up to and including 1080p play well. In the new firmware based on Android 4.0, the smartphone began to “see” the subtitles embedded in the video file. The only drawback is the lack of support for external subs, but this problem is solved by installing MX Player. Of course, with such a chic list of supported formats, I would like to see a larger diagonal screen.

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As far as I know, many praise Meizu for amazing sound quality. To be honest, when listening to music in lossless using a proprietary headset, I did not notice any striking difference in comparison with other smartphones. By the way, this headset supports double and triple taps in the standard player.

Work offline

Unfortunately, Meizu MX cannot boast of impressive battery life, my smartphone stably sat down in the evening. My example usage scenario is an hour of watching a video at maximum brightness, an hour of reading and an hour of using the Internet (twitter, mail, browser), in addition to this, I listen to music for about two hours during the day. In this mode, the device is completely discharged. Actually, in this mode, only the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note "survived" until the evening.

By the way, this uses a non-removable battery, a strange decision, given that the smartphone cover itself is removable.

Proprietary shell and operating system

Initially, the device came with Android 2.3 pre-installed, but relatively recently it received an update to 4.0. Among the beta versions of the firmware were both using a proprietary shell and on pure Android 4.0, I was surprised by this approach, it's no secret that many geeks dream of manufacturers releasing two versions of the firmware, with and without a proprietary interface, so it's amazing what exactly a small company like Meizu has taken this approach. True, I have no information about whether the firmware on "pure" Android will be official, or will remain in beta status.

Meizu MX uses the proprietary Flyme OS shell, which significantly changes the Android interface. To get started, I suggest you read her reviews at the links below

And now about the important features of the shell.

The dialer does not have a T9, meaning there are no letters at all. The address book can't even sort contacts by last name. Both of these are unambiguous disadvantages of Flyme OS.

You can assign a photo to a call to contacts, which will not deteriorate even after synchronization, however, if you did not assign a photo, then only a small icon of the synchronized contact picture will be displayed during the call. This is done so that you do not see the terrible pixelation of a low-quality photo from Gmail. I approve of this solution, although since Jelly Bean this problem disappears by itself.

The browser works great, there is a convenient navigation through all open tabs.

The status bar is twice as wide as usual, but it displays the clock perfectly and does not need to waste space on a separate widget for them. When you expand it, you see the switches for wireless interfaces.

Desktops scroll quickly, but I didn't like the idea of ​​putting all the shortcuts on the table at all. And adding widgets through the settings is just a nightmare.

Despite the fact that most smartphones on 4.0 use a connection to a PC using the MTP, the MX preferred the mass storage mode, and this is a huge plus. In addition, you do not need to confirm the connection every time, it is done automatically.

I have mixed feelings about the shell: on the one hand, I liked the complete change in interface, great https://cars45 .co.ke/listing/subaru/xv/2017 elaboration of audio and video players, an interesting solution with a status bar and fast desktops. On the other hand, the lack of settings and Russian letters in the dialer is very frustrating, as well as the inconvenient system for adding widgets. Of course, they can be replaced, but then why put your own launcher and dialer in the first place?

Camera

I won't tell you about the camera in detail, as I honestly have nothing to add to Artem's words from the MX review.

Conclusion

When I first got the Meizu MX for a test, I didn’t like the model at all: almost all twitter clients didn’t work, it was impossible to configure programs in the bottom panel, to open the latest applications, you had to hold down the “menu” and not the central button , in general, there were many small flaws. But after updating to Android 4.0, the phone changed a lot, it became pleasant to use it, and all incompatible applications began to run normally. The Meizu MX smartphone can undoubtedly be called stand out from the competition: it has an unusual appearance, high-quality materials and its own Flyme OS shell.

However, this whole picture is spoiled by non-standard resolution and the lack of a slot for memory cards. If the updated MX had a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and support for microSD, then it would be much more in demand, in my opinion.

