After having used this phone for quite some time now, I have the following comments:
1. Battery life (I didn't get the 95 hours endurance rating like in the gsmarena test, but anyway it's better than many phones out there now)
2. Lovely design and build quality
3. Flyme OS 5 (after the upgrade) is a joy to use, it's my favourite OS on top of Android
4. Top notch performance (with Flyme 5 is virtually "flying")
1. Display quality disappointing (screen turns bluish when tilted and sometimes all colours of the rainbow)
2. Camera overexposes all pictures even in normal light conditions, pictures are "burnt" in the sunlit areas - this is a huge disappointment, low light is miserable - producing a lot of noise and unreal, cartoony artifacts, selfie cam is very poor as well
I would not include as a con some of Flyme bugs and omissions which the development team might be working on it.
So my advice is that if you can overcome the cons, you might be very pleased with this phone, I just couldn't and sold it already.
I just don't know why gsmarena team portrait it as the best phone on the planet.
On the other hand, there's not too much alternative out there.
vindictive666, 19 Jan 2016You can buy where I bought it from: www.meizumart.it, but I don't know about custom duties out... morehi vindictive666,
Thanks a lot for your suggestion, I am looking it right now:)
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2016This or Motorola Moto X Style?Meizu has better specs but is more pricey.
The question is, do you really need so much power of a cpu in your cellphone or not?
If you play games choose the Meizu.
If not, choose MOTO X STYLES.
Ap, 19 Jan 2016Hi Fazid/All, may I know where to buy this phone from good and trusted online store? I am ... moreYou can buy where I bought it from: www.meizumart.it, but I don't know about custom duties outside EU. Apart from that you will get free shipping.
Fazid, 10 Jan 2016hey, im from malaysia, bought the phone through an online distributor. Regarding your isse wit... moreHi Fazid/All,
may I know where to buy this phone from good and trusted online store?
I am also from Malaysia. it's very difficult to find the trusted store.
anybody can suggest, please?
You're absolutely wrong about the camera of this handset . Meizu uses the PRO 5 Sony IMX 230 sensor in its most updated version with picture quality and stunning video ! See story on the comparison of the cameras between 5 Galaxy Note vs LG V10 vs Nexus 6P vs Meizu Pro 5, this site . Meizu put the very best in this handset such as build quality, screen, processor, and especially battery life , reaching 95H in gsmarena test. Before talking about a device , technically known about it.
So this phone is a samsung galaxy s6 edge plus with a different os and a diffrent display but so while in the samsung galaxy s6 edge plus its curved display and its 2160p on meizu pro 5 its 1080p and its not curved but the difference in price is huge the meizu pro 5 costs 412Â€ wile the s6 edge plus costs 799Â€ fir the same storage and ram configuration while i think that the meizu pro 5 its better because of the price if you dont mind the lack of curved display and display res and design i would recommend the meizu pro 5 (oh my god 300 Â€ difference for only the bump on display res and curved edges and design ). :(
boller, 10 Jan 2016Thanks. Maybe i fixed that time freeze problem. I downloaded Amber weather from google play it... moreYou can check at the upgrade app. It will tell you what version of firmware you are running. If it's an A, then go upgrade to Flyme 5 already! :)
Fazid, 10 Jan 2016hey, im from malaysia, bought the phone through an online distributor. Regarding your isse wit... moreThanks. Maybe i fixed that time freeze problem. I downloaded Amber weather from google play it looks like working now. I could not locate my city i can now.
Do you know how i can determine what version of the phone i have? A or I .
All i know is i have M576 . Bought on aliexpress. I forgot to tell them put flyme 5 on it.
boller, 31 Dec 2015Ok so i have the pro 5 64gb for 2days now. First day i found out what flyme version i had and... morehey, im from malaysia, bought the phone through an online distributor. Regarding your isse with widget, you can go to the security app and allow your widget to work in background. Restart your phone and voila, works like magic :) anyway, for me the phone is superb in most area, usability, battery, power...but Flyme should improve on their native apps such as contacts, messaging etc...their native apps mostly only usable in China, however such feature if can be used outside china would be amazing such as the yellow pages in the contact app..otherwise, im quite happy with what i get :)
ssbatman21, 31 Dec 2015can any experienced user comment on its display quality and does anyone know when is it coming... moreI have this phone for almost a month now, and the screen is really good. It can get really dark, and really bright, no problems under sunlight, and also no problems in the middle of the night, even if the screen is "only" 1080p it is very sharp, I don't know when it going to India, but you can buy on eBay.
boller, 31 Dec 2015Thanks. I did what you said and i scored 92034. it worked. My flyme version: flyme os 220.127.116.11A... moreA version is Chinese, so unfortunately not. Flyme 5 still hasn't been released for 'I' firmware.
can any experienced user comment on its display quality and does anyone know when is it coming to india???
