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Sony Xperia M2, Midrange Droid With a Twist

August 12, 2014

Sony Xperia M2

The world of smartphones is getting more and more crowded with top-notch devices that are addressed to those who really seek high performance and don’t settle with anything less than the best. Well, I’m not thinking about those people right now, but about the area of consumers which desire a mid-range device that’ll satisfy their budget plans and their daily needs. The Sony Xperia M2 is the mid-ranger chosen for today, as it might be a good option to consider, going smooth on the average Joe’s pockets and also bringing some handy features that add to a quite enjoyable user experience. Check it out in the following review and find out more details – maybe this thingy is what you’ve been looking for.

In its package, the Xperia M2 comes accompanied by an A/C adapter, a microUSB cable for making data connections and re-charging the phone and a pair of headphones.

In terms of appearance, the Xperia M2 stands at 139.7 x 71.1 x 8.6 mm and has a weight of 148 grams. Its back seems to be made of glass, but it’s a very reflective polycarbonate surface that offers a nice impression and is very sleek and stylish. The build quality is wonderful, as the handset seems to be very solid and nicely put together. These are the good parts, the bad part is that your phone will get dirty very fast due to its glossy appearance, so you’ll be cleaning it quite often for keeping it neat.

The frontal part of the Xperia M2 is dominated by a 4.8 inches capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 960 x540 pixels, a pixel density of 229 ppi and is protected by a scratch resistant glass. The image quality is okay, but not something to write home about, offering some decent viewing angles and image quality and a good contrast. The sunlight legibility leaves something to be desired, though.

The Xperia M2 is loaded with Android v4.3 Jelly Bean and will soon be upgradeable to the latest update, KitKat. If you have an idea about what these versions are about, you’ll feel like home when using this smartphone, if not, well, my guess is that you’ll befriend it quickly due to it being very friendly, capable and intuitive.
At the hardware department, the handset holds a Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The Xperia M2 is a capable performer and everything works like a charm when browsing through it, without lagging, freezing or anything like that.

When it comes to connectivity, the Xperia M2 features support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, tri-band or quad-band 3G (it depends on the model), LTE Cat3, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-go and NFC. The phone comes in two flavors, single-SIM or dual-SIM.

Surfing the web is a pleasing experience on the handset, as the default browser, which is Google Chrome, does a wonderful job due to its plethora of options and settings.

Sony Xperia M2 black and white

For taking pictures, the Xperia M2 owns an 8MP snapper with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, has a LED flash for helping in low light conditions and features a lot of options and settings through its camera application, such as image stabilization, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR and more. The images produced are decent enough for a mid-ranger, but I’ve seen better performances from other devices running in this league.
The phone is also capable of producing some nice 1080p videos @ 30fps. A VGA front-facing camera is also on board.

The Xperia M2 features plenty of goodies in its basket and I’m going to name only a few of them, the ones which I consider to be the most important. For starters, we have the Office Suite 7 for viewing and editing document files, a GPS receiver with GLONASS andA-GPS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting finding your way in the unknown, the Android Device Manager for handling your linked Android devices, an FM Radio with RDS support and TrackID for song recognition, some capable media players, a Power Saver and so on.

The Xperia M2 is powered by a 2,300 mAh battery and will hold on for more than two days under a moderate usage.

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