Summary: There is a lot to like about the Meizu MX. It symbolizes a nearly-perfect convergence of all the good stuff – but it needs more polishing and modernizing. The software is functional and fluid, but there are some bugs to come with it. Also, the device itself is a multimedia powerhouse – only held back by the small display.
The Meizu MX: Is It a Knock-Off or a Stroke of Ingenuity?
30 September 2012
Summary: Overall opinion: Keep “knock off” out of mind, and holding comment on battery life, this is not a bad smartphone to own. Good resolution provides really decent imaging, if you don’t slant the angle too badly. Not bad for an iPhone-Samsung mixed approach.
Summary: The Meizu MX quad-core is an interesting phone from a design perspective, and we can see why it created so much noise when it was announced and available. Of course, the world has a bit changed since, but this handset clearly puts Meizu on the radar of a huge audience in Asia, and of enthusiasts in the West.
Summary: At the close of this lengthy review, we're left with a somewhat bizarre dilemma on our hands. It's hard to say no to a quad-core Exynos device that offers a plethora of clever features experienced by Android fans on this side of the Pacific Ocean -- especially at such a tempting price. But packaged in with the good are a handful of tradeoffs that you'll need to accept before whipping out your wallet.
Pros: Includes pentaband radio, Reasonably priced, Great audio and video playback
Cons: Disappointing battery life, No memory expansion, Quad-core performance hampered by bugs
Conclusion: The Meizu MX 4-core is quite a bit of a shocker. Just like the original Meizu MX, this Chinese smartphone has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and interested. There we go, that's one. If anyone expected anything of that caliber to come out of China, their money was most likely on Huawei. The Meizu MX 4-core looks and feels exactly the same as its dual-core predecessor, which is to say, not particularly exciting.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and penta-band 3G support, 21.6 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4.0" 16M-color ASV capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 960 pixel resolution; Gorilla glass, Heavily skinned Android OS v4.0 ("Flyme OS"), 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos 4212 Quad chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8 MP wide-angle autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection; Wide Dynamic Mode, Up to 1080p video recording @ 30fps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g and n support; Wi-Fi hot...
Cons: Tries too hard to beat the iPhone at its own game, Sub-par viewing angles and sunlight legibility, Looks exactly like its predecessor, No dedicated camera key (but cool Gesture captuire option and volume rocker alternative), Non-expandable internal storage, Battery not user replaceable, No FM radio
Conclusion: The Meizu MX is a pretty good Android smartphone. Seriously! It comes with a well-made custom interface, a decent 4-inch display, and the hardware inside it classifies as future-proof. Perhaps the overly plasticky feel is the only thing that truly bothers us, so consider that if build quality and premium design are of importance to you.
Meizu MX 4-Core Review: It's Like Sticking A V10 In A Ford Pinto
30 June 2012
Summary: The MX 4-Core really is like a Ford Pinto with a V10 engine. The almost laughable combination of a cutting-edge quad-core Exynos processor with the MX's unassuming plastic form factor and dumbed-down software experience makes for quite the odd couple. On the one hand, it definitely is fast (most of the time).
Summary: If you think you have no use for a Chinese iPhone clone running Android, the Meizu MX could drastically change your worldview. Despite a few quirks, the MX is a slick Android- and iOS- inspired hybrid that also flaunts a few tricks of its own.
Cons: The Meizu MX's camera isn't quite up to the superphone camera caliber of the iPhone 4 or Android, and its China-only availability puts it out of reach for most smartphone shoppers.
Conclusion: This device appears more than ready to take on the top-tier market in China, but certainly isn't something you'll want to pay several hundred dollars to import here to the United States. It works with micro SIM cards from T-Mobile and AT&T, but the coverage limitations and the specs which are essentially equal to phones such as the Galaxy S II make this a device you'll be better to pick up if you actually live in China.