Specs summary

Screen
4.8"

The Sony Xperia M2's screen 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 or capture video 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 26.4 days standby time, 805 minutes (2G), 876 minutes (3G).



It doesn't excel in anything but it doesn't fail in anything either.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

7.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 16 reviews

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.

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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.


Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

It looks like an Xperia Z2 but it costs a lot less

from 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.

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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.

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Digital Versus

A small-price phone from a big-name brand

from 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.

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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.

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The Gadget Show

Too expensive for the specs you’re given

from 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 go...More

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 looks, but if you really must have Sony styling, you’ll be better served ponying up for the full-fat Xperia Z2 or the slightly cheaper Xperia Z1 Compact.

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Geek Squad

A well-built, reliable phone and, most importantly, good value for money

from 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 cheaper materials it still looks great. There are some compromises that invariably have to be made when delivering a mid-range phone, but whilst the lower screen resolution and poor front camera may put off some potential purchasers, those things aren’t everybody’s priority...

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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 cheaper materials it still looks great. There are some compromises that invariably have to be made when delivering a mid-range phone, but whilst the lower screen resolution and poor front camera may put off some potential purchasers, those things aren’t everybody’s priority.

Judging the M2 on its strengths, it’s an excellent choice for a media fan thanks to Sony’s excellent software and also thanks to that nice big screen. It also scores highly on the gaming front thanks again to its sizable screen and also PlayStation controller support. The augmented reality features on the camera also make it quite fun for children, and whilst it’s a bit pricey to be considered a ‘kids’’ phone, it should certainly appeal to those with young families. 

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Cnet

A sleek, attractive Sony Android phone

from 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.

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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 money you can pick up the older Xperia Z, which has a better camera, a full HD screen and it's waterproof. Alternatively, save yourself a packet and go for the Motorola Moto G. 

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Notebookcheck

A good middle-class smartphone

from Notebookcheck

Despite the decidedly average speech quality the device supports all the latest data standards including LTE Cat. 4. The frequency coverage is not meager either. The panel is very bright and has good illumination, but the contrast should have been better.

The workmanship lies at a high level and can score thanks to features such as the glass back. The system speed is impressive, but it will be outpaced in the near future. In fact, the user already has to make compromises when playing the latest games. It is a little sad that Sony has no App2SD support...

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Despite the decidedly average speech quality the device supports all the latest data standards including LTE Cat. 4. The frequency coverage is not meager either. The panel is very bright and has good illumination, but the contrast should have been better.

The workmanship lies at a high level and can score thanks to features such as the glass back. The system speed is impressive, but it will be outpaced in the near future. In fact, the user already has to make compromises when playing the latest games. It is a little sad that Sony has no App2SD support.

The quality of the camera should have been better and the artifacts in the details are very disturbing. We can only hope that Sony will release a software update to alleviate this flaw. The battery life is also impressive and rounds the Sony Xperia M2 off well. The LG G2 Mini is definitely one of the hottest competitors, even without LTE. 

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Know Your Mobile

Big display and decent performance with good battery life

from Know Your Mobile

Do you want a big screen, or a good screen? This is the question the Sony Xperia M2’s chances boil down to. Having a 4.8-inch display is great, but you miss out on the pristine, sharp look you get from a 720p phone like the the 4G Motorola Moto G or Alcatel One Touch Idol S.

Aside from the screen issue, there’s little to seriously dislike about the Xperia M2. Performance is decent, the design is nice-looking and with a bit of effort you can even get fairly decent-looking photos out of the camera...

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Do you want a big screen, or a good screen? This is the question the Sony Xperia M2’s chances boil down to. Having a 4.8-inch display is great, but you miss out on the pristine, sharp look you get from a 720p phone like the the 4G Motorola Moto G or Alcatel One Touch Idol S.

Aside from the screen issue, there’s little to seriously dislike about the Xperia M2. Performance is decent, the design is nice-looking and with a bit of effort you can even get fairly decent-looking photos out of the camera.

If Sony could just pull its finger out and bring us a 720p, £160-odd Xperia M3 within the next few months, I’d be very happy indeed. 

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NDTV

A mid-range model with big aspirations

from NDTV

We think Sony has cut far too many corners with the M2. The screen is not that great, and its sluggish performance in daily usage is a downer. Even at reduced prices, the Sony Xperia M2 Dual doesn't feel like a good bargain considering the Moto G works out as better value for money. However, what the Sony has going for itself is the stellar battery life, expandable storage, and the good (if somewhat boring) design...

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We think Sony has cut far too many corners with the M2. The screen is not that great, and its sluggish performance in daily usage is a downer. Even at reduced prices, the Sony Xperia M2 Dual doesn't feel like a good bargain considering the Moto G works out as better value for money. However, what the Sony has going for itself is the stellar battery life, expandable storage, and the good (if somewhat boring) design.

If you need a good-looking phone in this price range which will last up to two days on a single charge, then by all means consider the Xperia M2. If not, there are other fish in the sea.  

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TechRadar

Impressive battery and design

from TechRadar

Sony has launched its Xperia M2 handset into a very crowded market, one populated with ageing flagships and some already impressive new handsets. Can it build upon the success that the Xperia Z2 has brought though?

In short, yes, but that is the really short answer. I can't help but feel that Sony's impressive flagship offering sets a very high standard, and will leave consumers expecting a little more from Sony's midrange offering...

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Sony has launched its Xperia M2 handset into a very crowded market, one populated with ageing flagships and some already impressive new handsets. Can it build upon the success that the Xperia Z2 has brought though?

In short, yes, but that is the really short answer. I can't help but feel that Sony's impressive flagship offering sets a very high standard, and will leave consumers expecting a little more from Sony's midrange offering.

Strong competition from the cheaper EE Kestrel in the UK and the slightly better equipped Moto G will leave many looking elsewhere but Sony has given the Xperia M2 more than enough to warrant a second look, especially if you're going to be signing up to a two year contract. 

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Tech Advisor

Mid-range Android smartphone looks good on the outside but is average under the hood

from Tech Advisor

The Sony Xperia M2 certainly looks like a premium smartphone, but carries a surprisingly mid-range price tag. With a more impressive camera and more storage, we'd be really impressed with the Xperia M2 for that price, but we think you can get more for your money elsewhere. It's worth investigatin...More

The Sony Xperia M2 certainly looks like a premium smartphone, but carries a surprisingly mid-range price tag. With a more impressive camera and more storage, we'd be really impressed with the Xperia M2 for that price, but we think you can get more for your money elsewhere. It's worth investigating the cheaper Moto G, or if you've got a little extra budget the Google Nexus 5 is worth a look, as it has a lot going for it and is still under £300.

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A nice budget fone

Good camera quality with fast processing and some brilliant functions like screen shots, nfc, hdmi out, etc. The fone worth the money


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 15, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
variations
SIM card Yes
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 Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
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
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 478 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 588 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time 805 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 876 minutes (3G)
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] 14.0 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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates 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
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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 DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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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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