The cost of the PCT Meizu MX is 18 thousand, and the gray one is about 14-15 thousand. The main competitors are the Galaxy SII, HTC One S and Huawei Ascend P1, the choice should largely be based on your preferences for the shell and type of screens (because in One S the pentile is visible to the naked eye).

Experience using Meizu MX

It's amazing how a rather small Meizu company has become popular with us in Russia, and not only. It is difficult to say which of the factors has become key - an interesting shell, good value for money or something else, but the fact remains that Meizu smartphones are popular with an informed audience. To be honest, I took the MX for a test, having heard a lot of good reviews about the shell used and the smartphone itself. Whether Meizu MX lived up to my expectations or not, read below.

Content:

Appearance, materials used, durability

The most popular meizu holiwar can be boiled down to one question: "Does it look like an iPhone or not?" Of course, the MX has similar details in appearance to the iPhone 4/4s: it is a screen with the same resolution, and a button at the bottom, and rounded shapes. Unknowing people even asked me a couple of times if I was holding an iPhone in my hands (in order to avoid disputes in the comments, I will note that those who asked me about this are very far from mobile topics). However, it cannot be said that this is a “Chinese clone” of the iPhone, there is continuity, but no more.

The model uses interesting materials, Artyom talked about them in detail in the review, let me quote a piece from it: “The battery cover is made of glossy white plastic, the top layer about a millimeter thick is transparent plastic, and under it is a layer of white plastic . The surface of the lid is smooth, traces and streaks, of course, remain here, but it is almost impossible to notice them on white. The use of such a “double” plastic has a great effect on the durability of the smartphone; after a month and a half of use, the cover has not lost its “presentation” at all.

Separately, I would like to note the mechanism for opening the back cover. I broke all my nails the first time I tried to take it off. The fact is that I tried to remove it in the same way as I remove the covers from Samsung smartphones, that is, I pry it with my fingernail and lift it, but this method did not work in MX. Here you need to pry off the bottom cover with something thin (for example, some kind of discount card) and then, without removing the card from the slot, slide it along the entire rim of the smartphone. The method is not intuitive, but such a mount allows you to avoid any backlash of the cover. By the way, about assembly. The smartphone is perfectly assembled, better than many models. Despite the fact that the cover is made of plastic, it does not creak, as in some Samsung smartphones.

Controls

Quite briefly about the buttons in the smartphone. The volume rocker is located on the left, and the power button is on top, both of them are slightly recessed into the case, and it is difficult to find them blindly, the buttons have a short travel, pressing is hard to feel.

There is a physical home button below the screen, a touch-sensitive back button to the right of it, and a touch-sensitive menu button to the left. Depending on the position of the screen, the button icons rotate. Also, in the off state, they play the role of a light indicator: if you have received a letter, both buttons will blink. There are no complaints about the Home button, it has a good click and move.

Screen

A few words about the characteristics of the screen. It uses a touchscreen display with a diagonal of 4 "and a resolution of 960x640 pixels. It is made using ASV TFT technology, the screen manufacturer is Sharp. Supports "multi-touch" up to ten simultaneous touches.

First about the good. The MX has a very high-quality screen, it has natural colors, good brightness and high-definition pictures. It is especially pleasant to read books from a smartphone.

And now about the bad. I don't understand why it was necessary to use such a non-standard resolution? What a stupid copy from iPhone? Just do not need to say that the same resolution is just a coincidence. In my opinion, this element was clearly copied, and completely thoughtlessly. Due to this permission, some programs are displayed incorrectly, others are not installed at all. It also reduces the convenience of watching videos, because all modern video files have an aspect ratio of 16:9.

I didn't have an iPhone 4/4s handy, but I did have the latest iPod Touch, so below are some comparison screenshots of it. As the owner of this iPod noted, the MX has more pleasing and natural colors. In my opinion, the picture quality of both screens was similar, and I did not see any special differences (except in size).

If the screen had a normal resolution (for example, 960x540, like Sensation), I would give it a solid "five", otherwise it can be called good, but not very practical.

