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A quad-core processor, but at what cost?

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It's hard to say no to a quad-core device that offers a plethora of clever features -- especially at such a tempting price. But packaged in with the good are a handful of trade-offs that you'll need to accept before whipping out your wallet. Power users (and most moderate phone users, for that matter) will scoff at the short battery life and the small qHD display, and fans of traditional Android skins may reject Flyme's heavily stylized (and iOS-like) look. Additionally, there are still quite a few performance wrinkles that need to be ironed out before we can give this our full recommendation. What's more, it may be hard to justify searching lands near and far to find a 4-core when unlocked devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus offer buttery smooth performance, run stock Android and can had for less hassle at a lower price.

Critic reviews

7.2
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    6.7
  • Display
    7.3
  • Battery life
    7.1
  • Camera
    7.3
  • Ease of use
    7.3
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.4
  • Media support
    8.9
  • Durability
    7.4
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.1

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User reviews

7.5
2 reviews
  • Reception and call quality | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Display | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    6.0
  • Camera
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor | 1 comment
    9.0
  • Portability (size / weight) | 1 comment
    7.0
  • Media support
    9.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0
8.0
Engadget Dec 15, 2011

After a week's worth of usage, it is safe to say that Meizu's third-ever smartphone has proven to be a huge improvement from the M8 and M9 days ... the MX has been given many unique features that will no doubt help shake away the company's old KIRF image.

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6.0
Engadget Aug 1, 2012

Power users (and most moderate phone users, for that matter) will scoff at the battery life and the smaller qHD display... Despite some of its flaws, we can't help but have a hearty helping of admiration for a device like the MX 4-core.

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7.0
CNET Jan 25, 2012

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.

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8.0
SlashGear Feb 19, 2012

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.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 12, 2012

In the end though, this is a seriously impressive smartphone. It isn't without its bugs - such as mapping, which had major issues getting a location for us in London. But those aside, the MX feels refreshingly different. Its design is blatantly based on one of the best around; the iPhone, and is...

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8.0
phoneArena Jul 11, 2012

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.

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7.0
GSM Arena Dec 22, 2011

The Meizu MX made some big promises when it entered the scene and it has delivered on several of them. But it also failed to fulfill others. Also, the pursuit of imitating the iPhone is a big negative in our opinion - it goes beyond borrowing ideas, it straight up copies a few pages.

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7.0
Techno Buffalo Feb 24, 2012

The Flyme user interface was unique but really turned me off from the device altogether. The camera is mediocre and is easily bested by most other devices currently available. While some may find the Meizu MX is right up their alley, I don’t recommend it for most consumers.

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5.0
Android Police Jul 23, 2012

The MX 4-Core really is like a Ford Pinto with a V10 engine... A bit of a gas-guzzler, and Flyme OS's limitations and irregularities make it really hard to figure out just how to use all of that extra power. A poor call quality experience and an abnormal display resolution don't help make the sale.

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8.0
shidivu shidivu

I bought it in Shanghai, traded its first generation phone for this one. The first two firmwares were a pain in the ass, with random reboots and frequent freezing. But the latest version is much better. It still has some issues with third-party apps like gmail, but I can live it that as there are...

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