Meizu M2 Note Review: ReMixed: Multimedia, Audio Quality

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A lovable gallery

The Flyme gallery has two viewing modes - photo and gallery. The photo stacks images into months while the gallery puts them into folders. You can add or rego folders from the gallery and also search through it.






Gallery

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 utilize different editors from the stock gallery and would need to install a third-party gallery (like Google's Photos) to have different editors.




Editing

Music player supports Dirac HD

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.






Music player

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.

The music app supports Dirac HD Audio, which improves the sound output based on the specific headphone set you are using. There is also a standard music equalizer.





Dirac HD settings • Equalizers

Very capable video player

The Meizu m2 note comes with a dedicated Video app, but it expects videos to be placed in the video folder. You can utilize the file browser or gallery to acquire 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.





Video player • Pop-out view

The Meizu m2 note played everything we threw at it - Xvid, DivX, MP4, MOV, WMV and it supports the AC3 audio codec, too. Subtitles are supported, but our unit had some issue with the encoding - regardless of the subtitles language, we always got Chinese characters.

Overall movies played without problems up to 1080p resolution on the m2 note.

Audio output fails to impress

The Meizu m2 note started off very well in our audio quality test. When connected to an active external amplifier, the smartphone showed average volume levels and excellently clean output for one of the better showings out there.

Plug in a pair of headphones, however, and deterioration is quite severe. Distortion of both types appeared, while frequency response is no longer perfectly accurate. Volume levels drop quite a bit too and we are witnessing an above average spike in stereo crosstalk. A rather unimpressive showing here by the m2 note.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Meizu m2 note+0.08, -0.05-93.192.70.0079

0.013-92.4

Meizu m2 note (headphones attached)+0.40, -0.62-86.988.00.145

0.529-50.8

Oppo R1x+0.01, -0.04-93.592.90.0010

0.400-94.7

Oppo R1x (headphones attached)+0.22, -0.03-92.690.40.0029

1.144-69.8

Motorola Moto E (2015)+0.02 -0.06-90.891.10.0026

0.097-90.9

Motorola Moto E (2015) (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.06-90.290.70.0029

0.063-51.4

Xiaomi Redmi 2+0.06, -0.04-94.895.90.026

0.016-95.8

Xiaomi Redmi 2 (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.06-94.091.00.039

0.053-70.0




Meizu m2 note frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.


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