Performance

Here I will quote a piece from Artem's review to remind you of the characteristics of the device:

The device is based on the Samsung S5PC210 Exynos 4210 (Cortex-A9) platform with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. This is one of the most productive solutions to date, suffice it to say that the flagship Samsung Galaxy S II, as well as the Samsung Note smartphone-tablet presented in the summer, and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 tablet, work on this platform. The Meizu MX smartphone has 1 GB of RAM, of which approximately 825 MB is allocated to the system, of which about 500 MB is free and available to the user to run applications.

Relatively recently, the Meizu MX Quad-core was actually released, but I had a model with a dual-core processor on the test. Here it is appropriate to say that the device works really fast. Tables scroll without slowdowns and twitches, pages in a standard browser load quickly.

The disadvantages of the device include heating, sometimes the MX started to warm up for no apparent reason, and when watching a video, the temperature of the device was slightly higher than comfortable.

Video and Music

Let me remind you that MX has an impressive list of supported codecs and video formats. I tested a lot of videos, all videos up to and including 1080p play well. In the new firmware based on Android 4.0, the smartphone began to “see” the subtitles embedded in the video file. The only drawback is the lack of support for external subs, but this problem is solved by installing MX Player. Of course, with such a chic list of supported formats, I would like to see a larger diagonal screen.

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As far as I know, many praise Meizu for amazing sound quality. To be honest, when listening to music in lossless using a proprietary headset, I did not notice any striking difference in comparison with other smartphones. By the way, this headset supports double and triple taps in the standard player.

Offline work

Unfortunately, Meizu MX cannot boast of impressive battery life, my smartphone stably sat down in the evening. My example usage scenario is an hour of watching a video at maximum brightness, an hour of reading and an hour of using the Internet (twitter, mail, browser), in addition to this, I listen to music for about two hours during the day. In this mode, the device is completely discharged. Actually, in this mode, only the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note "survived" until the evening.

By the way, this uses a non-removable battery, a strange decision, given that the smartphone cover itself is removable.

Proprietary shell and operating system

Initially, the device came with Android 2.3 pre-installed, but relatively recently it received an update to 4.0. Among the beta versions of the firmware were both using a proprietary shell and on pure Android 4.0, I was surprised by this approach, it's no secret that many geeks dream of manufacturers releasing two versions of the firmware, with and without a proprietary interface, so it's amazing what exactly a small company like Meizu has taken this approach. True, I have no information about whether the firmware on "pure" Android will be official, or will remain in beta status.

Meizu MX uses the proprietary Flyme OS shell, which significantly changes the Android interface. To get started, I suggest you read her reviews at the links below

And now about the important features of the shell.

The dialer does not have a T9, meaning there are no letters at all. The address book can't even sort contacts by last name. Both of these are unambiguous disadvantages of Flyme OS.

You can assign a photo to a call to contacts, which will not deteriorate even after synchronization, however, if you did not assign a photo, then only a small icon of the synchronized contact picture will be displayed during the call. This is done so that you do not see the terrible pixelation of a low-quality photo from Gmail. I approve of this solution, although since Jelly Bean this problem disappears by itself.

The browser works great, there is a convenient navigation through all open tabs.

The status bar is twice as wide as usual, but it displays the clock perfectly and does not need to waste space on a separate widget for them. When you expand it, you see the switches for wireless interfaces.

Desktops scroll quickly, but I didn't like the idea of ​​putting all the shortcuts on the table at all. And adding widgets through the settings is just a nightmare.

Despite the fact that most smartphones on 4.0 use a connection to a PC using the MTP, the MX preferred the mass storage mode, and this is a huge plus. In addition, you do not need to confirm the connection every time, it is done automatically.

