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Sony Xperia M Review

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Camera


The Xperia M comes with a 5-megapixel main auto-focus camera with a single LED flash and a basic front-facing VGA shooter.

Sony brings its own custom camera interface. Firing up the camera is fast and takes around a second. You are then taken into a simple and straightforward interface with large separate buttons for image stills and video recording. There are no built-in different shooting modes - you can shoot auto or dig into settings to manually adjust things like ISO, exposure and white balance. The camera does support HDR, though.

Camera interface - Sony Xperia M Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia M Review

Camera interface


The camera takes pretty good images outdoors when light is plenty, but it does not stand out in its class. The capture pictures have very low level of detail (noise is visible even when the sun shines bright) and the tonality is a bit oversaturated, but are nonetheless usable for casual share-the-moment social use and people tend to like those popping colors.

Indoors where light gets scarce noise becomes a bigger issue, and the camera is not that usable. The LED flash is very weak and is not capable of lighting up scenes properly.



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Video recording quality is definitely usable, but does not impress with anything. The handset records up to 720p video at 30 frames per second. Colors are lively, but it lacks detail and exposure compensation is a bit off at times. The continuous auto-focus works but is a bit slow. When it comes to sound recording, we have a very regular quality microphone capable of capturing sounds in the middle, but distorting higher and lower volumes.



The front camera is a very basic VGA unit, but we still like the fact that it’s there - it’s definitely useful for video conferencing.


Multimedia


Sony might never go back to its Walkman fame days, but the built-in Walkman music player in concert with the great sound pumping from the rear speaker make the Xperia M a great device for listening to music. The Walkman app is a great, polished application that breaks down your music collection by songs, albums, artists, playlists and favorites. It comes with an equalizer and some neat presets for clearer sound.

The built-in Walkman music player of the Sony Xperia M - Sony Xperia M Review
The built-in Walkman music player of the Sony Xperia M - Sony Xperia M Review
The built-in Walkman music player of the Sony Xperia M - Sony Xperia M Review
The built-in Walkman music player of the Sony Xperia M - Sony Xperia M Review

The built-in Walkman music player of the Sony Xperia M


Now, for video, the 4-inch screen might be on the small side if you plan on watching longer clips or full-featured movies, but the device is definitely fit for checking out shorter clips. The built-in video player reproduced all popular formats at around native resolution with ease, and for more exotic codecs you can always turn to the Google Play store.

Video player - Sony Xperia M Review
Video player - Sony Xperia M Review
Video player - Sony Xperia M Review
Video player - Sony Xperia M Review

Video player


The image gallery has also been customized the Sony and categorizes your apps neatly by date or albums. We like all media app looks - all fit the streamlined Sony design and are clean, not cluttered.

The image gallery - Sony Xperia M Review
The image gallery - Sony Xperia M Review

The image gallery


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posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:05

1. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


ohh
yes???
what????

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:31 12

3. PunyPoop (Posts: 718; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


PA you\'ve just proven that you love SAMSUNG.. LOL The Galaxy Core got 8 ratings? REALLY???

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:33 13

5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 808; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I prefer this over galaxy core any day.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:01 11

8. taikucing (unregistered)


sssshhhh... don't tell anyone. PA is paid by Samsung

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:19 3

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If a phone has terrible call quality when that's the MAIN function of a PHONE, I have little to no sympathy for the score it receives.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:32

14. PunyPoop (Posts: 718; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


NVM..

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:46

15. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


why do you even bother being in this specific review? you have no sympathy for Sony whatsoever... go read Apple, Samsung, LG news...

I have heard "bad quality calls" before I experience a good call first handed... and that also depends on you country's network operators... So this midrange phone is still better than many at this price point...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:22

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


This site can do better review than PA and they said Xperia M has good call quality.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Sony-Xperia-M-Smartphone.101196.0.html

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:29

2. ortax123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


I have a few questions for your review of Sony Xperia M:

1.What is the firmware version?

2 What is the version of the phone? C1904 or 1905? Which is a variation: the PM-0490-BV AAA or PM-0490-BV AAB (the information is on the phone under the battery)

thaks

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:32 1

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 808; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Its a nice device but those bezels are too huge... Back looks better than front.
still not a bad look though....

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:47 1

6. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Sony devices looks great and this one has much better specs than many other phones for the price.

But they need to get good displays on these phones. I dont care about viewing angles but all their displays look washed out and very dull. Its the same with Xperia L, SP and even Z.

Also, why only 4GB internal memory when much cheaper Lumia 520 has 8 GB?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:47

7. ortax123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


When you add video of review?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:21

9. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


what about the wifi signal strengh? most of xperia line up have bad wifi signal reception like xperia SP. PA you should add wifi signal strengh too in your review

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 15:11

23. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Dude it has dual band wi-fi connection. Read the thing

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:27

10. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 636; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


PA.. Dont compare mid & low end phones to high end phones. You compare it directly with high end devices & rate then low. Consider the price point at which a device is being sold. As far as I am concerned, this phone has only one con-- limited storage for apps. Other than that I dont expect them to give an awesome screen at this price point. I can easily give it 8-8.5...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:41 1

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2663; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Atleast this time PA reviewed fairly and that's why it got 7.3, thanks to Victor. Otherwise I was thinking about 6 before clicking on this title. Sigh...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:28 1

13. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I agree, this author is a bit fair unlike the other Sony reviewer... Anyway the rating was ok, specially if the Call quality is like the article says...

