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Sony Xperia M2 review

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
Informr score
The Sony Xperia M2 currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Battery life
  • On-contract pricing
  • Phone design
  • MicroSD card support

What's bad

  • Weak camera
  • Mediocre display
  • Small storage

The mid-tier mobile market has become a brutal arena of cutthroat pricing and ever increasing specs. As flagship devices continue to increase specs, some truly capable phones are emerging in their wake in the lower tiers. The Sony Xperia M2 is their latest foray onto the mid-range phone battlefield. Will it emerge victorious? According to reviews, the verdict is still out. Let’s see why!

If you’ve seen one of Sony’s Omnibalance design phones, you’ve seen the M2. For a mid-range smartphone, the design is nearly identical to its high priced brethren. The phone features a glass front and back with a plastic frame. Trusted Reviews noted, “The look is good, but the build isn’t quite as impressive.” This is due to a fact that many reviews noted—a lack of treatment on the rear glass leaves the phone incredibly susceptible to scratches and scuffs.

Moving back around to the front, the phone features a 4.8-inch display. This is one of the largest screen sizes in its price bracket. Unfortunately, its only running a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels. Every review was quick to point out in the impact. TechRadar said the screen was “by no means razor sharp.” CNet wasn’t a fan but said it was “reasonably bright at least.” While reviews note that its still usable, the screen definitely seems to impact visual quality and text clarity.

Powering the display is a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. While it seems a fair bit behind in its class, most reviews were quite positive on performance. TechRadar stated that “at no point did I feel that I was left waiting.” PC Advisor found, “that it coped well with the majority of tasks we threw at it.” The few reviews that tried gaming on the phone remarked that it performed surprisingly well.

Unfortunately, there are a few niggling issues that bothered most reviewers. The biggest issue most found was the 8MP camera. CNet summed it up best, stating, “The camera is at least adequate for Instagram snaps, but it shouldn't be the chief reason you buy this phone.” Between washed out colors, a lack of clarity and poor low-light performance, most reviews chalked up the camera as a weak link compared to other phones in the mid-tier price range.

Another issue was storage space. While the M2 offers 8GB of internal storage, Sony piles on the pre-installed apps. Out of the box, most reviews found you’ll likely find less than 5GB available. If you plan to keep music or movies on your phone, taking advantage of the MicroSD card slot on the phone is probably a good idea.

One area where the M2 really shines, however, is battery life. Reviews found that thanks to its lower screen resolution and slower processors, the phones battery life was exceptional. All reviews noted a full day with average use. Trusted Reviews said, “Average use of the phone can easily see it last for a day and a half between charges.” Start using some of the power saving features and you have a phone that is ideal for those who don’t want to hunt power outlets but want a bit of smartphone flair in their pocket.

In the end, the Xperia M2 is a matter of compromise. You get a phone that looks great and performs well. To get it, you sacrifice the camera and high-resolution display. According to many reviews, it will come down to personal preference. However, Trusted Reviews believes “the Xperia M2 struggles to justify its case.” While CNet calls it “far from perfect” many other reviews recommended the phone if you can find a good deal.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.8"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

The Sony Xperia M2 is a good phone, but its killer feature is one that works best for poseurs. Namely, the phone can pass for the Xperia Z2 at a distance, and even in-hand for some people. Design does matter in phones, though, and the Xperia M2 looks a whole lot better than the original Xperia M.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Digital Versus

The Sony Xperia M2 is not a bad smartphone. But it does have several shortcomings that may be too big for some users, such as the screen's low resolution and mediocre camera. On the other hand, it runs fluidly and has an enjoyable interface with pretty good multimedia capabilities.

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
The Gadget Show

The Sony Xperia M2 is a solid looking phone that’s let down by its software, screen and camera - not to mention its price. It’s far too expensive for the specs you’re given, as Motorola’s Moto G trumps it in several ways for a lot less cash. There’s no denying its good...

- The Gadget Show team, The Gadget Show
Geek Squad

It’s important to avoid comparing the Xperia M2 to its more expensive stable mates as although it looks very similar, the M2 is less than half the price of the Xperia Z2. However, it’s still got that quality feel that we’ve come to associate with the Xperia name, and despite using...

- Mark Lee, Geek Squad
Cnet

Although the Sony Xperia M2 has a more affordable price than its flagship sibling and its glass design looks pretty good, it's far from perfect. Its low resolution display seriously lets it down, as does its outdated version of Android and camera that doesn't particularly impress.For not much more m...

- Andrew Hoyle, Cnet


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Screen Size
4.8"

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

Processor
1.2 GHz

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

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos 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
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 876 minutes, 588 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia M2 Specs

Overview
Release date May 15, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
variations
SIM card size
Yes
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.65 W/kg
Body: 1.29 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 478 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 588 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 876 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 26.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 148 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 229 pixels
Size 4.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
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 Yes
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 No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization SyncML
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
No
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
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
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, TXT
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (NeoReader, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony D2303, D2305, D2306

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

Alternative variant
D2305 model has 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8226 Quad core

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