I have mixed feelings about the shell: on the one hand, I liked the complete change in interface, great https://cars45 .co.ke/listing/subaru/xv/2017 elaboration of audio and video players, an interesting solution with a status bar and fast desktops. On the other hand, the lack of settings and Russian letters in the dialer is very frustrating, as well as the inconvenient system for adding widgets. Of course, they can be replaced, but then why put your own launcher and dialer in the first place?

Camera

I won't tell you about the camera in detail, as I honestly have nothing to add to Artem's words from the MX review.

Conclusion

When I first got the Meizu MX for a test, I didn’t like the model at all: almost all twitter clients didn’t work, it was impossible to configure programs in the bottom panel, to open the latest applications, you had to hold down the “menu” and not the central button , in general, there were many small flaws. But after updating to Android 4.0, the phone changed a lot, it became pleasant to use it, and all incompatible applications began to run normally. The Meizu MX smartphone can undoubtedly be called stand out from the competition: it has an unusual appearance, high-quality materials and its own Flyme OS shell.

However, this whole picture is spoiled by non-standard resolution and the lack of a slot for memory cards. If the updated MX had a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and support for microSD, then it would be much more in demand, in my opinion.

The cost of the PCT Meizu MX is 18 thousand, and the gray one is about 14-15 thousand. The main competitors are the Galaxy SII, HTC One S and Huawei Ascend P1, the choice should largely be based on your preferences for the shell and type of screens (because in One S the pentile is visible to the naked eye).

Experience using Meizu MX

It's amazing how a rather small Meizu company has become popular with us in Russia, and not only. It is difficult to say which of the factors has become key - an interesting shell, good value for money or something else, but the fact remains that Meizu smartphones are popular with an informed audience. To be honest, I took the MX for a test, having heard a lot of good reviews about the shell used and the smartphone itself. Whether Meizu MX lived up to my expectations or not, read below.

Content:

Appearance, materials used, durability

The most popular meizu holiwar can be boiled down to one question: "Does it look like an iPhone or not?" Of course, the MX has similar details in appearance to the iPhone 4/4s: it is a screen with the same resolution, and a button at the bottom, and rounded shapes. Unknowing people even asked me a couple of times if I was holding an iPhone in my hands (in order to avoid disputes in the comments, I will note that those who asked me about this are very far from mobile topics). However, it cannot be said that this is a “Chinese clone” of the iPhone, there is continuity, but no more.

The model uses interesting materials, Artyom talked about them in detail in the review, let me quote a piece from it: “The battery cover is made of glossy white plastic, the top layer about a millimeter thick is transparent plastic, and under it is a layer of white plastic . The surface of the lid is smooth, traces and streaks, of course, remain here, but it is almost impossible to notice them on white. The use of such a “double” plastic has a great effect on the durability of the smartphone; after a month and a half of use, the cover has not lost its “presentation” at all.

Separately, I would like to note the mechanism for opening the back cover. I broke all my nails the first time I tried to take it off. The fact is that I tried to remove it in the same way as I remove the covers from Samsung smartphones, that is, I pry it with my fingernail and lift it, but this method did not work in MX. Here you need to pry off the bottom cover with something thin (for example, some kind of discount card) and then, without removing the card from the slot, slide it along the entire rim of the smartphone. The method is not intuitive, but such a mount allows you to avoid any backlash of the cover. By the way, about assembly. The smartphone is perfectly assembled, better than many models. Despite the fact that the cover is made of plastic, it does not creak, as in some Samsung smartphones.

Controls

Quite briefly about the buttons in the smartphone. The volume rocker is located on the left, and the power button is on top, both of them are slightly recessed into the case, and it is difficult to find them blindly, the buttons have a short travel, pressing is hard to feel.

There is a physical home button below the screen, a touch-sensitive back button to the right of it, and a touch-sensitive menu button to the left. Depending on the position of the screen, the button icons rotate. Also, in the off state, they play the role of a light indicator: if you have received a letter, both buttons will blink. There are no complaints about the Home button, it has a good click and move.

