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It doesn't excel in anything but it doesn't fail in anything either.
- Battery life
- On-contract pricing
- Phone design
- MicroSD card support
- 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.
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)
It looks like an Xperia Z2 but it costs a lot less
A small-price phone from a big-name brand
Too expensive for the specs you’re given
A well-built, reliable phone and, most importantly, good value for money
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.
A sleek, attractive Sony Android phone
A good middle-class smartphone
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 t... Full review
Big display and decent performance with good battery life
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, &... Full review
A mid-range model with big aspirations
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 oth... Full review
Impressive battery and design
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 Son... Full review
Mid-range Android smartphone looks good on the outside but is average under the hood
A nice budget fone
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- Sony Xperia M2 Manual (PDF)
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