Date:17 January 2017
I recently had the displeasure of losing my phone so you can imagine my joy when I got to test the Meizu M3 Note.
The first thing that stood out for me with the Meizu is the design – it’s a beautiful phone. Coming in three colours, it not only makes a great accessory but it feels good too. Its aluminum alloy design coupled with an anodic oxidation process makes it feel incredible to the touch.
But I’m not one to judge a book solely by it cover. I have some pretty specific questions before I decide a phone is ‘good’.
Can I document my life with it?
Well, the M3 Note delightfully has a 13-megapixel rear camera (anything less is ridiculous) and a 5-megapixel front camera. Given the phone’s relatively affordable price this is acceptable. The 5.5-inch display does however make taking selfies and watching videos all that much more convenient.
The camera takes some getting used to but once you’ve found the perfect settings for you, the snaps are of amazing quality. Also, the M3 Note comes with a choice of filters and editing options that rival any iPhone.
Does it need to be on the charger 24/7?
The M3 Note prides itself on its battery life. Officially “while multitasking, the M3 note can last an outstanding 12 hours, while under normal use it can last for two days.”
I have my phone in my hand almost every second of the day, with music always playing the background so I knew from the get go I would never make two days.
That said, the battery is still pretty impressive. It lasts for a good 10 hours but unfortunately does take quite a while to get a full charge.
How much space do I get?
The M3 Note comes with a fat 16/32gb internal storage. This means movies, music, countless apps, documents and games. Having to delete an app to save another is a huge pet peeve of mine but I would rarely have to worry about that with the M3.
Am I getting a dual sim?
I would never consider purchasing a phone without a dual sim.
I use about 400mb of data a day depending on how entertaining social media is, so I need two sim cards at all times – one for internet use and one for making the odd phonecall.
Unfortunately if you want to use two sim cards at the same time on the M3 Note, you have to sacrifice your memory card but given the amount of space the phone comes with that might not be the worst idea.
Overall the Meizu M3 Note is a great phone for the multi-tasking, social media loving millennial and the fact that it retails for R3299 is an affordable cherry on top.