Screen

A few words about the characteristics of the screen. It uses a touchscreen display with a diagonal of 4 "and a resolution of 960x640 pixels. It is made using ASV TFT technology, the screen manufacturer is Sharp. Supports "multi-touch" up to ten simultaneous touches.

First about the good. The MX has a very high-quality screen, it has natural colors, good brightness and high-definition pictures. It is especially pleasant to read books from a smartphone.

And now about the bad. I don't understand why it was necessary to use such a non-standard resolution? What a stupid copy from iPhone? Just do not need to say that the same resolution is just a coincidence. In my opinion, this element was clearly copied, and completely thoughtlessly. Due to this permission, some programs are displayed incorrectly, others are not installed at all. It also reduces the convenience of watching videos, because all modern video files have an aspect ratio of 16:9.

I didn't have an iPhone 4/4s handy, but I did have the latest iPod Touch, so below are some comparison screenshots of it. As the owner of this iPod noted, the MX has more pleasing and natural colors. In my opinion, the picture quality of both screens was similar, and I did not see any special differences (except in size).

If the screen had a normal resolution (for example, 960x540, like Sensation), I would give it a solid "five", otherwise it can be called good, but not very practical.

Performance

Here I will quote a piece from Artem's review to remind you of the characteristics of the device:

The device is based on the Samsung S5PC210 Exynos 4210 (Cortex-A9) platform with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. This is one of the most productive solutions to date, suffice it to say that the flagship Samsung Galaxy S II, as well as the Samsung Note smartphone-tablet presented in the summer, and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 tablet, work on this platform. The Meizu MX smartphone has 1 GB of RAM, of which approximately 825 MB is allocated to the system, of which about 500 MB is free and available to the user to run applications.

Relatively recently, the Meizu MX Quad-core was actually released, but I had a model with a dual-core processor on the test. Here it is appropriate to say that the device works really fast. Tables scroll without slowdowns and twitches, pages in a standard browser load quickly.

The disadvantages of the device include heating, sometimes the MX started to warm up for no apparent reason, and when watching a video, the temperature of the device was slightly higher than comfortable.

Video and Music

Let me remind you that MX has an impressive list of supported codecs and video formats. I tested a lot of videos, all videos up to and including 1080p play well. In the new firmware based on Android 4.0, the smartphone began to “see” the subtitles embedded in the video file. The only drawback is the lack of support for external subs, but this problem is solved by installing MX Player. Of course, with such a chic list of supported formats, I would like to see a larger diagonal screen.

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As far as I know, many praise Meizu for amazing sound quality. To be honest, when listening to music in lossless using a proprietary headset, I did not notice any striking difference in comparison with other smartphones. By the way, this headset supports double and triple taps in the standard player.

Offline work

Unfortunately, Meizu MX cannot boast of impressive battery life, my smartphone stably sat down in the evening. My example usage scenario is an hour of watching a video at maximum brightness, an hour of reading and an hour of using the Internet (twitter, mail, browser), in addition to this, I listen to music for about two hours during the day. In this mode, the device is completely discharged. Actually, in this mode, only the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note "survived" until the evening.

By the way, this uses a non-removable battery, a strange decision, given that the smartphone cover itself is removable.

Proprietary shell and operating system

Initially, the device came with Android 2.3 pre-installed, but relatively recently it received an update to 4.0. Among the beta versions of the firmware were both using a proprietary shell and on pure Android 4.0, I was surprised by this approach, it's no secret that many geeks dream of manufacturers releasing two versions of the firmware, with and without a proprietary interface, so it's amazing what exactly a small company like Meizu has taken this approach. True, I have no information about whether the firmware on "pure" Android will be official, or will remain in beta status.

Meizu MX uses the proprietary Flyme OS shell, which significantly changes the Android interface. To get started, I suggest you read her reviews at the links below

And now about the important features of the shell.

The dialer does not have a T9, meaning there are no letters at all. The address book can't even sort contacts by last name. Both are unambiguous disadvantages of Flyme OS.

