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Sony Xperia M

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The Sony Xperia M currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Attractive design
  • Good battery life
  • Versatile connectivity (including NFC)

What's bad

  • Weak display
  • No LTE support
  • 1GB RAM

The Sony Xperia M is an entry level handset that features a 4-inch, 854 x 480 resolution display, a 1GHz dual­-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage - ­ expandable up to 32GB. It’s bundled with Android Jellybean 4.1 operating system and has Sony’s custom user interface overlaid.

One differentiator from other phones in its class is the Adrenos 305 GPU processor, which aids in its ability to render graphics. “Owing to the midrange Adreno 305 GPU, demanding games are no problem for the Xperia M,” says Notebookcheck.

Rounding out the primary feature set, the phone has a 5 megapixel rear­-facing camera and a 0.3 front­-facing camera. The camera has an HDR mode, which “works quite well and is particularly useful for objects with varying light exposures,” according to Notebookcheck. "The camera is quite useful for the occasional snapshot in good light in practical use, but it cannot replace a compact camera". The removable battery is rated at around 9-­10 hours of talk time.

The front of the phone has no physical buttons, which means the small, 4­ inch display loses some real estate due to the virtual buttons that Sony uses instead. However, the small screen helps make the most of the 480 x 854 pixel resolution. According to Trusted Reviews, the 245 ppi pixel density means "it's never going to give you Retina ­like clarity, but for reading web pages, text is nice and clear."

Overall, reviewers give the Xperia M average overall marks as an entry level device. Phonearena sums up by saying that its "a phone with good looks, streamlined user interface that we actually like, and a powerful chip for its class."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechWorld

The Sony Xperia M is a bulky but stylish budget Android phone.

- Matt Egan, TechWorld
Expert Reviews

The Xperia M takes its design cues from Sony’s upper tier Xperia Z devices while attempting to keep costs down to cater for buyers on a budget.

- Michael Passingham, Expert Reviews
PC Pro

This can't rescue what is a disappointing handset from Sony. It looks and feels cheap, the display is underwhelming, and the camera is awful. It's a good performer for the price, but that's its only redeeming feature.

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
TechRadar

You have to feel a little sorry for Sony. It produces a perfectly solid Android smartphone with a handful of neat features, all for a low price tag, only to see it completely undermined by the Moto G.Even taking such an exceptional competitor out of the reckoning, though, the Xperia M finds itself f...

- Jon Mundy, TechRadar
TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia M is a good phone in this price range and offers good exciting features. The 4 inch screen display is good but screen resolution is bit low, the battery life is good and the features embedded are better and abundant. But there are few options that this phone is missing such as: HD vi...

- TT Gadget Editor, TelecomTiger


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Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia M on September 30, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia M user manual here.


Sony backs up the Xperia M with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The Sony Xperia M's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8227 dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1750mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1750 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 616 minutes, 429 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia M Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8227 dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.84 W/kg
Body: 1.305 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1750 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 396 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 429 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 616 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Purple, Lime
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 cm (4.9 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 115 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Exposure value, HDR, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Chrome, Google Play, NeoReader, Facebook, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony C1904, C1905

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Critic Reviews


TechWorld

Not the best looking, but gets the job done

from TechWorld

The Sony Xperia M is a decent but inexpensive Android smartphone. It fits into an ever increasing market: that of the the budget smartphone for first-time buyers. At the top of the market most people who want an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Sony Xperia Z smartphone have already purchased one. They may upgrade every year, but they won't contribute to overall smartphone market growth....

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The Sony Xperia M is a decent but inexpensive Android smartphone. It fits into an ever increasing market: that of the the budget smartphone for first-time buyers. At the top of the market most people who want an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Sony Xperia Z smartphone have already purchased one. They may upgrade every year, but they won't contribute to overall smartphone market growth.

The display is arguably the most important component of a smartphone. In the case of the Sony Xperia M there is bad- as well as some good news. On the one hand the 4in 480x854 TFT capacitive touchscreen is by no means a 'bad' display. But it's not great. For one thing four inches just doesn't feel like enough

The Xperia M sports a 5Mp camera with an LED flash. Default images are captured at 3Mp / 16:9. To take 5Mp pics you have to change the settings, and accept a 4:3 aspect ratio. HDR mode is present, although you'll want to avoid using it indoors. There's a decent list of software features including manual settings for white balance and ISO, as well as a range of filters.