My mother is looking for a new phone in this price range and this is definitely the first that comes to my mind... and maybe the Galaxy S3 Mini...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:31 2

16. itsjustJOH (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


This is surprisingly unbiased and well-reviewed.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 12:37

21. AnukulVcool (Posts: 124; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


regarding call quality I would like to add that there is a equaliser for it too, change it to bright and it will be much better

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 14:43

22. ortax123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


WHEN YOU ADD A VIDEO WITH REVIEW OF SONY XPERIA M ?????

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 17:05

24. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Should have increased the clock rate to 1.5ghz. It's no excuse for low end to midrange phones to have anything lower than that now. The antutu score would have been better.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:36

34. Santi05 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


for it being 1 GHz.. does it really lay an impact on its performance?
for instance, being slow.. or hang?

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 04:33

39. Amosthecoolboy (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


it is dual core

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 01:07

25. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


Oh come on PA,you gave xperia l 6.5 which has a bigger screen,better cpu,higher res camera and more storage and you gave this a 7.5....wtf is wrong with you

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:57

27. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


different reviewers with different opinions and different standards for rating...

that is what is wrong with them...

Anyway Xperia L should be also a close 7.5... it has a less lasting battery and the size of the phone is too big for a 4.3" screen... Also the Xperia M supposedly has MHL whereas the L does not.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 02:15

26. Apian (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Want this Phone...

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 05:10

28. BASKARAN (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Galaxy core entered and sold good in the market before the Xperia M entry. But the moment M entered the market, the Galaxy core's sales is nothing but just hampered. The Phone with low call quality, 7.3 rating is not available at any outlets in the city whereas awesome phone with 8 ratings are there for nobody to buy. PA just rocks with your review. Come on guys, i expect please put ratings for samsung models 11 for 10 in the future...10 out of 10 for being samsung and extra 1 for the payment you received from samsung.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 03:40

29. rajesh.a (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


hi help me to choose between sony xperia M and galaxy core... which is best i want to buy ..pls help me

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 08:21

30. Apian (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Galaxy Core Very Nice

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:52

31. Santi05 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


The latest, Android Kit Kat available for Sony Xperia M ?????

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 03:31

32. AGSUPER (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Oct 2013)


I am stuck between Galaxy Core and Xperia M. I am in marketing job and customers often twist what has been discussed and agreed over phone. Thus my tie breaker will be call recording quality. Which one of these two record better calls? Whether the voice of the person on the other side is clear? Whether the person on the other side of the call comes to know of the recording... i mean.. is there any beep sound? Need help. Pls suggest. I want a dual sim phone with best call recording.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:18

33. Ankit12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


Hi,
I am confused between the phones sony xperia M and Samsung Galaxy Core. Both looks to have the same features expect internal memory and screen size ( 4' vs 4.3'). The price difference between the 2 phones is 1500 rs. But i am stilling doubtful about the camera quality of sony. The earlier experince of Sony xperia J was not nyc. I did compare the phones on flipkart. Please suggest

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 02:29

35. Ankit12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


Finally i bought Samsung Galaxy Core and looks to be very good in all the aspects except battery life...good buy in that range.....

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 03:47

36. kumarmanish (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)


Hi,
I am confused between the phones sony xperia M and Samsung Galaxy Core. Both looks to have the same features expect internal memory and screen size ( 4' vs 4.3'). The price difference between the 2 phones is 1500 rs. But i am stilling doubtful about the camera quality of sony. The earlier experince of Sony xperia J was not nyc. I did compare the phones on flipkart. Please suggest

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 03:43

37. kumarmanish (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)


i am stilling doubtful about the camera quality of sony. Please suggest

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 12:06

38. JaiSagar (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Hi All

I am using this Sony Xperia M Dual (WHITE) for the last 1 month and so far feeling good in major aspects design, looks, technical working, speed, processing etc.
A few things that needs attention:
1. The data cum charger cable is too short, could have been a little more longer.
2. Restart option is not present, every time have to shutdown and then start manually.
3. Camera quality front and back has made me more sad. SONY the brand has failed to keep the quality of camera.
4. Limiting of applications is absent, as in Samsung and LG one can limit the number of applications this helps the life of battery and processor to be more faster.
5. Any application in the handset doesn't get closed even after the exit. But remains on at the back end and one has to manually end it one by one by going to recent open app.
6. After 99% of battery charge the 1% takes huge time.
7. Tried to register the mobile on website, says invalid serial and product number. Customer service asks to go to service center for every query that can be easily handled then and there over the phone.
REST ALL GOING GOOD SO FAR

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Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M

OS: Android 4.3 4.1
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches
(124 x 62 x 9.3 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1750 mAh, 10.3 hours talk time

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