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Sony Xperia M, unlocked, now on sale in the states

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Sony Xperia M, unlocked, now on sale in the states
Sony's online store is now offering an unlocked version of the Sony Xperia M. Priced at $249.99, the phone faces off against other low-end devices like the Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 521 in the U.S. Currently, the Sony Store offers the handset in black, white or yellow with the purple colored model currently unavailable.

The Sony Xperia M offers a 4 inch screen with resolution of 480 x 854. This works out to a pixel density of 245ppi. A dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus is driving Miss Daisy while the Adreno 305 chews on the graphics. 1GB of RAM is on board and the phone leaves 2GB of usable storage space, which can be expanded with the 32GB capacity microSD slot. Back and front cameras weigh in at 5MP and .3MP respectively, and a 1750mAh cell leaves the lights on. Android 4.1 is pre-installed.

There are lower priced smartphones, but some have less than 1GB of RAM, or a much poorer screen. Yeah, not much storage comes on the phone out of the box, but of you don't mind using a microSD card, and your favorite apps can be stored on the card, you might want to consider the Sony Xperia M if you're shopping for a device in its price range.

The Sony Xperia M can be purchased unlocked, in the U.S.

The Sony Xperia M can be purchased unlocked, in the U.S.


source: SonyStore via XperiaBlog, AndroidCentral

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:36

1. timukh (Posts: 196; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


If I am to consider for a second alternative phone, then the $149 lumia 520 is always the best deal! I am getting almost the same specs and saving $80 too!! I dont understand how nokia price these phones at such a low price when the other OEMs cant.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:20 4

3. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Let me tell you the reason why Xperia M is better option and $80 more expensive than 520.
1. front facing camera for occasional video chat.
2. better connectivity and sensor like Wi-Fi direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0 with ANT+ and magnetometer/compass.
3. according to gsmarena Xperia M has better brightness, contrast ratio, outdoor visibility, ppi, battery life and speaker.

Xperia M also has better apps and games support, So even though Xperia M bit more expensive i think the price is quite fair especially if you look at the feature it has.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:23 5

4. Lyngdoh (Posts: 225; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


4. HDR for photos
5. LED flash
6. USB OTG

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:31 5

5. Lyngdoh (Posts: 225; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


7. 1GB ram vs 512 MB

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 06:08 1

8. timukh (Posts: 196; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Now let me point out the facts.
1. Front facing camera I agree it doesnt have.
2. Bluetooth 4.0 will be there after amber update, NFC hardly used by anyone still now rest are not something that will hamper my experience.
3. 233ppi=245ppi. Now one will be able to differentiate that. Battery life is better in 520 (read from reviews). The rest of the features are debatable because sony doesnt really produce great screens.
4. No HDR is rarely a problm. The camera on 520 produces better pictures (from reviews).
5. No LED flash. Ya i agree it to be a disagvantage.
6. Mass storage is there so it wont be any problem for lacking USB OTG.
7. 512 RAM is not a problm. It runs 99% apps and games without a hint of lag.

So its my opinion that lumia 520 is a better product for the money u pay and I am not saying it is better than M. I dont mind if u disagree.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 06:17 1

9. timukh (Posts: 196; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I earn $400 per month from my job and after paying for rent and food and everything else, think from my point of view that u have saved ur hard working money and then ur considering to buy a phone and then decide if having a front facing cam and led flash is worth spending $80 more. Dont think from the point of someone who can afford the S4 or note 3. Mid ranges are for ppl like me only who dont have lots of money to spend. So I feel lumia 520 will be an extremely good device for that price point.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 06:43

10. Hamed004 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 May 2013)


don't sweat the haters !! ;)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:21

13. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


If i am to consider for a
second alternative phone (Just like what you said in your post #1) but i only earn $400 per month.

I’ll save some money until i have enough money to buy Xperia M.

