The Flyme gallery has two viewing modes - photo and gallery. The photo stacks images from into months while the gallery into folders. You can add or remove folders from the gallery and also search through it.
Viewing an image feels a lot like the iOS gallery. By default the bars around an image are white with the content controls but upon a tap they turn black and lose all controls so you can focus on the image at hand.
There's also a built-in editor that offers filters and all the basic controls for contrast, brightness and you can even add blur or vignette. You cannot use different editors from the stock gallery and would need to install a third-party gallery (like Google's Photos) to have different editors.
The music player can only find tracks located in the music folder. You can browse your collection the traditional way or you can select to have it filtered by folders.
In the first case tracks are sorted into several playlists like All songs, Recently added, Folders and you have the option to create custom playlists. When viewing All songs you can choose between three types of sorting in a tabbed layout: song name, artist and album.
The music controls are at the bottom of the screen. Choosing an artist will show you all the albums and corresponding songs.
You can access the equalizer from the advanced menu. It features several presets, which you can edit manually - but you need to insert the headphones first.
Meizu has Dirac HD Sound in the player too. It can improve the fidelity of the sound and has presets for different headphones like Apple's EarPods, some Audio Technicas and some Sennheisers.
The Meizu MX3 comes with a dedicated Video app, but it expects videos to be placed in the video folder. You can use the file browser or gallery to get videos to play from elsewhere - it offers thumbnails and everything so we ended up using it more often than the Video app itself.
There's a pop-out option that allows you to view the video as an overlay to the OS. It's quite limited compared to Samsung and LG's modes for pop up play as you don't get any resizing or opacity controls - just play controls and the option to move the video about the screen.
The video player almost everything there is. It only had issues with the audio mpeg-1 layer II and flac audio codec. Otherwise it handled every other codec up to 4K resolution, including the HEVC (H.265) codec.
The Meizu MX4 turned out an excellent performer when it comes to audio playback. It can easily carry the duty of your personal music player, making sure that all tracks will sound the way they were meant to.
The smartphone posted excellent scores all over the field when connected to an active external amplifier. It had no weak points to its performance and a decent if not quite class leading volume levels to score our approval here.
Plugging in a pair of headphones leads to a moderate spike in stereo crosstalk, but the rest of the readings remain great. Loudness stays the same, so we can't call the MX4 quite the best overall, but it's certainly going to do a great job regardless of your requirements.
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Samsung Galaxy S5||+0.02, -0.08||-96.3||93.3||0.0017||0.0089||-95.2|
|Samsung Galaxy S5 (headphones)||+0.01, -0.08||-96.3||93.3||0.0095||0.018||-61.9|
|HTC One (M8)||+0.04, -0.10||-95.4||93.4||0.0012||0.010||-93.2|
|HTC One (M8) (headphones attached)||+0.04, -0.08||-94.9||93.9||0.0014||0.018||-79.7|
|Oppo Find 7a||+0.03, -0.16||-92.7||92.6||0.0057||0.072||-92.0|
|Oppo Find 7a (headphones)||+0.05, -0.07||-91.5||92.7||0.0042||0.054||-15.7|
Meizu MX4 frequency response
You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.