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conclusion:Pass on it

67 July 31st 2014 12:57 pm

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." show more

Critic reviews

6.6
6 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    2.0
  • Display
    6.4
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Camera
    4.9
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.5
  • Media support
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

8.0
1 review
  • Reception and call quality
    10
  • Display
    6.0
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    10
6.0
CNET Jul 24, 2014

Although the Sony Xperia M2 looks pretty slick, it's let down by its low resolution display and its old version of Android, which makes even its affordable price way too high.

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7.0
Wired UK Jun 19, 2014

While the processor is powerful enough to keep it running smoothly, the less-than-HD screen is a bit of a let-down and, surprisingly for Sony, so is the camera.

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8.0
TechRadar Jun 10, 2014

The Xperia M2 faces some serious opposition in the mid-range market. Its battery life is impressive, as is the design of the UI and handset. The camera disappoints, as do a few other features, but overall it manages to hold its own.

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7.0
GSM Arena May 30, 2014

It's a smartphone with real character, a rarity in the midrange sea of plastic phones. If the lesser camera quality is not a deal-breaker for you, it certainly won't let you down on every other count.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 24, 2014

For Sony, diversity certainly isn't key when it comes to handset design. The Xperia M2 may lack the top-level internals found in the Z2, but it's rocking the same "OmniBalance" design as Sony's new flagship.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 24, 2014

We like the design of the Xperia M2 as you get a device that looks like the more premium models in the family, but you won't pay as much for the privilege. The display was good and the device feels nice and solid in the hand.

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GSM Arena Feb 24, 2014

While the screen of the M2 is not too impressive, the Xperia has a number of advantages over the Moto G.

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T3 Feb 24, 2014

Sony has managed to create a mid-range phone that maintains a premium feel. It's old Android and the camera has a low pixel count but you still get a quad core processor and a great battery. On paper it looks good but the killer blow will come when Sony announce a price.

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TrustedReviews Feb 25, 2014

It has a few screen limitations, but I expect the Sony Xperia M2 will sell well on the high street. It has much of the visual snazziness of Sony's more expensive phones while selling at a fraction of the price.

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TechRadar Feb 25, 2014

In summary: the Sony Xperia M2 is a solid, if unspectacular, phone that ticks the boxes and brings enough of the Japanese brand's tech to make it feel wanted. However, it's unlikely to be number one on any prospective buyer's wishlist.

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