Sony Xperia M2

67
Global
Score
67

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Engadget Summary

The Xperia M2 is a real looker, but it lacks the substance to back up that style, betraying the promises made by its svelte form factor by offering a weak screen and poor camera.

The Xperia M2 looks good and feels good, and Wired UK says it feels "solidly well built" and "fits in nicely with the sleek, slim lines of Sony's high-end Xperia Z2," albeit made of plastic. Unfortunately, despite looking "almost identical to the much earlier Xperia Z," CNET notes it lacks "the same waterproof skills," nor does it have Gorilla Glass protecting the screen.

The quality of the M2's display might not be worth protecting, though. Wired UK notes it "offers a sub-HD resolution" that "lacks the impact of the eye-popping full HD experience," resulting in CNET calling it "not particularly sharp" and TechRadar says the "text felt a little fuzzy throughout, with movie watching also slightly hampered." The disappointing display might still be serviceable compared to the camera, which Know Your Mobile finds "a little slow to shoot, focusing is a bit all over the place and it often struggles with exposure and colours." CNET says the colors are "lifeless" and phoneArena agrees, calling the resulting photos "constrasty, with messed-up colors."

Though TechRadar calls the UI "a highly polished interface ... that doesn't feel overbearing at any point," and the build of the device itself is appealing, similar features are also available in the slightly older Xperia Z, where you won't have to deal with a disappointing display or camera.

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Breakdown

Reception and call quality
2.0
Display
6.3
Battery life
8.0
Camera
4.7
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8
Screen size
4.8 inches
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8
Screen size
4.8 inches
View Full Specs
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