You can assign a photo to a call to contacts, which will not deteriorate even after synchronization, however, if you did not assign a photo, then only a small icon of the synchronized contact picture will be displayed during the call. This is done so that you do not see the terrible pixelation of a low-quality photo from Gmail. I approve of this solution, although since Jelly Bean this problem disappears by itself.

The browser works great, there is a convenient navigation through all open tabs.

The status bar is twice as wide as usual, but it displays the clock perfectly and does not need to waste space on a separate widget for them. When you expand it, you see the switches for wireless interfaces.

Desktops scroll quickly, but I didn't like the idea of ​​putting all the shortcuts on the table at all. And adding widgets through the settings is just a nightmare.

Despite the fact that most smartphones on 4.0 use a connection to a PC using the MTP, the MX preferred the mass storage mode, and this is a huge plus. In addition, you do not need to confirm the connection every time, it is done automatically.

I have mixed feelings about the shell: on the one hand, I liked the complete change in interface, great https://cars45 .co.ke/listing/subaru/xv/2017 elaboration of audio and video players, an interesting solution with a status bar and fast desktops. On the other hand, the lack of settings and Russian letters in the dialer is very frustrating, as well as the inconvenient system for adding widgets. Of course, they can be replaced, but then why put your own launcher and dialer in the first place?

Camera

I won't tell you about the camera in detail, as I honestly have nothing to add to Artem's words from the MX review.

Conclusion

When I first got the Meizu MX for a test, I didn’t like the model at all: almost all twitter clients didn’t work, it was impossible to configure programs in the bottom panel, to open the latest applications, you had to hold down the “menu” and not the central button , in general, there were many small flaws. But after updating to Android 4.0, the phone changed a lot, it became pleasant to use it, and all incompatible applications began to run normally. The Meizu MX smartphone can undoubtedly be called stand out from the competition: it has an unusual appearance, high-quality materials and its own Flyme OS shell.

However, this whole picture is spoiled by non-standard resolution and the lack of a slot for memory cards. If the updated MX had a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and support for microSD, then it would be much more in demand, in my opinion.

The cost of the PCT Meizu MX is 18 thousand, and the gray one is about 14-15 thousand. The main competitors are the Galaxy SII, HTC One S and Huawei Ascend P1, the choice should largely be based on your preferences for the shell and type of screens (because in One S the pentile is visible to the naked eye).

Experience with Meizu MX

It's amazing how a rather small Meizu company has become popular with us in Russia, and not only. It is difficult to say which of the factors has become key - an interesting shell, good value for money or something else, but the fact remains that Meizu smartphones are popular with an informed audience. To be honest, I took the MX for a test, having heard a lot of good reviews about the shell used and the smartphone itself. Whether Meizu MX lived up to my expectations or not, read below.

Content:

Appearance, materials used, durability

The most popular meizu holiwar can be boiled down to one question: "Does it look like an iPhone or not?" Of course, the MX has similar details in appearance to the iPhone 4/4s: it is a screen with the same resolution, and a button on the bottom, and rounded shapes. Unknowing people even asked me a couple of times if I was holding an iPhone in my hands (in order to avoid disputes in the comments, I will note that those who asked me about this are very far from mobile topics). However, it cannot be said that this is a “Chinese clone” of the iPhone, there is continuity, but no more.

The model uses interesting materials, Artyom talked about them in detail in the review, let me quote a piece from it: “The battery cover is made of glossy white plastic, the top layer about a millimeter thick is transparent plastic, and under it is a layer of white plastic . The surface of the lid is smooth, traces and streaks, of course, remain here, but it is almost impossible to notice them on white. The use of such a “double” plastic has a great effect on the durability of the smartphone; after a month and a half of use, the cover has not lost its “presentation” at all.

