So, no European trustworthy reviews, no experiences on the web… YunOS any good? No matter what… I bought the phone anyway. :)
I previously owned a Meizu MX4, MX5, M1 Note and M2 Note. I sold the MX4 because of its creaking back, the M2 Note was too slow (the CPU and GPU cannot handle FullHD all that well…), the MX5 had massive Bluetooth problems with my car and the M1 Note… Well… I got bored and annoyed with Flyme 4.5. So, what´s different this time?
(! All pros and cons considering the pricetag of just 200,- EUR / 200,- USD !)
+) very high product quality (the white model is very elegant and robust) - of much higher quality than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
+) FullHD 5,5 inch screen (which is too big for me as a daily driver, so I use the Oneplus X and the Metal)
+) 2,5D- slightly curved glass is very nice to touch
+) no noticeable metal- plastic- borders (in contrast to MX5 or Xiaomi Redmi Note 3)
+) 16GB onboard memory and SD-Card-expansion
+) the Mediatek Helio X10 is not a slow CPU. I see the performance on par with the Oneplus X (Snapdragon 801)
+) Flmye 5.1.1 on YunOS (strangely that OS is multilingual; Chinese, English, Francais, Portugues, Espanol and even German is available, but not very well / complete translated - but it is still the original Flyme - it showed me an OTA Update yesterday to Flyme 5.1.1Y (=YunOS) )
+) many bugs from former (4.5) days are gone: the Google Android Keyboard lets you set your cursor where you want, Press (a Feedly-App) now works without any problems, Bluetooth doesn´t stop every few seconds, etc. Very nice.
+) the User Experience is fast and snappy (AnTuTu- Score is about 50.000+)
+) Charging is quite fast with my iPad-Charger
+) Notification LED
+) clicky buttons
+) loud speaker, that IS NOT located on the back of the device and WILL NOT be muffled when put on a couch with the screen up (in contrast to Xiaomi Redmi Note 3)
+) good reception and call quality
+) camera quality is good (better than the lacking Oneplus X)
±) A 32GB / 3GB RAM option would have been even better. I think, that this would have put the Metal nearly on par with the MX5, so Meizu isn´t going to do that…
±) Fingerprint Scanner is fast, but it is a physical button. Samsung Users will like it - I liked the Honor 7- style more.
±) YunOS - Every single app is up and running. All push-services are good to go. No problems here.
-) Although the white Meizu Metal is very chic, its back doesn´t really fell like metal. I know that only the top and the bottom are made out of plastic, but it feels quite different from anything I owned. Although it is very sturdy.
-) I think that there is no way (at least for now) to root the phone, as it runs Flyme 5.1.1 on YunOS.
FAZIT: With a 200,- EUR Pricepoint this device is as expensive as the Motorola Moto G (2015) here in Austria (and EU / Germany). This phone blows the competition out of the water. I´m sorry for all the M2 Note owners, because the Metal is quite definetly better in every single aspect there is at nearly the same price. Compared to the similar Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 it is of a much higher product quality and has a fingerprint sensor. Although I like Xiaomi quite a bit (the Mi4 and Mi4c are superb!), I think that the Meizu Metal is the winner vs. the equally spec´d Redmi Note 2.