Because Xperia M will meet my needs much better than 520 like Video chat with my family when i couldn’t meet them in person, take photos/videos in the dark, get better apps and games.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:23

14. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Not a hater here... I actually see your point, but we are missing the white elephant in the room in this conversation... Apps... and I know this might start a brawl here but this is absolutely NOT my intention... I am just pointing out that for the time being there is a huge difference in app support and developer attention...

Nokia was for a long time was the favorite brand of most people... but today they are bound to stay as relevant as a niche product... until their app store truly catch up...

Remember that the hardware of a phone only goes so far... and WP even has an advantage in this aspect, since they are much better optimized for it.... BUT the functionality of a smartphone (or a computer) depends as much on the software...

It is not just paying 80 bucks for a front facing camera, nfc and led flash... its paying 80$ for all the functionality and potential that having those hardware difference can bring paired to a richer App store...

Anyway I respect your decision to go for the 520 if in the end it suits you better....

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:29

15. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


By the way, Sony does produce great screens... what they haven't been paying attention until recently is viewing angles... but their screens are actually very good...

Though the Bravia engine (or X-reality today) is what get wows from people when I show them pictures in my phone... and correct me if I'm wrong, but sadly this Xperia M does not support the Bravia software...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:28 1

2. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Both the Lumia 520 and 620 are priced cheaper than this. It would be more accurate to say that this phone is competing with the Lumia 720.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:53

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This is good budget phone from Sony with decent specs. for a low end phone.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 06:07 1

7. Hamed004 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 May 2013)


I LOVE the Sony 2012-2013 family the amazing feature in them all is the screen quality
*amaze-balls*

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:02

16. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Sarcasm?...

If so I respectfully disagree... Xperia's screen have been actually pretty good... specially in their flagships... though not as good as the competition, they have been pretty good still.... My Xperia Acro S (and Xperia S) had one of the highest ppi screen for their time, and the Bravia engine for pictures and videos gives you the option to make them vibrant and colorful almost as an Amoled screen, while keeping Homescreen and apps in a natural color way...

I had the Galaxy S3 which made me fall in love with Amoleds, but after the Xperia Acro S, I find the Bravia solution to be better... specially for pictures where it keep skin colors natural, but gives greens and blues a bit of saturation...

By the way, all of this is more important in my opinion, than viewing angles.... And I find my Xperia Acro S's screen to still be better than the one in the current iPhone 5

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:06

21. Hamed004 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 May 2013)


I should repeated my reply out loud that's really sound like sarcastic, but no I really mean it.
i'm a Sony Xperia acro S owner and yes I loved it so much it was a big step for me to transfer from Nokia C5 to a huge android device operator, actually since January and I wont trade it for any thing "at least for another two years or year and a half", and I agree with u in this phone description.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 07:00

11. djcody (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


I take nexus4 for 249$ :)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:33

18. Jommick (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Second - More performance, features, and updates for the same price.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 12:35

19. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Lucky you able to get it in the states. No Nexus for 250 in my country

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 07:21

12. SonyPS4 (Posts: 261; Member since: 21 May 2013)


One best looking entry level smartphone along with Lumia

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:07

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6729; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


It\'s good that SONY still makes inexpensive phones in case someone don\'t want to spend over 600-700$ on a unlocked phone

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:10

20. papss (unregistered)


No way would I buy this pile of crap.. I'd rather have a n4 at that price and before you say no n4 at that price read the article and where it's being introduced.. Point being this phone is NOT worth what they are selling it for... Typical Sony overpriced.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 14:49

22. nashsands (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Feb 2014)


I cannot believe you got this review so badly wrong, you are suppose to be a reviewer, well at least know your product, have you ever done that ? You state in this review that the micro sd card which can be put in this phone is able to store apps on the card, well hey I guess I could have reviewed this phone more accurately than you because you cannot transfer any app storage from the small internal memory to the micro sd making this phone an absolute pile of dog pooh.
Go dig rocks.

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