Separately, I would like to note the mechanism for opening the back cover. I broke all my nails the first time I tried to take it off. The fact is that I tried to remove it in the same way as I remove the covers from Samsung smartphones, that is, I pry it with my fingernail and lift it, but this method did not work in MX. Here you need to pry off the bottom cover with something thin (for example, some kind of discount card) and then, without removing the card from the slot, slide it along the entire rim of the smartphone. The method is not intuitive, but such a mount allows you to avoid any backlash of the cover. By the way, about assembly. The smartphone is perfectly assembled, better than many models. Despite the fact that the cover is made of plastic, it does not creak, as in some Samsung smartphones.

Controls

Quite briefly about the buttons in the smartphone. The volume rocker is located on the left, and the power button is on top, both of them are slightly recessed into the case, and it is difficult to find them blindly, the buttons have a short travel, pressing is hard to feel.

There is a physical home button below the screen, a touch-sensitive back button to the right of it, and a touch-sensitive menu button to the left. Depending on the position of the screen, the button icons rotate. Also, in the off state, they play the role of a light indicator: if you have received a letter, both buttons will blink. There are no complaints about the Home button, it has a good click and move.

Screen

A few words about the characteristics of the screen. It uses a touchscreen display with a diagonal of 4 "and a resolution of 960x640 pixels. It is made using ASV TFT technology, the screen manufacturer is Sharp. Supports "multi-touch" up to ten simultaneous touches.

First about the good. The MX has a very high-quality screen, it has natural colors, good brightness and high-definition pictures. It is especially pleasant to read books from a smartphone.

And now about the bad. I don't understand why it was necessary to use such a non-standard resolution? What a stupid copy from iPhone? Just do not need to say that the same resolution is just a coincidence. In my opinion, this element was clearly copied, and completely thoughtlessly. Due to this permission, some programs are displayed incorrectly, others are not installed at all. It also reduces the convenience of watching videos, because all modern video files have an aspect ratio of 16:9.

I didn't have an iPhone 4/4s handy, but I did have the latest iPod Touch, so below are some comparison screenshots of it. As the owner of this iPod noted, the MX has more pleasing and natural colors. In my opinion, the picture quality of both screens was similar, and I did not see any special differences (except in size).

If the screen had a normal resolution (for example, 960x540, like Sensation), I would give it a solid "five", otherwise it can be called good, but not very practical.

Performance

Here I will quote a piece from Artem's review to remind you of the characteristics of the device:

The device is based on the Samsung S5PC210 Exynos 4210 (Cortex-A9) platform with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. This is one of the most productive solutions to date, suffice it to say that the flagship Samsung Galaxy S II, as well as the Samsung Note smartphone-tablet presented in the summer, and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 tablet, work on this platform. The Meizu MX smartphone has 1 GB of RAM, of which approximately 825 MB is allocated to the system, of which about 500 MB is free and available to the user to run applications.

Relatively recently, the Meizu MX Quad-core was actually released, but I had a model with a dual-core processor on the test. Here it is appropriate to say that the device works really fast. Tables scroll without slowdowns and twitches, pages in a standard browser load quickly.

The disadvantages of the device include heating, sometimes the MX started to warm up for no apparent reason, and when watching a video, the temperature of the device was slightly higher than comfortable.

Video and Music

Let me remind you that MX has an impressive list of supported codecs and video formats. I tested a lot of videos, all videos up to and including 1080p play well. In the new firmware based on Android 4.0, the smartphone began to “see” the subtitles embedded in the video file. The only drawback is the lack of support for external subs, but this problem is solved by installing MX Player. Of course, with such a chic list of supported formats, I would like to see a larger diagonal screen.

As far as I know, many praise Meizu for amazing sound quality. To be honest, when listening to music in lossless using a proprietary headset, I did not notice any striking difference in comparison with other smartphones. By the way, this headset supports double and triple taps in the standard player.

Work offline

Unfortunately, Meizu MX cannot boast of impressive battery life, my smartphone stably sat down in the evening. My example usage scenario is an hour of watching a video at maximum brightness, an hour of reading and an hour of using the Internet (twitter, mail, browser), in addition to this, I listen to music for about two hours during the day. In this mode, the device is completely discharged. Actually, in this mode, only the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note "survived" until the evening.