Ademli, 31 Dec 2015Don't stress to much that your on 4.54 vs 5.1.1 you are really not missing out on too much. Ev... moreThanks. I did what you said and i scored 92034. it worked. My flyme version: flyme os 18.104.22.168A . Not international version right?
boller, 31 Dec 2015please tell us when you do and how. This is why it is not clean international yet.Don't stress to much that your on 4.54 vs 5.1.1 you are really not missing out on too much. Eventually you will get the latest update. I would rather stick to the older is sometimes in certain cases even though I can assure you that you be disappointed on flyme 5.1.1
I remember updating my Motorola droid turbo from Android kitkat 4.4.4 to lollipop 5.1. It ruined my phone the battery life was draining like crazy. It was a disaster. This is also a common issue for people on the apple iOS when then updated to the newer iOS. So trust me always let others trial the is for at least a month before you update. Cheers
boller, 31 Dec 2015Ok so i have the pro 5 64gb for 2days now. First day i found out what flyme version i had and... moreHi Boller
I believe you might have a different flyme os then the one I have. When I received my version it had slot if Chinese text bullshit on it. Another words I believe it might be the flyme made for the Chinese in China and not the international version. However I do have the option to change text to certain languages. I am able to update to flyme 5.1.1 I believe some of you guys have the international version which does not give you the option to update automatically. But I am sure you will be able to root the phone and do a manual install.
As far as your 70k vs 90k. To be able to achieve the 90k. Go to settings under power management change your mode to performance. And this should definitely increase your speed to 90k on antutu.
I hope this helps. Cheers
Ademli, 23 Dec 2015Yes flyme 5 is very good in battery life. Is definitely better than flyme 4.5.4please tell us when you do and how. This is why it is not clean international yet.
Ok so i have the pro 5 64gb for 2days now. First day i found out what flyme version i had and if it was up to date. It dont have latest one ,im stucked with 4.5. System could not find any update. One of my question is where do i find out flyme version again? and search for update. I know it sounds wierd i cant find it again. I would like to have the latest version.
I also did antutu test and first i got 20k someting, i tried again then i got 70k something .For the last test this is 20k point below the one on the scorelist. So how do i get 90k points?
I did some test with ookla speedtest . To see check out my netspeed . This phone comes with cat 6= 300mbps/50mbps .
With my Htc E8 i get an average speed of 10mbps down,but with pro 5 its between 5-7 mbps down. I tried many times and it varies too much imo.
Just to tell i have free use of data from my carrier. Not on contract. Something im very pleased over. So where they have LTE i have it too,free of use.
Im trying to get used to the phone. I can say that for me the build quality is super.
The flyme os 4.5 is not something much i would speak out loud about. There are simple things im used to from htc m7 and e8. Phonebook,message app are poor on pro 5. Browser that comes with it is poor.
Weather app coming with the phone is poor too.
For me those are simple basic apps that should be improved alot. I installed a weather/clock app that i like to have on my homescreen ,something i had on my HTc phones. But what is weird here is the time dont work with the phone. When i add the widget to homescreen it shows right time but after maybe 5min its not moving forward. I did not experience this with my htc ,anyone else having this problem? solutions?
The sound is not so bad,if it had double speakers this could be better than HTC sound.
With headphones im not super impressed. HTc again is better on this. I want hear this Hi Fi sound 2.0 they selling the phone with/listed. The line in for headphones should be placed at the bottom of the phone not at the top. Think this is a big downside .I feel that is way better.
I have not tried the camera so much, took a selfie . I think my htc and even ipod 5g take better selfie pics. Color are not so bright/warm,more like cold i think.
I tried to shoot a vid. Could not see the 2160p option. Is it listed to play 2160p ,or and film in 2160p too?
I hope i get flyme version 5 ,maybe it is better,improved.
Imo the biggest issue with this phone is flyme. I wish it was clean android.Could make the phone top notch.
And clean international version,there are some chinese text here and there. -chinese apps that is totally useless for me.
I like i can tap on the screen to wakeup the phone(settings) ,the fingerprint is great. I can choose to unlock the phone with my finger or code at the same time.
calling/sound mod need to be improved alot. Sound button should also be able to put the phone on vibrate. This is something im used from HTC.
I think the screen is great. I must say i almost love it.
All in all the phone have alot of potential ..the frame/design is great. It's up there with samsung and apple. Great and solid build quality. It's is a big phone and take time to get used to it. But im feeling it more and more. Going from 5" to 5.7" is a big change. Fast charge and usb c is great. For 483usd in total and no tax, it is worth the money.
Regarding the Audio test. I would like to know if you actually used the dedicated Hifi D/A. It is weird, but Meizu chose to let it only run when some specific apps are running music. If you want to use the D/A e.g. for Spotify, PlayePro, ... you need to add the packagename to one specific textfile (google for more info). When I am listening to music the stereo effect seems to be perfect, and also the overall sound quality is impressive. I guess the reviewer tested only the standard D/A instead of the Wolfson/TI one.