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Sony Xperia M review

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
Informr score
The Sony Xperia M currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Attractive design
  • Good battery life
  • Versatile connectivity (including NFC)

What's bad

  • Weak display
  • No LTE support
  • 1GB RAM

The Sony Xperia M is an entry level handset that features a 4-inch, 854 x 480 resolution display, a 1GHz dual­-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage - ­ expandable up to 32GB. It’s bundled with Android Jellybean 4.1 operating system and has Sony’s custom user interface overlaid.

One differentiator from other phones in its class is the Adrenos 305 GPU processor, which aids in its ability to render graphics. “Owing to the midrange Adreno 305 GPU, demanding games are no problem for the Xperia M,” says Notebookcheck.

Rounding out the primary feature set, the phone has a 5 megapixel rear­-facing camera and a 0.3 front­-facing camera. The camera has an HDR mode, which “works quite well and is particularly useful for objects with varying light exposures,” according to Notebookcheck. "The camera is quite useful for the occasional snapshot in good light in practical use, but it cannot replace a compact camera". The removable battery is rated at around 9-­10 hours of talk time.

The front of the phone has no physical buttons, which means the small, 4­ inch display loses some real estate due to the virtual buttons that Sony uses instead. However, the small screen helps make the most of the 480 x 854 pixel resolution. According to Trusted Reviews, the 245 ppi pixel density means "it's never going to give you Retina ­like clarity, but for reading web pages, text is nice and clear."

Overall, reviewers give the Xperia M average overall marks as an entry level device. Phonearena sums up by saying that its "a phone with good looks, streamlined user interface that we actually like, and a powerful chip for its class."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechWorld

The Sony Xperia M is a bulky but stylish budget Android phone.

- Matt Egan, TechWorld
Expert Reviews

The Xperia M takes its design cues from Sony’s upper tier Xperia Z devices while attempting to keep costs down to cater for buyers on a budget.

- Michael Passingham, Expert Reviews
PC Pro

This can't rescue what is a disappointing handset from Sony. It looks and feels cheap, the display is underwhelming, and the camera is awful. It's a good performer for the price, but that's its only redeeming feature.

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
TechRadar

You have to feel a little sorry for Sony. It produces a perfectly solid Android smartphone with a handful of neat features, all for a low price tag, only to see it completely undermined by the Moto G.Even taking such an exceptional competitor out of the reckoning, though, the Xperia M finds itself f...

- Jon Mundy, TechRadar
TelecomTiger

The Sony Xperia M is a good phone in this price range and offers good exciting features. The 4 inch screen display is good but screen resolution is bit low, the battery life is good and the features embedded are better and abundant. But there are few options that this phone is missing such as: HD vi...

- TT Gadget Editor, TelecomTiger


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Sony backs up the Xperia M with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The Sony Xperia M's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8227 dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

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

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1750mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1750 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 616 minutes, 429 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia M Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Yes
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8227 dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.84 W/kg
Body: 1.305 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 1750 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 396 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 429 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 616 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Purple, Lime
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 cm (4.9 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 115 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 4 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 No
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 WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Exposure value, HDR, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 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 No
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
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Chrome, Google Play, NeoReader, Facebook, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony C1904, C1905

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