Sony Xperia M2

67
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
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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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G
Standby time (max)
641
Battery type
Li-ion (2300 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
8
Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
yes (FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV) (MPEG-4) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Maps, Notes

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
LTE
Subscriber identity
micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.8 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960, 540)
Pixel density
229 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Color)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (yes)

Hardware

Processor make
Qualcomm (Snapdragon 400) (MSM8926)
CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
1
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

FM tuner
yes
NFC or RFID payment
yes
Model
Aqua

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America

Other features

Ruggedized
yes
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