Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

8.1/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
4.8"

The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua's screen is 4.8 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

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

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2330mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2330 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 26.7 days standby time, 683 minutes (2G), 731 minutes (3G), 518 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Reviews summary

8.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 4 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent water resistance
  • Respectable battery life
  • Omnibalance design

What's bad  

  • Weak camera
  • Tricky waterproofing flaps
  • Lackluster display

Sony has been overhauling some of its previous models recently and it seems its time to reboot the M2. The M2 Aqua now sports an impressive IP68 waterproof rating and a few minor tweaks, but is this enough to remain competitive in a quickly growing mid-tier market? Let’s check out what the reviews have to say.

At first glance, the M2 Aqua looks just like its predecessor thanks to Sony’s Omnibalance design. Fortunately, or unfortunately, that means you’re either going to love or hate the way the phone looks. Reviews were generally positive, noting that the matte finish on the rear of the phone was great at deflecting scuffs and scratches. Unfortunately, a lack of treatment on the glass on front found many reviews complaining about fingerprints and smudges.

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Behind the glass is a 4.8-inch IPS display. Certainly on par with the current trends in larger displays. However, the resolution on the screen is 960-by-540. A stat that many reviews were quick to point out is rather low for today’s mid-tier market. GSM Arena called the screen “decent, even if hardly spectacular” while Wired UK said that the screen looked “a tad out of place” with the design of the phone.

The phone relies on a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM to keep Android KitKat running smoothly. Performance reviews are generally positive with Wired UK saying the experience is “consistently smooth and it never seemed to lag unduly.” and GSM Arena noting the phone does “an okay job” with both gaming and daily tasks.

While 8GB of storage space might not offer a ton of room for your apps, movies and music, microSD support allows you to affordably add up to 32 additional GB of storage if you wish.

Thanks the the Aqua’s firmly mid-tier specs, it pulls respectable battery life from its 2300mAh battery pack. This is good as the battery is non-removable, unlike many other Sony handsets. Reviews found a full day’s use with mixed usage on a single charge and even better life when taking advantage of Sony’s Stamina mode and other power saving features.

Unfortunately, not everything is pristine for the device. While it touts an IP68 water and dustproof rating, the rating hinges on an array of flaps and plugs. The headphone jack, microSD slot, SIM slot and charge port all have rubber flaps to keep them sealed. TechRadar described it as “flap-tastic.” They also pointed out that if one flap is loose, the IP68 rating is irrelevant. So if you plan to take your phone for a swim, be sure to check your flaps. Recombu found another issue with the waterproofing. The capacitive screen doesn’t play well with water. They noted, “As soon as the screen gets wet, the handset goes completely mental.”

Finally, the 8MP rear-facing camera with dedicated shutter button received mixed reviews. While the camera app offers the usual bounty of Sony options, TechRadar called the camera’s image quality and performance “quite disappointing” and “a bit slow.” On the other hand, Beta News though that “in general the camera copes well.” This was similar in other reviews, with some noting issues and other applauding the camera.
In the end, this same mixed feeling was found in many review verdicts. While TechRadar called the Aqua a “decent value,” Wired UK thought the handset “just doesn't seem all that attractive.” In the end, it appears that if you’re looking for a waterproof mid-tier smartphone, the Aqua offers a dependable choice, albeit with a few tradeoffs in performance and display quality.


Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


Coolsmartphone

Great performance, great waterproof protection and a phone that can withstand daily life

from Coolsmartphone

I have read in other reviews that the flaps were “awkward”. Now, whilst this may need a bit of getting used to if you’re regularly using the 3.5mm audio port, it wasn’t a great problem for me just to slip my nail under the flap and charge it each night. I don’t think it was a massive issue really, and you’ll soon get used to it. It’s simply the pay off for having a waterproof phone.

It looks good, has good audio performance and the Android performance is fine.

Overall, yes it’s “mid-range”, but I think that th... Full review

Notebookcheck

Really impressive outdoors

from Notebookcheck

Owners of an Xperia M2 certainly do not have to buy an Aqua because the technical specs of both devices are virtually identical. The screen size, resolution, and performance hardly differ, and the battery life of both devices is also very good.

The review sample also excels with an excellent Wi-Fi range, good voice quality and decent GPS reception. The icing on the cake is its dust and water resistance, which is also the most noteworthy difference to its sister model. In return, Sony does not use glass. The casing's stiffness is generally not as good as that of the cheaper model.... Full review

BetaNews

A masterclass in waterproofing

from BetaNews

It's key to stress that this is in no way a new smartphone in its own right. The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is just that: a slightly upgraded, waterproofed version of the original M2.

Still, while it's by no means going to make headlines, the handset is sure to make waves in the midrange market as a decent waterproof option. Before now water-proofing was a selling point of the flagship, but the M2 Aqua has cracked open a new market for H20 repelling handsets.

The downsides are that while the M2 Aqua's build is solid, it sometimes feels a little too solid. For the screen size,... Full review

GSMArena

Good build, sensible finish but a little too big and heavy perhaps for the screen size

from GSMArena

A waterproofed version of one of their mass-market models is hardly the biggest thing to come out of Sony's labs this season. There's a new super-mini to look forward to and the next flagship generation, plus a couple of wearables just broke cover ahead of the IFA show. Yet, the one thing all these have in common is waterproofing, no less. A fact the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua will be keen to use to its advantage.

Just like Sony themselves will only benefit from an extra option in the lower midrange. There used to be a few affordable water resistant smartphones around but the niche is n... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2014
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.69 W/kg
Body: 1.25 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2330 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 484 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 518 minutes
3G Surfing Time 518 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
683 minutes (2G)
731 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 26.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.0 x 7.2 x 0.9 cm
(5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 149 grams
(5.3 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density 230 pixels
Size 4.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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 Yes
Home Key Yes
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 Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (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, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots 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 No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom 4x digital
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
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 Stereo
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
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Chrome, NeoReader, Facebook, Google Hangouts, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony D2403, D2406

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