By the way, this uses a non-removable battery, a strange decision, given that the smartphone cover itself is removable.

Proprietary shell and operating system

Initially, the device came with Android 2.3 pre-installed, but relatively recently it received an update to 4.0. Among the beta versions of the firmware were both using a proprietary shell and on pure Android 4.0, I was surprised by this approach, it's no secret that many geeks dream of manufacturers releasing two versions of the firmware, with and without a proprietary interface, so it's amazing what exactly a small company like Meizu has taken this approach. True, I have no information about whether the firmware on "pure" Android will be official, or will remain in beta status.

Meizu MX uses the proprietary Flyme OS shell, which significantly changes the Android interface. To get started, I suggest you read her reviews at the links below

And now about the important features of the shell.

The dialer does not have a T9, meaning there are no letters at all. The address book can't even sort contacts by last name. Both of these are unambiguous disadvantages of Flyme OS.

You can assign a photo to a call to contacts, which will not deteriorate even after synchronization, however, if you did not assign a photo, then only a small icon of the synchronized contact picture will be displayed during the call. This is done so that you do not see the terrible pixelation of a low-quality photo from Gmail. I approve of this solution, although since Jelly Bean this problem disappears by itself.

The browser works great, there is a convenient navigation through all open tabs.

The status bar is twice as wide as usual, but it displays the clock perfectly and does not need to waste space on a separate widget for them. When you expand it, you see the switches for wireless interfaces.

Desktops scroll quickly, but I didn't like the idea of ​​putting all the shortcuts on the table at all. And adding widgets through the settings is just a nightmare.

Despite the fact that most smartphones on 4.0 use a connection to a PC using the MTP, the MX preferred the mass storage mode, and this is a huge plus. In addition, you do not need to confirm the connection every time, it is done automatically.

I have conflicting impressions of the shell: on the one hand, I liked the complete change in the interface, the excellent https://cars45.co.ke/listing/subaru/xv/2017 development of audio and video players, an interesting solution with a status bar and fast work desktops. On the other hand, the lack of settings and Russian letters in the dialer is very frustrating, as well as the inconvenient system for adding widgets. Of course, they can be replaced, but then why put your own launcher and dialer in the first place?

I have controversial impressions of the shell: on the one hand, I liked the complete change in the interface, excellent https://cars45.co.ke/listing/subaru/xv/2017 https://cars45.co.ke/listing/subaru/xv/2017 elaboration of audio and video players, an interesting solution with a status bar and fast work of desktops. On the other hand, the lack of settings and Russian letters in the dialer is very frustrating, as well as the inconvenient system for adding widgets. Of course, they can be replaced, but then why put your own launcher and dialer in the first place?

Camera

I won't tell you about the camera in detail, as I honestly have nothing to add to Artem's words from the MX review.

Conclusion

When I first got the Meizu MX for a test, I didn’t like the model at all: almost all twitter clients didn’t work, it was impossible to configure programs in the bottom panel, to open the latest applications, you had to hold down the “menu” and not the central button , in general, there were many small flaws. But after updating to Android 4.0, the phone changed a lot, it became pleasant to use it, and all incompatible applications began to run normally. The Meizu MX smartphone can undoubtedly be called stand out from the competition: it has an unusual appearance, high-quality materials and its own Flyme OS shell.

However, this whole picture is spoiled by non-standard resolution and the lack of a slot for memory cards. If the updated MX had a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and support for microSD, then it would be much more in demand, in my opinion.

The cost of the PCT Meizu MX is 18 thousand, and the gray one is about 14-15 thousand. The main competitors are the Galaxy SII, HTC One S and Huawei Ascend P1, the choice should largely be based on your preferences for the shell and type of screens (because in One S the pentile is visible to the naked eye).