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Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, The Submersible Droid

September 30, 2014

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

This month, Sony has released another device meant to join their M series, the Xperia M2 Aqua. As its name suggests, this fellow isn’t just another mid-ranger, as it brings some pretty awesome skills which are quite rare in the world of smartphones, being dust proof and water resistant. Even if the average user doesn’t feel the need for having such a device, I think that those capabilities are very much welcome for a certain kind of customer, who doesn’t settle for just a smartphone, but desires something that can go for a little swim or isn’t afraid of getting dropped in the mud or sand. Check out this recent release by reading the following review and find out if it’s your cup of tea!

In its package, the M2 Aqua comes accompanied by its charger, a micrUSB cable for re-charging the phone and making data transfers, a pair of headphones and the user manuals.

The handset stands at 140 x 72 x 8.6 mm and has a weight of 149 grams, which is reasonable for a device this size that also carries an impressive IP certification. Even if it’s made from plastic, you can be sure that this guy relies on some high quality materials and stands pretty far from looking cheap. Its back cover features a matte finish, which will reject fingerprints and offer a good hand grip. The straight lines that define it meet at its rounded corners and the overall design is quite handsome and stylish.
As I was previously saying, the M2 Aqua is the proud owner of an IP68 certification for being dust proof and water resistant up to 1.5 meters and 30 minutes, having the best water resistance rating among its fellow smartphones.

On its frontal part, the Xperia M2 Aqua holds a 4.8 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, has a pixel density of 229 ppi and is protected by a scratch-resistant glass. Of course, this isn’t anything to write home about, but keep in mind that you’re in the mid-range area, so don’t lift your expectations too high. The image quality is okay, with punchy colors, good contrast and wide viewing angles, but this stands if you’re using the handset inside. On the outside, the quality is reduced due to the screen’s reflectivity.

In terms of user interface, the Xperia M2 Aqua comes loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and offers the already known set of features and options, such as the possibility of customizing your homescreen/widgets/you name it according to your personal preferences, you also have Google Now as a personal assistant for displaying information relevant to you and much more.
The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and holds a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. If that isn’t enough, you can always throw inside a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The M2 Aqua isn’t a powerhorse, but does a great job and the user experience that it offers is pleasant due to the lack of lag or any hiccups whatsoever.

At the connectivity area, the Xperia M2 Aqua holds support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri or quad-band 3G (it depends on the market), quad/penta/hexa-band LTE, dual-band Wi-FI a/b/g/n with Hotspot, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and LE, NFC and microUSB 2.0 with On-the-go support.

The Xperia M2 Aqua holds an 8 MP snapper that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and has a LED flash for dealing with low light situations. The camera application reveals support  for HDR, face or smile detection, scenes, effects, several settings for adjusting the quality (white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, for example) and more
The image quality is very good, as it offers accurate colors, plenty of details and a fine contrast.
The camera is also able to capture 1080p videos @30 fps and does a good job while at it.

Some other things that might interest you about the Xperia M2 Aqua are its browser, Google Chrome, which does a great job and will deliver a pleasant browsing experience, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, some very capable media players, an FM Radio with RDS support, the Office Suite 7 for viewing and editing document files, Track ID TV for recognizing what you’re watching and much more.

The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua holds a 2,300 mAh battery inside and will stay alive for about two days under a moderate usage before needing a re-charge.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua The Submersible Droid

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