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Expert Reviews

Bargain-basement specs let down this well-made compact smartphone

from Expert Reviews

The Xperia M is surprisingly well built and disguises its cheapness with a soft, slightly rubberised shell which wraps around the device, giving the illusion of a unibody chassis. The round, silver power button is a distinctive design choice and does rather stick out both visually and physically, and can be an annoyance when idly holding the phone in your right hand....

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The Xperia M is surprisingly well built and disguises its cheapness with a soft, slightly rubberised shell which wraps around the device, giving the illusion of a unibody chassis. The round, silver power button is a distinctive design choice and does rather stick out both visually and physically, and can be an annoyance when idly holding the phone in your right hand.

The Sony Xperia M is a generally a fine budget handset. It ticks the boxes for build quality and demonstrates satisfactory performance, and on a good value contract would be a prime choice. However, its mediocre screen and poor camera are both drawbacks.

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PC Pro

Looks like a mini version of the Sony Xperia Z1, but it certainly doesn’t perform like it

from PC Pro

This can't rescue what is a disappointing handset from Sony. It looks and feels cheap, the display is underwhelming, and the camera is awful. It's a good performer for the price, but that's its only redeeming feature.

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This can't rescue what is a disappointing handset from Sony. It looks and feels cheap, the display is underwhelming, and the camera is awful. It's a good performer for the price, but that's its only redeeming feature.

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TechRadar

A solidly built phone with a well though-out set of physical controls

from TechRadar

You have to feel a little sorry for Sony. It produces a perfectly solid Android smartphone with a handful of neat features, all for a low price tag, only to see it completely undermined by the Moto G.

Even taking such an exceptional competitor out of the reckoning, though, the Xperia M finds itself flanked by high quality low-end rivals like the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Huawei Ascend P6. In such company, the Sony Xperia M simply doesn't provide enough distinctive bangs for your bucks...

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You have to feel a little sorry for Sony. It produces a perfectly solid Android smartphone with a handful of neat features, all for a low price tag, only to see it completely undermined by the Moto G.

Even taking such an exceptional competitor out of the reckoning, though, the Xperia M finds itself flanked by high quality low-end rivals like the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Huawei Ascend P6. In such company, the Sony Xperia M simply doesn't provide enough distinctive bangs for your bucks.

Unless you're specifically looking for a cheap Android phone that matches the iPhone's dimensions, we can't see why you'd choose the Xperia M over its rivals.

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TelecomTiger

This is a good buy in its price range and offers good features too

from TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia M is a good phone in this price range and offers good exciting features. The 4 inch screen display is good but screen resolution is bit low, the battery life is good and the features embedded are better and abundant. But there are few options that this phone is missing such as: HD video resolution and Quad core processor.

Read full review

The Sony Xperia M is a good phone in this price range and offers good exciting features. The 4 inch screen display is good but screen resolution is bit low, the battery life is good and the features embedded are better and abundant. But there are few options that this phone is missing such as: HD video resolution and Quad core processor.

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TrustedReviews

Good looks and a decent all-round performance

from TrustedReviews

If you are looking for a cheap Android phone that can play high end mobile games, offer good battery life and has a decent enough screen for watching films the Xperia M is a good shout.

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If you are looking for a cheap Android phone that can play high end mobile games, offer good battery life and has a decent enough screen for watching films the Xperia M is a good shout.

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PhoneArena

An affordable device with good looks and solid hardware

from PhoneArena

The Sony Xperia M is a phone with good looks, streamlined user interface that we actually like, and a powerful chip for its class. Not a bad combination, is it? It has its downsides - we wish the screen was a bit better, but our biggest complaint right now is price. The handset sells for prices o...More

The Sony Xperia M is a phone with good looks, streamlined user interface that we actually like, and a powerful chip for its class. Not a bad combination, is it? It has its downsides - we wish the screen was a bit better, but our biggest complaint right now is price. The handset sells for prices of between $200 and $250 off contract, and that is a bit steeper than we’d like for such a device.

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GSMArena

The Xperia M has all the potential to become a smart buy for the budget-conscious

The Sony Xperia M has a lot going for it - attractive design, compact size and good build, and a reasonably powerful chipset for the class. The uninspiring screen and subpar camera will hold it back, but with a dual-SIM option it should still be able to do well in emerging markets where WP8 hands...More

The Sony Xperia M has a lot going for it - attractive design, compact size and good build, and a reasonably powerful chipset for the class. The uninspiring screen and subpar camera will hold it back, but with a dual-SIM option it should still be able to do well in emerging markets where WP8 handsets like the Lumia 520 are on the rise since they beat the low-end Androids in terms of specs.

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